Lobster Rolls, Women’s Health Food Tips, & A DC Capital Striders Trail Run!

Guess what I finally experienced yesterday? The famous Lobster Roll food truck in DC!


I’ve been hearing a ton about the lobster roll trucks that roam around DC, so when I met my college friends downtown for lunch yesterday I decided it was time to finally give it a shot. The verdict? Two thumbs up!


Huge pieces of lobster and very little dressing = win. It was delicious. Pricey for a food truck lunch, but worth it. I’ll be back, lobster truck! If you guys are in DC – check out – it’s the official food truck tracker so you can find your favorites during lunchtime. DCers – what are your favorite local food trucks?

Anyway! I must have had seafood on the brain yesterday because for dinner Matt and I enjoyed some seared marinated tuna with a simple side salad.


I had marinating on the brain yesterday because I was working on some follow up documents for an AnneTheRD client that wanted fun chicken marinade ideas! This was one of the ones I sent to her – Matt and I both loved it and it would be great with chicken, too. Want the marinade recipe? I shared it over on my fANNEtastic food Facebook page – check it out!


Speaking of food, I’m excited to share that I’m quoted in the latest issue of Women’s Health!


There’s a cool article in the magazine entitled “50 Food Tips That Will Change Your Life” and in it they share exactly that – food and cooking-related tips and shortcuts that they asked me and a number of other bloggers to share.


Here are the two tips of mine that made the cut:

food tips

I loved this article and reading all the other tips – there were a lot of really creative ideas! Here are a few of my favorites, but I’d encourage you to check out the article to see the rest, too. :) 

food tips from others

At the end of the article, they shared links to all of our blogs. It was fun to see some friends noted in there and to get ideas for some new blogs to check out, too!


Thanks to Women’s Health for the feature – I’m honored. :)

And to round out this completely random post, I met up with the DC Capital Striders last night for a fun trail run!


The DC Capital Striders Running Group began in Spring 2006; it’s a big community of runners in the DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland areas. Membership is free and open to anyone! The group’s primary purpose is to allow runners of all endurance levels, paces, distances and months or years of running experience to run together in a non-competitive atmosphere and to get to know each other through a variety of social activities. Sounds great, right?

They offer group runs (morning and evening) all over the area most days of the week. I connected with their President, Rick, via Twitter last week and he encouraged me to join in on one of their group runs, so I did! I joined him and a group of others last night for the Wednesday night trail run via the NoVA Meetup Capital Striders group. It’s at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in Great Falls, VA!


It was a beautiful night for a run and I loved this group – everyone was really friendly and chill.


There are a ton of trails in this area, so apparently they mix it up every week, not only running on different trails, but also varying the distance (and pace) based on who joins in.


I loved the stream crossings! :)



A few groups naturally formed based on pace, and I settled in with a few of the guys near the front.


I broke the ice by taking awkward pictures of their back, and then the three of us started chatting. We had a fun time talking running and racing – and then the guy in yellow in the photo below and I discovered we both went to Dickinson College for undergrad! It’s such a small school you don’t normally meet people that went there (or have heard of it) randomly like that, so we had a lot of fun chatting.


I completely forgot to bring my watch but we covered 6 miles total. It flew by since we were focused on chatting (and not tripping over the rocks/roots on the trail)! Thanks for the awesome run, DC Capital Striders! I’ll definitely be back. Running on trails is so much more fun than on the road but I don’t do it nearly enough. This Wednesday night group will be a good excuse to incorporate it more often – without worrying about being out there alone or getting lost!

I encourage those of you in the area to check out their group runs, too! Here’s a link to their main Meetup group for the DC runs – or check out the link to the NoVA group above.

Have a great day, everyone!


  1. 1

    Oh, I’m so jealous! I love lobster rolls. I agree completely that the best ones are those where lobster > dressing by a lot. :)

  2. 2

    I saw the article in Women’s Health (one of my favorite magazines BTW) and was pleased to see several of my favorite bloggers mentioned. I’ve used your avocado idea quite often and it works like a charm.

  3. 4

    I’m hoping to do more trail running when we move back to the northeast this summer, looks like so much fun! And congrats on the WH feature! There are some great ideas in there.

  4. 5

    My favorite DC food truck is the The Big Cheese truck…because…well, grilled cheese, duh!

    Thanks for posting about that running group! I’ve been trying to work up the courage to go to one in NoVA and this just might push me over the edge. I think I’m going to try out the Tyson’s PRR store one! I don’t know if I could handle the trails quite yet. :)

  5. 7

    WOw, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Lobster Roll but if I do, I know where I’m getting one! Looks incredible!

  6. 8

    I want to join a running group so bad! I would love to try trail runs because I never have done it before. That’s also really cool you were featured in Women’s Health!

  7. 9

    Trail runs are my faaaavorite. I’ve also never had a lobster roll, but you can bet that next time I’m in D.C. I will! It looks SO good!

  8. 10

    Trail runs are my faaaavorite. I’ve also never had a lobster roll, but you can bet that next time I’m in D.C. I will! It looks SO good!

  9. 11

    Wow look at all the Maine stuff on that truck, cool!

  10. 12

    I just read that magazine!!!! So cool that you’re IN IT!!
    And OMG, I now want LOBSTER – lol!

  11. 13

    And I’ll ask the most random question :) What make are the purple trainers? Lovely and bright!

  12. 15

    I’ve never had a lobster roll, but it does look pretty amazing! Congrats on being featured in the magazine! Looks like some great tips! :)

  13. 16

    Go Dickinson! I found your blog a couple weeks ago, and now I learn we;re both Dickinsonians. Awesome! I’m really enjoying your blog and seeing my former DC digs. Love it!

  14. 20

    Super cool about the WH quote, congrats! And YUM for lobster rolls! We travelled to Maine last Summer & ate lobster everyday :)

  15. 21

    Congrats on the WH shout-out! That’s awesome!

    Difficult Run/Cross Country Trail? Did you like that? I ran it a few weeks ago and the crushed gravel I actually thought was a pain. Obviously the more dirt single-track trails were GREAT, but the crushed gravel was just too much for me (and my poor dog’s) feet.

    Great Falls and River Bend Park (just down the road) have some excellent trails.

    That’s great to know about the Striders! I would love to join a trail running group. I think it would be hard to get all the way there by 6pm on a Wednesday, though =(. Looks like a great group!

  16. 22

    Lobster rolls are pretty much the biggest reason I want to visit the East coast.

  17. 23

    I’ll have to buy the magazine, very cool, congrats! I love food trucks. LA has an awesome food truck scene :)

  18. 24

    What beautiful scenery for a run!
    I just got this issue of Women’s Health and saw the numerous familiar names and blogs, yours included! How exciting!!! :)

  19. 25

    The food looks amazing, but that trail run looks even better! What pretty scenery! LOVE it! Those tips are great! Gotta get the magazine to see more! Thanks!

  20. 26

    I do #15! I put the 2nd half, pit in, in a glass container and refrigerator until the next day when I know I’ll use it!

  21. 27

    Congrats on Women’s Health! I flipped through that issue a few nights ago and was happy to see you and some of my other favorite bloggers featured.

  22. 28

    I did not know about #15 . I always try to use up the avocado the same day which usually mean stuffing my piehole with too much guacomole :) My top 2 food trucks in DC Curbside cupcakes (Red velvet best in DC and the best cookie & cream milkshake) and TaKorean! Try them and thank me later :)

  23. 29

    The food and lobster look delicious ! When I make my guacamole I always leave the core in my mix to prevent the browning ! definitely will put a sneak peak to that women’s health magazine.

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