Saturday, June 22, 2013

Kissed By the Sun!

Just got back from a few days in the Outer Banks and I'm wondering what took us so long to go!  Only a few hours from Va Beach it was a great quick getaway!

Mother Nature didn't cooperate with our plans for some beach time so instead we decided to explore the town.

Being an animal lover I had to go see the wild horses in Corolla!




We took one of the Jeep tours out onto the beach and spotted a few.




TOO cool!

We got some exercise climbing to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse



and because Mother Nature still made it a little too chilly to spend the day on the beach we decided to go back and get another view of the wild horses...by kayak!




We ate LOTS of good food


and saw some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen



 Plus, the Outer Banks made us both realize something...my husband now wants a Jeep



and I want a pony!  What girl doesn't?!



Guess we'll just have to settle for another trip to the OBX soon!




Vegetarian Restaurants in the Outer Banks

Before our first trip to the Outer Banks I scoured websites trying to find good vegetarian options of places to eat out.  In a seafood town it was not easy to find!  I jotted down a few places and went out in search of more...here's what I found.

In Kitty Hawk we stopped at Mama Kwan's for the "Garbage Plate" and it was anything but garbage!  Veggie Stir-fry, cucumber salad and a grilled pineapple.  100% Vegan.


We moved on to our destination of Corolla where we ate out the most.  Being a smaller town, they definitely had fewer Vegetarian/Vegan options but I was able to find a few.

At SunFish Grill they had a Black Bean Burger (that wasn't my favorite) but their salads were amazing!  Normally I hate when someone says "You're vegetarian? can't you just get a salad?"  Um no, I don't want a wedge of lettuce and a few tomatoes for dinner, thanks.  But this was no ordinary salad!


Bambino's was recommended but they didn't have any vegan options listed on the menu so I called ahead and they said they would make me something special.  Always nice!  If you're not vegan and can have their pasta dishes with cheese this place will probably be perfect for you.

Bacchus Wine and Cheese was a good lunch option.  I had the hummus veggie sandwich.

I normally shy away from Mexican restaurants (one too many times finding a piece of chicken in my veggie fajitas) but Agave Roja was different.  They had tofu tacos listed on the menu!


Breakfast places are always easy to find Vegetarian options at like First Light Breakfast and Burgers...don't let the "Burgers" part scare you.  I had a veggie egg white scramble with a buttermilk biscuit the size of my head!  Vegans will have a hard time finding an option here though.


I ran out of places in Corolla to try so we drove the 20 minutes to Duck two nights.  At Sunset Bar and Grille I tried the Veggie Stir Fry.



On a whim we made a reservation for Aqua even though I didn't see a vegetarian option listed on their online menu.  I asked the waiter if they could make anything vegan and they came up with this little plate of heaven! Vegan couscous with fresh veggies from their community garden.  Best meal of the trip!


On our way out of town we hit up The Good Life Eatery in Kitty Hawk and it was one of those places that had multiple vegetarian options and it was hard to choose!  I went with the Veggie Veggie


I was dying to try Kind Confections at Zen Pops in Kitty Hawk for dessert but I went by twice (during the business hours listed on the door) and they were closed.  Disappointing!  So instead I stopped by Seaside Gourmet To Go.  I got the Black Bean cakes with lemon tahini over couscous and took it home for dinner.   Hey, it was still technically vacation :)


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Love!

I'm only days away from vacation and celebrating my anniversary with my husband...actually two anniversaries in one!
It was seven years ago, on June 15th, that Brian and I went on our first date.  It started off well, interesting.  See, I had another big event happen that morning...I got the job here at The Eagle!  Really exciting up until your date says "so I hear your moving away?"  Oh yeah...

We knew we only had six weeks together but after that six weeks passed...


In fact the day I moved into my apartment here my Dad introduced Brian as his "future son-in-law" I was mortified and said "Dad we've only been dating six weeks!"  Dad was right. (aren't they always?!) June 20, 2009 we got married at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. 

And it's a good thing we got married when we did...or it my have never happened!

Seriously, if Pinterest had been around before our wedding I would've gone crazy trying to incorporate all the "pinspirations" into our wedding day.

My favorite moment of our wedding ended up being one we didn't plan at all!

We weren't quite ready for the night to end so when we spotted the Mt. Trashmore carnival lit up we had to stop.


They were closing up for the night but I hiked up the dress and we ran for it.  After a little bit of begging they fired up the ferris wheel and let us go on a ride all by ourselves.


And my favorite pic from our wedding ended up not being the ones paid our photographer for...but the selfie we took on top of the ferris wheel!

It was the perfect way to start our married life together...on the ups and downs of a carnival ride!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Get ready for bikini season!

I love summer time...vacation is just around the corner and the next few months are chocked full of country concerts! But I could do with out bathing suit shopping!

Oh crap!


Time to find some fun new workouts so I searched youtube for some exercises that have gone viral and THIS is what I found!


Prancercise!!!  Along with Treadmill Dancing and CAT Lifting... oh yeah...I got this!




And if those don't work...there's always this form of "Cardio" :) 

What are your tips for getting ready for bathing suit season?  Leave me a comment!