Newport Wine & Food Festival

Newport Wine & Food Festival

Hey guys! Sorry for the radio silence the past couple days. It’s going to be a slow week for blog posts as I’m busy doing lots of boring behind-the-scenes blog stuff (re-categorizing things, fixing some pictures issues, etc. etc.).

But I wanted to share a few pictures from the Newport Wine & Food Festival that I was invited to attend last weekend. The historic Newport mansions are out-of-this-world beautiful, and the event was held at the Marble House on its back lawn overlooking the ocean. The best part, however, wasn’t the mansion, but this massive Japanese “teahouse” in the backyard that looked totally out of place in the best way possible. I put “teahouse” in parenthesis because the Newport Preservation Society may claim it’s a teahouse but I prefer another story…

Can’t you just totally see some black sheep degenerate distant Vanderbilt cousin who eventually inherited the mansion go on an eight-day bender and out of boredom and delirium decide to install a dojo in the backyard? It would have been right around this point that the neighborhood road association (gated community association? Not sure what rich people call these things…) would have stepped in and been like, “Ok, Tripp, that’s enough out of you. You’re going to rehab and we’re turning this mansion into a tour group attraction.” 

Obviously that’s 110% historically incorrect, but thinking that made touring the building a lot more entertaining for me.

Newport Wine & Food FestivalThere were tables upon tables of delicious food, but my hands-down favorite was the Tuna Tartare Tacos from Chef James Mitchell at Midtown Oyster Bar. I probably ate 17. Which is totally socially unacceptable, so let’s just blame my actions on the beer. It actually got to the point where the girls working the table would see me approaching and just fill a plate with them and hand that to me so I could walk off and avoid the embarrassment of standing at the table, sheepishly taking one after another, pretending each one is my first, and desperately trying not to make eye contact with anyone. Thanks, girls. I owe you one.

Newport Wine & Food FestivalAll in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday—wine, beer, yummy food, beautiful setting. The only failure was my choice in shoes. I had to take a little break to sit in the grass behind the dojo teahouse.

Newport Wine & Food Festival


10 Workouts You Can Do on Vacation


Since most Americans are about to take off for the week to celebrate the 4th of July by not sitting in an office (as you should), I thought I’d round up some of the workouts I’ve previously posted that travel well.  I know “workout on vacation” may sound blasphemous to some of you, but taking a quick 20-30 minutes out of your morning to break a sweat will leave you feeling energized the rest of the day (and less guilty when you knock back countless beers and a loaded hamburger fresh off the grill).

No one expects you to maintain your normal workout regime on vacation (especially not on July 5th, a day I traditionally spend in the fetal position), but try to fit in a little somethin’ somethin’ every other day, even if it’s just playing beach volleyball with your friends or chasing your kids around the backyard.

The following workouts require no equipment and can be done in pretty much any hotel room, beach house rental, backyard, etc. You’ll need an interval timer for some of them, but as long as your iPhone/Android/etc. made the trip with you, you’ll be all set. Click on the workouts for full descriptions and picture tutorials; I’ve included brief snapshots below.

30-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

30-Minute Body-Weight Tabata Workout

  • Structure: For each exercise, set a timer for 10 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. Complete one exercise before doing the same with the next.
  • Exercises: Pike Jump into Squat Jump, Side Plank Lift with Knee Tuck, Knee Tuck – Roll – Back Row, Side Lunge Knee-Up Jumps, Up-Down Planks, Skiers – High Knees

30-Minute Cardio Interval Workout

  • Structure: You’ll set an interval timer for 30 rounds of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 6 times.
  • Exercises: High Knees, Plank Jacks, Burpees, Side Lunge Hop Shuffles, Bicycle Crunches

20-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

Beach Bum Workout

  • Structure: Set a timer for 36 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 3 times. It’ll take 24 minutes.
  • Exercises: Frog Hops, Donkey Kicks, Fire Hydrants, All-Fours Leg Lifts, Split Squat Jumps, Side Plank Scissors, Side Lunge Jumps

Hotel Room Workout

  • Structure: Set an interval timer for 30 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 5 times. It’ll take 20 minutes.
  • Exercises: One-Leg Burpees, Cross-Body Toe Touch, Elbow Plank Hops, Squat Jumps with Alternating Side Leg Lifts, Seated Ab Scissors

Body Weight Pyramid Workout

  • Structure: The first time you go through the exercises, you’ll do 10 reps of each. Next round, 9 reps of each; and so on, counting down to a 1-rep round. It’ll take you roughly 20 minutes, dependant on your fitness level.
  • Exercises: Burpees with Push Ups, Side V Crunches, Backwards Lunge into Front Kicks

