I feel like I’m way overdue for a post here. I’ve been very busy at work, but mostly I just didn’t have anything interesting to say at the time. But after a great weekend and some enlightenment from my yoga class, the words are spilling out. I said this blog would cover a variety of topics, from our move to Dallas, to fitness, to food. Well, how about all three at once??
So where to start?? Right… enlightenment! In my yoga class last night at Uptown Yoga (did I mention how much I love this studio? Oh, yes repeatedly…), our instructor focused on strength and flexibility of our back. As a result, we spent a lot of time in poses that are of the heart-opening variety and challenging standing strength poses that require quite a bit of conviction to just stay there and remain grounded and calm. She dared us to have courage to stay in our poses just a bit longer and courage to remain open, vulnerable and exposed (you have to when you are a total hot mess with sweat rolling down your face, elbows, behind your knees… you get the picture).
Confession time. The past few weeks I’d been feeling a little insecure, and therefore pretty guarded. I think it’s a mix of trying to adjust to the ways of Dallas, feeling not-so-hot about the way I look and feel (what happens when suddenly stop teaching 5 classes a week and start eating all your Texas faves) and just like I always had something to prove, just wanting to be accepted in my new home, new gym, with new friends, etc. I’m loving Texas, but it’s a big adjustment, y’all!
But a few things changed over the past week. One, I took the most ridiculous advanced yoga class that had me facing my fears and just humbled the hell out of me. I taught several classes at Gold’s and really focused more on the people in my class and less on how I was teaching or how I was perceived as the “new teacher.” I attended my first gym practice where I met my fellow instructors and was able to just be myself, have fun and feel like a new addition to the family.
To cap it off, we had a very social, fun weekend with great new friends. We checked out some standout Dallas restaurants, such as Il Cane Rosso (pizza to die for… and don’t skip the Nutella pizza for dessert) and Lockhart Smokehouse for some TX BBQ. And while these were outings with both Kevin and me, I’ve also set up a few happy hours, lunches and gym dates that are just for me. Cuz every girl needs some good girlfriends nearby, right??
Things are looking up, and starting to feel like home. We haven’t completely abandoned our East Coast needs just yet though… Kevin and I made the most awesome homemade crab cakes for dinner on Sunday while catching the Mad Men season finale. Yum!!! If you love crab, go get yourself some good jumbo lump crabmeat (the real deal please… but be prepared to drop a good chunk of change for it), and try this recipe (Credit to Food and Wine Magazine).
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
- 20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat with the cracker crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the crab cakes to plates and serve with lemon wedges.