Feb
10

Sun Basket

If you know me at all or follow me on social media, you know that I don’t stay in one place for very long. I refer to my house as a crash pad or a transition zone because I’m on-the-go so often it seems like the only things I can accomplish in my home are unpacking, repacking, a little laundry, sleep, a random shuffle through the fridge, and then I’m out the door again.

Any dweller in Colorado who enjoys the outdoors as much as I do shares a similar lifestyle, we live for moving around.

Sun Basket

The challenge I experience with a transient lifestyle are all of the inconsistencies that come along with it. I tend to lose stuff easily (did I leave it in a hotel room or did the washing machine eat it while I was gone?), I use Hulu to keep up with the shows that I miss out on while I’m on the road, and I come home to spoiled food in my fridge. I’d like to think that my home looks “neat” but in reality it probably looks like a tornado came through. (dramatization)

Sun Basket

Sun Basket contacted me at the begin of the year and offered to send me 3 complimentary recipes + all of the ingredients needed to make those recipes. I almost declined because I was on the road for 2 weeks in January but they agreed to hold off until early this month. 

I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I experienced when I came home to fresh, organic, healthy, non-gmo food to fill my empty refrigerator. Often times when I travel, I come home starved, with no energy to find food, which leads to “hanger.” That’s the way of the world today, isn’t it? Not many of us actually have time to shop for, prepare, and enjoy a healthy, comforting meal often, let alone every day. Each of the meals I received from Sun Basket took less than 30 minutes to prepare which enabled me a few healthy meals on days I would have just eaten to get by.

Sun Basket

As you can see in the photos, the produce provided by Sun Basket was fresh, beautiful, and flawless. The recipes were simple and easy to follow. The meals were abundant enough for leftovers. 

Sun Basket has plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available for ordering, which makes me happy. Couscous Stuffed Squash with Arugula Orange Salad, Lemongrass Tofu with Coconut Black Rice, Sweet Potato Fritters with Brussels Sprouts Salad, and Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Naan Croutons are a few examples of the complex meals that Sun Basket has available.

Sun Basket

I get the sense that Sun Basket cares about where their food comes from and which farmers they buy from. Their suppliers work with integrity, they value sustainable farming practices, have respect for the environment, and practice humane treatment of animals.

Sun Basket is also making the effort to reduce the impact on the environment with their packaging, their return program that allows you to send back the insulation liner and icepack for reuse.

Thanks to Sun Basket, PLQ readers receive $30 off your Sun Basket order! Smiles.

***Although Sun Basket provided me complimentary meals, all opinions about the food, recipes, and the company are my own. 

Love

Crista


Jul
02

On The Farm, Off The Hook

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event put on by Heroes Like Us and Yelp Denver called On The Farm, Off The Hook. The event took place at the Growhaus, a local 20,000 square foot non-profit greenhouse, marketplace, and educational center. Essentially, the purpose of the event was to learn about and support local farms, chefs, and organizations. I was excited to be there for a few different reasons:
1. Check out the Growhaus (I loved it!!)
2. Meet like-minded people (and I did!!)
3. Eat yummy, locally-produced, organic food (mission accomplished!)

On The Farm, Off The Hook

The space was adorable, charming, the exact type space I dream of hosting my own dinner party in. Before dinner was served, we were able to walk around the Growhaus and check out the space while being served local craft beers and wines. The Growhaus is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been (I am so incredibly turned on by the process of growing local/organic food sustainably). I wanted to stay there at the Growhaus forever, move in.. you think they’d give me a job? (haha) 

I joined the Tambien program, which is a donation-based membership program which allows it’s members to support local food production and education in and around Denver. Im totally stoked to be a part of it, and can hardly wait to get more involved. (way to squeeze my foot through the door..)

On The Farm, Off The Hook

This guy, the Bishop, (pictured above) DJ’d during the cocktail hour – hilarious, right? He pretty much rocked.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

The local chefs that created our meal that evening are from Bad Apple, Fuel Cafe, and Petey Bird.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

Cocktails, wine, and beer were provided by Stranahan’s, Avery Brewing, and Infinite Monkey Theorem.

On The Farm, Off The hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

It was so much fun to meet new people, everyone had a different purpose and reasoning for being there – amongst them were  a birthday girl and her pals celebrating, a husband-and-wife duo made a date night out of the event, and a nutritionist networking just the same as myself… just to name a few.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

If you look closely, I am in some of these photos. Which speaking of, I borrowed these photo from the Heroes Like Us blog post – I didn’t take many photos that night… I decided it was best to not worry about my camera and allow the photographers to do their job. My job that night was to relax, network, and eat damn good food. 

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

This was only the first of four “On The Farm, Off The Hook” events that are happening this summer. I’ve already purchased tickets for the July event happening at Miller Farms and I plan to attend all four events. Cheers to Heroes Like Us for organizing these events that are totally “off the hook”. 

the Growhaus Denver

Love

Crista


Oct
02

 I’m so excited that we got the opportunity to go to Chattanooga for a night while in TN last week.
During my first trip to Nashville, I stayed at a hostel for the very first time. The Crash Pad in Chattanooga marks my second experience with a hostel. In fact, I read about The Crash Pad a year or two ago and it’s been on my bucket list ever since BECAUSE it is a destination for outdoor adventurers, which is me.
Crash PadLEED Platinum Certified
The Crash Pad is the first hostel community to attain a LEED Platinum Certification, one of only four buildings in Chattanooga who have attained it. Even though The Crash Pad is considered a HOSTEL (shared bathrooms, make-your-own bunk bed, super affordable), the place is cleaner than most HOTELS I’ve stayed in and is downright gorgeous. 
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Offering visual stimulation to the hostel campus, you see a photo of the restaurant/bar, Flying Squirrel that sits on campus next to The Crash Pad. From what I understand, the restaurant is owned by the same guys who own The Crash Pad and the building is equally as gorgeous. It’s almost as if both building structures are influenced by the outdoors, utilizing a lot of wood and concrete in their designs. The Crash Pad + Flying Squirrel offer a true “Base Camp” for urban travelers.
Crash Pad
The common area in the hostel is cute and friendly, and has a lot of information for travelers seeking an outdoor adventure. In addition, there is a shared kitchen where they offer coffee, bread, and eggs so you can make yourself some breakfast.
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Instead of a shared bunk, we got our own private room (fancy!) …actually, the rooms AREN’T fancy, but they’ll do (especially for the price and location). The bedroom had a window overlooking the courtyard and the bed was comfy. I loved waking up to the sunshine spilling in through the window.Crash PadThe Crash PadThe Crash PadThe Crash Pad
The courtyard was well equipped with a hammock, grassy areas (for a picnic??) and a fire pit (which we didn’t get around to using because we were at the bar). Seriously, I could hang out here all day reading, blogging, and picnicking.

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((a couple selfies before we went out for my birthday dinner))The Crash Pad
There wasn’t much that we didn’t love about Chattanooga and The Crash Pad. I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to visit again. I’m even considering a big lifestyle change and a move away from Chicago……. and Chattanooga is the type of city I see myself living in… We’ll see what the future holds! Crash Pad

Love

Crista