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Salad Win & Name of the Wind Review.

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Last night’s dinner was such a win.

I like salads. And veggies. I don’t eat meal-sized salads too often anymore (my digestive system doesn’t appreciate that much veggie-heaviness in one sitting) but once in a while, nothing sounds better than a salad the size of my face.

Eric’s view on leafy things is another thing. He’ll eat them as a side (when I make it), but there’s no way he’ll consider a salad a meal. He’s got an Irish background – he is all about the meat and potatoes.

But he has told me in the past that he would eat a salad for dinner if there was bacon in it. Well, the spring weather we’ve had the last few days (I wore workout capris outside yesterday! And I wasn’t freezing! Yay!) had me wanting a big dinner salad, so I put it up to the challenge.

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Hello, Cobb salad.

I threw together a bed of romaine (+ spinach for me), shredded chicken, tomatoes, avocado, crumbled bacon, a hard boiled egg, and feta cheese.

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Delicious. And got full boyfriend approval Open-mouthed smile Salad victory!

Name of the Wind

I’m a little overdue on this one, since I finished reading it a few weeks ago. But nonetheless, The Name of the Wind.

I had heard great things about the book first from Amanda,  and then from Caitlin and Lisa, so I decided to pick up a copy for myself. I mean, I had to get my fantasy fix while I was waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on TV Winking smile

Even though I had heard good reviews, I didn’t go into the book with overly high expectations. The Name of the Wind is Rothfuss’ debut novel, and I’m too caught up in GoT to pay attention to much else in the fantasy world. To be honest, I hadn’t really been a huge fantasy fan beforehand – I’ve been resisting everyone who’s tried to get me into The Wheel of Time and I’ve tried to read Margaret Weiss’ novels before, only to fail miserably.

But…wow. This book was pretty incredible. It follows the story of Kvothe, an innkeeper with a mysterious past. Although it takes place over a very short period of time, the novel covers from events from Kvothe’s childhood as an actor in a troupe of travelling performers, through his experiences as a child beggar, and covers the beginning of his time at the University as an arcanist in training.

As an individual, Kvothe is incredibly talented. His skills at the university and at playing the lute, his intelligence, his wittiness…they’re all pretty incredible. In fact, it seems almost unbelievable, until you realize he’s capable of making some very human mistakes. Although, I think I would have to name Denna as my favourite character. She’s so sweet, but it’s clear that she’s a fighter. She’s trying so hard to make it on her own by any means necessary, something that I can appreciate and sympathize with.

I think what I loved most about this novel was the believability factor. Any aspect of magic, Rothfuss explained in a way that made it seem real…almost like I wasn’t reading a fantasy novel at all. I think something that frustrates me about some fantasy stories is the whole “look at me, I suddenly mysteriously developed magical powers! Hurrah!” Definitely not the case here, as Rothfuss is able to explain the studies and skills learned at the university in almost a scientific way.

And the writing style itself is incredible. This is Rothfuss’ debut novel, but I would have thought he’d been writing for decades – the book flows so naturally. His descriptions are so enthralling that he makes you feel like you’re lost in Kvothe’s world. I spent many nights up late reading in bed, unable to tear myself away. He makes you feel everything that Kvothe is feeling – all of his sadness, his heartbreak and his joy.

I didn’t think I could like a fantasy novel as much as GoT, but I think this one may have done it for me. Seriously, if you’re a fan of The Song of Ice and Fire series, Lord of the Rings, or even the Harry Potter series, you should pick this up.

This is the first book in a trilogy – the third hasn’t been released yet, but the second is entitled The Wise Man’s Fear. Somehow, I think I know what my next book purchase will be!

<— Favourite meal-sized salad toppings? Crumbled bacon is now high on my list. Goat chevre is up there too.

<— Have you read Name of the Wind? What did you think?

<— What are you reading right now?

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44 thoughts on “Salad Win & Name of the Wind Review.

  1. That cobb salad looks great, I’ve only discovered cobb’s in the last year.

    Currently reading the last book in the Ender’s game series by Orson Scott Card.

    Going to add this book to my ‘to-read’ list 🙂

  2. Yummy looking salad Sam! I love goats cheese, avocado, feta cheese and grilled chicken on salads!

  3. Cheese cheese! There has to be cheese in my salad! Haha!

    Also, I’ve never been a fantasy fan, and my brother keeps pestering me to get into GoT! Maybe I should give it a shot seeing as you and a few other bloggers recommending it!

    I’m currently reading The Book Thief! It’s a bit strange but a good read thus far!

