Friday Favorites: 08/02

by Khushboo on August 2, 2013

Happy Friday…that too the first Friday of August!  In typical July fashion, this week sped by.  I feel like I just wrote last week’s Friday Favorites post.  Without further adieu:

  • If you follow me on Instagram (@khushboothadani), you’re probably aware that I went for the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory musical earlier this week.  Especially after reading the book and watching the original film countless times as a kid, watching the musical was on my “To-Do List” even before I arrived in London.  It only reinforced my love for the story- the sets were amazing and the cast acted outstandingly…especially Charlie Bucket.  For someone so young, he sure knew how to bust a tune or 2.

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  • One annoying factor about blogging is eating something so tasty and only then remembering to take a photo.  If I had remembered, I promise I would have made more of an effort in terms of presentation.  Pretty or not, trust me when I say that this snack combo tastes yum: Mix a pinch of vanilla essence with cottage cheese.  Spoon onto crispbread and top with blueberries.  Had I taken a photo before digging in, you would also be seeing 2 crispbreads instead of 1:

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  • Although I’ve blogged about running plenty of times in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever discussed an essential component: shoes!  I am an Asics girl throughout. They might not be as pretty as Nike trainers, but they give my feet great support & cushioning.  For the past 5 years, I’ve bought the exact same pair 5 times.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? The only thing that changes is color, and this time I’ve “stepped” away (pun obviously intended 😉) from white:

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  • Lately I seem to be hitting the jackpot where post is concerned.  First it was Chobani and now Popchips.  They kindly sent me a box with various flavors including Original, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, Salt & Pepper, and Barbeque.  I’m usually wary about packaged food marketed as “healthy” but these lived up to mark.  Although they are baked instead of fried, they taste as delicious (if not more) than regular potato chips.  The added bonus is that Popchips only contain a handful of natural ingredients, none of which are preservatives, artificial colors, hydrogenated oils or MSG.  They’re not much of a filling snack, but are ideal for when the savory munchies kick in. My favorite flavors are Barbeque and Sour Cream & Onion.  I’ve been taking them to share during picnics in the park and they seem to get wiped out in no time:

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  • And speaking of parks, I went photo crazy at the Serpentine in Hyde Park & Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park:

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How is this real life??

What is your current favorite snack?

What brand of trainers do you wear?

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I love Charlie & the Chocolate Factory! Actually I’ve always found it a bit creepy for some reason, but I still love it. 😛

I wear Sauconys. I tried Asics, but they just didn’t work for my feet as well as Sauconys.

Have a great Friday girl!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I’ve heard great things about Sauconys but don’t thinkI’ve ever tried on a pair!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick August 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I get such a HUGE chocolate craving when I watch Charlie & the Chocolate Factory! And Johnny Depp is just fab.
I am an Asics girl as well! I tried Nikes’, but they are too narrow for me.
Happy Weekend Girl!!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I am sure I am the only girl on the planet to say that Johnny Depp just doesn’t do it for me 😉

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Awwr it’s been ages since I’ve seen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… but I remember being completely smitten with that story when I was younger… even if it DID always make me hungry 😉 And speaking of hungry, I’m lolving the idea of adding vanilla essence to dairy. I’ve actually been wanting to try that with yogurt, so it looks like I’m going to have to give it a go.

Happy Friday, love!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Ooh PLEASE add vanilla essence to your yogurt next time- it’s a necessity for me every time I eat yogurt 🙂

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I adooore Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I’ve never seen a live show of it though, that would be amazing. But movie wise, I’m good with both the Gene Wilder and the Johnny Depp versions 😉
And your snack looks awesome! Lately, my snacks have been raw mixed nuts, Greek yogurt and cereal, or cheese strings.

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Ah cheese strings are such a throwback snack for me- need to remember to buy some 🙂

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Arman @ thebigmansworld August 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Ok slightly random but are those crispbreads cruskits by any chance? If so, we had the exact same snack…well sort of, except swap the blueberries and vanilla for cinnamon and apples. A musical version of Charlie and the chocolate factory sounds awesome, it was one of my favourite books and movie growing up, but NOT the Johnny Depp version!

