Good morning! First, I just wanted to say that you guys are amazing. All your supportive and encouraging comments on my last were just incredible. I now feel more ready than ever to conquer that half marathon!
Today, I have an open to close, 12 hour shift at work which I must say, I'm not exactly looking forward to... But what I AM looking forward to is sharing all my delicious eats from my trip with my mom. I'll do a separate post recapping our activities, but for now, it's all about the food. Hold on - there's lots of pictures headed your way!
After my 5k, I went home, took a shower, packed a few things, and we were off! We stopped for lunch before arriving at our destination because I was huuuungry! We went with the Rockbottom Brewery, and while it was terribly slow (I think we waited about an hour!), we did enjoy our food. I tried the ahi tuna salad because ever since going to Hawaii for the first time, ahi tuna has had a special plat in my heart.
The disappointing part about this meal was the bread. Cold, white bread with no butter or anything. Usually, I love my bread, but after one bite, I scooted it to the side.
As we drove into the restaurant, I had spotted a Haagen Daaz, so of course, we had to check that out! Oh and look at this adorable litlte train we passed!
For ice cream, my mom and I both went with the Belgian chocolate chocolate. Clearly, neither of us can turn down the promise of double chocolate. And it's a good think, because it may just have been the best chocolate ice cream I've ever had.
By the time we arrived and checked into our hotel, it was time for dinner! We found most restaurants to be closed on Sunday, but we finally decided that pho sounded like the perfect option so we headed to I Love Pho. To start, we shared a mango boba tea (basically a smoothie - yum!).
Unfortunately, it turned out that even their tofu pho was in their beef broth. So instead, I ended up with the spring rolls. Always a tasty back-up!
The only problem was that they failed to fill me up so we stopped at a Panera, and I got the half spinach power salad (minus the bacon) with the whole grain baguette.
And that was day one! Day two started with some simple strength moves (pushups, planks, squats, etc.) and switching to a quieter hotel (neither of us slept well at all!). Then came breakfast, aka the best meal of the trip! We went to a joint called Over Easy. Look at all those pancake options!
But as soon as I saw the breakfast quinoa, I knew what I was getting (with a side of green tea + honey, of course).
I have seen breakfast quinoa popping up here and there around the blog world, but for some reason, I just couldn't quite wrap my head around quinoa for breakfast. But when I saw it on the menu, well I just had to try it. And I am SO glad I did!! We ended up eating at this place twice, and I got the exact same thing again. It was that good. I am already hard at work recreating this at home.
Breakfast was followed by a glorious visit to the zoo (again, more on that in a later post), which was followed by lunch at the Olive Branch where I ordered The Wizard sandwich.
Another amazing meal I absolutely must make at home! And lunch was followed by a Starbucks cool lime refresher. I LOVE their refreshers! This one almost tasted minty which I loved.
We had plans to walk around the Broadmoor after lunch and after we rested up a bit at the hotel since we were quite tired from the terrible night of sleep. But once we lied on our beds and turned on the TV, there was no way we were leaving! So yes, we spent the rest of the day being lazy in our hotel room, and it felt amazing. As the evening crept on, we decided we should probably get some dinner, though neither of us were that hungry. So we headed out to Safeway and pieced together a dinner. Here were my components:
The next morning started with a run on the treadmill (which was actually pretty fun because I've only run on a treadmill for testing new shoes and such). Then we decided to save a bit of money and check out the hotel breakfast. I ended up being very happy with my breakfast - fresh strawberries and grapes, Kashi GoLean crunch+dried blueberries+walnuts+pecans+Oikos vanilla Greek yogurt (sorry, no picture).
Then, we were off to the Olympic Training Center! (Which, I will tell you now, was pretty awesome.) After that, we headed to Manitou Springs for lunch and [window] shopping. On the way, I had another cool lime refresher from Starbucks. Officially obsessed.
Neither of us was super hungry for lunch, so we split the veggie plate at a Meditteranean restaurant.
And I had to take a close-up of the falafels. Yep, they were shaped like hearts!
We also finally made it to the Broadmoor that afternoon!
Dinner was at a restaurant that we found our first night there, but they are only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday so this was our first chance to eat there. The name of the game was Nosh, a lovely, more modern eatery that had a lot of unique options. I even dressed up a bit for this place!
But to begin, we kept it simple with some salted edamame. SO good!
Here are a few of the delicious sounding meals that they offered:
I really wanted to try the brussels sprouts, but our waitress warned that it was very spicy and while I can handle spicy, I just wasn't in the mood for it. Instead, I went with her suggestion of the roasted cauliflower. It was fantastic! A wonderful, mellow roasted garlic taste, but the basil is what made the dish!
I also had to take a picture of my Mom's dish because it was very nicely presented.
After dinner, dessert was very necessary. There was an ice cream place my mom wanted to try and a froyo place I wanted to try. My bowl included vanilla almond froyo (made with almond milk and oh so good!) and nsa tropical (also SO good!) and of course plenty of toppings including blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, carob chips, cookie dough, a mini pb cup, graham cracker crumbs, and sprinkles.
Our final day started with another run on the treadmill (in my new running clothes which you will learn about next time!) and more breakfast quinoa (my mom had just been waiting for my to ask to go back to that place, and at Nosh, it finally came out from me... it's amazing how well my mom knows me haha!). Then we packed our bags and headed home! On the way back, we stopped at Castle Rock for lunch at Panera and more window shopping. Although this time, I did actually buy something - an Under Armour running head band! I've used it several times already and love it!
Pick two with garden vegetable soup, Greek salad, and whole grain baguette.
I definitely enjoyed being able to try out some new foods while on vacation! I especially enjoyed trying them with such a lovely person as my Mom. <3
everyone! I hope you're all having a great week! :)