While last weekend consisted of a whole lot of country music, this weekend culminated with a little bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 1/2 Marathon, that is, and my third half-marathon of 2014.
Any good runner knows that fuel is important before any race, and I was able to hit up two of my favorite casual breakfast and brunch spots, Meli Cafe and Yolk, and a great fast-casual dinner destination, Vapiano, which I previously Chritiqued, to do just that.
At Meli Cafe, I enjoyed the special green omelet, made with kale, asparagus, broccoli, and green peppers. Served with a side of avocado and fresh fruit, this omelet was delicious and nutritious.
I wanted to make sure I loaded up on some healthy carbs the night before my half marathon, so I visited Vapiano in the Chicago Loop. I like Vapiano, not only because it is good, but because you can pretty much customize your own menu items to suit your tastes and dietary needs. I elected to go with the pasta primavera, made with whole wheat fusilli pasta. I added shrimp to the dish, as well. All of Vapiano’s pastas are made fresh daily, and each dish is prepared individually and made to order. The pasta was cooked perfectly and it was loaded with steaming hot vegetables. I added some fresh basil and crushed red pepper to mine for some extra flavor.
Following the 13.1 mile run, I was craving my favorite pancakes, the blueberry-banana crunch cakes at Yolk, which are made with multi-grain batter, mixed with almond granola and fresh blueberries, and topped with bananas and honey. In fact, I think those pancakes are the only thing that got me through the race! To make myself feel a little healthier, I ordered an egg white omelet, made with avocado, tomatoes, and spinach, and a side of fruit, to go along with the fluffy pancakes. The pancakes, as well as the omelet, did not disappoint, and I was one happy camper after this meal.
What did you do, and where did you dine this weekend?