Sunday, October 27, 2013

Restaurants & Workouts

Today for lunch, I ventured to the home of Chipotle; the very first store which was conceived and opened in Denver in 1993.
So small, it has four parking spots and the smallest square footage of any other Chipotle I've ever visited.  Teeny tiny.  As in the picture below shows, notice "the counter" wherein you ask and pay at the same time. No big menu boards, no line to pass down your meal - one spot.  And the dining room could hold maybe 15 people.

Luckily, it all tastes the same. By the way, has anyone tried the Sofritas (marinated tofu) in a meal? I tried a sample, and thought it was okay.  I went with my usual veggie bowl.  Extra lettuce.
Speaking of restaurants, Native Foods opens on Tuesday.  Eeeek! I plan to get there this week. Not really a restaurant, but it carries food: Trader Joe's, the opening day is now in 2014.

Workouts for this week:
Sunday: YogaCycle (completed)
Monday: Align & Flow
Tuesday: Yin
Wednesday: RideTRX (waitlisted, again!)
Thursday: Gentle Vinyasa
Friday: Rest
Saturday: YogaCycle

As you can see, I'm light on cardio and heavy on yoga this week.  I hope to get in a few long walks with Remy to get the blood really pumping (although Monday's yoga is pretty tough, the rest of it will not be).

14 comments:

  1. I don't really go to Chipotle but I'd heard that the sofritos are only available on the West coast. maybe they are slowing inching their way east. I didn't know they originated in Denver; that's pretty cool to see the original shop. It's like a history lesson and a meal all in one.
    G and I have been talking about taking some yoga classes since we are old and achy. The align and flow class sounds like something he should be taking. And yogacycle...is that just what it sounds like? Yoga and spinning? You may have described these before but I can't remember.

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    1. BTW, just saw this - don't know if you'll be free tomorrow (Align & Flow day) but Isa will be in Denver! I am bummed there are no NY dates as yet.
      http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/isa-does-it-book-tour-2013/

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    2. Oooh, I will definitely check out the book signing! I don't know how it'll be, but if I can get in - I will document it!! The signing doesn't start until after yoga. :) And yes, spinning followed by yoga - my Saturday instructor is hard, but my Sunday instructor is all about restorative. It's my favorite hybrid class! Gentle Vinyasa is the best, Yin is tough but doable, and Align & Flow is definitely a level above me - which is why I'm there! Ha ha! I hope you two find a class and love it!

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  2. How fun to go to the original location! It's so interesting to see how far it has come since that first spot. I haven't heard of the sofritos being available here at all but I've seen it's become all the rage on Instagram ;) I don't really do Chipotle too much anymore because of the heavy handed cilantro use but once in a while I'll grab a yummy veggie bowl :)

    Yikes, sorry to hear about your sinuses! I definitely know how unpleasant it is, I hope you are feeling better!

    How exciting about Native Foods! I can't wait to hear about your trip!

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    1. Ha ha! People are posting pictures of Chipotle's tofu experiment?! Love it! To be honest, it tasted kind of meaty, and considering I don't have faux meat very often, I'm not have been the best judge. Plus, you'd have to pay extra for the guac, unlike a veggie bowl. ;) I hear ya, no cilantro for me either!

      I'm improving, but there is alot of pressure in my sinuses. I'm sniffing mugs of hot water and eucalyptus oil as we speak (type)!

      I am SO EXCITED about Native Foods, I'll have to look at their menu and make a plan!

      I hope your weekend is going great!!

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  3. Somehow, I've never been to a Chipotle! I also didn't know it started in Denver. I'll have to try it one of these days.

    I'm so impressed with all of your exercise. Have fun at Native Foods!

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    1. Chipotle is a great meal or two when you're feeling like cooking isn't an option! It's pretty ridiculous that I've waited so long to get to the original location.

      Thanks, this is me - trying to improve. ;)

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  4. What lives under the lettuce? I don't think I've ever been to a Chipotle, though I think we have them over here. I'm not sure they're as vegan friendly as yours, alas!

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    1. Rice, black beans, corn salsa, red hot sauce, and guacamole. Mmm. . . Yes, they should all be vegan friendly since they are made to order! Just don't have the pinto beans - they cook them in bacon (?) or something similar.

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  5. That's really neat that there was an original Chipotle. I assumed they rolled out en masse as a big corporate concept. I will definitely try the Sofritas when they come to the DC area, but you all apparently get everything first.

    Speaking of Native Foods, they're coming to D.C. as well! Although, not till they're good & finished coming to your area first of course.

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    1. Strange that they didn't roll out the sofritas in their largest markets. The flavoring seemed decent, but the texture was a little too meaty for me. I look forward to your review when you try it!

      I will do a full review once I'm able to get into Native Foods! I'm a little worried it'll be nuts with lines out the door at the beginning.

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  6. I only had Chipotle one time, in May when we were in Wichita. It was pretty good! That's really cool that the first restaurant is by you. I like visiting things like that. :)

    SO jealous that Native Foods is by you now! You're going to love it if it's as good as it was the few times we ate there. I wish they'd open one in Milwaukee.

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    1. It's near the University of Denver, if that means anything to you! I know you've passed through the city. I can't believe it has taken me this long to visit it!

      I've never made it up to Boulder to visit that location, and this one is going to be a lot closer! Hopefully they continue to spread across the nation. :)

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  7. I read somewhere that they started the tofu test in the bay area and use a tofu made in oakland, ca. At one point the chelsea (nyc) chipotle had a short lived gardein option... I only go about twice a year, but if/when the tofu comes to nyc i'll try it! Totally cool to see the original location.
    Too bad TJ's is taking its sweet time opening- but native foods is totally exciting!!
    The yoga spin combo is something i wish my gym had....love the spin classes but i don't want to spend another hour at yoga afterwards!
    Ttrockwood

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