• Eat, Drink & Be Merry {Fitbloggin’}

    June 30, 2013

    Have I mentioned how much I love Fitbloggin’? Oh, yea, I have. Best.Conference.Ever.

    Lunch

    The second part of Friday started with lunch, which was provided by the hotel/Fitbloggin’. Once again, I was happy to see so many healthy options, including fresh veggies, pickled veggies, fruit salad, sliced turkey and chicken, smoked salmon, balsamic-marinated Portobello mushrooms, and carrot-ginger soup. After two back-to-back workouts that morning, I was psyched to eat!

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    Snack

    After lunch, a group of us took a walk to Kure Juice Bar for fresh juice and smoothies.

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    Kure was awesome! (Not kidding, I visited 3 times in 2 days. I was a tad obsessed with it.) There were so many delicious-sounding juices, smoothies, and acai bowls, I had trouble deciding what I wanted. Seriously, it took me a good 5 minutes to make a decision.

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    Eventually, I decided on the Portland Farmacy, which was freshly pressed juice made with cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, parsley, romaine, lime, apple, and cayenne. It actually tasted a lot like the juice I make at home—minus the parsley and cayenne—so it gave me some great ingredient ideas!

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    We love juice!

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    After our juice outing, we headed back to the conference to attend a session hosted by Reebok called “How to Find the Perfect Shoe for You.” We learned about the different constructions for running shoes versus training shoes. Running shoes are built to move forward while training shoes are meant to move in all different directions. Training shoes also have a more stable platform and don’t typically have as much cushion as running shoes. For example, the Reebok Nano 2.0 is a training shoe that is meant to move in all different directions, so they hold up better than a running shoe for workouts like CrossFit where you do all kinds of different movements.

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    After the session, Gina, Julie, Anne, and I headed outside to explore Portland and enjoy the beautiful weather. Heather had told us about a pretty 3-mile loop she ran along the waterfront the day before, so we decided to take a long walk together.

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    After our walk, we headed back to the hotel where we showered, changed our clothes, and prettied ourselves for a night out in Portland.

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    Our first stop of the evening was at Noble Rot where we met the lovely ladies of Porter Novelli, a PR agency who manages The Laughing Cow, SOYJOY, and Nature Made accounts.

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    Noble Rot was a great place to enjoy a drink and some good conversation. It was bright, open, and airy with a long bar and cozy booths with couches and low cocktail tables.

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    Porter Novelli treated us to some drinks, so I enjoyed a glass of white wine.

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    And then part of a delicious cocktail made with vodka, muddled strawberry, lime juice, and fresh sage.

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    It was so great to spend some time with Brittney from The Laughing Cow. We email all the time, so it was awesome to have some in-person conversation with her. She’s the nicest!

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    Dinner

    After happy hour, Anne, Julie, Gina, and I met Allie from Fanscape, who treated us to dinner at The Farm Café.

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    The Farm Café was amazing—adorable décor, friendly wait staff, and a menu full of dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Everything on the menu sounded so good!

    To start, I ordered the kale and fennel salad, which was served with pumpkin seeds and a light lemon dressing. It was awesome. Must recreate at home.

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    And, for the my entrée, I ordered the Cajon Rock Fish, which was incredible. The seasoning was out of this world, and it was served on roasted summer squash with brown rice and a lemony yogurt sauce. OMG, I loved it. It was definitely one of those meals I’ll never forget.

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    One more day of Fitbloggin’ adventures to come!

    Questions of the Day

    When you’re shopping for a new pair of sneakers, what criteria do you usually look for?

    What flavors do you enjoy with fish?

    P.S. Last chance to enter my giveaway to win a $100 gift card to Reebok! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning!

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    { 47 comments… read them below or add one }

    Christine@ Apple of My Eye June 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I’m outrageously jealous of all the fun you’re having over there! The meals look great and have me drooling, like always ;).

    That walk also seems to perfect to enjoy with some blogging friends!