20-Minute Burpee Workout

  • Structure: Set a timer for 20 rounds of 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest and go through the exercises 4 times.
  • Exercises: Burpees with Push Ups, Side Burpees with Knee Crunch, Burpees with Knee Tuck Jumps, Alternating One-Leg Burpees with Two-Foot Side Jumps

15-minute workouts you can do while on vacation

15-Minute Ab Workout

  • Structure: This is divided into three section. Each section is made up of 3 exercises, which you’ll do for 30 seconds each for 3 rounds.
  • Exercises: Windshield Wiper, Bicycle Crunch, Boat Pose, Side Plank Lifts, Elbow Plank, Reptile Planks, Crunch Pulses, Leg Hover Hold

15-Minute Body Weight Challenge

  • Structure: Set a timer for 15 minutes and complete as many rounds of exercises as possible.
  • Exercises: Starburst Burpees (5), Backward Lunges into Front Kick (5 each side), Half Windshield with Butt Lift (5 each side)

Ab workouts you can do while on vacation

Plank Workout

  • Structure: Do each exercise for 20 seconds. Complete 3 rounds of this, taking a 30-second break in between rounds.
  • Exercises: Plank Jacks, Reptile Planks, Plank, Elbow Plank, Up-Down Plank, Cross-Body Knee Tuck Planks

8-Minute Abs (2.0)

  • Structure: Do each exercise for 45 seconds and then hold the final plank for 30 seconds.
  • Exercises: Leg Lifts, Side V Crunches, Toe Touch Crunches, Cheek-to-Cheek Plank, Side Plank Lifts, Seated Leg Scissors, Butt Lifts, Windshield Wipers, Elbow Plank

Enjoy your vacation!


A Weekend in Maine: Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and More

Rangeley, ME

I’m back! I haven’t have internet access since Thursday because I’ve been up at my parents’ house in Maine, and wow—nothing like having no internet access or cell service to make me realize how pathetically addicted to my iPhone I am. But it’s good to unplug every now and then, and I had an amazing time up in Rangeley playing in the snow. I shared most of these pictures on my Instagram (@nicoleperr), but I wanted to post them here as well.

Rangeley, Maine

I grew up skiing, but have always envisioned myself as a badass snowboarder, so this year I decided to commit to the switch. Saddleback Mountain has a perfect run for beginners, so it couldn’t have been a better time to learn. We went Friday morning and Sunday morning, and just in those two sessions I feel like I’ve improved tenfold. Watch your back, Gretchen Bleiler, I’m gunning for you at the next X Games!

Saddleback Mountain chair lifts

The one thing that is holding me back in becoming the badass snowboarder babe I was destined to become is getting off the chairlift. WHY IS IT SO HARD ON A SNOWBOARD?? I had a 95% face-plant rate on Day 1 and an 80% face-plant rate on Day 2. Not the improvement margin I was hoping for. I do, however, truly believe that my snowboarding skills will improve faster if I buy cuter gear. My dad didn’t agree with this theory.

Snowmobiling on Rangeley Lake

On Saturday I went on a 30-mile snowmobiling ride to benefit cystic fibrosis. It started and ended on frozen lakes and the rest was through trails in the woods. The long ride was fun, but I think my favorite use of our snowmobiles will be taking them into town to the bars. Just sayin’…

Rangeley, ME

I’ll be heading back to Maine this coming weekend, so you’ll have to bear with me—the weekends are when I work on this blog, so being in a no-internet, no-phone no-man’s-land two weeks in a row is going to make updating Pumps & Iron difficult.

Rangeley, Maine

On a complete side note, I’m going dairy-free for the next 30 days in an attempt to clear up my skin. While I shouldn’t complain—on the spectrum of acne and breakouts, I’ve been lucky—I’m in my twenties now and damnit I want clear skin. Diet is a HUGE factor in a healthy, clear complexion, and a lot of issues can be remedied by either cutting back on something you’re overdoing or incorporating something you’re lacking into your diet.

I eat a lot—I mean, A LOT—of cheese (and ice cream), so I have a sneaking suspicion it might be the dark spot in my diet. Not to mention that the majority of humans can’t even properly process dairy products. Will I never eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s again? Will I never munch on cheese and crackers again? Have I had my last cup of yogurt? Hell no. This is just an experiment to see how going dairy-free will affect my skin. I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes, but it will probably look something like this:

Day 1: This is easy!
Day 2: Still going strong!
Day 3: Saw a block of cheese in a friend’s refrigerator and started crying.
Day 4: So you’re telling me milk chocolate has…milk…in it?? Bullshit.
Day 5: Had a dream about Ben & Jerry’s last night. Woke up in a cold sweat with tears streaming down my face.
Day 6: Ifuckingquit.