They are usually my day to unwind, relax and prepare for the week ahead. This week, my hubby and I were lucky to both be free this Sunday, and with his parents in town we enjoyed a delightful day in the Distillery district.
We had a late night the night before- my husbands parents took us and his grandmother and uncle out for a big sushi dinner last night. No pictures because I was just enjoying myself, but we got the omakase menu- essentially the sushi chefs choice, and went through miso soup, salad, rice and four huge plates of sushi. If that werent enough, he picked me up my favorite cake- carrot cake- from Whole Foods on the way. It was a fantastic night!
So with our late night we slept in a bit- scratch that. He slept in a bit. I made it until 7:45 and I was up and at em, checking out some blogs and having a snack before I went on an early morning run.
I ran for about a half an hour, then came back to wake up the husband before we headed out. We ended up being just a few minutes late- not bad for us!
His parents were waiting at the Brick Street Bakery, so we grabbed some breakfast and tea and found a nice place to sit in the sun.
My buttery croissant and black tea
Somehow we got into a conversation about bee pollen and where it came from. Even with my nutrition background I was stumped on this one! So here you go,:
Bee pollen is the tiny particles of male seed found on every flower blossom in the world, of every variety. These tiny dust particles collect on the bees legs as they flutter from blossom to blossom. The bees produce a number of enzymes into the pollen. A scientifically invented wire grate that softly removes the pollen from the bees legs as they pass through the grate into the hive usually collects the pollen. The pollen that is brushed from the bees hind legs is caught in a vessel that is located beneath the wire grate.
The vessel is collected by the beekeepers more than twice a week. Upon collection of the bee pollen, it is usually frozen to maintain hive freshness. After it is frozen, it is then crumbled apart in a frozen state to protect the tiny granules. This is where bee pollen comes from and the exotic answer to what is bee pollen.
We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the distillery district. It really is a beautiful area with lots of great shops- food, furniture, art and more, to explore. I love how unique it is.
Since we were on Mill Street, we found it only appropriate to have lunch at the Mill Street Brewery.
I started off with some brews-
You know, to celebrate finishing school and all.
Just kidding. But I did have a Mill Street Organic Lager.
And for my meal I chose the portabello sandwich. A huge mushroom, roasted red peppers, wilted spinach and goat cheese on foccacia? It practically called out to me.
With a side salad.
I ate all the salad, but only managed to finish half the sandwich! I assure you though, it was amazing and I am already planning on having it for lunch tomorrow! If not breakfast.
After all of our adventures we headed back home to Stella ripping open her catnip-filled toy mouse, and freaking out for a good hour before crashing on the bed next to him. Shes going to wake up soon, and I need to go deal with my druggie cat.
Thats all for now!