What better place to run through mud than somewhere that naturally has a lot of it, Oklahoma!
I found out about the race 2 days before and started scavenging for friends that were not drinking beers and eating hot dogs on the lake for Memorial Day weekend!
Luckily, my long time family friend I like to refer to as my “brother from another mother” and fierce athletic competitor was up for the challenge!
Saturday morning, Jeffrey, myself and my photographer (also known as my Dad!) took off for Ardmore, Oklahoma to complete the Fitness Freak 5K Mud Run.
Got our numbers and in the words of the Dixie Chicks “ready, ready, ready, ready , ready to run!”
Started off strong… then this happened!
and 19 obstacles later…
The climb up the finish line begins and continues…
Good news: when you get to the top, you get to slide down!
And for my favorite picture of the day…
Jeffrey takes a breather at the end while I take advantage of a photo-op and pose!
We received our medals and continued over to the photo wall!
Battle wounds happened, but that’s what a run like this is all about right??
Now it was time to hose down and clean up! Good thing I borrowed my Moms old shoes, do you think she’ll want them back??
I’m going to say probably not!
I would recommend the run to anyone that wants a good challenge! I will forever lovingly refer to this particular race as the “5K on Crack”!! If you think running up and over walls in shoes full of mud with dirty water dripping down your back is awesome then this is the race for you!
When Chef Chad Houser of Parigi Restaurant recommended Pecan Lodge BBQ, I thought he was sending me to a restaurant… but he was actually sending me to heaven on earth!
Sometimes you have a good meal that you think about from time to time, then you have those meals that get stuck in your head like a dang Katy Perry song!
Most girls daydream about cute boys, fancy clothes or a fun night out with the girls, I daydream about food!! Currently my daydreams are filled with Chopped Brisket Sandwiches and Bacon Mac and Cheese!
Melt-in-your-mouth is an understatement, this sandwich disintegrates into little pieces of paradise on your tongue. The tender meat, flavorful sauce and soft, buttery bun combine to make “the best dang BBQ sandwich ever!”
Nothing makes me happier than the site of a glistening buttered bun and crispy bacon crumbles!
A small stall in the Dallas Farmers Market is all it takes to make your BBQ dreams come true!
I would have tried one of everything on the menu, but this happened…
Yes, a line around the Farmers Market. At 1:05 when we arrived at the front of the line, brisket was our only option. Pulled pork, SOLD OUT. Ribs, SOLD OUT. Sausage, SOLD OUT.
The word is out people! Get here at 11 AM and remember they are only open Thursday through Sunday. Although in my opinion it should be a crime to only offer the “best dang BBQ sandwich ever” 4 days a week!
Look for this little gem in the heart of Texas premiering on Food Networks Diners, Drive Ins and Dives this Monday night!
What an exciting moment, the first check off the bucket list, and I couldn’t imagine a better one to start with!
As I flew back to my hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma on Sunday evening, my good friend and fellow crazed sports fan, Bradie, booked a plane ticket for her first trip to the great state of Oklahoma to help me complete my first bucket list item!
She flew in Monday morning and the first item of business was well under way, get that girl some Thunder gear! Five shirts later, my Mom, myself and Bradie all had new Thunder gear for the game that night!
I ended up wearing four different Thunder shirts throughout the day! (Can you say wardrobe change much?!)
Following the Thunder shirt shopping spree Bradie and I headed straight for my favorite restaurant in OKC, Ted’s Cafe Escondido for the best frozen sangria I’ve ever had!
We then headed down to “Thunder Alley” which takes place before and during all Thunder games directly in front of the stadium. They have bounce houses and games for kids, plenty of photo ops and of course mingling with fellow Thunder fans!
After meeting up with some friends, getting our tickets and pre-gaming, it was time to Thunder Up, and they don’t call it “Loud City” for nothing! The stadium was rocking all night!
I have to say that it is SO fun to be the fan of a team whose city is behind them 110%, you can barely go a block in OKC right now without seeing a Thunder flag, shirt, banner or painted building supporting the team!
Thunder pulled out a huge win over the Lakers to win the Round Two series 4:1 and advance to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
I am so excited that I actually get to check this bucket list item off TWICE because my good friend Garrick is taking me to Game 3 in OKC on Thursday night! Can’t wait to Thunder Up again in Loud City!
This also means I need another Thunder shirt… or 4 😉
Following up from yesterdays post announcing my Summer Adventure Plan, this is my tentative summer schedule!
If I’m coming to a city near you, contact me! If I should go somewhere that’s not on the schedule, let me know! Tell me who to interview and what fun events are in your city, as well as where to eat and who to meet!
This post will be changing and evolving as I add new cities, events and interviews, so check back regularly to see what I’m up to!
