Happy Friday! It’s one of our last few summer Fridays, so I hope you are taking advantage of summer fun this weekend. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week! Spoiler alert: it’s mostly food and yoga.
1. Carry on Cocktail Kit
I found out about these this week and LOVE the concept. If I order a drink on a plane, it’s usually wine because I prefer to keep my rum and diet days in 2005. I like to think I’ve graduated to a classier cocktail palette.
With these little babies, no more boring mixers for your plane liquor! Create a craft cocktail from the comfort… er…small, confined area of your plane seat. They even include a linen coaster! How chic.
2. Chicago Dining
This week we really hit it out of the park with restaurant choices. Chicago is a foodie scene, and something new is popping up all the time. We had an amazing meal at Bar Siena — Top Chef Fabio Viviani’s new spot in the West Loop.
Pub Royale is another great hot spot that I hiiiiighly recommend. It’s like colonial India — it has a British twist on traditional Indian fare. We went with another couple and enjoyed eggplant curry, cashew cauliflower, garlic naan, palek paneer, mussels and samosas. Omg, it was so good. Put it on your list!
3. Pasta Pappone Red Pepper
Pasta Pappone has a new flavored pasta, so I had to make it this week. I mixed the new “Roasted Red Bell Pepper” flavor with sauteed shrimp, but I think this would also be a perfect base for a veggie primavera! It was yum and I’ll add in all veggies next time.
4. Eagle Pose
In the last few weeks of wedding planning, I’ve taken to doing hot yoga about five times a week. It’s such a great stress reliever, and probably why most of what I’m loving this week is food — it’s a great, demanding-but-relaxing work out.
One of my favorite poses this week is Eagle pose. If you do it right, it takes a lot of focus, balance, and core work.
In this pose, I feel my strongest. It takes balance and some flexibility to pose like you’re sitting in a chair while twisting your limbs, and it rings out your toxins. It opens your shoulders and hips (a problem area for me and most runners) and feels awesome when you sustain it for a long period of time. Plus, when the room is 96 degrees you really get your sweat on, leading to feeling strong and cleansed.