Aaaaaand…

…I’m back!

The past week has been a whirlwind of moving, sporting events and festivities.

And maybe a few beers.  How better to celebrate the birth of our nation, right??

I attended the aforementioned Cubs game on Wednesday.

The seats were great- but we lost.  Oh well, it was still a great day!  I mean, how bad could it possibly be when there are nachos involved?

Ok, so maybe they’re not “healthy”.  Jalapenos count as a vegetable, right? 😉

I was given some lovely gifts from a nice man who happened to be in Italy (he’s also known as my thoughtful boyfriend).

How pretty are they?? I love the stone mortal and pestle!  I can’t wait to buy some avocados and make guacamole.

The major development over the past week is that I officially have an apartment again!!  (there will be pictures to come once the place is totally decorated)  Thanks to my awesome parents and friends, I got all my junk moved in record time.  I then proceeded to do some more of this:

When the Bud Light is on special, what’s a girl to do but order one?

And owing to the fact that I didn’t get my butt to the grocery store, I obviously had to order out every meal, right?

Grilled buffalo chicken sammie.

Grilled chicken wrap.  Ok, so I like grilled chicken.  Did you notice?

I managed to eat some yogurt, fruit and Ezekial bread toast for breakfast most days, though, which I feel pretty darned good about.  Gets things rollin’, if you know what I mean.

I headed up to Milwaukee on the 4th for Summerfest.  If you live in the midwest and haven’t hit up Summerfest, you need to go next year.  I have to hand it to you, Milwaukeeans, you’ve got yourselves one awesome summer festival.  I highly appreciate the permanent festival grounds with REAL LIVE bathrooms and many food options.  And the fact that I found a tube of sunscreen for only $3 at the fest made my cheapskate consumer side feel nice and respected.

That’s a Lakefront Brewery Wheat Monkey Ale, a local brew.  It was lovely.  Sara P and I had an awesome time listening to the bands and people-watching (one of my all time favorite passtimes).

Yes, you’re seeing that right.  There’s a green man in that photo.  The band kept talking to him, referring to him as “hey, green man!”  I’m still not sure exactly what was going on, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

I also watched a little soccer (when in Rome, right?) and took in some fireworks.

From my friend Sarah S’s awesome rooftop deck.

I wrapped up the weekend with a little beach-going (I didn’t bring my camera because I am clumsy and am 100% sure that I would have gotten sunscreen all over it and/or dropped it in the sand).  I’m ready for a little detoxing now!  I think some of these are in my near future:

On that note, I’m off to bed to dream of salads and large glasses of water…

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Another blog, another PBR

Things no one ever tells you, lesson #1:

It’s easy to get carried away with your own originality until you start doing your research.  A lot of original ideas have already been taken.

Case in point:  this blog had a lottt of potential incarnations before I finally  settled on Braise The Roof.  There was: “How do you Like Them Apples?”, “People Food”, “Human Food” (along with about 10 other variations on that theme) and “Best Food Forward”.  Imagine my shock when ALL of those domain names were taken!  I know what you’re thinking: “Really, Megan?  You didn’t realize that there tons of people out there scooping up domain names to have the intellectual property over without having any real intent to express their creativity?”  Call it denial if you will.

Luckily for me, I am very happy with the title that you see.  The reasons for my happiness are twofold:

1.  It made me laugh out loud when I thought of it.

2.  I think it represents what I want to do with the blog pretty accurately.  I’m hoping to show all of you readers (ok, “all of you readers” might mean my mom for now) how fun it can be to eat healthfully while still being creative in the kitchen and having fun!

Take that, interweb.

Anyway, onto some of this weekend’s eats and activities.

After working for an hour or two Saturday morning (yes, I volunteered to work on a Saturday morning.  Saintly, I know) I headed into the city with my coworker, Sara, to watch the USA v. Ghana game.

It was a quiet, little gathering, really.  We had hoped to grab some food at the bar as we were running on fumes at that point, but as you may imagine that wasn’t exactly an option.  I was hanging off a balcony for the entirety of the game and holding my glass of Carlsberg was about all I could muster.

It was a tragic loss for the US (we were robbed, robbed, I tell you!) and the only thing that could heal our hearts was…

WINGS!  Blurry wings, albeit, but awesome wings nonetheless.  We picked them up at a little dive in my old ‘hood called Bird’s Nest and they were glorious.  That would be 10 teriyaki and 10 buffalo.  Bird’s Nest arguably has the best hot sauce in Chicago, or so they say.  We ate those along with one of these:

Because $2 cans are classy and so am I.

Needless to say, I’ve readjusted my eating habits today.  This morning I started out with a piece of Ezekial bread toast and some watermelon (which I inhaled too quickly after my workout to snap a photo of).  For lunch, I rolled with veggies and spicy hummus (the best flavor)

Trader Joe’s baked beans and leftover protein pasta with sundried tomatoes and spinach (none of which was cooperating with my camera) and these cherries:

Muuuch better.  Dinner is undecided as of yet, but I’m sure it’ll be light and may require the grill since it’s too hot in this house to turn the oven on!

Hope your weekends are wrapping up nicely.  Later skaters!