Monday, May 13, 2019

Our First Visit to Bonjour Cafe

I’m always on the hunt for new iced coffee places, so when the sign for Bonjour Cafe at Charles David Salon & Spa on Webster Street in Hanover caught my attention, I knew I wanted to stop in sooner than later. The location is basically “on the way” to just about everything, so it was just a matter of time before I stopped in.

Last Friday, Quinn and I were on our way to swim lessons. It was a beautiful sunny day, so the weather definitely inspired my decision to get a second (ok, third) iced coffee for the day, and we finally visited Bonjour Cafe.

I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The cafe was quite adorable. It’s pretty small and doesn’t have any seating, but it’s located on the first floor and connected to Charles David Salon & Spa.

The menu at Bonjour Cafe had the usual coffee and espresso options, including iced coffee and cold brew, as well as breakfast, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, dinners, and more. I was surprised it had a menu with so many healthy options!

The woman behind the counter was super friendly and even offered Quinn a free cookie that had gotten broken, but she didn’t want to go to waste. It was white chocolate macadamia, and it was realllllly tasty!

I ordered an iced coffee, and it was flavorful (not watery), delicious, and didn’t cost a fortune. We’ll definitely visit again. I actually want to take Mal the next time we visit, so he can taste test the iced coffee as well as the breakfast sandwiches. Two different people ordered them while Quinn and I were there, so they definitely might have potential!

After our visit to Bonjour Cafe, we headed to Goldfish for Quinn’s weekly lesson. He was quite silly in the pool today, but still managed to focus on his back float and did probably the best rollover to back float I’ve seen him do yet! 🙂

After swim lessons, Quinn and I visited the library and then headed home to take Murphy for a walk. Mal ended up skipping the gym, so he was home early… and hungry! We ended up going to The Range for dinner.

Back at home, I mixed up a DELICIOUS lavender buttercream latte. Holy yum!

And finished the night by reading a few chapters of Radical Metabolism, which has an interesting take on omega-6 fats and how the gallbladder is involved in weight loss. I’m only about a 1/3 way through, but it’s a super interesting book! 

Build a Booty Challenge Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the 30-Day Build a Booty Challenge giveaway! Here’s your winner:

Brittany C.

I’m loving this challenge!!! I even get up and do the workout in the AM before work! Day 2 was killer but Day 4 had my legs hurting a good hurt the next day!

Congrats, Brittany! Please send me an email with your full name and mailing address, so I can send you a prize.

Be sure to check back at the end of the month for another giveaway to complete the challenge! 🙂

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Introducing the Primal Cooking Series!

As I mentioned in last week’s Success Story post, I’m unveiling something new today—a new cooking series I call “Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy.” My co-author for the Keto Reset cookbooks and leader of the Keto Reset Facebook group, Dr. Lindsay Taylor and I are in the kitchen preparing a great set of Primal and keto recipes you can easily make for your own enjoyment. We’ve got everything from snacks to dinners on the docket, so join us each Monday morning.

(And for your success story fans out there, we’ll be back with more this July. In the meantime, check out our archives—and submit your own story for Mark’s Daily Apple here.)

Without further ado, let’s get right to it. Check out this introduction Lindsay and I put together for the cooking series, and keep reading to see our first Primal+keto snack video below. I’m excited to share this project today.

Today Lindsay and I are kicking things off in the series with one of *my* favorite Primal snacks (which also happens to be totally keto-friendly): deviled eggs.

Here’s an expert tip: make more than you think you’ll need. These tend to disappear—even if you’re the only Primal type in the house. And, yes, it doesn’t get much simpler than this crowd-pleasing classic, but it just goes to show how easy great keto eating can be. Enjoy, everybody!

Deviled Egg Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Classic Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Primal Kitchen Spicy Brown Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika, for garnish

Instructions:

Place your eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes.

Drain, cool in ice water and peel.

Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolk to a small bowl with a spoon and place the egg whites on a plate.

Mash the yolks with a fork and add the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir everything together.

Use a spoon to add a portion of the deviled egg mixture back into the hole of each egg white. Sprinkle on paprika for garnish.

Thanks for stopping in, everybody. Be sure to join us next Monday for more Primal +Keto Cooking Made Easy. Have an awesome week!

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Weekend Like A Mother

^^My mom and her friend Cathy rocking out their 80s outfits! My visor was very on trend those days too :mrgreen:

We had quite the whirlwind of a weekend! On Friday afternoon Matt and I took Mazen to the dentist to have a tooth pulled from complications with tooth grinding. This tooth was not loose and the grown up tooth will not come in for about 5 more years, so it was not an ideal situation. Surprisingly Mazen was not nervous because I told him the Tooth Fairy brought an extra large surprise for teeth that are pulled. And we promised a trip to Target afterwards.

He handled the appointment like a champ. And Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry did a great job keeping him calm and comfortable.

For an early dinner, I had the second half of this Roots bowl that I had for lunch. Plus a slice of broccoli cheddar quiche from Plenty.

And I headed to the ACAC Rooftop to meet my friends for a little girl time.

They will be serving drinks on the roof this year, so they had a special table set up and some apps. I had a Minute Man.

Back at home, Mazen wrote the Tooth Fairy a note and put his tooth (in the little chest) out along with the bigger chest “for the treasure she brings.”

She came early in the night and brought him some of the half dollar coins Mazen is obsessed with along with a large bill. She is also hoping that the rest of the teeth fall out naturally so she can go back to paying just $1 a tooth, which is her standard rate :mrgreen:

Early the next day we were all up getting ready to hit the road for Williamsburg to attend Thomas’s cousin’s baby shower. I did a really fun iFit run through a Tanzanian national park on the treadmill before having some of the French toast Thomas made for us.

Thomas’s mom, Eileen, met us and we headed out just after 9. Birchie slept for about 45 minutes in the car and did well the rest of the ride with his Nona beside him. (The return trip did not go so well!)

Thomas went golfing with his cousin-in-law (is that a thing?!) and we went to lunch with his aunt and cousin’s daughter. It was our first time trying out the new Phil and Ted’s Lobster seat I bought at my sister’s recommendation. It was SO great to have!

I had two fried oysters and this superfood salad, which was yummy!

Birchie was ready for his second nap and luckily took a small one on Nona towards the end of our lunch. She has the magic touch. Doesn’t he look snuggly?

The shower was hosted by a family friend in a beautiful home. There were ham biscuits, chicken salad, fruit skewers, and hummus.

And the most delicious macarons.

I sipped a glass of William Hill wine – a winery I visited with my sister on our last trip to Sonoma.

Lindsey received some cute animals for her baby boy and her niece tried to claim them as her own!

We headed out to meet up with Thomas and stopped by Old City BBQ before heading back to town.

This little guy slept for a little bit and then was SO OVER his car seat by the time we got home. It was a lot of driving in one day, but it also makes me worried for our beach trips later this summer. I think it’s time for the Clek Foonf to come out of storage.

Once home, Thomas went to the grocery store for Mother’s Day supplies, and I ate my BBQ dinner, which was so good!

Thomas’s late run was worth it for a taste of this!! OMG – so delicious!

Happy Mother’s Day to our mom!!

Thomas was up early working on a special brunch for our family. He also showered me with flowers and a card and lots of love!

He made eggs Benedict and homemade waffles with bacon for the whole fam. And Clay brought a pretty fruit salad!

Super delicious!

Hope you guys enjoyed your weekends <3

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