  4. Yumm, that salad looks really good. I love chicken and goat cheese in my salads. I did not read my book, but love reviews, so I know if I want to give it a try. I am currently on the 2nd book of Stieg Larssons trilogy, scary but I can not put it away once started!

  5. The salad sounds great, I love adding tons of toppings with different flavors and textures to my salads. I think a salad has to have a protein to call it a meal or i’ll end up in the kitchen again sooner than planned. Some of my favorite salad toppings are frozen corn, shredded chicken, and carrots!

  6. I’m not a big dinner salad person either but that’s more because I don’t like a lot of the things that go in them to make it a well-rounded meal. Mine would literally be croutons, lettuce, carrots, and some chicken or something. Not enough food for me!

  7. I always feel like I am “weird” for loving and craving salads. People certainly look at me funny when I tell them this! 😉

  8. Why are hardboiled eggs on a salad SO GOOD to me?!?! I also love anything crunchy…nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame sticks…CHIPS. haha. I’ll eat pita chips with everything. 🙂

  9. Now THAT’S my kinda salad! I love salads for meals so long as the toppings are good…just a bunch of veggies ain’t gonna cut it! A few favorites include feta, roast chicken, chickpeas, avocado & quinoa! And of course a delicious dressing is key too…lately I’ve been loving honey balsamic vinaigrette & sesame dressing!

  10. Man I LOVE me a huge giant salad when its finally sunny and warm and pretty outside. I can’t wait for it to be farmers market season so I can make ’em with farm fresh veggies! Yours looks FAB, and I can see how its man approved too!

    Thanks for the book review, too! I’ve been looking for a new novel, and my GoodReads is on overload, so it was great to see this review. It looks awesome, and like something I’d totally enjoy.

  11. Love, love, love that book! And you’re going to love the second one too because it’s just as good. Now to wait for the third, which is probably going to take another 5 or 6 years 😦 But at least there are some other pretty great books out there. I’m currently reading Requiem by Lauren Oliver and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Both very good, but not in the fantasy way that I love so much. I might have to look into starting up another fantasy series.

  12. Mmm fries and cheese 😉 pittsburgh tradition to put both on salads, thus completely defeating the “healthier” notion of it…i am a huge fan 😀 i’m reading the night circus, which i love and definitely recommend…jumping into book 2 after that!

  13. Bacon MAKES a salad. A little salty crunch. In fact, I may have that for lunch…

  14. cobb salads have to be my favorite kinds of salad, any salad with bacon wins me over

  15. SO happy to hear you loved the book. I thought it was incredible and can’t wait to read the rest. Now that I know you and Amanda loved the Game of Throne series, I’m stocking up on those!!! I can’t wait to dig into them, I’ve heard amazing things.
    Salads have been my go to lately, well those and smoothies. Which is odd since I’m typically not a huge salad eater. I love my roasted veggies more most of the time.

  16. I’ve not been loving salads necessarily….but I do love me a good Greek salad!!

    I need to pick up some good books soon!

  17. Looks like a great salad! Can’t wait for more salads as the weather improves 🙂

  18. I definitely don’t read enough but always say I should… I love reading out by the pool in the hot summer sun so now that the seasons are changing maybe I’ll get better about it 😛 And I loveee salads – but I have to top it with some sort of protein and pair it with some sort of carb/ starch, otherwise I’m still hungry!

  19. Oh my gosh yessss I love Cobb salads! Like seriously, chicken, bacon, eggs, cheese, and avocado – could there BE any better combination (said in a Chandler voice)? I also really like salads with marinated tofu, avocado, shredded carrots, tomato, and a tahini dressing if I’m in the mood for a meatless salad.

    I just finished reading A Homemade Life but I haven’t started a new book yet! My only reading material for the next week will probably be my Clinical Nutrition notes. 😛

  20. I love a good Cobb salad! The more bacon, the better! I’m glad you were able to use it to coerce Eric into eating his greens. Thatta girl! My ideal face-sized salad would include: spinach, arugula, walnuts, goat cheese, raspberries, roasted salmon, roasted garlic, avocado, truffle oil, and balsamic. I’ve made something similar before, and it’s knock-your-socks-off amazing.

    I’m not much of a fantasy fiction reader, but Name of the Wind sounds like a story I might be able to handle, especially considering what you said about it being more practical and scientific than others. I just started reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, and can’t put it down! It’s a crazy plot, but if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

    Hope you’re having a great Tuesday! ❤

  21. I have never had a cobb salad before!Yours looks fantastic.

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