Indulging in the sweet tastes of Maipu

Argentina’s beer wine region, Mendoza, here we come! We were greeted with beautiful hot, sunny weather and a great balcony at our hostel to enjoy it.

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But we had places to go! Next day we bussed to the vineyard region in the large, brown area of Maipu (pronounced my-poo) which as you can imagine left us with hours of play-on-word jokes (which I took a took a step to far, continuing on for days…) From there we hired bikes and rode to the different wineries.

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Maipu smelt like roses!

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We tried different wines from Maipu region, then pooped popped back on the bikes and skidded on to the next stop.

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We were greeted by the cutest puppy, Tommy. It was love 🙂

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And here we also enjoyed tasting the olives and olive pastes.

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We both loved our day in Maipu and highly recommend getting there if you are visiting Argentina.

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We arrived back in Mendoza and checked out some of the great bars the city has to offer. It was a Monday night and the bars were packed!

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We love our day trips- bright and early the next morning we caught a bus to Uspallata. We kind of had no idea what we were going to and to be honest we were both looking forward to 2.5 hours of sleep time on the bus. But when we arrived we were not disappointed! Beautiful, rustic small town in the valley surrounded by mountains. We hired bikes once again, got given a map and disappeared with not another person in sight into the desert wilderness!

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The town itself is described as a green oasis in the middle of the desert…

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The ride was uphill on rocky, unpaved roads for 10 fricken kms! Maybe had we prepared ourselves mentally for this challenge it would have been easier? Pretty low on the energy side of things, we eventually got to the end of the road,

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used every last ounce of energy to climb up to the top of one of the mountains and took time to enjoy the incredible view of the multicoloured desert mountains.
Worth the hard yards 🙂

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After some chill time and targeted rock throwing, which is becoming Josh’s new hobby we readied ourselves for 10kms of pure downhill sweetness!

These highlights from Mendoza are only a handful of what this city has to offer! We also enjoyed just relaxing in the beautiful parks- went for an awesome run, enjoyed the cafes, markets and bars and were sad to be leaving… Luckily overnight buses aren’t that bad 😉

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Next stop, Salta – in northwest Argentina!

Check out our Travel Page for more of our adventures!

Spring Running and Delicious Vegetable Quiche Recipe

Spring time in Sydney! It is just THE best waking up to the sun shining brightly through my blinds.I also has my first run of the season today..

It was a steady and very hilly 5km run, and what a bonus is was catching up with a good friend at the same time! Thanks Ar 🙂

Now for WIAW… Please note this is not everything I have eaten today! Just my packed lunch and dinner 😀 Thanks Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting this blogging partay.Peas and Crayons

 

School packed recess and lunch was yoghurt and frozen berries and left over quinoa salad, with cottage cheese and greens. My sister made a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and have taken it for lunch everyday this week. So nice and easy!

Now for dinner.. I am going to share my mom’s vegetable quiche recipe and you have to try it! It is honestly amazing and so easy to adapt to suite what you have in your fridge and what your preferences are.

Vegetable Quiche
Doesn’t photograph very well.. but looked so hearty and delicious in person 😉

Ingredients (to serve 4)
2 onions
Mushrooms (Be very generous – once cooked they shrivel down to nothing)
2 zucchinis
2 bags baby spinach (once again, be generous!)
Bag of rocket
6 eggs
Cottage cheese (as much as desired, we used one small tub)
Olive oil, salt, pepper

Method

1) Prep all vegetables. In a large pan, add some olive oil and chopped up onions. When onions have started browning, add mushrooms and zucchinis. Season with salt and pepper.

2) Add spinach and rocket

3) Remove from heat and drain out any water if necessary. In another bowl mix together 6 eggs. Mix with vegetable mixture and add cottage cheese.

4) In a greased oven-proof dish add mixture. And place in preheated 180 degree celcius oven (360 degree farenheit).

5) Serve with a crunchy Greek salad.

Enjoy making it and sharing it with loved ones!

Whats your favourite recipe you have learned from your Mom? and
What is your favourite season?

Happy Wednesday, friends!

July Health and Fitness Goals

It still amazes me that we are already in July. Where and how has this year just flown by?  Here are my health and fitness goals for this month. (See my past post on tips for setting goals)

1) Stretch more.  Stretching improves flexibility and can help preventing injuries. I know this, but I still don’t take stretching as seriously as I should.

2) Drink more water.  Water is vital for all our bodily functions and I often forget how good I feel when I up my water intake.

