Weekend Eats 11-12-12

That coffee is looking awfully good this morning. I thought I had been coping well with my new sleep (or lack thereof) schedule with the puppy. We are up every couple of hours throughout the night to let her outside and last week I really didn’t have too much trouble. All of a sudden it’s hit me and this morning I’m not quite sure I can make it through the day without crashing. I’ll have to trust a big cup of coffee more than ever to keep me going through the work day. 
I spent Thursday through Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida at a conference for work and took advantage of the opportunity to sleep straight through the night. It was nice while it lasted, but there’s still no place like home 🙂
While in Jacksonville, I ate out at a few different places. The first of which being breakfast from Einstein’s as you can see above. They call their coffee “Darn Good” for a reason! It really was darn good. Now I know why my grandpa spends many mornings reading the paper at Einstein’s 🙂 I’ll have to join him next time.
One day, we went to Vito’s Italian Cafe where they served buttery garlic rolls while waiting for lunch.

I had the Spinach Salad, which came with roasted red peppers, onions, goat cheese and bacon bits. Balsamic dressing on the side. 
A good road trip almost always involves fast food of some kind. That doesn’t mean you have to be unhealthy either. Chick-Fil-A has great options and I couldn’t pass up my favorite salad. The Southwest Chargrilled Chicken Salad is one meal I will allow meat into.

Around all of these salads, I munched on chocolate chip cookies that I had baked the night before leaving on the trip and some Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Cup Trax Mix.
I had a great time getting to work out of the office for a couple of days but am so glad to be home. 
What was the tastiest part of your weekend?

A Panama City Beach Restaurant Review – Boatyard

Hello from Panama City Beach, Florida!

Greg and I woke up in the middle of the night Friday, 3:55am to be exact (no, I don’t consider that early morning, it’s the middle of the night), and made the eight hour trek down to the panhandle to spend Easter weekend with our parents.

After refueling from the long drive with a plate of fresh fruits and veggies, we packed the car for the beach. The weather was beautiful and we took a family stroll along the white sandy beach for most of the afternoon. 
Dinnertime came quickly and we knew just the spot: Boatyard. We had gone to this restaurant both times I have been here before. It’s literally right across the street from the house, making a good excuse to get even more walking into our day!
We sat outside and the atmosphere overall was great. It was energetic, fun and relaxing. 
Besides the health benefits of my new lifestyle of eating a plant-based diet (maybe not 100% of the time, but MOST of the time), it sure makes ordering dinner much easier! While I normally would spend a good 10-15 minutes deciding what delicious meal I wanted from the menu, my options at this restaurant were extremely limited, as most everything involved seafood, chicken or steak. 
My eyes went straight to the salad section and I immediately chose the Spinach and Arugula Salad – “Baby Spinach and Arugula topped with Pear Tomatoes, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, sliced Apples and Goat Cheese, drizzled with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette.” There were even walnuts mixed in, which was a nice surprise since they weren’t listed on the menu.

This salad could not have been more perfect! I ate every single last bite. Besides the goat cheese, every part fit my diet and I had nothing to feel guilty about. 
Then came dessert. Now, I have said I will make exceptions and this is one of those times. Greg’s mom pointed out the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake and I was sold. Greg’s eyes lit up too, and it’s rare he gets excited for dessert! 
We split this slice and I was perfectly satisfied. 
As you can see, we didn’t leave much behind. I scooped up as much caramel and whipped cream as I could.
The macadamia nut flavor was stronger than I imagined, but in a good GREAT way. 
I don’t know if the healthfulness of my salad makes up for this downfall, but I don’t regret it at all. Baby steps, my friends. Baby steps.
I’m off with the family for another beach day! Hope you all are spending this Easter weekend with loved ones. Have a great day!
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