I’mmmmm back! You thought I was gone for good, didn’t you? My sincere apologies on the insane lapse of posting. To say the past month or so has been crazy is an understatement. The fiancé and I have traveled to Mexico and Florida, and in between we hosted my dad’s memorial here in town. So yes, I fell off the blogging wagon.
But now I’m back on. And I’ve been dying to get back to writing and sharing with you all!
OK let’s back up. Near the end of February the fiancé and I traveled to Mexico for a wedding I was in. It was a college friend reunion, which was awesome. Not to mention the beautiful weather, abundant sunshine, and unlimited food and drink (which equals trouble!). We had an amazing time soaking up the sun, hanging at the pool, enjoying some good laughs with our friends, and just generally enjoying the heck out of that place.
We even had a few “engagement” photos taken by a friend. Although he isn’t a “real” photographer with a “real” camera, it doesn’t really matter. There were a few photos that he snapped that we really liked! This was my favorite:
You seriously cannot beat that backdrop.
And although I didn’t really snap any pictures of the food we ate (It was vacation, and my phone was in the room like it should be!), my friend caught a picture of what the boys caught (and we ate!) on their day of deep sea fishing:
Delicious Grouper, Tuna, and Coronado. Served with grilled onions, fresh tortillas, and guacamole. Holy yum!
All in all, it was a fantastic trip. And ridiculously hard to come back to the frigid temps of Minnesota.
What followed was a complete whirlwind. Once we got home I had a few days before my dad’s memorial. We had a great turnout; lots of people there to reminisce and remember the good times. Couldn’t have asked for a better day to say one final goodbye.
Then it was my birthday, hooray! You’ll never guess how old I am. (OK, I’m 28). We had an awesome time at Chino Latino in Minneapolis where we had a good sized group of 18. Although that place is a bit loud, they have solid food and a great drink menu. Annnnd they are extremely accommodating for big groups. Win win.
And then, we left for Florida (and just got back today!). We spent 5 days with the fiancé’s family in Cocoa Beach. Although the weather was cooler than in Mexico, we were still able to enjoy the ocean, pool, and Universal Studios (which I had never been to). It was my first real amusement park experience (other than Valleyfair here in MN). And boy, was it fun! Minus the part where I got motion sick during a Harry Potter ride. That was not fun.
As for food, we enjoyed some pretty darn good eats. The first was at a place called Izzy’s Bistro. Featuring authentic German food, with plenty of seafood dishes. I ordered the Lobster Pad Thai as the waitress recommended. Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise! No joke, the best (and I mean, BEST!) Pad Thai I have ever had. Maybe it was the succulent pieces of lobster, or the perfect amount of spice and generous amount of egg. Or just the combination of it all. I wish I had my phone on me that night to capture it (but going with my “less is more” on vacation motto, I only had my ID and credit card). The fiancé also agreed it was the best Pad Thai he had ever had before. If you are ever in Cocoa Beach, go to Izzy’s, and order the Lobster Pad Thai. You won’t regret it!
The other place we went to was The Mango Tree Restaurant. The fiancé saw it was ranked highly, and so we gave it a go. It was a Tuesday night, and not overly busy. An Italian place, without your typical Italian dishes. And some of the best food I’ve had in awhile. If that place were in the Minneapolis area I would go all the time. Some seriously delicious lobster bisque, melt-in-your-mouth soft shell crab, and an amazing chicken dish with chorizo, peas, and carrots. My mouth is watering just writing this!
OK, so why else haven’t I blogged besides not being home at all? Well quite honestly, I have hardly cooked all month.
Here’s where we have eaten at this past month:
- 5-8 Club (Matt’s Bar Jucy Lucy was better)
- The Rabbit Hole (future review to come once I taste more than three dishes)
- Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake (great Gluten-free pizza)
- La Fresca in Minneapolis (a new upscale Mexican place in town)
- Lone Oak Grill in Eagan (with friends for drinks and food after bowling)
- Masu Sushi and Robata (sushi for my birthday – yum!)
Here’s what we have cooked up this past month:
- Noodle Soup (with what we had in the fridge – nothing to write home about!)
- Philly Cheesesteaks
- Lamb Burgers
- Chicken Caesar Salad (check it out on the blog here)
As you can see, we ate out A LOT more than we ate in. Yikes.
Now that we’re back home (at least for awhile!) it’s time to start cooking (and blogging!) again.
As for today, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite traveling snacks: KIND bars. Since I have gone gluten (and oat) free (or severely restricted!), these are my new favorite “granola” bars (I still call them that, although there is no granola in sight!).
KIND bars are fruit and nut bars with all natural ingredients. Each bar contains a good amount of fiber, protein, and has relatively low sugar. They also have grain bars and grain clusters (all gluten-free).
The bar I had today at the airport was their Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt:
7g Fiber, 6g Protein, and only 5g Sugar. Amazing.
They have all sorts of different fruit and nut combinations, and I have yet to try one I didn’t like. Check them out here or find them at your local health or grocery store (I found mine today at a kiosk in the airport!).
Whew! That’s it for today.
Stay tuned for another one of my (newly discovered!) travel snacks (which might just become a household staple). I promise it won’t be so long until next time.
And until then…
Happy Clean Eating!