Atlanta Eats

One thing is for certain in Atlanta.  There is certainly not a shortage of good food!  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how awesome all of my Buckhead meals have been this week.  I don’t normally blog everything I eat (snooze alert), but I thought since this was a travel week it would be fun to keep track of.

Here’s a little peek at what I’ve eaten while on the road:

Breakfasts

  • Monday:  Multi-grain toast with almond butter and sliced banana at home before my flight
  • Tuesday:  Oatmeal at the restaurant in the hotel, with raspberry yogurt, walnuts, and raisins mixed in.  Does anyone else love hotel oatmeal or is it just me?
  • Wednesday:  Vanilla bean Greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s, with sliced banana.  I met Sheila downstairs for breakfast, only to find her eating the exact same thing.  I had to snap a picture.

Yogurts and Bananas

  • Thursday:  Wasn’t very hungry first thing in the morning, just ate a mango yogurt from Trader Joe’s.
  • Friday:  Another bowl of oatmeal this morning!

Lunches

This was the week of the turkey sandwich!  Monday was an airport day, so I grabbed a turkey & swiss whole wheat wrap from Gourmet On the Go.  I anticipate doing the same later today for the flight home.  Tuesday and Thursday I enjoyed the most amazing California Turkey sandwich from a gourmet sandwich shop called Rising Roll.  It had provolone, lettuce, tomato and guacamole on a multi-grain bulkie roll and I’m still thinking about it.  Since I didn’t eat a huge breakfast on Thursday, I also got a cup of white bean chicken chili to go with my sandwich.  Wednesday we tried a different sandwich shop nearby, and it was actually disgusting.  I will pay the extra $3 any day for better turkey.

Snacks

On Monday we stopped in at Trader Joe’s to pick up some extras for the week.  I love stocking up on healthy snacks!

Trader Joe's Snacks

Dinners

The fun part!  I’m just realizing I ordered seafood all week.  I just love it so much.

Monday
Everyone in my group had been RAVING about Seasons 52, and it did not disappoint.  A fresh grill and wine bar, everything on the menu is seasonally inspired and under 475 calories.  Love, love, love!  Sheila and I split the ripe plum tomato flat bread with fresh basil, roasted garlic essence and melted Parmesan cheese to start.  We both ordered the cedar plank roasted salmon with fingerling potatoes, vegetables, and fresh dill sauce.  For dessert I ate a little fruit cup.  The best part? I read online there is one opening in Chestnut Hill in fall of this year.

Seasons 52

Tuesday
Mexican at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, another group favorite.  I splurged a bit on chips and salsa and raspberry margaritas.  How could I not?  I must say that Sheila and I did a good job limiting our chip intake though – and these were some good chips!  For my salad, I built my own and loaded it right up with mixed greens, corn, black beans, diced red peppers, pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, grilled shrimp, avocado, tomatoes, and feta.

Tin Lizzy's Cantina

Wednesday
We checked out The Atlantic Fish Market.  I couldn’t decide whether to try a fish I had never tried before, or go with a tried and true.  I decided on tried and true!  Sheila and I split a jumbo crab cake for an appetizer, and for my entrée I went with the broiled sea scallops with a fresh veggie medley and whipped sweet potatoes.

Atlantic Fish Market

Thursday
Finally, last night we decided to try a new place that the others in the group hadn’t mentioned before.  On our drive to work every day, we passed a Tuscan Grille called Brio so we looked up the menu and decided it looked awesome.  Awesome it was! Since I worked out every day Sunday – Thursday, I decided that I deserved this awesome glass of white peach sangria and some of that amazing looking bread.  Also ate lots of feta!  I got the Shrimp Mediterranean which was grilled jumbo shrimp on a bed of orzo and farro pilaf, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, spinach, feta and pesto vinaigrette.  And a side salad.

Brio Tuscan Grille

I better start planning some awesome meals for when I’m back home next week so I don’t go into withdrawals!

