A Happy Detour

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Hello!  Around 10 AM, I started to prepare for my 30-mile bike ride by eating some fuel.  I had a whole wheat English muffin + PB.


Then, I got completely dressed (helmet on and everything), but when I went to pump my tires, I realized my pump was broken! 🙁


I asked the Husband to run with me to the bike shop and he complied… Next thing I knew, we were checking out road bikes for him!


He liked the look and feel of this Specialized bike, but I did not like the fact that it had a straight handlebar, not drop bars.  Drop bars are just so much more comfortable.


We went to several other shops before deciding that a used bike is probably our best bet.  I’m excited he’ll be joining me on long bike rides soon, though!


My broken bike pump ended up turning our afternoon into quite the adventure! By 1:30, we were absolutely starving.  Since we happened to be next to our favorite vegetarian restaurant, we stopped in.


Dandelion CommuniTea cafe is GREAT!  Everything is vegetarian and they have options to make the meals as vegan and gluten-free.


I started off with a glass of Sunshine Daydreams organic iced tea:


And although they have some much lighter options, I decided to go for a lunch with a little more caloric bang since I WILL be going on that bike ride later!


I got the whole wheat black bean quesadilla, which I just love because it’s definitely more bean than cheese.  I ate three out of the four wedges.


Plus, a side of "fake guac," which is mashed sweet peas and spices.  Yum!


OK — the road is calling my name!  See you for dinner.



  • Help Meghan Run May 17, 2009, 11:47 am

    Have fun on that bike ride! 30 miles…that’s impressive. At least you started out with a lot of tasty fuel! 🙂


  • thenoviceberker May 17, 2009, 11:48 am

    What a cool restaurant! I always wish there were more healthy restaurants like that around my college campus. And having your hubby being able to come with you on bike rides soon sounds so good! Some extra company, extra conversation, and extra 1-on-1 time with the hubs! 🙂

  • Moran May 17, 2009, 11:53 am

    Have fun! Wow, such a long distance!
    I love the fake guac!

  • Jenny May 17, 2009, 12:23 pm

    aw you have not been having the best luck today girl – between your brother in laws peep show to your bike .. at least you had a killer lunch 🙂 enjoy the rest of your afternoon!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) May 17, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Have a great ride!

    Just wondering — did you start with a lot of mileage right away with the bike, or did you have to work up to that? I’m thinking about getting into some longer rides but just curious to know how you started out. Thanks Caitlin!

  • RachelK May 17, 2009, 12:43 pm

    Great pre-biking fuel! I so admire your ability to go with the flow of life and not get bent out of shape about minor detours. I get so irritated when things get in the way of my workouts and am trying to be better with flexibility. I hope you had a fabulous ride. It is so awesome that your husband will soon be joining you on both the bike rides and vegetarian eating!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 17, 2009, 12:45 pm

    That restaurant looks fantastic! I love places like that 🙂 I have a recipe for “fake guac” if you’d like it!

  • Kelly May 17, 2009, 1:03 pm

    I am impressed with your 30 mile bike ride- I think I did 3 this morning 🙂

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 17, 2009, 1:23 pm

    That fake guac looks great! I should make some sometime. I wonder what spices are in it?? Yummy lunch though.. we don’t have places like that here – that I know of anyway.

  • Sarah Mila May 17, 2009, 1:25 pm

    I keep seeing faux guac everywhere! How does it compare to the real thing?

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 17, 2009, 1:47 pm

    What a cool restaurant. Now you and your Husband can ride bikes together and eat vegetarian together!

  • Kim May 17, 2009, 1:50 pm

    OMG! Where is that cute little restaurant? It is awesome to see "Celiac" friendly on a sign like that! 😉 Both my son & I have Celiac and while eating out is getting easier, it is always a challenge & slightly risky.

    Hope you had a good bike ride!

  • Brandi May 17, 2009, 2:05 pm

    looks like you had a fun morning – enjoy your bike ride!

  • Christina May 17, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I wish I could get my boyfriend to bike with me! Good luck on your long ride 🙂

  • Stacey May 17, 2009, 2:16 pm

    Hope you have a great ride! It is raining where I am at 🙁

    I miss riding with my boyfriend, when I used to, it was so much more fun because you have someone there to talk to and get you through the hard moments. Tis a good way to bond 🙂

  • seekinghealthybalance May 17, 2009, 2:37 pm

    The fake guac looks amazing. Love that quesadilla, I bet it was delicious!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 17, 2009, 3:07 pm

    adi – i think i started with 10 miles and worked my way up to 15. then i made a big jump to 25. i’m not sure how you would ideally increase mileage.

    sarah – i dunno how fake guac compared, i cant have it because im allergic to avocado!

    kim – in orlando!

  • elise May 17, 2009, 4:45 pm

    that place is super cute! what a nice little lunch detour…

  • Jordan May 17, 2009, 4:56 pm

    Holy crap, 30 miles?! You’re nuts woman!

  • Trish May 17, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Very cool that hubby will be biking with you! 🙂

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 17, 2009, 5:37 pm

    That’s so great hubby will be able to bike ride with you!! Awesome!!

    Great looking eats and nothing beats an afternoon adventure! 🙂

  • Danielle J May 17, 2009, 5:53 pm

    theres a palm tree right behind your hubby’s head. i TOTALLY thought he was rockin a little ponytail for a sec! too funny..

  • HangryPants May 17, 2009, 8:07 pm

    If I come to Orlando ever we are going there!!!

  • ChickPea May 17, 2009, 10:38 pm

    That cafe looks like so much fun…not sure I’d be into the pea dip rather than the real avocado guac though!

  • Cryst May 17, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Hello, i have been following your great blog and I so admire your stamina and commitment. I used to do BFL and loved it. It was more than a year ago and I need to get back to it.. I’d love to run like you but I could only run like mins and I’m done…:( i need pointers….

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 18, 2009, 2:57 am

    crys – what’s BFL???

  • Dori May 18, 2009, 6:19 am

    That quesadilla looks SO good! And healthy!

    You make me want to take out my bike from when I was 10 and start riding it again!

  • Heather May 18, 2009, 6:04 pm

    I love Dandelion!!!! Definitely my favorite Orlando spot, though I sadly don’t eat there enough.

    Congrats on the awesome bike ride!!

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