May 19: Depart Los Angeles
May 19-20: San Diego, California
May 21-23: Edmond, Oklahoma
May 24-25: Dallas, Texas
May 26- June 7: Edmond, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma
Interviews: The stars of YouTube video sensation “Beard Like Harden”
Events: June 1 – My Big Brothers 30th Birthday Celebration
June 8- June 10: Houston, Texas
June 11: Waco, Texas
Interviews: Caprino Royale Goat Farm
June 12 – 27: Edmond, Oklahoma
June 28- July 2: New York City, New York
July 3 – July 7: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
July 8- 11: Boston, Massachusetts
July 12-27: San Diego, California
Events: July 18 – Opening Day at the Races, Del Mar, CA
“You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump. Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they would have or could have had.” – Don Kel
I’m jumping into a new social experiment in blogging that involves a summer of travel and I need your help, read below to find out just what this all means!
As I approached (and gracefully passed) my quarter life mark, the usual life events began to occur, friends got married (Congratulations Marin!), friends had babies (Love you Eli!),
friends graduated college, friends got new jobs, friends advanced in their careers, friends moved away and friends moved closer and I…. made food!
My life is an ever-changing adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Growing up, my parents (the greatest in the world in my book!) always told me to go for it, to live my dreams and to never miss out on an opportunity. I took their advice, probably even further than they expected (and maybe wanted me to) sometimes!
When I was 21 I started my first business and I loved every minute of it, but at a certain point I realized that it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. That is when the crazy adventure that is, my life in LA, began.
I really had no plans in LA, but just to try something new. And something new is what I got. I went back to school, I traveled, I made new friends and I began the ever amazing journey that is blogging.
The blog began as an actual notebook I wrote in when I first moved to LA. I wrote in the book about things that made me happy, what my goals were and what I was doing to achieve each of those goals.
Today’s post is a culmination of all those things. Over the last year I’ve realized that the things that make me the happiest and most fulfilled are:
People – meeting them, talking to them, being around them. I love fun people, people with interesting stories, adventurous people and my favorite, the positive people 🙂
Traveling – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustin
Adventures – Everything from half marathons in the mountains to hiking at the beach to camping in the woods, I’m always up for a new adventure!
Food – I’m pretty sure if you’ve ever read my blog before, you can pretty much figure this one out!
Cooking – This is my escape, when I’m in the kitchen I’m the most creative, the happiest and the most at peace than anywhere else!
Writing – What a release! Writing for me is therapy. Everything from jotting down notes, to writing stories, writing recipes and writing about my adventures, I love the way the written word can resonate with people so uniquely and reach people on different levels!
I have combined all of these and come up with my latest plan for life.
I will be traveling to cities everywhere from the US, to Mexico, to Canada and anywhere else someone invites me!
I will be staying with friends, family, friends of friends and cooking for them. Yup, you heard me right, I stay at your house = I cook for you! I would say the trade-off works pretty well right?
In each city I want to experience a new adventure, whether it be sky diving, mud runs, swimming with dolphins or anything in between, I’m up for it! I’ll be interviewing chefs, bloggers and interesting people in each city and trying the best and most intriguing restaurants each one has to offer!
Here’s where you come in:
Where should I go? Tell me where you live or where you’ve visited that I must go and see!
What should I do? What adventure should I experience in this city? Do you all have the largest Jazz festival outside of New Orleans, do you have a beer festival that would put Oktoberfest to shame, do you have a secret adventure spot that only the locals know about?
Where should I eat? Who has the best pizza, most interesting menu, biggest pancake I’ve ever seen?
Who should I interview? Are you a chef, do you know a chef, do you own a restaurant, are you a fellow blogger, are you “in” with the chef at your favorite restaurant or are you just an interesting person with a story to tell? Tell me who to talk to!
The good news:
I’ll be recording everything on the blog and sharing my adventures, recipes, interviews and restaurant reviews with all of you!
The book. At the end of the summer I will publish my first “food and travel” book!
The people. I want to meet you! You can view a calendar of my travel here! If I’m coming to a city near you, lets meet for coffee or a pint! I’d love to hear your story!
The adventures. Adventures = Stories and “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself. They are the currency of human contact.” — Robert McKee. Join in the adventure by helping me complete one of my Summer Bucket List items!
The food. In the words of my girlfriends OBVI!
I need your help in this adventure!!! Comment below, message me on Facebook, tweet me on Twitter, Instagram me (@whitneybond), tag me on Pinterest in a destination or adventure picture I have to try, share this with your friends, family, fellow bloggers, join the adventure with me!