Have you ever traveled to a place where you enjoyed mostly every single meal you had?

If you are celebrating Easter this weekend, and need an idea for a recipe, check out my Birds Nest Cupcakes.  They are so cute and perfect for an Easter dessert!

On the Road Confessions

Morning friends!  My week in Atlanta is seriously flying by.  Sheila and I are having a good time eating the exact same delicious meals as each other, hitting the gym, and enjoying Buckhead… while working hard of course.  It’s been fun to meet some of my Atlanta colleagues for the first time!  I am excited to come home tomorrow though.  I’m definitely ready to be back to [my version of] normalcy.

Two things to do if you haven’t already this week:

  1. Sign up for my April Arms Challenge.  It starts Monday!
  2. Enter my free giveaway to win a fun kit from Tuttorosso Tomatoes.  Contest ends Friday night.  Not a ton of people have entered this one, so you have a pretty good chance at winning!

Anyways, as I was thinking about what to write about for today’s post, I thought it might be kind of fun to make a list of “travel confessions.”  In the past I’ve written a couple of “confessions” posts, which you can read here and here.  I like to think I am funny, so seriously read them (but don’t tell me otherwise).  For today though, my confessions are all travel related.  Enjoy!

Confessions

Travel Confessions

My first confession is that the title of this post and that picture of me “taking a shot” makes it seem like I have wayyyy juicier travel secrets than I actually do.  Shoot.  I actually lead a very boring on the road life.  Sorry.

If you still want to keep reading you should know that:

— I have an “airport outfit.”  Black Old Navy yoga pants from college, spaghetti strap tank, grey cotton t-shirt, and my purple Reebok zip up.  I wear it every time I fly.  With flips in the summer and sneakers when it’s cooler outside.  So help me when these items of clothing fall apart.

— I’m not afraid of flying, nor do I have claustrophobia, but when sitting in the window seat, I will sometimes have a panic attack about not being able to move from the window seat while the plane is going down.  Usually this results in me breathing really loud and freaking the people out next to me.

— It’s a rare occasion that I’ll drink soda.  My exception is ginger ale on the plane.  (Told you these are pretty lame).

— I despise dealing with the rental car.  I hate driving my own little 2001 Camry in my own familiar town, nevermind in a place where I’m unfamiliar with the roads.  I would rather charge every meal to my credit card and take care of every single other detail of the trip than have anything to do with the rental car.  Sheila has quickly figured this out (thanks, Sheila!).  Patrice, I hope you’re reading in preparation for June.  🙂

— I get easily distracted by things out the window.  Whether it be a fun looking restaurant, someone walking along the side of the road, even boring farmland on a long drive.  Maybe that’s why I hate being the one to drive?

— If a hotel won’t provide a refrigerator in my room, I start rattling off a laundry list of “dietary restrictions.”  I haven’t yet had to use breast milk as ammo, but that’s not saying I won’t go there if I have to.  How else am I supposed to keep my healthy snacks cold?!  Confession within a confession:  I have not a single dietary restriction.  Boom.

— I think about what (and where) I am going to eat all day long.  Seriously the second I’m done with my breakfast, I’m thinking about lunch.  I guess this happens at home too, so maybe it doesn’t count as a true travel confession.

— I pretty much wear repeated outfits all week long.  Two suits, tops.  Same jeans, all week.  I even will re-wear workout outfits.  Gross, right?  But so worth it to not have to check my bag.  I don’t care who judges me… maybe I should?

— Not my confession, but my mom tells me that my grandfather used to sit on the plane with a string hanging out of his mouth just so people would think he was a weirdo and not sit next to him, leaving him with tons of room to sprawl.  Weird?  Maybe.  Genius?  Yes.

And finally:

first class

Confess something travel related to me!  Can you relate to any of the above?

P.S.  If you were not an F&F reader yet when I posted my MOST horrifying airplane story of all time, you MUST click over to this Awk Spot post and check it out.  It’s a gem for sure!