Monday, April 18, 2011

Taste of the Nation & Marathon Monday

Who could say no to Good Food for an Even Greater Cause? I volunteered for my third year with Taste of the Nation Boston.
Share our Strength is a national non-profit dedicated to ending child hunger in the US. They throw these events in cities around the US, and top chefs, and wine& food purveyors donate their time and goods. They are always amazing events, and you definitely won't leave them hungry! (read my 2009 and 2010 recaps!) The statistics are still dismal though- Nearly 1 out of 4 children in America -more than 17 million- struggle with hunger. Sara, Gina, Molly, Melissa and I volunteered and we also saw Katie there. After doing our volunteer duty of "crowd control" we headed into the event and went straight for the wine.
Apfel eis-aka Apple Ice Wine from Harvard, MA is delightfully sweet, with no added sugar. It takes over 80 apples to make each bottle! A very slow fermentation at cold temperatures keeps the sugar from the apples to the final product. I had this in Montreal several years ago, but love seeing a local variety!
For every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need. How cool is that??

Mini cocktails with organic gin.
Harpoon cider and wine make Gina and i very happy
Not a lot of vegetarian or vegan options but plenty of wine and beer so I was happy! Iggys Bread, taza chocolate and samasos from Mela kept me from being a total wastecase.
Gina and Sara loved the gluten free cupcakes at gluteneous minimus
And there were culinary adventures to be had as well. Gargoyles on the Square Chef Jason Santos (and his distinct blue hair) embraced molecular gastronomy with an ice cream experience to be remembered: After chewing on a spoon full of 'chili buds' our entire mouth went numb.
Than we ate lemon sorbet-made in seconds with liquid nitrogen. The mouthfeel was unbelievable. Hot and cold, numb and tingling-fantastic!!!

We definitely left feeling satisfied. Taste of the Nation was a perfect kickoff to a great weekend. I was again blow away by the beauty and athleticism of dance at my friend Dana's recital on friday. Then I woke up bright and early on Saturday to head to the Boston Marathon Expo where I met the Pure2raw twins Michelle and Lori at their sister's company, RawThreads.
just as sweet and beautiful in real life as their online presence makes them seem!
All the clothes were fabulous. Soooooo soft and made from sustainable. bamboo which is naturally moisture wicking, breathable and odor resistant. it also blocks 99% of sun's rays! I had the hardest time picking what I wanted. Do I get the mens fit Bahstan Runnah?? I decided on an adorable aqua blue tank w a built-in bra-it will be perfect for the Houston heat!!
Next I headed to one of the Runner's World seminars.
Tara Mardigan (RD to the Red Sox, and Dana Farber RD) spoke about sports nutrition, proper fueling, how to eat right to recover faster and busted some sports nutrition myths.
She said: "If you're thirsty-it's too late." A great reminder to stay hydrated as we all reached for our water bottles. She's a huge role model and mentor to me so go check out her website and follow her on twitter!

Expos always mean lots of free goodies and I snagged a mini larabar, and a tart cherry sample and chatted Donny at Saucony up about their new minimalist shoes.
I LOVE my kirvanas and they recently debuted an even more minimal line-Hattori. a regular shoe has a 12:1 heel:toe ratio. The kirvana is 4:1. This new shoes is 1:1-totally barefoot and fits like a sock! I much prefer this to the vibrams-be my toes don't enjoy being seperated. Plus they come with a cheaper pricetag-not to shabby!

You can find me today on Beacon St-cheering my heart out for Eric, Matt, Kerri, Melissa and Molly!! Good luck to Everyone!!

Have you ever watched or run the Boston Marathon? What about met someone you only know online? (and no, that doesn't just apply to online dating!!)
ps did you see this list of new food trucks coming to Boston? Super psyched! Getting a little bummed I'm leaving-but hey I can always come back!


Kristen (swanky dietitian) said...

That tank is so darling!
I love that it is sustainable. So neat!
Looks like a great event.

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

What a cool event! And I love the color of that top. I would have picked somethign like that too.