Ah, there it is. That catchy, yet irritating, phrase that can always convince me to LIVE a little despite my best intentions. But before I get there, the rest of the day went pretty well, and thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!
Bacon, fried egg, Juice Plus gummies and ACV
I’m trying to be more diligent of eating at least a little something when I first wake up, followed by a little something more when Hailey gets up two hours later.
frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, 2/3 frozen banana, almond milk, spinach and ground chia seeds
I make enough for both of us to have a smoothie. It makes me happy that Hailey is getting some greens in since she’s been more on a fruit kick lately. Can’t say I blame her.
On the way to the gym I grabbed a handful of Salt & Vinegar almonds. The bold flavor actually leads me to eat less of them because they are satisfyingly strong.
I covered 2.11 slow miles on the treadmill, which puts me at a total of 9.81 miles towards my 31 miles in May goal. I have some catching up to do! After the wog, I completed a leg circuit consisting of weighted squats, lunges and plié squats. I can feel it today, which tells me what I threw together worked well enough.
spinach salad with carrots, red onion, blueberries and canned wild salmon with a side of homemade tomato soup
The ‘soup’ was a result of a recipe I tried for homemade marinara. It turned out more like a soup so I just went with it.
At 2:30, as our sitter arrived, I downed a snack.
Then David and I took off for Charlotte. It felt like a wild date night in the middle of the day, but really we were headed into the city for a meeting with Discovery Place.
When the meeting ended around 5:30 we figured we could either battle traffic, or spend some time in the city.
The city won.
It was a gorgeous day so we walked to the nearby historic Dunhill Hotel.
The lounge looked like a perfect place to grab a drink. So we did.
A martini? On a Tuesday? I blame the excitement of being in the city. It made me feel fancy. So fancy that I ordered an appetizer from the neighboring farm to fork restaurant, Harvest Moon Grille
HMG Charcuterie Plate
House Cured Meats, House-Made Whole GrainMustard, Pickled Vegetables, Moonshine Jelly, and Whey Crackers
.I was sold on this dish because of the pickled vegetables, which I’m reading all about in Michael Pollan’s Cooked right now. So I was a bit disappointed when the dish came out without them.
I went on to enjoy the house cured meats and pepper jelly, avoiding the crackers in hopes of somewhat sticking to my healthy eating plan, but was pleasantly surprised when our server brought out some pickled onions, the only pickled vegetable they had. So sweet of her!
After an hour or so of chatting, we decided to move onto dinner. With so many delicious restaurants within arms reach, it was hard to decide. Eventually I decided there would be no better place to try Thai food for the first time than at Basil, a restaurant that came highly recommended.
I feel just like the girl with the scrunchy from Sex and the City when I am in uptown. Everything just feels so fancy and I just do my best to fit in, though toting around my camera doesn’t help.
I was mentally going through what I should or shouldn’t have based on my jeans plan, when that phrase entered my head. Y(ou) O(nly) L(ive) O(nce). How often am I in the city with my handsome husband? Not often. So I went wild and ordered the Basil Rolls, rice noodles and all.
Shrimp, rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts and basil wrapped in rice paper wrapper.
The texture of the rolls plus the house sauce made for an incredible appetizer… best to be washed down by wine.
Scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, onions, peppers and basil leaves
I know nothing about how to describe the amazing flavors of Thai cuisine, but I can tell you as I’m writing this at 7:00am, I want to eat my Basil mixed seafood platter all over again. Right now. It was so amazing. I ate the entire thing, not bothering with the rice.
At the end of the day, I don’t think I was all that unhealthy, though my dinner certainly wouldn’t be considered low-cal by any stretch of the imagination. But the spontaneous meeting-turned-date night with David was so much fun that I don’t mind it wasn’t exactly according to plan.
Life’s too short not to enjoy the special times…
as long as those special times don’t come every other day, which clearly I need to start realizing
What is your favorite Thai dish?
I really want to try and recreate the flavors at home, though I’m quite intimidated at the idea!