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a weekend of play

Fact.  Life has been busy lately. 

Fact.  That is an understatement. 

We finally had a bit of a break this weekend which was so very needed.

A few happenings…

25 mile hilly + hot bike ride

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A new and completely amazing food truck, Ba-nom-a-nom.  What do they serve?  Banana soft serve!  Just like the recipe you’ve seen floating on a million different blogs that calls for only frozen bananas and your food processor.  Well, the lovely owner + creator of Ba-nom-a-nom is now serving up this delicious + healthy treat around town. 

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Sarah has a few different flavors, all of which are 100% fruit.  She also has a handful of topping options including vegan chocolate chips and vegan caramel sauce locally in Boulder, CO.  Pretty fantastic idea. 

Incredibly thick and creamy.  You would never know this was only fruit.  She uses a special machine that produces an even better texture than when you use your food processor at home.

raspberry banana photographed below

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We also spent a lot of time at New West Fest.  It’s a yearly festival in downtown Fort Collins with a fabulous lineup of music.  All of the music is absolutely FREE and it goes on all weekend long.  They get some pretty impressive acts.  Highlights for me were: Kyle Hollingsworth Band and The Haunted Windchimes.  Two of the biggest shows were Alison Krauss and Michael Franti with Spearhead. 

I also had a gigantic plate of Indian food with gluten-free nan for $6 two nights in a row.   Nothing better.

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It was nice to have a non-working weekend but now now I have some catching up to do...

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…and some details to divulge very soon!


Reader Comments (20)

I love that food truck idea! How has someone not done that sooner? I mean seriously!
you and Chris = the MOST adorable! so glad you were able to have a little break this weekend - you deserve it!
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)
Gluten free naan?! Details?! Can't wait! :)
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
All these details (to soon be divulged) are so cryptic and exciting! That truck sounds awesome--I wonder what type of machine she uses, did she say? I've heard about a really amazing industrial ice cream maker, but can't remember the name of it for the life of me. What a smart idea! She must have to buy a TON of fruit, haha :)
@Heather You are too kind. :)

@Ashley Unfortunately, I didn't make the GF naan. It was from the Indian restaurant, Star of India which is here in town. I definitely want to give it a go at some point though! I typically don't miss bread, but it was SO nice to have the GF naan to soak up all the delicious sauces on my plate.

@Laura Believe me, it has been hard to hold off this long!! I'm not sure the type of machine, but it looked like a large box with a tube coming out of the front center. It only took seconds to make.
August 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
always happy to hear exciting things are brewing! Can't wait to hear the news :)
how are lucky are you to find gluten free naan!! I would have bought them out and frozen them or something... looks like you had a great weekend, I got on my road bike yesterday as well, 17.5 miles. Still not comfortable on the highway yet, I'm very much a newbie to the clip in pedals! Many, many bruises to confirm that fact ;)
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
I had the Indian food at New West, too! I was so happy to see several vegetarian options. I didn't realize the naan was gluten-free. So yummy!
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Ft. Collins always sounds like such a fun place to live when you describe it. What a fun concert, I love all those artists!
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
How cool is that food truck?! And what a fabulous idea! I have yet to try the banana soft-serve, but I'm jotting that done as a must try this week.
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim@hungryhealthygirl
I want a banana soft serve truck in KY!!
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharla
Those weekends are much needed! Yum - Indian food. And I love your pink checkered shirt!!
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Sassy Molassy
Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend. I wonder what machine Ba-nom-a-nom used to make her product? Delicious and health and cold- sounds like something we need in Sacramento! I'm a naan bread fanatic and need to either work on making a good gluten free version or find one to buy.
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
I love food trucks and love to see that you found an actually healthy one near you!
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
ooh can't wait to hear your new news!!
we had a relaxing weekend too--so, so wonderful!
that soft serve looks incredible. i'm all for real ice cream but i might make an exception for this ;)
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternatalie
Yay for details ;)
August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley M.
@Melissa - I think there were two Indian tents. Star of India has the GF naan. You had to ask for it but they had it posted on their menu and didn't charge extra. The texture was fabulous.

@Kim - Definitely try it out! I was shocked by the creamy texture.

@Lynn - I'm not positive, but it was pretty large box shaped machine with a tube coming out of the front. It took just seconds to process through!

@Natalie - I'm definitely all about real ice cream too, but this is such a fun + refreshing treat. A million times better than fro-yo and such a healthy option for kids!
August 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
A banana soft serve food truck is kind of genius. I can think of at least 10 combinations I'd want to try!
Some details, huh? I'm making a guess...
I have been trying to track down ba-nom-a-nom for a while. Need to get to the longmont farmers market soon!
You can follow ba-nom-a-nom by liking it on facebook. She does a great job she's going.. My daughter has had so many food allergies for so many years, it's like our biggest treat! And I like it better than real ice cream. It's actually creamier.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermical
Super excited to come across this raving blog as my sister (Sarah) is the brains behind nice to hear and see that all of her hard work, dedication, and love for keeping Fort Collins full in a fresh and healthy way is not going unnoticed!! Anyone who would like to find her truck on a street near you keep up with her facebook at or follow her on twitter at @BaNOMaNOM...CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!!! one step at a time girl! you....xoxo, Alli

Ashley--> Thanks so much for saying hi, Alli! Your sister rocks. Love what she's doing!
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

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