Sunday, March 28, 2010


Thanks for all of the positive feedback on the [better than] fair trade coffee post. I’m glad it got you thinking about the kind of coffee you drink. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you want to try some amazing Honduran coffee! If you have any specific questions for Patrick, drop me an

Looking ahead in my weather widget, I was really excited to see this:


Ignore the part where it says today = rainy. The rest of the week is shaping up to be gorgeous. Is spring finally making an appearance in St. Louis?!

Which brings me to….

:: spring food obsessions ::

I had this Mediterranean fennel salad when I was at home for spring break. I think I’ve made it every single week since coming back to school. It is super simple to make: fennel, tomatoes, red onion, cannellini beans, feta cheese, and red wine vinegar. Toss, refrigerate, and eat. You can also add artichoke hearts.


I don’t know much about the health benefits of fennel, so I decided to do a little research. In case you’re wondering what fennel looks like pre-chopping {whenever I buy it, the checkout clerks always look at me like…what the heck is that?}:



  • related to parsley, carrots, dill, and coriander
  • contains phytonutrients, which give it antioxidant-like properties
  • fennel bulb (bottom part) is an excellent source of vitamin C
  • very good source of fiber, folate, and potassium
  • also a good source of niacin, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper

My parents were gifted with a ginormous box of seaweed wrappers from some friends, straight from Korea. Being Swedish and Dutch, they are naturally sushi-making experts (ha). However, I do have to give them props for following a sushi-making tutorial and coming up with these. I’m pretty impressed. And being a preferential veg-head, I’m relieved that you can eat sushi without raw fish. And it is delicious.


I actually meant to buy quinoa at the store the other day, but I ended up with couscous for some reason (let’s blame it on being tired and not really reading labels). Couscous isn’t a complete protein, but it is a pretty good source of protein and fiber. I like mine with chickpeas, kale, and peppers. Maybe a little tahini drizzled on top.


So there you have some spring food obsessions. Which are different than summer food obsessions…it’ll be a while before I get into those.

On the running front: the half marathon is in 2 weeks! I had to do 11 miles yesterday, and it went pretty well…but I’m not so crazy about the longer training runs. I like the 6-9 mile distance, but then I start to get tired of running. And kinda bored. One more long run before I start tapering!

Hope you had a great weekend!

  • What are your spring food obsessions?
  • Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for [better than] fair trade coffee…ends Wednesday, March 31 @ midnight!



  1. I'm all about oikos and jelly beans lately:)

  2. This is the perfect time to be obsessing about fennel since they are so much sweeter during the winter months.

  3. Artichokes and fresh spicy baby greens. Asparagus is a close third. Artichokes travel all the way from just outside San Fran, but I can not resist them. I haven't ran in two weeks. I'm in trouble.

  4. i'm so excited for stone fruit! cherries, plums, peaches....

  5. Hope you're having a great day and thanks for all your contest entries! The coffee giveaway, gonna check that out too..and i love fennel. LOVE IT!

  6. I like fresh seafood for spring. I guess I get it year round, but it is always so refreshing in spring.

  7. I actually don't seem to like a lot of the spring produce, yet...I much prefer fall produce like winter squash, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc. But I can't wait for summer produce!
    Hey you'll like Korean sushi, called never has raw fish in it.

  8. We use a fennel often, in different Indian well a gazillion other spices. But I never knew its benefits! Yay! Way to go on your half marathon training. I think long runs kinda grow on you! The first time I ran 2+ hours, I was bored it's become a regular weekly run!

  9. happy spring to you Emily!! im so excited for the weather this week...gonna get up to mid 80s i hear! ive also recently discovered i like fennel and i want to give this salad a try!

    congrats on the 11mile run!! i did the u-city 10 miler yesterday in the rain and of course it got nice later in the day. my ankle is killing me tho so i might take it easy this week. ive been so bad about lululemon yoga & haven't been since the last time i went with you. let me know if you want to go next sat and/or catch up over lunch! has been far too long!!

  10. 11-miles, yahoo! Are you getting PUMPED?

    I've had fennel salad before, but I can't really remember what it tastes like. I'm excited to try this spring salad though, it looks great!

  11. I tried fennel once, but I'm afraid I won't do that again. :D I can't wait for spring stuff, fresh spinach, berries, all kinds of veggies and fruit.
    I think I won't be able to stop eating all of that, once I start :))

  12. yay for spring! still pouring here in Boston. all the pics looks great...and now I'm craving sushi. Let's see..this past week I cooked beets for the first time and have been adding it to salads. yum! oh also, Emily I linked your blog in my latest blog post! thanks

  13. I am glad to see sushi on your blog. Korean usually call it kimbap which is a popular Korean fast food made from steamed white rice and various other ingredients, rolled in sheets of dried seaweed and served warm in bite-size slices. And I think it is similar, but not identical, to makizushi, one of the many variants of the Japanese rice-based dish sushi.


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