The best chocolate in the world + one long walk

Hi guys!

How are you all doing? This week sure was a whirlwind in the best way possible!

After a couple weeks of phone tag with my dad, I finally managed to get hold of him for a long awaited chat. I am so thankful for technology that allows us to have international video-calls for FREE! I still remember back when we’d have to buy phone cards with a certain number of minutes on it for international calls. Anyone else remember those days? I also remember telling my dad not to call or text my cell phone because I was trying to avoid paying international fees hah! Thank goodness times have changed! Free apps like WhatsApp now exist, phew! By the way, WhatApp is my favorite thing in the world. I love being able to text, call, and video-call my overseas family for free! My family is spread out all over the planet so WhatApp is 100% my best friend. Oh, and of course it works great even if you don’t have overseas people — I also use it to keep up with domestic friends and family too! Works like a charm :)

Rewind to earlier in the week when Joel was in Chicago for work… and was welcomed back home by mounds of [slightly smelly haha] cantaloupe rinds waiting to be taken out to the compost. The side effect to my addiction is that our compost is now brimming with cantaloupe rinds. Side note: I have realized that I am terrible at picking the perfect cantaloupe — all the ones I pick are either not ripe or overly ripe. Next time I am at the store I will try the “sniff” method that you guys suggested — I will report back whether I have more luck. :) But anyway, as you know, ripe or not, nothing stops me from enjoying that sweet melony goodness.

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Joel bought me my favorite chocolate! So very sweet of him! Years ago our pantry was perpetually stocked with this yummy treat, but that changed when our grocery store stopped carrying this flavor. :/ I have tried “salted almond” flavors from other brands but they are just not the same. Toblerone just GETS me. Their salted almond flavor is unparallel. (find it HERE!)

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Good news: I’m sticking to my goal of drinking more water! I still sometimes get parched after eating salty foods but upping water intake has really helped with that. My trusty blue bottle goes everywhere with me. EVERYWHERE. Having a bottle as a permanent sidekick reminds me of my college days when my orange nalgene bottle never left my side for 4 years. Sadly, I left it behind when I moved from NYC to Houston :(

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Guys. My cane plant is not doing very well at the moment. Send help. I think it might be because of the cold dry winter air. Plus, remember how we dropped the temperature a few degrees in our house to save on our heat/gas bill? I think the cane is not loving that. I feel you, cane. Hang in there.

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I think it’s safe to say that both my cane plant and I would be much happier on the coast of Kenya, enjoying the warmth, preferably with a cold drink in hand! Look who is doing JUST that –> my two brothers Gibbs and Ken! I am jealous that they get to hang out with each other in summer weather on the beach!

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Fortunately for me, I have awesome friends like Ro to keep me company! We went on a 2 hour walk (5-6 miles) on a nearby trail. :) It was so fun catching up and getting outside to move. It was crazy COLD –> actual temp was 30, but the “feels like” was 19! In my rush to jump in Ro’s car, I dropped one of my gloves (found it later) so I only had one warm hand! The other “naked” hand stayed in my pocket lol. My chin definitely went numb but it was ALL WORTH IT to get valuable friend time and some outdoor exercise! :)

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Being on this trail reminds me of marathon training! I would do all my long runs here. I have no idea how many miles I have run on this trail –> I could probably calculate it using my Garmin data if I really wanted to know :) I sure do love this trail and can’t wait to get out here more as it gets warmer. It is particularly beautiful in the spring (although the summer and fall aren’t too shabby either!). Pro tip: if you’re out here in the early morning, you’ll see the occasional deer and lots of cute little bunnies :)

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After our walk, Ro went back to her place for a nap while Joel and I headed to Chipotle to grab some dinner (we had planned to make beef for dinner but forgot to defrost it, oops). Everyone else in town must have had the same idea because the place was packed with a super long line. By the time I got to the front I was hungry enough to splurge the extra $2.50 for their guac. :)

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My fave thing to get at Chipotle is a burrito-bowl with brown rice, steak, black beans, veggies, mild AND medium salsa, corn, cheese, and lettuce! I also must admit that I really love their guac (but not so much shelling out extra for it lol). This entire combo seriously hit the spot though… highly recommend. :) And the best part is having leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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Is there anything cuter than these adorable snowman cookies? I was in the Whitney Donut coffee shop and spotted these behind the glass. I didn’t buy one but they sure did look delicious! Speaking of cookies, I keep hearing about “Insomnia Cookies” in New Haven — a place that is only open late at night and their cookies are supposed to be incredible? I’m never out that late and thus will likely never get a chance to try an Insomnia Cookie for myself, but my curiosity is rather piqued!

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Do you love winter walks? Any advice for reviving my cane plant? Are you a fan of chipotle?

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12 thoughts on “The best chocolate in the world + one long walk

  1. I love winter walks/runs, especially when I get to see some wildlife along the way! On my early morning runs, I’ve seen deer, rabbits, raccoons, a fox or two, and once a coyote.

    1. Oooh I’ve never seen a coyote on a run! I usually just see deer and bunnies — and the occasional skunk and fox too. I agree, it’s so nice seeing wildlife! 😁 can’t wait to see even more when spring is here!

  2. I can imagine the trail you talked about is amazing is the spring and fall! I barely get out for my runs when it’s cold so major props to you for walking for 2 hours with only one glove!
    We had something really similar to Insomnia Cookies at my college. It’s nice to be able to have a fresh baked cookie without having to take the time to bake them. They’re pretty good in a pinch for a craving though!

    1. It felt great to get outside for a walk, although I’ll try not to repeat the one- glove thing! I learned the hard way, warm hands are super essential lol! I hope you have an awesome weekend Maureen! 😊

  3. I love Chipolte bowls they are so yummy and filling. I usually do the chicken and you have to have the fajita veggies on top too. those snowman cookies were cute, but since they are wrapped and in a case I would assume they are harder

  4. My favorite is the burrito bowl too with brown rice! So filling and tasty! That chocolate looks amazing – I’ll have to see if I can get some to try. Happy weekend!

    1. Oooh yes! That chocolate is a long time favorite of mine! I’ve tried so many similar flavors but none hold a candle to the Toblerone salted almond — it is the VERY BEST! I hope you’ll be able to get your hands on some soon! :)

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