Beer Sampler & The Seafood Boil

Ok, so this post (and events that took place this weekend) is neither healthy (not really), vegan, alcohol free, or suitable for small children. So, that being said, enjoy my weekend recap… 😉

Friday Happy Hour

What can I say, work on Friday was long and tough. A trip to the Los Gatos Brewing Company was just what the doctor ordered.

Beer Sampler and the boyfriend's finger 😉

Gotta stay hydrated...

A sample of 6 of the top beers of the season, along with some eats.. now that’s a happy happy hour. If only I could even finish half of the sampler… um, yeah, I’m a lightweight. I think I had two or three of the 6 and the boyfriend finished off the rest. He’s well versed in the art of beer drinking, not I. 😉

Fish Tacos from the Happy Hour Menu
All fresh ingredients, fish, cabbage slaw, and guac.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Up and at ’em to start the morning, nice and early. In order to get ready for the morning CrossFit Community Day (more on that in a minute), I threw together some scrambled eggs, spinach, leftover chicken breast, and Dijon mustard.

Eggs, chicken, and a side of pureed red peppers with olive oil.

CrossFit Community Day

To honor 9-11, and all Veterans, CrossFit Los Gatos (where I CrossFit) had Community Day, invited anyone interested to take a class for free, followed with a Paleo BBQ. We had a great turnout for the 10 am class, and an incredible workout.

Me, in purple, front row, middle(ish)..

The workout was titled, Murph. This is kind of how it went down, quoted from our CrossFit Blog:

This weekend’s Community Day was a great time.  In order to pay our respects to the day, September 11th, we did one of CrossFit’s Hero WODs–Murph.  Murph is one of the more intimidating WODs, especially for beginners.  The gasps and groans that accompanied the announcement of the WOD were both numerous and understandable.  The athletes were split into 7 teams of 4 in order to tackle Murph.  The teams were randomly chosen so that beginners and first timers were teamed with experienced CrossFitters.  The rules were that only 1 team member could work at a time on the runs, which were all broken into 200m sprints, and 2 team members could work at a time on the pullups, pushups, and squats.

So what exactly is Murph? It went a little something like this…

Workout: Team Murph

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

Yeah…

Breaking into teams of 4, each person had to complete some of each item, not all of each. For example, I did 25 of the pull-ups, about 50 push ups, and about 80, or so, of the air squats, along with four 200 meter sprints. And yes, YES, I was sore (and still am). My team (team 1) got second, even though they wrote a 3 under our names… I love the team workouts for the energy and, well, team aspect. They’re such a different dynamic than working by yourself.

Post CrossFit: Recovery Smoothie

I <3 Smoothies

Blended with love: Chocolate Hemp protein powder, rice protein powder, pasteurized egg whites, maca powder, chocolate Stevia, and lots of ice.

Mmmmm. Frosty Goodness.

Gotta feed those muscles, right?

And Speaking of feeding muscles… protein helps with the muscle-building process. And if you’re going to be getting protein in, might as well make sure it’s GOOD tasting, right?

Sunday Seafood Boil

Am I spoiled or what?

Having a foodie boyfriend (who likes to cook and is damn good at it) helps.

Boil some water in a large pot. Outdoors is fun, and makes for easy clean-up.

To boiling water, add Cajun Boil Spices, potatoes, corn, carrots, onions, sliced lemon, and a whole head of garlic, no peeling necessary.

Boil for about a half hour, then add the protein goods…

Oh yes, he was alive. And oh yes, I was not thrilled about this...

You can bet it was not me putting this live guy in the hot, boiling water. 🙁 But anyway, lobster, shrimp, clams, and crab legs were added to the water. And then we feasted… literally…

Eatin' authentic style: on paper bags, off the table

Finished: Our seafood graveyard.

And that pretty much sums up my weekend. I may or may not have left out Saturday night’s adventure with some gym friends, on a boat, with lots of different alcohols. And the left-out information is probably a good thing.. 😉

Questions for my lovely readers:

Seafood: Do you like it, love it, hate it? Have you ever murdered a live lobster…? 🙁

Recovery: What is your favorite remedy for recover? What do you eat/drink/massage? What helps you soothe your muscles the most?

Weekend: What did you do this weekend????