When I do cardio, I tend to wear the same shoes as my lifting ones so nike frees. Comfortable 🙂

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Ah they are not- the crispbreads are the M & S brand!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien August 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Mmmmm so jel of your pop chips package! Those are so darn tasty. Loving those gray and purple kicks. Have a fab weekend!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Hope you have a great weekend too 🙂

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P August 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Kyoto Gardens looks so pretty! And the musical sounds awesome too! That’s so cute how you had chocolate (Maltesers) while watching the show 😛

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Eating chocolate is almost a must when watching the movie/musical 🙂

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Lisa August 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I didn’t even know there was a Willy Wonka musical. That sounds absolutely wonderful! I want to go to it.
Okay, I really need to try these pop chips! I still haven’t yet.
Happy Friday!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Hope you try Popchips soon- I’m pretty sure you’d love ’em 🙂

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Oh i love charlie & the chocolate factory! During a trip to london back when i was in college I saw Mamma Mia, and i just fell in love with london theater. it was one of my favorite performances. and oh i was addicted to pop chips for a while! they are so good!

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Khushboo August 2, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Ah I’ve never seen Mamma Mia..I should probably change that STAT 🙂

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Alex @ therunwithin August 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

I haven’t had pop chips in forever, gosh now I am wanting some so bad

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Khushboo August 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

They’re awesome!

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Parita August 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

I love Popchips! So yummy! And vanilla extract is the perfect addtion to most sweet recipes. I love how so little adds so much!

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Khushboo August 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

I agree- just a dash of vanilla essence adds such a desserty feel to a dish!

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Brittany August 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

Asics all the way!! I buy the same pair too…I LOVE my shoes. I also love Popchips…and I now want some..really bad. How fun that you went to see that play, I was wondering what it was when you posted that picture to IG!

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Khushboo August 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

High 5 from one Asics wearer to another 🙂

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl August 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

LOVE Pop Chips! I seriously cannot get enough of them!

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Khushboo August 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I can see why 🙂

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig August 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

LOL this is embarrassing considering I work half a mile from there, but I’ve never been to Holland Park!

I’ve heard great things about that musical, so I definitely want to see it now!

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Khushboo August 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

HAHA shame on you…if the sun is still out when you’re back, you must check out the Kyoto Gardens! 🙂

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Alex@Veggin' Out August 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I’m in need of new running shoes so I’ll definitely have to check out the Asics! The last time I went with Nike, and I love them, but the Asics sound fabulous. What pair do you buy?
I’m so jealous you got sent free products to review! I would love to do such reviews. Hopefully someday! Popchips are so good aren’t they? I’ve only tried the original variety, but I just love them. 🙂

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Khushboo August 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

These are the Asics Gel Enduro- I’d definitely recommend trying them out 🙂

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

The cottage cheese/blueberry combo looks delicious, I love doing a similar combo with Greek yogurt! I am a Mizuno girl for running shoes, but for regular training shoes I tend to switch between Nike and Reebok.

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Khushboo August 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I’ve heard great things about Mizuno- I may have to look into them next time 🙂

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honeywhatscooking August 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

I have to try Popchips… I’ve seen them. I really like Salt + Vinegar chips. lately… i’ve been snacking on Indian Mithai – milk cake – my mother in law is visiting so she bought us some mithai. That stuff is lethal, but so good. 🙂

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Khushboo August 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Ah we need to switch locations i.e. you move to Mumbai and eat your heart out on mithai…I’ll head to NYC and do the same with cupcakes 😉

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Ameena August 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I love that park…how much longer are you in London? I may be making my way back soon?

Popchips are good but the Papadums at M & S really are just divine.

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Khushboo August 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Ah no way- when?? I leave next Tuesday!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Those pictures are incredible for real life. I need to get to that park stat; adding it to my bucket list now.
I like your gray and purple sneaker choice. I almost always pick bright sneakers; the colors make me happy.

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