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Five Friday Food Favorites (plus a bonus!)

From running to feed others to feeding myself after running, don’t miss my list of Friday Favorites this week! From food to frolicking, I’m gonna tell you what’s good!

Friday Favorites Sept 8

Miss some of my posts? Here is what I was up to this week:

1) The Gage Chicago

So The Gage was so good I took Alex back there last night after Run10 Feed10. I needed those loaded Shishito peppers back in my life. and we upped the ante with their PBR battered fried pickles and the venison burger with fries. And one of my favorite beers, the Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat (x2). 

The Gage Shishito peppers appetizer is amazing! A must go to place next to Millennium Park In Chicago. Get a review at

The Loaded Shishito Peppers. HOLY FREAKING YUM

Holy freaking WOW. No pictures (I tried, but the lighting was romantic, not illuminating, and it was just not going to happen) and no leftovers, and we left a bit food drunk and beyond satisfied. The venison burger was SPECTACULAR. Absolutely incredible. Brioche bun, gouda, caramelized onions, jalapeno, creamy mustard… I seriously can’t even. I finished my half and then considered taking Alex’s!

The Gage Burger is amazing! A must go to place next to Millennium Park In Chicago. Get a review at

My regular burger this weekend.

After my meal there with the girls this weekend and getting the burger, I can certainly say that The Gage is a MUST if you are in the downtown Loop Chicago!

2) Nut Butter Filled Clif Bars

I know I have mentioned these before, but don’t expect that love to go anywhere. Thanks to a Clif Bar appreciation event that I attended with Erica and Alex on Wednesday, I am now the proud “owner” of all 4 flavors, and while Erica is sharing hers… I don’t know if I will be so charitable! 

Giant Clif Bar Lawn Chair! Love that! Thank you Clif @suzlyfe

I don’t know which is my favorite–I am split between the Coconut Almond Butter and the Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. All I know is that I am one happy girl with one in my hands.

Coconut Almond Butter Nut Butter Filled Clif Bar and Coconut LaCroix sparkling water is a perfect healthy snack combination! @suzlyfe

Bonus points if there is a LaCroix in the other 😀

Clif invited us to the party, but we were under no obligation to promote the products. I just genuinely love their bars!

3) Run10 Feed10

Not food per se, but definitely related. One of the best things about Run10 Feed10 wasn’t just the fact that my entry provided 10 meals to hungry children, but it was the fact that I got to run with some old training buddies (including Erica), Alex and I got our weekly run back (and this will be the last weekend to be able to do that from now until mid-October), and I got to enjoy one of my favorite sights: Columbia Harbor at twilight, and to run my old training route. It made me miss CES so badly!

The gorgeous Chicago Skyline across Columbia Harbor. Nothing like summer in Chicago! @suzlyfe

I still have these little ties to it (I have a client who paces with CES and I saw one of my trainees at the Clif event), but I really truly miss the feeling of purpose and fulfillment that I got from leading those runs and seeing the trainees (who became friends). I don’t know what opportunity there is for me to return to CES, but I would definitely consider it!

Women's Health Run10 Feed10 Chicago was a great run with a view of the gorgeous Chicago Skyline! @suzlyfe

Run10 Feed10 was lots of fun, if a bit oddly organized from a “serious” runner’s POV. But as a fun run around some of the most gorgeous parts of downtown Chicago, I totally loved it! It was an out and back course that took you from Macy’s State Street to the Pritzker Pavilion to the Lakefront Trail, around the Museum Campus and back. Every volunteer was so cheerful and lovely, and there was shirt screenprinting, a warm up before and workout after, and fun samples to try after the run. Plus, how can you argue with the fact that your entry provides 10 meals to the hungry? 

I found the Geico Gecko at Run10 Feed10!

My entry was provided for as a Chicago VIP, but we paid for Alex’s and fully support the Run10 Feed10 Mission!


4) Jicama

Alex was adorable, made a stop at Trader Joe’s on Monday on his way back from the gym, and got my jicama, because he knows how much I adore it. Little did he know (because he has been gone) that I had a giant jicama sitting in the fridge! So I have been eating jicama all week, and it has made me happy as a clam. Seriously, if you have never had jicama… GET ON THAT.

The perfect midday Mexican Snack: Jicama with lime and salt, El Yucateco hot sauce, and a coke light |

Take me back to Mexico, where I ate a jicama a day…

You can buy it prepped from Trader Joe’s, or just buy one at the store and use a knife to cut off the exterior. And then go. nuts. Eat it with dip, sprinkle it with tajin or pico piquin, a little salt and a squeeze of lime, or with hot sauce. Or make it part of your hummus plate dinner…

All the veggies for our hummus plate dinner! Jicama is a must! @suzlyfe

5) Bob’s Red Mill Textured Vegetable Protein TVP back in my Life!

