Chapel Hill Adventures & Fresh Thai Summer Rolls

Hello, hello!

I’ve been having a wonderful weekend here in Chapel Hill — my friend Ashley from D.C. has been visiting!


You’ll recognize her if you’ve read pretty much any of my race recaps (or running posts from DC) because we trained for and ran the Army 10 Miler, Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, AND my first half marathon together, among a few other shorter races :) I miss her! I love how running made us such good friends :)

Anyway, the weather got nice and cold and rainy just in time for her to come. Lame! But we’ve still been enjoying ourselves! Friday afternoon was spent showing Ashley around the UNC campus while bundled up and enjoying hot Starbucks drinks. :)

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Then, it was time for one of my favorite things ever — Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn! (This was actually the topic of my latest Chapel Hill Magazine blog post!)



Ashley and I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir while rocking out to the bluegrass band. It was awesome :)

We hit up dinner at one of my favorite sushi places with Matt (Mt. Fuji in Durham), and then went cosmic bowling with my friend Hilary, her hubby Brent, and a bunch of their friends. Cosmic bowling is the coolest. I love the black light! :)


Look — our shoes glowed, too! Heh.


I’m terrible at bowling so I won’t tell you what my score was ;)

Yesterday morning, Matt got up and headed off to a soccer game, and I brought Ashley with me to kickboxing! As I’ve mentioned before, I go to United Tae Kwon Do in Carrboro about once a week for kickboxing and I LOVE it. Kickboxing is so much more fun at martial arts places (or LA Boxing) rather than at gyms, because you actually get to punch/kick bags and stuff, not just the air!


This was Ashley’s first kickboxing experience and she was a fan :)

Since the afternoon yesterday was cool and rainy, Ashley and I decided to whip up a feast for lunch. Matt and I had been talking for ages about wanting to make our Fresh Thai Summer Rolls again and yesterday was finally the day :) Perfect since Ashley loves Thai food, too!


YUM. These things are so freaking delicious. Fun to make, too! Ashley and I rocked out to Pandora while getting all the ingredients prepped.


And then it was time for the fun part! Rolling them up :)


Masterpieces in process…



And… success! Ashley was pumped, heh.


Time to eat :)


These were just as delicious as last time! Such a fun way to spend a rainy Saturday early afternoon, too. Here’s the recipe again, in case you missed it: Fresh Thai Summer Rolls. Don’t forget the dipping sauce — it makes these!

Time to get changed — we’re heading out for a run! Enjoy your Sundays, friends :)


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    I found myself in Chapel Hill yesterday (after shopping at the ritzy South Hampton mall in Durham), so of course I swung by the Whole Foods there (I live in Greensboro and we don’t have one…yet). O’m’gosh, your WF is spectacular! It’s huge, and those food bars! This was the first time that I actually ate at the hot bar, and it was so good.
    Chapel Hill really does look like such a fun little town.

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      You know, I don’t think I’ve ever even been to that WF! The Weaver Street co-op is super close and so similar I always end up there instead… but apparently I need to go check out this WF now after your glowing review :)

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    The Thai rolls look great and so much fun! Haha yum :)

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    Is that dipping sauce peanut butter? LOL. Love it ;)

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    Mmm! Gotta love peanut sauce of any kind! :)

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    Super looking Thai rolls. Well done!

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    Mmm…I gotta try making these. They look good and definitely something I could eat on my gluten free diet. Thanks for the share!

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    I’ve only done kickboxing at a gym class – I’ll have to try it out at a real boxing gym, or try some boxing too! Sounds like fun!

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    YUM! I love spring rolls with peanut sauce! Your thai rolls looks great!

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    Got back last night from my daughter’s 40th birthday party bash + her 12th anniversary party and it was terrific. Anne, you will be glad to know that there was plenty of pita sandwiches and lots of healthy food as well as not so healthy food. Lots of fruit and veggies also. Those summer Thai rolls are great, I was brave enough to make them when you first introduced them.

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