    Glad you’re enjoying yourself :)

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles June 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Everything looks so fantastic–even Portland! I’ve always been a little wary of going to the Pacific Northwest just because it seems so rainy and the only time I really like rain is while I’m running…but your pictures make it look like such a beautiful, vibrant city.

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    Lisa June 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    It sounds like it was such a fun experience! Everything looks awesome.
    And I want to remake that green juice at home asap.

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    Kate June 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    That food looks gorgeous and like you had a great time! Particularly love the look of your lunch and the shake!

    When you’re shopping for a new pair of sneakers, what criteria do you usually look for? – Comfort more than anything. If they feel like they hug my feet, that does it for me.
    What flavors do you enjoy with fish? – Creamy flavours, something like ricotta!

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    Amanda @ Pink Runner Girl June 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Wow all the food you order looks amazing. I wish I could like juice. Did it take some time for you to like it or did you just like it right away? Maybe I don’t get it sweet enough? Who knows!
    When I shop for shoes I look for ones that are appropriate for the activity I want them for! I have different shoes for when I want to cross train, weight train, run, etc.
    I LOVE sweet flavors with fish or spicy. So usually I will bake fish with a fruit or citrus. I also really enjoy jalapenos baked on top or hot pepper flakes with hot pepper oil! That fish you got sounds amazing.

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    Miranda @ Miranda Runs June 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Ahh so jealous! I can’t wait until I can go to something like this!

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    Emily June 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Have you checked out “Juice” in Boston? They have some great mixes of veggies in their juices as well!

    As far as shoes go…running shoes I try to stick to lighter shoes that seem to be durable. With the minimalist craze still going on, it is really easy to find lightweight shoes, but not as easy to find shoes that last more than 200 miles. I’ve had good luck with New Balance’s lighter weight shoes. As for Crossfit-I am debating whether or not to get Olympic Lifting Shoes. I won a pair of free Reebok shoes in a race, and am debating between the Nano’s or Lifting Shoes. Do you use the Lifting shoes or just stick to the Nano’s?

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I’d stick to the Nanos. You can wear them for EVERYTHING at CrossFit!

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    Grace @ Grace Dishes June 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This looks fantastic. The ingredients in your juice definitely intrigue me and give me some ideas.

    Loving your fitbloggin’ recap :) You look great!

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    @Grace @ Grace Dishes: Aww, thank you! :)

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    Nicole June 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    The Friday lunch was delicious. I loaded up my plate with the portabellos and the smoked salmon. Such a treat!

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    Leigh @ Beach and Back Runner June 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Fitbloggin’ looks like so much fun! That smoothie looks amazing. Portland looks like a great city.

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    Shel@PeachyPalate June 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Nano’s are seriously the best, didn’t believe the hype until I got a pair! Random question..seriously getting more and more keen on visiting Portland…bearing in mind I live in Ireland it might seem kind of random but it’s just so high on the top cities for vegan restaurants and with all the fitbloggin posts of late it seems beautiful! A really “healthy living” spot…would you recommend it?

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, jeez, I’m not sure. I only spent a couple of days in Portland. I really liked Kure, but I didn’t go anywhere else that was vegan. Maybe some local readers might have a better idea?

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    Mary June 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I love Julie’s sunglasses, very cool! Comfort for me is the number one criteria when buying shoes of any kind!

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    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers June 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    @Mary: Thanks so much, Mary!! :D

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    Mary June 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    @Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers: Your blog rocks too!!!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    What a wonderful time! Portland looks like such a beautiful city. I’ve never been there before, but I think I need to go at some point soon! Your lunch sounds so delicious and the juice bar sounds amazing too! I can see why it took you so long to make a decision, especially with all the choices!

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    Shel@PeachyPalate June 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Ah no probs, maybe I should just take a trip to NY :)

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    NYC is definitely a good option!

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    Evelyn June 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Hey there! Love the tank dress… mind sharing where its from?

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Mine? It’s from Nordstrom Rack! :)

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I love seeing so many of my favorite bloggers coming together! Lately I’ve been loving the fruity flavors with fish (e.g. mango salsa on salmon or shrimp, blueberry sauce on white fish, even strawberries mixed with fish!)

