Sunday, January 10, 2010

Liberty Tap Room & Body Pump Launch

Hey All! Couple quick things- First: thank you so much for your sweet words on my last post. For those of you who asked about Cashew Cream, a recipe can be found here (note: I never make a batch this large, you can make any size you want/need). If you prefer (and are not vegan), you can utilize regular cream in a 1:1 ratio in its place.

Second, a lot of you shared some great recipes that you made this past week, so I figured I’d pass a few of them along:

Have you been enjoying your weekend? I certainly have. On Friday night, my husband and I and two of our friends visited Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant. Josh's Beer Sampler:I had emailed the restaurant requesting they add some vegetarian options to their menu and the Manager told me the Chef would be happy to prepare anything I wanted!! Both the Manager and Chef were incredible and my dinner was out of this world (the pictures don’t even do it justice). First, the Chef made me a “tour of world,” which included a Southern Slaw with Pimento Cheese, an Italian cheese and tomato stack, a Seaweed salad (never had this=so so good), and a South of the Border spicy tomato salad.



He also made me an incredible plate of roasted root vegetables.
Best dinner!

Liberty Tap Room & Grill on Urbanspoon

After, we headed to our friends house for a movie.

On Saturday, I taught Body Step and we launched the new Body Pump. The class was PACKED and we even had to turn some folks away. Here are some pictures (all of the instructors minus one):


Me looking very serious while explaining set position:
Bicep track:

The new Body Pump release is awesome!
The rest of the day was spent on my to dos (food shopping, Frank bath, cleaned the house, did laundry/ironing, worked on more choreography):

Today, I plan to relaxxxxxxx and do some more choreography work. What are you up to??

76 comments:

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I plan to clean a bit and relax. Hope you had a great weekend. The roasted root veggies look so yummy.

tam said...

Those veggies look so good, love the colour! x

kilax said...

I love the photo of you teaching class! I wish I could come to one of your classes :)

We are running errands today... and chilling. Yay!

Maria said...

Hey! Do you know if everyone is on the same "schedule" for pump? Am I doing the same class you are teaching? They did a new launch last weekend. I am loving it. Great squats and biceps! I can't get enough of Pump and Combat. I haven't tried step yet. I am not really a step fan, but maybe I will try it:)
How do you stay "fueled" before and after class? I love the workouts but need to make sure I am fueling my body properly. Thanks Erica! I wish I could take a class from you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

thedallasceliac said...

You look fabulous teaching class. Great pictures of you! If I lived near you, I'd take your classes. :)

I love when restaurants go above and beyond. It really shows that the chef is talented, not that he can just follow a recipe.

Hope you have a fantastic Sunday!

thedallasceliac said...

You look fabulous teaching class. Great pictures of you! If I lived near you, I'd take your classes. :)

I love when restaurants go above and beyond. It really shows that the chef is talented, not that he can just follow a recipe.

Hope you have a fantastic Sunday!

thedallasceliac said...

Ooops double comment - sorry!

Esi said...

Seaweed salad is one of my most favorite things ever!! So cool the restaurant prepped food especially for you. Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Diana said...

Thanks for posting my link! :) I hope you like the 3 bean salad. It's been a big hit with my friends, and one has already gotten ingredients to make more at home!

I'm supposed to be going to a practice for our zumba group who is dancing with the Bobcats at a game in February! But, since my leg is bugging me, I think I'll catch the next one and rest up.

Have a great weekend!

:) Diana

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

Hey hey hey! Looks like you had a great dinner, that's def the sign of a good restaurant to cater to their customers needs :) So cool!

As for this weekend, we just got back from our cruise and I'm trying to piece my life back together before a full work week (gasp, I dread!) begins tomorrow... happy sunday!

homecookedem said...

That is so cool that the restaurant was so hospitable and catered to your dietary needs. It looks delicious also!! :)

Cookie Sorkin said...

COULD THAT POSSIBLY BE MY HANDSOME SON IN THE BACKGROUND OF YOUR CLASS? BEHIND MY GORGEOUS DAUGHTER IN LAW!!!! LOVE YOUR BLOG HONEY!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Thanks for the round up on the recipes.
I wish I could be in one of your classes too! You look so professional in that photo!