I LOVE TVP, but I’ve not had it in my pantry since our move. Well, luckily for me, the folks at Bob’s Red Mill (a company that I love and adore) decided to help a Suz out and send me a bag of my favorite TVP! So I have been going nuts on it.

My Savory gluten free vegan ground beef is a favorite textured vegetable protein recipe. TVP is a fantastic meatless Monday option for a quick and tasty lunch! @suzlyfe

My favorite TVP brand so far is Bob’s Red Mill. Bob’s Red Mill was the first textured vegetable protein that I tried, and it is the one that I have returned to over others (including various bulk bin varieties) due to the texture, consistency, and the consistently excellent product. Bob’s Red Mill TVP cooks quickly and evenly and absorbs liquid and flavor better than the other brands out there, in my experience, and I’ve used it in everything from the above recipes to mixed into my oatmeal! 

Bob’s Red Mill supplied me with my TVP fix but opinions are 100% my own! Truly my favorite!

Bonus (not food): Anticipation (vague blogging moment)

I’ve been working on my new project all week, and I hope that I will be able to unveil it next week, if not the week after. Right now, honestly part of the reason why I’m sitting on it is that I need to nail down the right name! But even if I don’t have the perfect name, I will be debuting it ASAP. But I want it to be actionable and working when I “release” it, rather than bringing a shell of a project to you all. Almost there.



I am dying to tell you all about the other development in my life, but you are just going to have to wait. I don’t want to jinx it! But I ask that you cross your fingers and think positive thoughts for Alex and I on Sunday! I hope that I will have some great news to share with you then and on Monday!

I know there have been other awesome things happening this week, but honestly, the brain is tired and it is, as I said, way past my bed time. Have a great weekend all, and please keep your fingers crossed for me this weekend: 

a) that the weather is good for the Mag Mile Half Marathon tomorrow

b) that my race (MMHM) goes well

c) that we have some super exciting news to share on Sunday!

Running to feed others, then feeding herself! #fridayfavorites @bobsredmill @clifbar #fitfluential Click To Tweet

And since this link up is largely about food, I’m gonna link up with the Friday Five (Mar, Courtney, Cynthia) as well as Friday Favorites (Heather). 

Peace out and goodnight, everyone!

What are you loving this week? 

What was the last meal that was so good you went back for it later that week?

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  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    Great to see you and Alex 2x in one week. Good luck in the half! Here’s to hoping for good weather!

    September 9, 2016 at 6:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So awesome to see you! Let’s keep that going, mkay?

      September 14, 2016 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Oh, good luck with everything! Can’t wait to hear more about your news!

    September 9, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Megan! More to come!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I’ll be thinking of you this weekend (for various reasons LOL). Good luck with everything 😉

    September 9, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    However have I missed out on these nut butter Cliff Bars?! They sound like my jam!

    September 9, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They. Are. AMAZING

      September 14, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    There is so much goodness and almost-goodness in this post 😊 GOOD LUCK.
    And seriously, naming stuff is the worst.

    September 9, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahha I hear you there. Thus why Ridley is the name we had picked out for a daughter!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I am obsessed with those little shishito peppers they are really hard to find! Nice to see you so happy this week

    September 9, 2016 at 7:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are so freaking delicious. They are getting really popular here!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Oh this makes me so happy! I don’t know what it is but it still makes me happy 🙂 Good luck in the half!

    September 9, 2016 at 7:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahha thank you!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Good luck at Magnificent Mile tomorrow! Omg I hope Sunday goes well also. And you need to share right away if it does.

    September 9, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know the whole story by now, but thank you!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    🙂 X 3

    September 9, 2016 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I CANNOT wait to hear about all of your exciting developments! So much good stuff happening for you right now! (AS IT SHOULD!!)

    September 9, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good stuff all around!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Man I cant wait to find out what the news is!! 😀 That bear meme…hahahaha! Have a good weekend!

    September 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It cracked me up so hard! Hope you had a great weekend!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Fingers crossed for you this weekend!!! And have fun running the half! Best. Distance.

    September 9, 2016 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love that distance (though you know I love my marathon!)

      September 14, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    You are always eating amazing foods! Good luck at Mag Mile..I’m sure it will be awesome! I’m not loving food these days – just tired of eating the same old thing it seems. Time to shake it up!

    September 9, 2016 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there. I ran out of creativity and am just going with what I know tastes good. I did a Hello Fresh delivery this week and it helped me get out of my funk!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Lizzie

    I have been in love with a Thai Salmon Salad from a place down the street from me. I had it last week and this week and I want it again for lunch today……

    September 9, 2016 at 8:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well it already sounds unbelieveable! Meet you halfway with one?