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    Jessie June 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    As a resident of Oregon, welcome to the Northwest! I love it here and it sounds like you are enjoying it too! You and your blogging friends are sooooo adorably cute! Thanks for being a model of health and an inspiration and motivation for so many.

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    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Britney is the BEST!! Hung out with her at Blend!

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    Sara @ fitcupcaker June 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    looks like such a fun time. I hope to go next year. I love Britney, she is hilarious!

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    Ash Bear June 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    That juice sounds amazing! Also, your reviews of Fitbloggin’ are making me want to come back for it next year!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, what fun!!! Looks like you all had such a great time!!

    What Look for in sneakers is that they fit! :) I wear a size 10 and it seems most sneakers don’t make a perfect size 10 they seem to run small.

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    Lisa June 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    It sounds like it was such a fun experience! :-)

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    amyloispie June 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Fanscape!!! They’re good people :) I interned with them in 2005. Small world!

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    Heather @ Housewife Glamour June 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    LOVED hanging with you for the conference! You are the sweetest, and I miss our (3x a day) adventures to Kure already! Hope to connect with you again sometime soon :)

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    Tina June 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    It was so fun hanging out with you! Please keep in touch!!!! :)

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    Jamie June 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Your conference looked amazing! What a treat it would be to go one day. I’m a Brooks fan true and true, so venturing out to different brands is hard. I’m always looking for a light-weight running shoe with good arch support.

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    Beth Sheridan (sugarcoatedsheridans.com) June 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Definitely wish I could’ve been there to hear about the shoes…I need some desperately!!

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    Rachael @ Pizza, Run, Repeatza June 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    It looks like such a fun trip and a great conference. I love the combination of workouts, education, sight-seeing, etc… Looks like a blast!

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    Annette@FitnessPerks June 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    That juice looks fab!

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    Ashley @ BrocBlog June 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I definitely need to learn about picking shoes, I almost always just look for comfort and whatever the store person says would be a good fit for me. This conference looks fantastic!

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    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More June 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Portland is one of my favorite cities! I am glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

    Fitbloggin’ sounds like a great time!

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    Lindsay July 1, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I need HELP looking for a new shoe! I do so many activities now, running, hiking, Zumba and I wish I could have just one shoe that could cover all those bases. I currently upgraded and find that Merrill makes my fave hiking boot, for unstable and treacherous trails (or especially when we were on craggy temple ground in Cambodia), AND their trail running shoe is AWESOME. So light weight and comfortable. BUT still need help on a runner/trainer.

    The mango tree in our backyard has been in SEASON so we’ve been eating a ton of mango salsa with white fish varieties. I like a little salt and a little sweet!

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    Ksenija @ Health Ninja July 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to join a conference in the future, so thumbs pressed that I can make it to the USA for my final semester, taking a transatlantic flight is otherwise hard to justify ;)

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    Jena July 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Love the tips on selecting the perfect workout shoe. I knew that training / crossfit / weightlifting shoes had less padding, but I had no idea they were designed to move in more directions! I’m going to keep this in mind in my upcoming shoe shopping!
    Thanks:)

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    Jaime July 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Shoes suck. No, seriously, it’s hard to pick, mostly because I run sometimes, walk sometimes, and do things like Insanity sometimes. I have the sinking feeling I should buy two or three pairs of sneakers. My shoe budget weeps…

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    Lisa July 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Love walking/running/biking the waterfront. Used to run the loop (about 4 miles) during my lunch hour!

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    Tara@mainleyrunningmama July 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, loving all your eats!!! Looks wicked good.

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    Tina July 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Love your use of wicked! ;)

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance July 2, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Functionality, comfort, durability, and look are my must-haves in shopping for sneakers. I am a sucker for Nike but your posts make me want to try Reebok. :P

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    Beeb July 9, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Great recap! I can spot myself in the Reebok session photo, LOL. :)

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