Monthly Archives: March 2014

Thinking Out Loud Link-Up #1

Happy Thursday!  Thursdays are great aren’t they?  Especially when you have time after work to write a blog post and link up with so many other lovely bloggers!

Thinking Out Loud is hosted by Amanda over at Running With Spoons.  She created it because she knows that writer’s block happens, that we all have random thoughts running through our brains, and because not every post should have to be so structured.  Sometimes Thinking Out Loud is the best way to get the juices flowing. So let the randomness begin!

  • Why is it so hard to wake up some mornings, and others not so much?  I had a few things going on this week after work so planned on doing a few early morning runs.  Well it only happened once. Wednesday I hit the snooze button about ten times! TEN! But then I woke up this morning (even after going out for dinner and drinks last night) perfectly fine.

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I got a bunch of pictures of the sunrise.  It is one of the most refreshing things…sunrise, run, fresh air…I should really do this everyday!

  • I’ve been snacking on a lot of beef jerky lately.  It was inspired by my 21 Day Sugar Detox back in January and now Andy and I are hooked.  Andy especially.  He has been experimenting with all different marinades and flavoring.  I help a little, but really just am reaping the benefits!

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  • Have you ever tried oil pulling?  I recently read about it on the Fashion Lush.  It’s supposed to have all of these amazing detoxifying benefits.  Well I’ve done it a few times but not consistently.  I guess if I want to see if I notice these benefits I’ll have to commit to it.  All or nothing right?

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  • Andy and I leave for Belize in just over a month! Whoa.  And when I say “leave for” I mean we have hotels booked but no flights. I’m starting to get anxious about this.  Kayak has this new Pricing Trends feature.  Has anyone used it?  Well we have been following it and it has said to “Wait” and that prices may fall for about three weeks now.  And guess what?  Prices went up!! What the heck!  It still says to wait but I’m wondering if we should just buy now.

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  • I can not believe it’s been almost a year since I moved out of Boston!  Time really freakin flies.  I really wish I could get there more often than I have.  But I will be going back in a few weeks to run the BAA 5k!  My bestfriend and I used to do this race every year.  It is the weekend before the marathon and it crosses over the marathon finish line.  It’s definitely going to be an emotional race this year, but I’m so happy to be running for all of those lives lost last year.

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  • I’m hungry so am going to go cook dinner.  Guess what I’m having?  An omelet! It seriously never gets old.

Well that was fun.  Thanks for listening! Hope everyone has a fantastic night!

 

 

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Maple Mustard Pork Chops

Oh hey there!  Welcome to the new and improved ThePrimalYogi.com.

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for more than six months now!  I’ve been pretty consistent with it too, which I wasn’t sure would happen.  I really have been enjoying this little venture but wasn’t exactly happy with how the blog looked.  I contemplated “upgrading” for a while but just never kicked myself into gear.

Until this weekend!

There is SO much to learn about building a website it’s pretty overwhelming.  So I decided to start with baby steps.  I chose a new theme I have been eyeing for a while called Yumblog.  It’s a theme designed by a company called UpThemes.  The guys there have been super helpful with answering my questions (I didn’t even realize I could get help at first so that was a nice surprise).

What do you guys think?

Anyways, on to the good stuff.

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Bourbon, Bacon, Beer, & Barbecue – 4B Festival Review

Yes, you read that correctly.  Bourbon, Bacon, Beer, and Barbecue all under the same roof!  I had heard about the 1st Annual 4B Festival taking place in New Haven when it was first announced.  I dropped the ball on getting tickets before they sold out so was super excited when I saw Stephanie from CTBites was hosting a giveaway for them.  And I won!!  I think this was my first giveaway win (it’s about time) and a pretty awesome one at that.

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The 4B Fest was held in an old factory in New Haven, Connecticut.  It was marketed as the “largest indoor festival celebrating two cornerstones of American heritage:Fermented grains & Salted meats!” (www.4bfest.com)  There were a ton of local vendors signed up including some of my favorite local restaurants.

I’ll start with my absolute favorite treat from the entire event.  Ready for it??

A Maple Bacon Cupcake from Alyssa’s Cakery.  It was to die for!

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Alyssa’s Cakery is in Wallingford, Connecticut.  She was sampling an Orange Allagash cupcake that was really delicious too. Her other flavors included Irish Car Bomb and Red Velvet.  On top of the cupcakes she also had cake pops and push pops!

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Another favorite booth was The Jerky Hut.  They had a ton of different flavored jerkys they were sampling.  I tried the sweet flavor as well as the bourbon flavor.  We decided to buy some of the bourbon flavored jerky.  It was bit pricey though!

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I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked.  It was super crowded and almost everything had long lines.  Some other favorites not pictured…

Black Rock BBQ: They had the most generous sized samples of their delicious pulled pork.  Black Rock BBQ is a catering company who specialize in southern style barbecue cooking.

Two Roads Brewing Company: Two Roads is a local brewery right in Stratford, Connecticut.  My favorite brew was their Worker’s Comp Saison!

Drinx Unlimited: Drinx Unlimited is a local beer distributor out of Connecticut.  They were sampling a few different Founder’s Beers.  My favorite was their Curmudgeon Old Ale brewed with molasses with a 9.8% abv.

Joey C’s Roadhouse:  This is one of mine and Andy’s favorite barbecue restaurants in Connecticut.  We didn’t even get to try what they were sampling because their line was so long the entire time we were at the event.  Go Joey C’s!

Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey:  Just as we were leaving this booth caught our eye.  I am not a whiskey drinker but after Andy tasted it he convinced me I would like it.  And I did!  Anything maple has a good chance of passing a taste test for me.  They have a pretty cool story too if you check out their website!

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Overall, the event was pretty good.  I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  It has potential to be much more organized and maybe in a more wide open space.  All of the vendors we tried and met were awesome though.  Great local products. Besides bacon and beer make everything better!