Thursday, August 29, 2019

Staying Fit While Traveling: Würzburg, Germany

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In July, we visited Germany for three weeks. I will share some impressions from the trip in the coming weeks.

Würzburg is my hometown and is also the beginning of the Romantic Road. In addition, it's a stop for many of the popular river cruise ships, and there is truly so much to see and do.

Today, I will take you on one of my exercise routes while in Germany. I walked over the bridge up to the fortress numerous times. If you really want to get a good workout in, you can jog it. There is a nice elevation gain, and the views are simply breathtaking. You almost don't notice that you are exercising. Almost. I'll mostly let the photos speak for themselves.

I started at the city hall tower. 

Then I crossed the Alte Mainbrücke. 

The view of the fortress from the bridge.

There are many stairs leading up to the fortress, which makes for a great workout.

The first view of the city.

But we are not at the top yet. Have to go up the hill some more.

More stairs.

View of the little chapel on the neighboring hill.

Another view of the city.

And more stairs, going down this time.

And we are back at the bridge. Want to come with me next time?

Staying Fit with Workout Apps

In addition to our walks - most days we got 20,000 steps or more - I also did the 7-minute workout and used The Yoga Collective app. Yoga workouts are so beneficial when you travel, and The Yoga Collective even has specific travel flows, which feel amazing after a long flight or sitting in a train for a long time.

Overall, I am happy that I was able to stay fit while traveling while not going overboard. I had originally planned to get some gym workouts in, but that didn't work out as planned, but it was honestly ok. I don't think I lost much in terms of strength or conditioning while we were gone and was able to get back to my regular workouts once we got home.

Question: How do you stay fit while traveling? 

Be well,

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pho Ha Noi Now Open in Cupertino

We had heard very good things about Pho Ha Noi on Story Road in San Jose for a while, but we had never gone. Lucky for us, the Pho Ha Noi Cupertino location is now open.

Andy and I were able to go right at opening at 11 a.m. on a Monday during their soft opening, and there was no wait. By the time we left, the large restaurant was all filled. I have heard that during dinner time the wait can be quite long and parking challenging. 

We both ordered #13, rare flank steak, brisket and fat brisket pho.

The restaurant has a self-serve condiment bar, and we enjoyed getting just what we wanted and were able to eat.

The soups were very good - the broth flavorful and the meat very tender.

While we got the same soups, we tried both noodles - the special house-made thick noodles as well as the skinny noodles. The thick noodles were our favorite, and we'll order them again next time. 

We also ordered spring rolls, but, unfortunately, they didn't come out until we were already finished with the soup. We ended up taking them to go, and they were very good and fresh. 

We are very happy that Pho Ha Noi is now open close to home, and we'll be back soon! It's definitely our go-to pho place!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Imperfect Produce (and Food) Delivery Service

Years ago, I belonged to a CSA, and I was quite happy with it for some time. Then, unfortunately, things went from bad to worse when first the produce sharply declined in quality and then they had a huge data breach incident. I therefore sadly quit that service.

It took me several years to even consider a new service. The more I learned about Imperfect Produce, the more I liked it. Imperfect Produce sources items that might otherwise go to waste because they are not "pretty enough" for regular grocery stores. I also liked that you can easily customize your box every week. Additionally, there is also the option to add on other "imperfect grocery items" (often coding, etc. mistakes) to your box. And many of these items are sharply discounted compared to grocery stores.

Here are two recent boxes. We loved everything in them and have been eating more fruits and veggies.

Thanks Imperfect Produce for a great service!

This is not a sponsored post.