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New trails- new clothes

Posted Aug 07 2009 12:19pm

Happy Monday!! Yes, much enthusiasm is intended for that greeting! I am in a really good mood after such a fabulous weekend! We were super busy- but I am not complaining one bit, knowing that weekend is around the corner always gets me through the week!

Hans flew in on Friday evening and I went to pick him up at the airport and we went directly to an authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant, Las Ramblas. At first glance, the restaurant looked a bit run down but as soon as you walk inside the Spanish essence was brought to life! The decor went with the mood of the restaurant, loved it! We sat out on the patio, next to two older men.. who just randomly started talking to us. It was so funny! One of them was a big time lawyer in Charlotte, and the other is a federal investigator! Craziness!! They liked us so much that they bought us a round of drinks, haha.. small randomness like this one really makes things interesting. Back to the restaurant. Las Ramblas is a Tapas-style restaurant in which you order a lot of small plates for the table and you share with every one. I had never been to a Tapas restaurant before I went to Germany, and when I returned to the states I was eager to find one here, and Las Ramblas didn’t let me down. I started out with a glass of Syrah from Sonoma (paid for by the federal investigator, lol) It took Hans and I awhile to decide because the menu had so such an appetizing collection of Tapas. We decided on grilled asparagus, shrimp, croquetas de pollo y jamon serrano (chicken for Hans) and flatbread with olive tapenade. Our order came very quickly and we immensely enjoyed our meal.

Grilled asparagus:

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Flatbread with olive tapenade:

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Grilled Shrimp:

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And some chicken for Hans:

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My favorite was the flatbread w/olive tapenade by a long shot, the other tapas were delicious but the flatbread blew them all away!! Delicious! There will definitely be many more date nights at Las Ramblas in the future.

An amazing start to an amazing weekend! The rest of the weekend entailed the obligatory Ikea shop for a few essentials. Hans was in heaven after eating his Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, haha.

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And of course, when you have a new hobby, it is a must to get some new clothes along with it. Kudos to any one who feels confident in biking shorts! I was a bit self conscious in the beginning, but then I snapped myself out of it by telling myself that my body is strong and beautiful and it gives me what I need to push through my new hobby. It worked like a charm.

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We went to two different biking trails this weekend. The trail we went to on Saturday was okay, but the Sunday trail was amazing- we ventured out to the other side of Charlotte to go to The US National Whitewater center. We went on the easiest trail, and it was hard but I pushed myself through it and enjoyed every minute of it. Biking in the trails is SO much harder than biking on the pavement. I hope every one had a fantastic weekend and welcome back to the boring ol’ workweek!

Oh, and it is definitely confirmed that I am obsessed with Yoga One Wellness yoga studio in Charlotte. I bought a package on Thursday and I have been twice and both times definitely exceeded my expectations. I love when that happens.

xoxo

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