Category Archives: Scout Mob

You say taqueria…I say TaKorea

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So let’s call the whole things off!

Last week, Bree and I kicked off our Scout Mob adventures for 2012. It was a highly anticipated reunion since we hadn’t see each other since early December. Needless to say that with Bree’s recent trip to Africa and my new job there was plenty to chat about. We had such a blast last week (and had such scoutmob success) that we promptly made a follow up date for last night.

Since Danny is back on the road again for work, and I am cooking for one, having these nights to look forward to is a treat!

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Over the weekend, I blogged about some winning combinations. My new love of SPOGA (spin + yoga) class on Saturday morning, takes top honors but after two consecutive weeks of fusion meals with Bree, the Asian + Mexican food combo is making rank. Welcome to TaKoreawhere East meats Mex

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(photos from the TaKorea webpage)

Bree and I were both pretty ravenous hungry when we sat down and promptly ordered a batch of these…

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pork ginger and scallions dumplings

We were a bit taken back when our entrees arrived no fewer than five minutes later. Not even enough time to finish our dumplings.

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We each chose two “takos” and paired them with a side of Kimchi 3 (pickled and spicy cabbage, jicima & pear, and cucumber). The Kimchi 3 was a great and spicy topper to the takos.

As per usual, we ordered a dessert to share…

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red bean brownie with strawberry sauce and green tea ice cream

We both agree that the dumplings and green tea ice cream were the standout items on our table. The calamari tako was a bit bland and the presentation was a little sloppy (sorry for the sub par pics). TaKorea was on the more Asian end of the spectrum and the flavors were very strong.

All and all it was a nice night out together and when all is said and done…you can’t beat this

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until our next Scoutmob adventure that is!

Weekend Wrap-Up

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Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was, of course, very busy, but we did manage to have some fun.

Tyler and I decided to push our date night to Saturday night because we were both tired from the week.  Saturday went by too fast (I worked on some more crafts), but we were both still committed to going out for dinner.  We have been talking about venturing out of Virginia Highlands for a while, so I decided to make it my mission to find a fun place for our date.  I went to Scoutmob and looked through the Atlanta deals.  I stumbled upon Urban Pl8.  I am so glad that the “8” caught my eye because it was an “urban” experience not to be forgotten.

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Urban Pl8 has an urban feel and unique menu.   Betsy Pitts is the owner and chef.  All of the dishes are prepared in a healthy way using seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients which means the menu changes often.  Best of all, it is affordable!  Most of the dishes are gluten-free and follow the Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet).  Many people who do CrossFit like to follow the Paleo diet to achieve great health and physique.  In fact, there was a large CrossFit group at the restaurant on Saturday night.  I would say that I eat a Paleo diet most of the time since I focus on whole foods including vegetables, fruit, nuts, eggs, and lean meats.  I do, however, love my oatmeal and brown rice more than once or twice a day.  You have to find what works for you which is exactly what Julie from Appetite for Health said in a recent article called Should I Follow a Paleo-ish Diet?  The timing was right on because I read the article on Saturday morning.  It was meant to be.

To start, we ordered the shrimp, coconut milk, and kale dish to share.  We paired it with a glass of vino (of course). 

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So yummy!

After the first course, we knew we could not go wrong with our meal.  Tyler ordered the hanger steak with a sweet potato and white asparagus.  I ordered lily’s nut burger.  It is, hands down, the best “burger” I have ever devoured.  It had walnuts, cashews, brown rice, and aged cheddar served on a whole wheat muffin with a side salad.  The salad had golden raisins and sunflower seeds for an added crunch.  Both of our meals were memorable.  We can’t wait to go back and use the Scoutmob deal on Tyler’s phone!

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Sunday was another busy day.  I went to yoga at Adrenaline because I am going to start teaching Adrenaline Fire Hot Yoga.  Watch out!  I am going to teach it three times a week.  My skin should be glowing after that much hot yoga given all of the toxins that I am going to release.  I am very excited about this opportunity. 

I came home and made more dark chocolate espresso granola bars because Tyler and I both love them as a snack with peanut butter.  I especially love to eat them before RPM.  Instead of using dark chocolate, I used these babies instead!  Mint and dark chocolate make my taste buds sing. 

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We are hooked!

After the bars were done, we made a Costco run.  It been about 6 weeks, so we were really running low on some of our staples like salmon and chicken.  We do have to limit ourselves now that we live in an apartment because we have very little storage space which is not a bad thing.  I could not resist buying some of these…

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Clementine season is here!

We also went to Home Depot to get a few things including a wreath!  This is the first wreath we have ever bought together.  There certainly are a lot of “firsts” this year as newlyweds.  Tyler hung the wreath within seconds of getting home.  We were both excited to see what it would look like on our new door.

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Merry Merry!

I need to get busy downloading more yoga music for my classes this week.  I am new to iTunes.  I know…I need to get with the times!

Have a great day!

Do you follow a Paleo-ish diet?  If so, what are some of your favorite recipes?

Good Mood Food

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There is nothing like a good meal and great friends to make my weekend complete. Last night, we met both criteria (and  let me just say the meal was way better than “good”) at Tierra with friends Bree & Chris. Plus, Tierra was offering a 25$ off deal on scout mob…and you know how Bree and I feel about our scout mobs

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Tierra is about 5 minutes down Piedmont avenue from our condo so we invited Bree and Chris over for some wine and appetizers before our 8 o’clock reservations. If it had not been for these friends, we may never have known that this neighborhood jewel existed. The restaurant’s exterior is pretty unassuming and definitely does not match the colorful and warm room.

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We actually sat on a back porch that is converted to indoor seating in the winter time with heavy plastic draping and heat lamps.

Tierra’s menu provides “flavors of the Americas” and is inspired by South American cuisine. The dishes are regularly updated based on the chef/owner husband-wife duo’s travels to South American countries. The ingredients were fresh and the flavors were bold.  Each table was equip with a guide to help you navigate the menu.

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We started with steamed mussels and a polenta sandwich (tomato spread and chorizo sausage between baked polenta. The starters were gone before I remembered to take a picture.

As a main course, I ordered the grilled pork with tropical salsa and spicy chipotle mashed potatoes. The pork was cooked perfectly and the sweet and spicy fruit relish really took it up a notch.

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Perhaps the best part of the night was the dessert. I’ve been told that the Tres Leches cake at Tierra is on the list of 100 things you must eat in Atlanta…check!

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To keep the good food and good moods going this morning, I stopped at the Bake Shop for carry-out sandwiches as a surprise for Danny. I’ll let the photos do the talking on this one…

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