Portland pizza

Pizza Date Night

What a week! Last week was kind of a roller coaster of emotions.

My week started with an annoyance…I had to wear a heart rate monitor for 24 hours. I was having issues with heart palpitations off and on–which my doctor said can be a normal part of pregnancy because of increased blood levels, lower blood pressure, etc. She didn’t seem too concerned about it and gave me the option of either wearing the monitor, or waiting to see if they go away. Michael panicked a little bit. 🙂 So I wore it.

I got fitted Monday afternoon, with electrode pad things attached to various parts of my chest like this:

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And then the device hooked to my waist (about the size of an iPhone). I was supposed to hit a button on the waist device whenever I felt a palpitation or got dizzy. Then I had to keep a paper journal of what time the event happened. Of course the 24 hours I wore it, I barely had any symptoms. I got to take it off Tuesday evening–thankfully! The sticky pads kind of irritated my skin, it was a nuisance to wear and I felt self-conscious wearing it. It takes about a week to get results. I’m not too worried. I’ve had my heart checked before (a regular EKG) and everything was fine.

It was a super busy week, Michael was busy and had plans Wednesday night, I was busy with the usual routine…I was feeling tired and burned out and even though we got great news about the baby and feeling happy, I was ready for a little break. The ultrasound was amazing but emotionally draining (which neither of us had anticipated!). And, sadly, we’ve barely had any time for our usual walks and playtime with Bella.  🙁

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Thursday we finally had some free time and could actually spend it together so…date night! We let Bella stay out of her crate (we’re still testing her again) while we went out to dinner.

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We went to Fillmore Coffee in NE Portland. I’ve wanted to go for awhile now because a coworker’s husband is the owner and she’s been telling me about the place for months. She gives me updates on the rotating beer taps (before she knew I was pregnant) and I wished I could actually partake! The rotating taps are great! All local beers.

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Michael got the Double Mountain Killer Green IPA. (ABV 7.6%, IBU:96) He said it was outstanding. I’ll take his word for it. Double Mountain is usually a great beer, so I trust his opinion. They also had a few other local beers and a cider on the menu.

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So Fillmore is a coffee shop with a little bit more. It’s a big, open space with concrete floors, cool art on the walls, high warehouse ceilings and repurposed wood on the walls and bar. Nice jazz music mellowed out the mood. They have coffee, tea, beer, wine, cider. Plus they have some pastries, bagels, etc. The menu is small and simple–and all vegetarian or vegan. They had half a dozen pizzas on the menu to choose from and a few salads. The pizzas are super cheap, too.

We ordered the spinach salad to share and the White Truffle Oil Ricotta Pizza. My coworker has been raving about this pizza for months and I’ve been dying to try it.

First, the salad. Simple but fantastic. I know for a fact they get all their ingredients from a local organic place. The salad was fresh and delicious, full of flavor. Spinach, tomatoes, red onion, cheese and vinaigrette dressing. Michael raved about the salad–especially the onion. He said it was the perfect red onion (crunchy and spicy, his words). I liked the salad a lot and wished we’d ordered two instead of sharing.

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Now, the pizza!

We watched them make it, periodically rotating the pizza in the oven, and as he brought it to our table I could smell the garlic and truffle oil. It smelled heavenly.

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I guess the pizza chef used to work at Apizza Scholl’s (Michael’s favorite place in Portland) and the pie was very similar. It was small (6 slices total) and the crust was very similar to Apizza Scholl’s. The dough was fresh, perfectly baked, the truffle oil was amazing (I love truffle oil). There was seasoning and ricotta cheese and fresh mozzarella–it was decadent. I am a HUGE fan of this pizza!

We both agreed that we wished the pizza was slightly larger. While we both felt satisfied and certainly didn’t need any more pizza after eating the whole thing, we both WANTED one more slice… it was that good! 😉 Seriously, loved the pizza! I would definitely go back for this pizza and the salad, too. It was a nice treat.

The place had a cool vibe and lots of local people came in to hang out and seemed like regulars. There was also one of those wooden train tables for kids to play with. There was a cute little toddler there having a ball with the train set. It was fun to watch (and we might need to get one of these things for our little nugget!).

Our stomachs full and satisfied, we got home to discover this:

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Shenanigans. I have no idea what they were getting into but I know when I walked in the door Bella and Fat Kitty were racing through the hallway. SIGH. Chaos in our house. Always! Just wait, fur-babies, when there’s a real baby chasing both of you!

I spend the rest of the evening relax, thankfully, thinking about that truffle pizza… 🙂

Postponed

After a decent bike ride home from work, Michael and I headed out to dinner. We tried for a second time to go to Ken’s Artisan Pizza. We’ve tried in the past but were discouraged with the over an hour wait to get a table. Michael would probably be more apt to wait, but not me. I think that’s ridiculous! We got to Ken’s Artisan and the place was packed. I thought for sure we’d be looking for another place to eat but we got seats at the bar immediately. Fine with me! Better than waiting an hour.

The atmosphere is really cool. It’s very open and industrial looking with windows that roll up so the inside of the restaurant feels outside. The kitchen is also right out in the open. You can watch them make the salads and pizzas right in front of you. We walked by the huge wood-fired oven to the bar, which was fun to see.

I had the IPA beer with dinner. I wish I could remember what it was called. It was decent, lots of citrus and light enough for a summer beer. Michael and I split the Caesar salad appetizer.

The salad was pretty good, but nothing close to the amazing Caesar at Apizza Scholls. This salad was more “milky” tasting instead of garlic tasting like I like. The freshly made croutons were delicious. They used Grana Padano cheese instead of Parmesan, which was okay but not as quite as flavorful as it could have been.

We ordered the Soppressata pie. It was basically a spicy pepperoni with mozzarella and basil. The pizzas were small but big enough for two people to share. There were six slices. I had two and took the last one home for lunch.

What’s the verdict? It was good pizza but not worth waiting an hour to be seated. Period. On the flip side, I’d always wait however long it takes to eat at Apizza Scholls. So I guess that’s your answer.

Cycling Update

On another note, the Covered Bridges Century bike ride was supposed to be August 12th but I’ve decided not to do that event. I just could not get my weekly mileage up high enough in order to complete 100 miles. This was my weekly mileage for the month of July:

Week 1- 50.84

Week 2 – 55.79

Week 3 – 62.42

Week 4 – 59.56

So frustrating! I couldn’t even get my mileage up to 80! Each week I failed to get my mileage anywhere close to 100 made me feel like a failure. This is supposed to be fun and instead of focusing on the GOOD things my training has done for me, I’ve been focusing on falling short.

I’ve been plagued with flat tires this summer (seriously, at least once a week) and for some reason I’ve been busier this summer than ever before. Or maybe I’m just not saying no to social events that conflict with long training rides on the weekend. Who knows. Either way, I’m not ready for 100 miles. I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to pushing myself further than my body is ready for (Hood to Coast ring any bells?) and I didn’t want to end my summer with an injury.

The plan is this: Peach of a Century. It’s September 23rd so that gives me another month to try and get my mileage up. I will keep you posted.

QUESTION: Have your summer fitness goals been successful or sidelined?