Hello, everybody. And a very happy Friday to you. I hope you had a great week. Mine? It was pretty darn good, outside of a few hours spent attempting to serve jury duty. Now, lets jump right in to today’s “Friday Favorites” with one of the highlights of my week.
My favorite thing on the world wide web: Me on POPSUGAR
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you already saw the big news. This week, I had a piece published on my very favorite website POPSUGAR. I’ve talked about my love of this amazing magazine-website-resource many times and was absolutely elated to have my original work on there for all to see. The article, “Should You Lose Your Shoes During Your Next Workout,” first appeared on this blog in July. Yay! Speaking of POPSUGAR, last night I attended a special event for bloggers they hosted, and I’ll be sharing all about it next week.
My favorite guilty pleasure: The Cheesecake Factory
Okay, I know, I know. I talk all the time about the fabulous restaurants in San Francisco, so how could I possibly like or even stand to patronize The Cheesecake Factory, a big ole’ chain. Well, that’s easy. The cheesecake. I’ve tried nearly half of the dessert menu, and after many years of digging into a slice or two every once in a while on Saturday nights, I found a new favorite. White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut. It’s on a blonde brownie crust, and Dave and I discovered it this past Saturday while sitting at the bar at the Factory after having a disappointing meal at a fancy restaurant in a different neighborhood.
From the top left: The view of The Cheesecake Factory in Union Square; the cake display; one amazing slice of White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake and Dave and I excited to dig into our late-night desserts.
I mean this cheesecake is to-die-for. Just go try it. Trust me. I don’t need to say anything else about this other than that. We also had Craig’s Crazy Carrot Cake Cheesecake, which is one of my standards, but the White Chocolate truly took the cake. Pun very much intended.
My favorite weekly sweat session: Saturday morning BODYATTACK class
It’s not easy to be the teacher of a weekly Saturday morning group fitness class. Not only do I have to be prepared with one-hour of choreography each week, but I have to make sure I’m rested, energized and ready to lead my participants through a challenging workout, no matter how I feel that day. There are times I want to stay out a little later on Friday night, or maybe I feel like hanging out on the couch and having a lazy Saturday morning in my pajamas. Not so much. I get up, I have breakfast, I listen to my music for class and I march the 1.1 miles to the gym in my sneakers and sweats. Without fail, every single class is awesome and so much sweaty fun. We run around the room, we grunt, we laugh and we nearly collapse at the end, because that’s what Les Mills BODYATTACK is all about.
Just about 20 red-faced BODYATTACK athletes smiling for the camera after class.
Even though this is the smallest class of the week that I teach, it’s a great group of people who roll out of bed and join me, when there are tons of other ways they could be spending their free weekend time. That’s commitment right there. Thank you to all my many wonderful members, because you make it worth the effort!
My favorite new pasta sauce: Sauces ‘n Love
On Tuesday, when I returned home from work I had a big box outside my apartment and inside were some ice packs and three jars of pasta sauce. The folks at Sauces ‘n Love sent me their gluten-free, 100-percent natural ingredient, no-added sugar, vegetarian sauce. I received Pomodoro Basilico, Sugo Rosa and Alfredo. If you read my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts you know I eat veggie pastas at least twice a week. That means I’m always open to trying to new sauces to spice things up, especially if they are of the super healthy variety. And you know you’re eating something healthy when you can pronounce and easily identify every single ingredient in the sauce.
I tried the basic Pomodoro Basilico red sauce on my typical veggie pasta dish, and it was super fresh and tasty. It seemed light, but also flavorful, with just the right amount of basil. In fact, I ended up using it two nights in a row and finishing it up. Dave tried the Alfredo sauce on some whole wheat pasta and ate it two nights in a row. He said, and I quote, “It was so good, I wish my meal wasn’t done. Man. Mmmm. Wow. Yes, I’d have that again. And you can quote me on that.” I also took a big bite of his creamy concoction and was floored. I mean it was better than what you’d expect at a nice Italian restaurant. With excitement, we’ll be digging into the Sugo Rosa next week, (which is supposed to be their version of a vodka sauce).
From top left: The three sauces; an open container of Pomodoro Basilico; a veggie pasta dish featuring the Sauces ‘n Love classic red sauce in action and some more sauce.
Big convenience factor as well. You can pop these jars in the microwave to heat up the sauce, which is how I did it for Dave’s batch. The list of sauces available is pretty diverse, and they’re sold at Whole Foods. If you’re like me and you eat a lot of pasta-type dishes, have you ever thought of buying the fancy sauce? Sauces ‘n Love retail anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99, so a little more than the regular stuff, but sooo worth it in my book now that I’ve tried them. It’s a cute name too, wouldn’t you say?
Congratulations to the winner of the Avant-Barre class giveaway, Nicole. She has been notified by email. Make sure you keep reading because I have another giveaway coming up soon open to everyone!
And with that, I’m off to enjoy my Friday. On the agenda I have a coffee date, a little work, a BODYPUMP class and a casual dinner with Dave at our neighborhood sushi spot. Have a good one!
Other entertaining Friday Favorites
Take a look at all of my previous “Friday Favorites” posts below. And for even more, visit the the link-up hostess, Heather.
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
Questions of the day
What’s the best part of your week? What are you doing this weekend? Do you have a favorite pasta sauce?