      September 14, 2016 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Your vagueness.. I can’t deal! haha Have a great run! Praying the stomach handles things well.

    September 9, 2016 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So far it is hanging in there!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Mackenzie

    I wasn’t able to go back but I’ve been dreaming over the brunch I had last Friday all week, it was delicious

    September 9, 2016 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like it needs to be repeated!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I think you should name your project this: “Spots on the Wall” by Hoo Fluung Poo

    September 9, 2016 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I could never take that name from you 😀

      September 14, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Kelli @Hungry Hobby

    Sending positive thoughts your way!

    September 9, 2016 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Kelli!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Reply shawna

    Ahhh have an amazing weekend (hopefully we will both be drinking La Croix nonstop and can cheers virtually) and enjoy your running…excited to hear your news!

    September 9, 2016 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will totally cheers you with La Croix any time! Once I restock, that is…

      September 14, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Haley

    I never met someone who liked jicama that much. More power to you. It’s definitely a great veggie.

    September 9, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go big or go home, right?

      September 14, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    I need to get my hands on those nut butter filled cliff bars!! They sound amazing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Susie!!

    September 9, 2016 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are seriously my favorite thing out there!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Emily

    I was just really convicted last night that I don’t think about those who don’t have as much as I’ve been given enough, and I love that this run was focused on sharing and blessing others; I really have a desire to give more, so you sparked some thinking in my mind. I hope I can find a way to help with that here. <3

    And those nut butter Cliff Bars; you pretty much have me sold on going back to Walmart and grabbing a box.

    September 9, 2016 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Apparently, there are way to organize Virtual Run10 Feed10 races–perhaps you could try to do something like that!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    I have an inkling 😉 sounds like a great week full of fun running and a whole lotta great foods! Have a marvelous weekend friend!

    September 9, 2016 at 10:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, now you know. Where you right?

      September 14, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply San

    I never had jicama. What am I missing?

    Good thoughts and fingers crossed for Sunday! 🙂

    September 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are missing the best veggie ever!!! Like a cross between an apple and a potato. And maybe a radish. But delicious. Just get one and peel it and enjoy!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Okay, I’m counting down the hours until Sunday! 🙂

    Jicama instead of chips for guacamole, my favorite!

    September 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Fingers crossed and all the positive vibes are being sent your way!!

    September 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you love! it all worked out in the end!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales

    Coconut La Croix! That sounds fantastic. Thanks for the reminder to eat jicama, I haven’t had it in ages! Tasty addition to a snack plate.

    Fingers crossed for you! 😉

    September 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am allll about the jicama. Seriously one of my favorite veggies ever!

      September 14, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    I’ve never had Jicama! Apparently I need to change that.

    September 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um yes. yes you do.

      September 14, 2016 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

    September 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Peanut butter filled anything always sounds good to me but those clif bars sound AMAZING!

    I’ve never ever tried jicama! I wouldn’t even know what to do with it! 😛 Can you eat it raw? (It looks like you’ve got it raw but maybe it’s not??) #clueless

    September 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    Best picture ever. So cute!

    September 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Good luck tomorrow at Mag Mile! And looking forward to all your big reveals…

    September 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now you know!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I so want a venison burger now, and nut butter filled clif bars sound effing amazing! :O!! I’ve never tried BRM’s TVP, but given that I’ve loved everything I’ve ever tried of theirs thus far…I wouldn’t be surprised if I like that too! 😛

    I only recently discovered jicama but it’s pretty darn good! Kindasorta reminds me of apples but…not.

    Best of luck to you on your new project, and good luck tomorrow! <3

    September 9, 2016 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s like an apple meets a potato… meets something else. Like myself, it is enigmatic and beyond comprehension but you like it any way.

      September 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    My hubby is a big hunter so there is plenty of venison in the freezer- haven’t some up with a burger recipe that dazzles yet! You have had a big week! Run10Feed10 sounded like a nice event- I saw a lot of ads for it! Good luck tomorrow- have fun!

    September 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tell him to add a little beef to it (they did it and I swear that it works!)

      September 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Good vibes to you and Alex lady! I just had some Jicama chips which were a yummy roadtripping snack.

    September 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why is jicama so gooooood

      September 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I was just stalking you on social medias hoping to see the super exciting news (#creeper)…and then I realized that today is not Sunday. So congrats on the race today and good thoughts for tomorrow!

    September 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha, I appreciate the vigilance!

      September 13, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Brad Davis

    Peanut butter filled anything always sounds good to me but those bars sound amazing! Have nice weekend!

    September 11, 2016 at 8:14 am
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