Post Yoga Yum
Today might have been the single most difficult yoga class that I have taken since starting a month ago. At times I was out of breath, at others I felt like my femur might pop out of its socket, and at one particular point I felt like Bruce Lee in a perilous one legged balancing act. My core burned, my legs ached from the strain, even my toes did not escape from the physical onslaught that was this evening. Call me a masochist, but I love it.
I have enjoyed yoga up to this point because it challenges me to push my body beyond what I have felt capable of doing. It has also created an easing of the mind through a calming, almost serene cool down routine. I have been sleeping better, I have been a bit more focused and most importantly, I have been able to exercise while nursing my knee injury.
So after the butt kicking that I endured this evening I decided to treat myself to a well deserved dinner and a glass of wine. I headed to Barnes and Noble Kitchen (review here) and decided to sit down at the bar. I wanted to do a review of one of their featured wines from this spring season and a Verdejo immediately caught my eye. I don’t know why I have ignored wines from Spain thus far, but this one felt like something that would pair well with the Mac and Cheese that was winking at me from the menu page.
I ordered the mac and cheese on a recommendation from the server. She was very enthusiastic about it, and besides, I love mac and cheese. This dish passed on the traditional elbow pasta and was prepared with a sort of shell. The shell retained a lot of the sharp cheddar cheese sauce, therefore it was bliss at every bite. Pieces of delicious smoked brisket rounded out dish, but towards the end I felt like the salt level could have been toned down just a bit. I feel like it could have easily been restrained if the dish had been served with some sort of bread stick. Even with the salt levels, I would not hesitate to order this dish again.
Of course Wine Down Wednesday would not be complete without a wine review! The Verdejo that I chose, Bodegas Nisia, comes from the Rueda region in Spain. This wine has a terrific mouth feel with hints of lemon and other citrus flavors. It was well balanced with just the right amount of acidity. It complemented my mac and cheese well, though I think that it would shine next to a linguini with clam sauce or fish tacos! Give it a try!
So my evening ended with a full belly and a tired body. Just perfect.
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