Lauren said...

That is so cool that you had a customized meal! I wish more places would do this. Just the other day, I was telling my friend how sad it is that hardly ANY places around here have tofu or even ANY vegetarian options on their menu. Ugh, the shame. That is why I usually just stay home, but it's so nice to be able to go out and actually enjoy the meal.

Glad you had a great time. And the class sounds wonderful! ;)

bhealthier said...

So cool!!! glad the kick off went well. How many instructors teach one class???

janetha said...

the tap room looks fabulous. i love urban spoon! i always check there for ratings. how fun to have a special meal for you. the root veggies look awesome, love the purple! the body pump photos are cute. xoxo

Jenna said...

How great of that restaurant to be so accommodating! Hard to come by these days :)

Thanks for sharing the photos of you teaching your class. I think that is so great!

Britt said...

That is awesome that the restaurant hooked you up with a vegetarian meal! Never hurts to ask!

I haven't done body pump in YEARS. Looks like fun!

Paula said...

I love body pump! My gym doesn't have it though :( That is so nice that the chef made such a fun dinner for you. Hope you are working on the relaxing part of this weekend :)

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

OOh those veggies look awesome.. ya for the chef totally accommodating you!!
LOVE the sculpting pics.. you look soo cute! I wish I could take your class.
Happy SUNDAY :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I love new releases!! They are the best. You look so great teaching class girl!! :)

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

Your special vegetarian meal looks amazing!!

Today I've spent the morning cleaning the fridge and organizing messy cupboards. I hope to get some shopping in but I may end up relaxing on the couch... still feeling a bit tired from the 10 miler yesterday.

You look cute teaching the class, not too serious at all!

lesley lifting life said...

How fun! You look so cute up there teaching Body Pump : ) Glad to hear it went well ... now I wish I could come and take your class!!

moretolifethanlettuce said...

so cool that the chef was accommodating!

*Andrea* said...

i love veggie platters/ really gourmet dishes like this!!!! what a great chef :)

you look so cute teaching class. i bet you're a great instructor! you look so fit and strong

Dawn said...

you're such a hottie!
seaweed salad is SO GOOD for you. I am ok with it, but eat it because it is packed with nutrients and amazingly good for your immune system, thyroid, oh I could go on and on....

fittingbackin said...

I SO want to take body pump for you guys!! Looks like a blasty!

Thanks for posting those recipes - very cool!

glad you had a nice weekend!!!

chandra said...

So do you guys have multiple instructors teaching one class?

Ashley said...

Your special veggie dish looks great! I wish I lived there so I could take body pump -- looks like a great group of instructors.

Shannon said...

umm, can i come for a visit so we can PUMP and run together? :) that'd be fun!

Julie said...

hey girl! your weekend sounds so fun :) i love that you emailed the restaurant to find out if they could add some options! i would never think to do that and how awesome of them to be so accomodating. seaweed salad is seriously one of my favorite things in the WHOLE world!! do i sense a new addiction for youuuu?

glad the class went well :) i'll be coming to a class when i come over for dinner haha.

thanks for the jets congrats! it was a happy day in my book!

Bridget said...

Oooo I can't wait for Body Pump this week!! I hope my gym has the new one! Love the teaching pic, you actually kind of remind me of the girl who teaches my Pump class...cute and small and could kick your butt!

Thats so awesome that the restaurant was so accommodating, and your meal looked amazing!

Diana said...

I am so impressed with that restaurant for accommodating you! Not that vegetarian food was an unreasonable request, hello! Haha. Looks like it was amazing though. I realize I take veg options for granted in NYC, even at burger joints!

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

Today I wrapped up some cleaning, relaxed, and got a good workout in :-) It's been a nice weekend!

I Run for Fun said...

Love the pics! You look great...and very impressive.

Molly said...

That's awesome that the restaurant was so accomodating! I'll have to remember to call restaurants ahead to see if they could do the same.
Bodypump looks so fun!

