Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sweat & Sip: Vega Dance Lab, Water Avenue Coffee, and Canteen

Katie just got a new job at University of Portland (woot, congrats!) and had a week off before starting so we headed over to Vega Dance Lab's Wednesday morning cardio funk class for our second installment of our "Sweat & Sip" series.

What: Vega Dance Lab
Where: 1322 SE Water Ave 
Honeys Heart: Cardio Funk

Katie danced growing up, was the captain of the UP dance team, and has been a Winterhawks Rosebud dancer for the last two years, so needless to say her dance abilities far exceed mine, but thankfully cardio funk is fun and funky and I didn't feel too bad!

The class starts with about 15 minutes of light cardio to warm up, some strength building, and stretching followed by 45 minutes of learning a routine.

The great thing about going to a dance class is that it doesn't feel like a typical work out class and the time flies because you're constantly learning new eight counts, but you still work up a sweat! I also love that you get to spend time at the beginning and end stretching, which this girl needs to do more of.

What: Water Avenue Coffee
Where: 1028 SE Water Avenue 145
When: 7am - 6pm Daily
Honeys Heart: Soy Latte

I still had to work post dance class and Katie had some projects, so following our fitness we decided to grab coffee and tea at Water Avenue Coffee - it was only 10am after all! I ordered a 12 oz soy latte and Katie got an iced tea and a pumpkin muffin.

Water Ave Coffee is small, but still has some nice spots to set up your computer and enjoy a tasty coffee. I love getting coffees "for here" and getting the delicious, creamy foam!

What: Canteen
Where: 2816 SE Stark St
When: 9 am - 9pm Tuesday - Sunday, Closed Mondays
Honeys Heart: Fresh juices and smoothies! 

After we got some sufficient work time in, we needed to find something more substantial to eat so we headed to Canteen, which serves up healthy and delicious bowls, salads, fresh juices, and smoothies. We shared the Bangkok Bowl ($8) with avocado curry, red curry peanut sauce, brown rice, aduki beans, broccoli, red cabbage, kimchi, and black sesame seeds. I liked the spice and tang the kimchi brings to the bowl!

Katie and I also ordered smoothies, which were so tasty and filling! Katie went for the Orange One ($4 sm) with banana, orange, vanilla, almond milk and dates. So creamy and fresh. I opted for the Ginger-Berry ($4 sm) with strawberries, blueberries, fresh apple juice, and ginger. I could drink one of these every morning!

Next up: Kettlebell! 

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