Monday, August 27, 2012

MacGyver It: What's in the back of your fridge?


Butternut squash, chicken, tofu, and black beans with lime
Planning nutrition is an important part of my day. Needing to maintain enough energy for work at the lab, training, and also needing to account for the physical stresses of travel, results in some situations where I look at the food options in front of me and feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone version of Iron Chef. Given some of the ingredients available to work with at times, it’s more similar to how I imagine a food-version MacGyver challenge: develop something nutritious that leverages the available food in the fridge or at the hotel breakfast buffet, but that doesn’t make me hurl. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

La la la la...palooza


Summertime means summer music festival time, and this year we traveled to Chicago for Lollapalooza. In addition to spending time with some of our closest college friends (and the new baby, who I babysat at one point, which was interesting...at least the baby was amused), an introduction to Intelligentsia coffee, being totally amazed by my friend's marathon aspirations, and having an opportunity to wear all sorts of different bandanas throughout the weekend…the music was incredible. The absolute high point for me was on Friday night– a gorgeous Chicago sunset turned to a perfect summer evening, and then BOOM! The Black Keys.