While I’m writing this, I’m eating buffalo cheddar waffle potato chips and drinking a Grey Goose and Agave Ripe Sour cocktail. It’s my last hurrah before starting my 21 Day Fix from Erica! Upon editing and publishing my meal will be more like this:
Hallo, Vegan Smoothie and water bar
These nutrient dense beauties have a bevvy of natural superfood ingredients – including Goji Berries and Chia seeds – plus it’s 100% Vegan – which is WAY more appealing than ‘mystery chemicals’ found in so many weight loss foods. I also will have my butt kicked during a 30 minute high cardio workout tonight! Now, I’ll be modifying this plan considerably, as I’m doing it during the apex of summer vacation season, and I’ll be in the Florida Keys for the last week – not to mention I’m not looking to lose a ton of weight and would rather just tone up and be healthy. But quite frankly, I’m quite stoked to get on track with healthy eating and daily work outs and away from – well – buffalo potato chips for several weeks! So far today, I’ve had a shake, a banana and an apple plus several water refills – and I feel good and ready for a nice healthy lunch time salad. Expect more updates as the program rolls along 🙂
So, enough about fitness goals and on to the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this article (sorry, the very IDEA of dieting has me fixated on food apparently – I can’t guarantee that will be the last metaphor to pop up). Connecticut is bursting with fun things to do this summer. I am highlighting five of them here, but I could have easily made this list 25 – and it may end up becoming a regular feature.
1. Taste of Hartford – starts today, July 21st and runs until August 3rd:
Taste is back for the summer, ahh. Wow, nothing like writing about delicious food while on a cleanse! I”m very VERY excited to ‘cheat’ a bit during Taste – Trumbull Kitchen on Wednesday, and then dinner with my husband at Carbones – after the very lovely Linley invited us in – on Thursday! For anyone who doesn’t know, Taste is Hartford’s premiere restaurant week, featuring prixe fixe menus at a $25 or $30 price point from all participating locations. There will be a full write up of the Carbone’s dinner on Friday, but in the meantime, please feast your eyes on this wonderful picture from M & M Bistro:
Thanks to Emily for this great picture! Featuring one of the dished M & M is preparing for Taste, as well as a cocktail from our sponsor Onyx – a full gallery of the Onyx cocktails for Taste is available here
2. Om Street on LaSalle with West Hartford Yoga on July 26th!
This totally free event looks like a blast. Unfortunately, I’ll be in Saratoga the day of (which is really too bad because combine this with the Wine Festival below and you have one heck of a lovely day). But WHY Studios is where I go for yoga – their drop in class is so convenient for lunch. And I can’t recommend them enough. Cait attended last year and snapped this awesome pic – you can also check up her write up of last year’s Om here:
Thanks for the awesome photo Cait!
3. CT Wine Festival – also on July 26th!
Yoga and wine outdoors. Basically a perfect day.
LeeAnne tipped me off to this event – though admittedly it is also listed on my CT Wine Passport – which I appear to have lost. Doh. But it DOES count for a stamp for those who still have their passport and want to daytrip down to Goshen for the opportunity to sample over 11 of the state’s top vineyards in one convenience location! Fun, fun, fun.
4. Fantapsy Football at Wood N Tap – dates to be announced soon in August – sign up starts now!
Wood N Tap partners with us every year at CTNow for advertising, and as part of that reciprocal support, we are a proud media sponsor for them. It’s a really great cause. 100% of the proceeds go to the CT Children’s Medical Center – which will forever have a special place in my heart after they basically saved Penelope’s life last year:
One fat, adorable and healthy patient. Thank God.
I am not into Fantasy Football personally (or, as one my ex roomates hilariously called it: “imaginary football”) but my husband plays in three different leagues – minimum. So I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to talk him into attending this event, hurrah.
5. 2nd Annual Cigar-B-Q, hosted by the Tobacco Shop – at Horton’s Farm on Saturday, July 26th!
Wooo, July 26th is certainly a busy day this year 🙂 This is another event with a great cause behind it – with funds benefiting the Ct Migrant Farm Workers’ Clinic …
And also, the masterful pork roasting of Tobacco Shop owner, Gerry Grate!
Tickets must be purchased in advance by July 23rd, so don’t delay if you plan on attending this one – it will sell out!
So there you have it! Get out there and enjoy it. And please let me know of any upcoming events in late August/September that I should highlight too!