My FITintheCITY week + Recipe!

We have been so busy reporting on the diet stuff lately, we have failed to update you on the fun, life stuff!

The past few months have been a whirlwind, but I am happy to report that Tom and I bought our first home and have managed to move in and stay married!! We moved to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area in July but have both been so busy that we hadn’t really had an opportunity to enjoy the new hood until this weekend. I have to say, I am loving it! This was the first weekend in….wow, maybe since we lived in NYC that we didn’t need to drive to do any of the fun things we did.

Friday night we took in dinner at La Malinche, a delicious spanish tapas place (highly recommend the salmon with brussels sprouts and purple potatoes or the fish tacos) and a movie at the AFI, Silver Spring – which we loved. Reminded us of the theatres in LA…interesting programming, indie films, craft beers and good wines available. A perfect date night.

Saturday morning we woke up and hit up on the Silver Spring Farmer’s market – one of the best in town I think. And then on Saturday night we were able to enjoy FREE music from the Preservation Hall band right in our little downtown at the Silver Spring Jazz Festival.

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Sunday was a beautiful walk with the dogs in Rock Creek Park (just on the other side from where we used to go) and then a run on the Sligo Creek Path. Too bad we didn’t have time for the folk festival in Takoma Park on Sunday – but there are only so many hours in the day.

It truly was the perfect Silver Spring/Takoma Park weekend and reminded me of the wonderful and diverse place that we live in.

Oh – and while I am reporting on fun things to do in DC, check out (305) Fitness! I took Brittany’s class last Sunday and what fun! It is a cardio-based dance workout with a DJ in the class spinning for the full 60 minutes. They are currently renting space from BodySmith on 14th street and R, and are hoping to have the black out shades and disco lights soon to really make it feel more like dancing at a club. I would definitely try it again!

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Enjoy this Salmon Recipe inspired by La Malinche!

Tequila Lime Salmon with Brussels Sprouts
Serves 4

For Fish:

  • 1 pound Wild Salmon
  • 2/3 cup silver tequila
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 scallion chopped

For Brussels Sprouts:

  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest strips
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a large container, making sure the salmon is thoroughly coated. Cover, place in the fridge, and walk away for at least 30 minutes.

When you return, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet, scoop up all the jalapeno, scallion and garlic pieces  from the marinade, and scatter it over the fish. Don’t get rid of that stuff, it’s yummy. (The jalapeno loses most of its heat when the ribs and seeds are removed, then even more when cooked.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.

While the salmon is cooking, trim away the stem ends of the brussels sprouts and cut lengthwise into slices 1/4 inch thick.

In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the brussels sprouts, lemon zest, salt and a few grindings of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and reducing the heat as needed to prevent scorching, until the brussels sprouts are tender and slightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and cook for 1 minute more. Serve immediately.

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