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Countryside

I spent the weekend in the BEAUTIFUL town of Yangshuo. It was surreal: good friends, great bike rides, rock climbing, and healthy/delicious food (by my crazy Western standards). The town kind of caters to foreigners but I completely ate it up and loved every second of it. A few highlights!

Rice Fields

Carrot Lemon Juice

The waitress almost didn’t let me order this because she thought it sounded disgusting. “I think this will not be very good.” mMMM carrot juice–so perfect when you don’t feel like just water but don’t want all the sugar of fruit juice.

Climbed the rock to the left

Mountains...or hills?

Carrot Orange Juice

The first time I ordered this they put MILK in it. AHHHH KILL ME.

Basil Garlic Hummus with Wasa Crackers

Mid rock climbing snack!! I made this at home and brought it along with my breakfast cookie (which tasted EXACTLY like a clif bar with no weirdo ingredients) and overnight oats. Hummus: Can of chickpeas, clove of garlic, fresh basil, S&P, blended. Most people add olive oil, tahini, lemon, etc. but I didn’t really feel like added fat or tartness–and it was fantastic.

Double Veggie Burger

My first veggie burger in a LONG time. Ordered homemade whole wheat toast on the side and replaced the bun that they gave me. Got a couple of weird looks but it was all good! AHH Yangshuo is so amazing….feels more like SE Asia than China and made me so excited to get back home =).

On another note–excited to work on rock climbing back in the states!! It’s such a great way to work out while having a blast–you barely even think about the fact that you’re exercising! My arms, shoulders and back are super sore, in the good way. Being sore is such a good indicator of having a great workout. Yessss.

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Summery

YESSSS it is definitely feeling like summer here. Out of nowhere the temperature went way up and the sun came out. Who knows how long it will last but I matched the beautiful day with some summery grub.

Strawberry Mango Hemp Smoothie with Muesli

Handful of strawberries, 1 mango, 1 huge tbsp hemp protein, cinnamon, 1 c soymilk, sprinkle of muesli. Energizingggg!

Spent the entire morning doing The Shred and preparing food to take on my two day trip out to Guilin (in the countryside). I guess it’s a little crazy that I’m attempting to pack 6 different meals BUT I prepared a batch of almond butter, breakfast cookie, protein oats, carrots, apples, crackers, homemade basil hummus, celery, cauliflower and the DELISH corn salad that I made for lunch. The best part is that everything, besides the corn is raw (I’m trying to eat at least two raw meals a day because it has been making me feel heavenly).

Mid-Almond Butter Making

Breakfast Cookie - oats, almond butter, hemp protein, soymilk, raisins, cinnamon

SUMMER = Fresh Corn Salad (with basil)

From The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook:

  • 5 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

For some veggies:

Snow Peas

And dessert!! I almost don’t want to show this since my food styling has been seriously off this week. I wanted to make banana almond strawberry date ice cream…but I didn’t have any frozen bananas. I ended up making an almond-strawberry-date compote and putting it on top of a split banana. MMM.

This looks hilarious

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Skipping Town

I’m currently on a solo trip in the ancient minority village of Feng Huang, also known as Phoenix town after the mythical bird. It’s beautiful here and the train ride was what might come to mind when you think of the mystical side of China. The view from the window was captivating. Completely opposite from the industrial town that I live in which was deemed the most polluted city in all of China just a few short years ago. Anyway, turns out this town is tourist central!! But Chinese tourists, not foreign tourists which is really cool.

The town offers really cool shopping, tons of walking and endless amounts of snacks. AYYY I always thought I was a snack person but recently they’ve been making me feel like hell. I guess once you get on a set eating schedule, messing with it isn’t the best. I also usually eat raw food for at least 2 out of 3 meals these days so heavier food throughout the day is a bit difficult. Good thing I brought carrots, apples, a can of beans and some almond butter because I tried some of the street food and was not feeling so hot. Love the looks people give me when I walk down the street eating a giant carrot.

I’m in the most bizarre situation right now. Sitting in an adorable cafe overlooking the river, drinking an Americano. The waitress just convinced me to order a tiramisu which I reluctantly agreed to since I knew I’d be here for a while and got lingerer’s guilt. WHERE AM I?? This does not feel like China at all. There are tons of young couples walking around, holding hands and making out which I haven’t really seen since I’ve been in here. Hundreds of people are walking by looking confusedly at my setup, leaning over my computer to read what I’m writing and screaming the usual “HELLOOOOOOOOOOOO” a la Mrs. Doubtfire. I usually can’t stand that but today has been so relaxing and the people here are so pleasant that it’s not even phasing me. A group of five elderly gentlemen just stopped next to my table and are currently snapping pictures of me. Ridic.

MMMM Americano

Cafe Overlooking the River

Feng Huang seems to be somewhat famous for ginger candy, peanut candy, and dried kiwi….they sold it every 5 steps.  Watching them make the ginger candy and pound the peanut candy was pretty sweet. See Below!

Making Ginger Candy - Looks like Gold!

Pounding Peanut Candy

Death by Kiwi

These things completely KO’d me. I’m not good when dried fruit is around because I go way overboard. These are the snacks I was referring to that made me somewhat ill.

More pics from the town:

Down the River

Menu at a Local Restaurant

Another great thing about this weekend is that I started reading a really great and inspiring book. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Sounds kind of weird and slightly maniputlative but it’s not about tricking people into being your friends or doing what you want, it’s about the intricacies of human interactions and how people react to negativity, etc. I also listened to the entire audio book of Freakonomics. Highly recommend both.

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