Wine, Blogger-friends, & Healthy Shakes

Wednesday night, we had completely random twitter-planned happy hour, and Ipanema Cafe handled our blogger-flock quite well πŸ™‚ (Bonus points for them, since they tweeted back to us.) Clearly, if you’re not following me on twitter, you should be. How else will you hear about these impromptu events? πŸ˜‰

They have a pretty fantastic happy hour from 3-7, which includes $3 glasses of wine. Yes. $3.

Being the classy girl that I am, that’s pretty much all I need to be convinced. But they also have a great menu, as well as a little patio. Bonus, and bonus. You won’t find much menu info from their website, but that’s because they change it up based on fresh ingredients. You can check the chalkboard when you walk in.

Blogger friends turned real-life friends. Isn’t it fun when that happens?

Although the owner couldn’t be there, she did send us this appetizer on the house, which isn’t on the menu (yet) but we all really enjoyed! It was little tiny bananas, on a bed of greens, with lots of seeds (pumpkin, pepita, and sunflower I think?) and some sort of dressing that was light and lovely. I totally think this deserves to be on the menu!

After I got home, I didn’t feel like making anything fancy, but I still needed a little something before going to bed. I decided to whip up another one of these…

German Chocolate Shake

Wine, Blogger-friends, & Healthy Shakes
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Serves: 1
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp caramel syrup (I use the Torani kind, but you could swap it for honey)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetend coconut flakes (plus more for sprinkling on top!)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 handfuls of ice
  1. Toss it all in a blender, and top with a bit more coconut and caramel sauce.

It tastes like a milkshake, but is healthy enough to be enjoyed guilt-free.Β Β Click hereΒ for the full nutritional info.

I’m heading back home to visit my family in Ohio, so the weekend shall be filled with festivities!

What are you doing this weekend?


  1. That meal looks both pretty and delicious, and yay for a blogger meet up and friend, that is just so nice πŸ™‚
    Great smoothie recipe too, errr shake, yum!

  2. Yay for blogger friends! We’re such a cool group of internet peeps, aren’t we? πŸ˜‰

  3. I have been waiting for this recipe! Yum!!!!

  4. How fun! I wish there were more bloggers in Texas haha
    That shake sounds amazing too!

  5. Oh man, I have got to make that smoothie! Have a great weekend up there!!

  6. I’d totally order that salad if it was a menu item somewhere! And I’d choose a dining location based on $3 glasses of wine as well, haha. Sounds like a blast! And enjoy your weekend with the fam!

  7. Wow, $3 glasses of wine? Seasonal, always-changing menu? This place sounds great!
    I am going to Greece on Sunday. OMGCANTWAIT. We’ve had it planned for aaaages and it’s finally here! Yahoo!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  8. oh my. i LOVE german chocolate cake so this shake…yes please!

  9. That wine deal would have been enough for me too – and I love the look of that random octopus/banana dish πŸ˜‰
    I’m out for a belated birthday night tomorrow – something tells me Sunday might be a slight struggle…!

  10. Have fun weekend, it’s all work and no play for me! The shake looks damn fine!!

  11. Sounds like you had such a great time!

  12. I’ve still got to try adding coconut butter to a smoothie! Yours looks fantastic! πŸ™‚

  13. So bummed I missed happy hour, I’ve been dyin’ to try that place! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend lady πŸ™‚

  14. jealous, we went out last night with friends and our glass of wine was $6 πŸ™

  15. I so wish we lived closer. All your adventures sound fun.
    BTW β€” I am going to email you today about a little idea I had.

  16. thank you so much for commenting on my blog! mostly because now i found you and your GERMAN CHOCOLATE SHAKE?! have mercy. must make this soon! xo.

  17. I am SO jealous I don’t live closer. I know we aren’t that far…but trust me, after a day in first grade, even driving FIFTEEN minutes home seems like an ordeal.

    Bonus? I will be out of school soon…and have ALL DAY to get to Richmond. πŸ™‚

  18. I’m totally in love with that healthy take on that german chocolate cake. That means I can have it for breakfast, right?

  19. Oh my gosh, that chocolate protein milkshake is calling my name right now!!!! <3 <3 <3

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