Holly said...

i might have to keep that in mind to just call ahead - your meal looked FANTASTIC!

and i LOVE the pictures of your body pump class! i used to take that class when i was at another gym and LOVED it, because i am not good at doing weights on my own.

hope you had a lovely weekend - have a fab week :)

ktbwood said...

ahh i love liberty taproom!
you are so cute teaching that class! i wana come!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Holy crap you look soooo awesome in your body pump class. You can pump me up anytime my friend!!!!!

Thank you, Erica, sincerely for the shoutout on the recipe! Wow!!!! You must read a hundred blogs and see close to a thousdand new foodie pics per week and the fact that you chose something I made to be given honorable mention for...wow, Im honored my friend :)

The plate of roasted root vegetables with the purple coloring, magnificient!

Mizh said...

you are so flipping cute!!

and make me remember how much I loved teaching.

Lori said...

We love getting beer samplers. Such a great way to try lots of flavors. How great that the restaurant was so flexible. Definite points in my book. I would love to take one of your classes sometime. You look great up there!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Love the shots of the class! Of course you had to turn people away because you're such a fabulous trainer!!

That's great that the restaurant actually listened and followed through on your email. Everything looks delicious! Hope you have a wonderful Monday :)

*Naomi* said...

we had a body pump release at my gym this past weekend! it was s half hour class that was a intro, taught the basic moves etc. it looked great! lots of attendees

I love the pics of you in action up there and looks like a packed class too!!

thats so smart of you to call teh restaurant before hand to make sure they had veggie options and WOW the root veggie platter looks SO GOOD!!!

Rose said...

Wow - it's so cool to see you in action! I really wish I lived nearby and could take your class!

Therese said...

I love that you got some action shots while teaching! Love the serious face...hey good form is important business :)

biz319 said...

Thanks for all the recipe links - as if my list of things to make isn't long enough!

Great idea on calling ahead to the restaurant!! I never thought of that!

Happy Monday!

Holly said...

Wow, how neat that the chef was able to make things for you! I'm seeing more veg items pop up on menus, and it just excites me so much. I LOVE the variety.

Thanks for the shout out...that dip was AMAZING! And I've said it before but you look so darn cute when you workout! I need to master that. :-) I wish I could take your class!!

Dawn Duff said...

Great picture of you teaching the class, love it!

Hope you're having a great New Year!

Katie said...

That restaurant looks great! And brewery tours are always so much fun.

have a great day relaxing... can't wait to do that myself tonight!

chrystad72 said...

you look fantastic!!! wow! Great pics. That class just sounds really amazing. I love Mount Pleasant! I got to stay there for about 3 months a few years back and it was gorgeous. I hope you had an awesome weekend!!!

Pam said...

Look'in good girl! So glad you had a wonderful meal and time!

Hope you got some good relaxing time in too!

xoxo to Frankie!

Hugs!

teresa said...

what a beautiful plate of food! i love all the veggies!

alright girlfriend, this wednesday night i'm heading back to pump. i'm scared, but excited. i wish i could take your class, but i'll have to tell you about it :-)

Anne Marie said...

How cool!! The photo of you teachin class is awesome!!

Staci Dombroski said...

You look awesome! I love the pictures of you teaching your class!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Your dinner looks so fab! I wanted to try pimento cheese when I was out in North Carolina but never did! I can't find it out here. :(

Congrats on the full class!

The Blonde Duck said...

That was really nice of them to make you a veggie plate!

Juliana said...

Nice class :-) Love the veggie dish!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

Glad you had such a great turnout for your class!

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

You look so good up there leading and teaching all those people! I am so happy for you!

I was going to ask what you feed your dog? Do you cook him his own meals?

XXOO

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Erica you are so inspiring to me! The thought of having a full time job and a part time job (something thtat may be in my near future) is SO daunting to me. But you make it look easy! How do you stay sane?
That's so awesome the chef made you such amazing veg options! Yum!
the body pump pics look great!

Lele said...

Um, can I please be best friends with that chef? I want your meal and I'm not even a vegetarian! That "world tour" is AWESOME!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

All the recipes sound yummy! I love the pumpkin dip--I eat it with homemade cinn pita chips!

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