In the end, my goal is to say this every day of the summer:
“Each day I am thankful for friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love.” – Unknown
Mexican Soyrizo Meatballs are a deliciously spicy vegetarian recipe, top them with Sweet Jalapeno Sauce to calm down the heat in the meatballs!
Meatballs in the middle of “Meatless May”, say it ain’t so! Don’t worry people, I used Soy Chorizo to make these spicy, scrumptious Mexican Meatballs!
To cool down the spiciness I topped them with a Sweet and Creamy Jalapeño sauce then added a Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Couscous for the side.
This recipe also gave me a great reason to use my new Meatball Grilling Basket from Sur La Table (love this place!)
My newest culinary gadget was easy to use and worked perfectly!!!
Ingredients (makes 12 meatballs)
12 oz soy chorizo
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup red onion (diced)
1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 large egg
4 oz can green chilies
Combine the soy chorizo, bread crumbs, cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder in a large bowl.
Add the red and green onions, cilantro and garlic.
Add the green chilies and egg to combine the ingredients.
Mix well then form into meatballs. Spray the grill basket with olive oil cooking spray then place the meatballs in the basket. (If you do not have a grill basket, or a grill for that matter, you can cook the meatballs in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil on the stove.)
Now close the basket and place on the grill over medium heat.
Grill for about 6 minutes on each side. While the meatballs are grilling, prepare the sauce and side.
Sweet Jalapeño Sauce
Ingredients (makes app 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 jalapeño (de-seeded and chopped)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cumin
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Now, prepare the Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Couscous:
Ingredients (makes app. 2 cups)
1 cup couscous
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tomatillos (husks removed)
1 ear corn (kernels removed)
1/4 cup tomatoes (chopped)
1/2 cup red onion (chopped)
1 jalapeño (de-seeded and chopped)
1 lime (juiced)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
Boil the water and salt in a medium saucepan.
When the water comes to a boil, remove from the heat and add the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. In the meantime chop the vegetables and remove the kernels from the ear of corn.
At this time roast the tomatillos on the grill until slightly charred.
Remove from the grill and chop. Add these, as well as the other vegetables to the couscous and mix well.
Top with the lime juice, cilantro and cumin.
Mix together and your side is ready!
At this time the meatballs should be cooked through and ready to come off the grill.
Now remove the meatballs from the grill basket.
Place on a plate with the couscous and jalapeño sauce.
A unique and delicious dinner, but not for the faint of heart, this one is spicy!
Roasted Vegetable Vegan Pizza is made with a phyllo dough crust & topped with roasted tomatoes & garlic for a quick & easy pizza recipe!
So excited because today marks the first day of “Meatless May”!!!
Yes, the next 31 days are dedicated to all my veggie lovers, vegans and vegetarians looking for some new yummy recipes minus the meat!
Part of my inspiration for this month was the fact that my roommate recently decided to go vegan so I found myself attempting to make recipes for him.
I thought it was downright impossible at first, no butter, no eggs, no milk, no CHEESE, heaven forbid! But it has actually become a fun challenge to create something flavorful and filling without all these ingredients!
Not all the recipes this month will be vegan (I can’t go a whole month without cheese, come on people!) but I will include a few in hopes that you all will embrace them and see how delicious vegan can be!
This first recipe is my favorite vegan dish so far!
Ingredients (makes 1 pizza – serves 2)
1 large tomato (sliced)
8 cloves garlic
1 large onion (sliced)
3 tbsp olive oil (divided)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (divided)
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup fresh basil (sliced)
1 tbsp brown sugar
10 sheets phyllo dough
Start by roasting the tomatoes and garlic. Line a baking sheet with foil and place tomatoes evenly in rows with cloves of garlic in between.
Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar on top. Next sprinkle italian seasoning and black pepper evenly, then top with strips of basil.
Roast at 425°F for 40 minutes.
Now it’s time to caramelize the onions.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet, then add the sliced onions.
Once onions become transparent add 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
Cook down until all liquid is absorbed and onions are a golden brown color.
Once cooked completely set to the side. Now remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven.
Set to the side and prepare the phyllo crust. You want to make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go before you make the crust so that the phyllo dough does not dry out.
Lay the 10 sheets on top of each other and fold in half. One at a time fold down the sheets of dough.
Brush (or spray) each layer with olive oil. I chose the spray method for a faster process which is less likely to dry out the dough.
Repeat until all layers except the top have been coated then repeat on the other half. Finally coat the top and fold edges in to make the crust.
Once all edges are folded in spray or brush the crust with olive oil.
Start by topping with the caramelized onions.
Next, top with the roasted tomatoes and garlic.
Place into the 425°F oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is brown and crispy.
Cut into square slices and serve!
This pizza is packed with flavor, light and crispy!