3) Build a Veggie patch with my Dad and find a way to keep the birds away! We have both always enjoyed being in the garden and have had a few failed attempts at planting herbs and veggies. We have decided to do some research and this time do it properly! (Any hints will be gladly appreciated)

4) Try a new Group Fitness Class – Bikram Yoga, Zumba, Aqua aerobics… I am open to suggestions on this one!

5) Organise a girls group run and breaky one Sunday this month.  Sydney siders, stay tuned for details and let me know if you would be interested (I guarantee beautiful scenery and a good choice of cafe) 🙂

What are your health and fitness goals this month?

and (Sydney siders) Would you be interested in a Sunday girls run and breakfast?

Please leave me a comment with your goals and thoughts xxx

Run, coffee and cruise through Sunday

Sunday winter morning… Chilly 7 degrees celsius and a crisp blue sky. What better way to get the day started then a beautiful 6km run from Bondi Beach to Bronte?

Being able to enjoy my surroundings on foot and in my own time is just one of the reasons Why I fell in love with running!

The half way mark always calls for a good stretch..

And the end mark,  calls for a good coffee 🙂

This whole-in-the-wall coffee shop ‘Birichino’ makes great coffee in eco-friendly take-away cups. If you are in the area, check it out.  The decor is defs my style and the staff were nice and friendly!

We were then lucky enough to spend the rest of the day enjoying Sydney in the best way possible.. On the water with Josh’s family.

Josh’s mum always throws together a delicious lunch. Today was Tuna Niçoise salad, with bagels, olive dip, humous and triple-cream brie cheese. Delish! Thanks Cheryl 🙂

We had the most wonderful day and enjoyed soaking up the sun.
Who would have thought  it was winter??

Well that was my Sunday and I definitely feel reengerised for the week ahead 😀

How did you spend your Sunday? 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment, and check out my Training plan for City2Surf – Only 7 weeks to go!

Sunday PR and Baking

Sunday morning is usually my Bondi beach run day… however due to the miserable weather this morning Josh and I ended up running around the shopping centre instead.

Whilst Josh was checking out IPads, I used the opportunity to (sneakily) publicise my blog

Lol. I only managed to upload it onto 2 computers… before shame got the better of me.

I then headed home and decided to do a bit of baking.  A seeded-nut loaf seemed like the perfect idea. I called my mom for a rough ingredient list and she enlisted the help of her baking-guru-friend, Ilana.  Thanks Lanz 🙂

It is a pretty simple recipe and a slice of this loaf is the perfect way to fuel a workout.  It is loaded with nuts, seeds and wholegrains; making it high in fibre and protein.

To begin, turn the oven onto around 180 degrees.  Grease a loaf tin and set out all the ingredients, 2 large bowls, measuring utensils and a mixing spoon.

You can choose to use whatever nuts and seeds you like; I went with pecans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and linseeds.

To begin you add all the dry ingredients together in 1 bowl.

  • 2.5 cups wholewheat self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • large pinch of salt

In another bowl, add the wet ingredients.

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk

Wet mixture and dry mixture

Combine wet and dry mixtures. Add nuts and seeds to mixture.This is what I added to mine (however you can be flexible in quantities and nut/seed selection here).

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup linseed
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

Pour into loaf tin.

Pre-decorating

Combine 1 egg and a dash of water, and brush the loaf. Then sprinkle nuts and seeds to decorate!

Post-decorating, ready for the oven!

Place in pre-heated oven for about 1 hour (keep an eye on it!)

And then my friends… just wait patiently.  An aroma of deliciousness will fill your home and tease your taste buds.

Take out the oven and allow to cool, before enjoying with a cup of tea and your favourite spread.

Ready to be eaten

Happy Dad

Tea time is over and well enjoyed by all. I am off to squeeze in a body attack class @ the gym now. Happy Sunday everyone!

Whats’s on the menu for tea at your place?

Hump-day Motivation

After school today, I stepped out for a run. The knee felt a bit tingly so I resorted to walk most the way.  But, anywho I still got to enjoy the crispness of the beautiful Autumn afternoon it was.

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I thought maybe I should give running on grass a go- it did feel a lot easier on my knee, so I did a few laps around the oval.
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Tonight I am meeting my sister for dinner at our favourite Sushi place, Tenka.
It is a small, unassuming restaurant with by far the best sushi in town 🙂
Before hit the shower, I will leave you with some Wednesday motivation which was shared by none other than the runner woman herself- Oprah.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”

Oprah Winfrey

 Isn’t it just so true? I find the harder I train, the more work I put in, the more satisfying the process it.
Hope that motivates you to get outdoors – if not for the running than for the scenery 🙂
Ciao for now
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