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Saturday, May 25, 2013

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1. I've been reading ALL about Cafe Rio from Hungry Runner Girl for a few years now, but haven't ever been around one. When traveling to San Diego for work a few weeks ago, I had a layover in Salt Lake City and couldn't resist picking up Cafe Rio for lunch. [Side Note: The SLC airport has awesome food options!] After much debating, I ordered the pork salad and I totally get the obsession now. SO GOOD. I'm not going to try to compare it to Chipotle, but I definitely liked it more than Qdoba and I would not be disappointed if Cafe Rio decided to expand to St. Louis! If you find yourself near one, try it!

2. I'm back with another book recommendation. I read Calling Me Home a few months ago but it's stuck with me. I love books that flip back and forth between two time periods and this one flip flops between present day and 1930s Kentucky. I'm not the only one who thinks so...it has over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon!

3. Champion, one of my favorite fitness wear companies, sent me a few of their new products to try out recently. Specifically, they sent the PerforMax Aero Shorts (in hot pink and black, like the picture!), the Show-Off Sports Bra, and the Power Cotton Women's T, pictured above (excuse the awkward mirror pic). The shorts are awesome. I love that they have built in spandex so you don't have to worry about them riding up, which is ideal when I'm tooling around town on my bike. They're surprisingly comfortable and don't feel too constrictive at all! The sports bra is okay. To be honest, my all-time favorite sports bras are the C9 Champion ones that they sell at Target, but for those looking for more support, the Show-Off would be a great bet. Finally, the tshirt is soft and comfy. I don't wear it to work out, but it's good to lounge around in or throw on with shorts to run errands. It's fairly fitted, so you may want to go a size up if you prefer a looser T. Want to try one yourself?! Champion is going to give away one of their cotton tshirts to one of YOU. Because I'm nosy, leave a comment telling me what you're up to this holiday weekend!  Giveaway closes on Tuesday at 8 pm Central. I'll pick a random winner that evening! (SCROLL to the bottom of the post for the winner!)

4. Going on a picnic this weekend? Greatist did a roundup of their favorite healthy picnic foods and included my Roasted Carrot, Leek, and Goat Cheese hand pies which I'm now craving!

UPDATE: Winner of the Champion tshirt, picked via random number generator:
Commenter #1--Julia! Julia, email natalie@thesweetslife.com so we can get you your tshirt!

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