SPINco de Mayo and Trucko de Mayo

8 May

SPINco de Mayo

My Cinco de Mayo included a nice mix of a hardcore spinning class at my favorite local spinning studio and a food truck/live music extravaganza at RFK stadium with great friends.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo fiest-ivities as well!

Revolve Fitness is Arlington’s first indoor cycling studio.  It is the epitome of a chic, well-oiled machine of an exercise studio!  As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeeted by friendly Revolve staff as you check-in on one of a few iPads that remind you of the seat you reserved online.  For right around $2 each, you can grab rental cycling shoes or a variety of cold drinks like Smart Water, Coconut water, or Vitamin Water.  Then, you proceed into their studio room where you’ll find around 40 top of the line bikes and a friendly, energetic instructor ready to help you set up if you’re a newbie.  I have taken two of their 3 formats of classes offered, Complete Body Ride and Barre Ride, which are both unique compared to a traditional spin class.  Complete Body Ride offers the intense cardio experience characteristic of a traditional spin class and adds a strengthening component by incorporating an upper body workout with your choice of 2, 3, or 5 lb dumbbells.  Barre Ride, the ride I chose for SPINco de Mayo, offers that intense cardio cycling as well as lengthening barre-based exercises.  You essentially complete your ride portion in around 40 minutes, hop off the bike, and using your bike’s handlebars proceed through a unique set of Barre series movements that aim to sculpt your guns into a lean dancer-like shape.  You use a small, squishy ball as well as dumbbells during the series and tone that behind, legs, and arms as you plié (bent) or relevé (lift) at the instructor’s request.  Barre Ride kicks my butt everytime, but I keep going back for more.  What made this week’s Barre Ride class even better was the inclusion of the Cinco de Mayo theme.  We had battles during the class where one side of the room was competing against the other or where individuals were competing to hold positions the longest during the Barre series movements to win free classes.  All that while our special guest drummer drove the energy in the room along with our fabulous instructor, Christianne.  Afterwards, free smoothies and Vitamin water with gummy worms (mimicking a tequila-type cocktail) were offered.  Additionally, funny photos in sombreros were being taken which would be posted to Facebook.  If you tagged yourself, the promise of a free class was upon you.  It was a great time!  The class and atmosphere at Revolve got me all the more pumped (and hungry) to take on some serious eats at Trucko de Mayo.  Let’s discuss shall we?

Trucko de Mayo involved 40+ DC food trucks, beer, and live music by RFK Stadium.  Admission was free, but you are left with the tough decision of where you want to spend your money before your tummy fills up.  Luckily, I am not new to this environment.  I have attended Truckeroo which is a smaller (20-ish food trucks), similar type of event held monthly across the summer at Das Bullpen by Nationals Park.  Typically, selections at the various food trucks will run $5-10 from my experience.  The food truck vendors often offer tastings of their larger meal offerings so you can feel it out before you buy a bigger entree.  This is to your advantage at food truck festivals because you can enjoy a wider array of the truck cuisine!  This time Bryan and I went with our good friends Fahad and Arfa who were new to the food truck festival concept.  I’d say both couples tried about 5 different spots this go around.  Here’s a list of what Bryan and I chowed down on:

  1. Fojol Bros of Merlindia– Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice (tasting)
  2. Sinplicity– Black and White Sinwich.  This is without a shadow of a doubt my FAVORITE dessert ever.  It occurs second in this list because I was having anxiety that they might run out so after one savory tasting, I was in line for my sinwich.  A sinwich involves two generously-sized macaroons with creamy, sinful ice cream in the middle.  The black and white features blackberry flavored macaroons, berry compote, and vanilla bean ice cream.  It has some crunch but then you hit the soft middle of the macaroons followed by the creaminess of the ice cream.  I’m drooling on myself typing this so I’d better leave it at that.  In sum, you MUST try one!
  3. PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine) – Pulled pork (tasting)
  4. TaKorean– Korean BBQ Tacos.  They offer 3 for $9 so we did 2 Bulgogi steak and 1 chicken.  These are worth talking about a bit more.  My favorite savory item would be these guys for sure.   The deliciously marinated meat is place on corn tortillas and topped with Sriacha, lime crema sauce, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds, and  your choice of slaw (spicy kimchi style or napa romaine- I prefer the first one myself.)  The line alone is an indication of how crazy tasty these are.  Ok, I’m experiencing the onset of drooling again.  NEXT!
  5. Dangerously Delicious Pies – Chicken Pot Pie with side salad.  I have visited the DC restaurant location of DD Pies before and it did not disappoint.  They offer a broad selection of savory and sweet pies that leave you with that just had a homemade meal feeling.  This particular chicken pot pie recipe was unique compared to the chicken pot pie one usually thinks of.  It was good and hearty with large chunks of chicken and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn) and less emphasis on a creamy gravy.  As I said, it is no doubt the definition of comfort food.

I’ll close with the top food pics of the day!

The infamous Sinwich.

TaKorean Tacos.

Dangerously Delicious Chicken Pot Pie.

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4 Responses to “SPINco de Mayo and Trucko de Mayo”

  1. Arfa May 8, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for taking us to Trucko de Mayo…It was a delish experience!

    • lifeasabalancedbean May 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      We loved having you! Hope you are sold on food truck festivals for future excursions with us 🙂

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