What I’m Loving Lately

Hey friends! I haven’t done a what I’m loving lately post in awhile so I thought it might be fun to kick off the weekend with one since I have a random variety of topics for you all today. :)

1) DC Cherry Blossoms!

Obviously the cherry blossoms win #1 spot for things I’m loving lately. ;) So gorgeous! If you missed yesterday’s post with all my sunrise cherry blossom running photos, go look!

sunrise cherry blossoms dc

The ladies and I are doing one last long run tomorrow in preparation of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (<—last year’s recap) next weekend, and we might try to swing by the tidal basin again to see how the blossoms are progressing. We’ll see – I’m sure it will be a mob scene by late morning, though!

I really hope some of the blossoms stick around for the race!

2) Dining al Fresco

Being able to eat outside again lately has been amazing – and it’s also amazing that my dinner photos won’t be dark and yellow-y anymore!

salmon with freekah and yogurt

Last night, Matt and I made a delicious salmon Blue Apron dish (recipe: Sumac-Spiced Salmon and Labneh with Freekeh, Kale, and Almond Salad) and it was still light enough by the time we ate around 7:30 that we could sit outside!

salmon with kale and yogurt

I think Matt is really starting to come around to salmon – he enjoyed this as much as I did! I loved the freekeh (fun whole grain – have you tried it?) and the kale and almond salad, too – we added some arugula we had on hand that was on its last legs to amp up the veggie quotient even more.

easy sauteed kale recipe

how to make kale taste good

Speaking of salmon – how good do these Almond-Crusted Salmon Nuggets from fellow RD Lindsay sound? Genius… must try that recipe ASAP! Reminds me of my old fave Almond Crusted Tilapia – we haven’t made that in way too long!

And speaking of veggies, we also did our usual trick of snacking on veggies while cooking! Love doing this – easy way to get more in! We ate some carrots and also had a sliced cucumber with some olive oil, balsamic, and spices.

cucumber with olive oil, balsamic, spices

Also, for my DC friends: I tried a new-to-me place earlier this week for lunch with some of my co-shared office buddies: Yafa Grille. Have you guys tried it? It’s a fast casual type place – kind of like a Middle Eastern Chipotle – where you create your own bowl. I went for half salad, half brown rice, chicken, hummus, and tons of veggies with yogurt sauce. It was DELICIOUS – and they have outdoor seating which made me happy. :)

yafa grille dupont review

3) Getting Stronger

I had another session with Paul from Capital Energy Training this morning (more on our partnership in this post) and I’m really excited because our efforts are starting to pay off! As usual, today we worked on mobility and muscle strengthening, specifically focusing on my hips, glutes, and posterior chain. Today I graduated from doing this move on the ground to doing it on an unstable platform. :)

how to strengthen hips

My right hips and lower back are starting to feel a LOT better which is awesome – before we were working together both were bothering me a ton but I hardly feel them anymore now. Interestingly, my right side is way stronger than my left – basically overcompensating – and as a result that’s why it is way tighter/less mobile. One of the big things I’ve learned from our sessions, though, is that I need to focus more on form vs. just doing something. I’ve realized I tend to let my body do an easier but less correct variation of poses in classes or on my own, but nothing gets by Paul. If I’m phoning it in, he notices – darn! :)

We also did some warm up movements today with this cool flexible stability ball – he had me do motions like I would normally do with a foam roller but with that ball instead, since it was right at the start of the session. Nice way to ease into it since I was feeling tired/tight when we started.

mini stability ball how to use

4) Easter-inspired recipes/tips! Lots of great ones floating around the web:

how to use leftover ham

5) Posts worth a read:

Matt and I are sticking around town this weekend and looking forward to some outdoor adventures thanks to the lovely weather forecast! Have a great weekend, my friends – see you next week! :)


  1. 1

    Salmon and poached eggs….all day every day!!! Never tire of them!

  2. 3

    I am loving the tights you are rocking!

  3. 5

    I am so excited about dining al fresco! I love just sitting on my deck with a glass of wine. I’m actually heading to the Mt. Vernon trail tomorrow morning so I can try and run around the tidal basin before the tourists get there!

  4. 7

    You’re a better woman than I am — I’d never go to the Tidal Basin peak weekend. But all this al fresco talk makes me want to eat outside tomorrow night.

  5. 9

    I came back half an hour ago from my long run around the mall and the basin and it was insane! there were slow walking tourists everywhere!
    But it was worthy since the cherry blossom are magic.

  6. 11

    I saw your picture of the salmon and thought, “Hey! That was my dinner last Tuesday night!” lol That was my first Blue Apron meal (thanks for the recommendation for them!) and it was delicious.

  7. 13

    Geez, that Yafa Grille looks insanely good!! Thanks for sharing my link, Anne:)<3

  8. 15
    Kathy Sherman says

    Tried Blue Apron this week, loved the meals!!! What a convenience having the fresh and quality ingredients delivered right to my door. Looking forward to future Blue Apron cuisines!

  9. 17

    Yafa grill looks amazing! I loove roasted radishes- don’t know if those are, but that reminded me i bought some :D i hope the cherry blossoms stick around for a gorgeous race!!

  10. 19

    I love saying freekeh! lol

  11. 21

    Eating dinner outside is the best. Lovely way to spend the evening and do some fun people watching too.

  12. 23

    Love the blossom photos… boyfriend lives in Annendale and he went to take pics for me–yet could not park due to crowds!! I told him not to worry as I saw beautiful photos on your blog yesterday….thanks, Anne!

  13. 25
    Roadrunner says

    There is nothing like salmon! Bravo, Matt! And impressive progress on the strength front…

  14. 26

    I hope those blossoms stick around too!

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