I’m baaaaack from my trip and happy to report that I am now a certified Weight Watchers leader! The experience was absolutely incredible. Unfortunately for the blog, almost everything I did over the course of the weekend consisted of proprietary information and I didn’t feel right taking photos to document my time in Atlanta. I will tell you that I learned a ton and made some amazing new friends.
The only bad thing that happened all weekend was the food poisoning I managed to get from dinner in the Atlanta airport. Monday was rough and I pretty much just lounged. Tuesday I spent all day unpacking and getting caught up on life. Since there hasn’t been much happening to blog about, I’ll leave you with a cell phone camera flashback to last Friday when we road tripped to my cousin’s wedding out of town. Enjoy!
If we’d driven straight to the wedding, it would have taken about 3.5 hours. However, Peanut and I had to drop my dog off at my parents’ house about an hour out of the way, then continue on our adventure. We stopped at a huge mall near my husband’s work to stretch our legs and get something to eat.
I wasn’t in the mood for grab and go and a sit-down restaurant is easier when I’m trying to feed myself and Peanut. I opted for Ruby Tuesdays. I absolutely love their salad bar. It’s full of so many delicious, healthy options. I swear zucchini straws taste better there than when I do the exact same thing at home. 🙂
Here’s my dining companion:
My plate was loaded up with veggies. I did splurge on a little cheese, some croutons and full-fat ranch. I swear they put something magical in their ranch dressing and I’d rather have a small drizzle of that than a bigger dose of the fat free options. I was proud of myself for really listening to my hunger cues, stopping when I was full and not going back for a second plate just because I felt the need to get more bang for my buck.
We did a little shopping and I was ready for a cold refreshment when I spotted this store:
I’d only been inside a Teavana store once. I got so overwhelmed by the amount of options and my lack of knowledge that I left without trying anything. That day I was in luck. The store wasn’t crowded at all and the employees were incredibly nice and helpful. They helped me decipher the giant wall of tea by asking me a few questions and teaching me about which teas paired well with which other teas. Their knowledge amazed me. Both of the people helping me said they didn’t even start drinking tea until they started working there, but the company provides really great training and continuing education. They said they both now have a passion for tea thanks to everything they’ve learned.
I finally decided on the Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate paired with the Blueberry Bliss.
I’d told them I wanted it unsweeted because I typically dislike sweet tea. They told me about the German rock sugar they use and how it really draws out the flavor of the tea without making it super sweet. Since I was being adventurous anyway, I told them to go for it.
It was heavenly. The fruit flavor was refreshing, but not overpowering. The sweetener was absolutely perfect, too. Just enough to take the bitterness away, but didn’t taste sugary at all. (I took a picture of the drink, but my cell phone ate it. 😦 )
My husband called while I was sipping my tea to tell me he was ready to go. We stopped at his work, picked him up and continued on our road trip. I felt like I’d been in the car all day, but Peanut and I’s trip was just about halfway over. I was so relieved when we finally arrived at the hotel. And I was starving. We asked the hotel staff which restaurant they recommended within walking distance and they all pointed us to Biaggi’s.
Oh. My. Gosh. When we walked in the door, we already knew we were going to get some great food. The staff and chefs definitely didn’t disappoint. Our table was near the open kitchen and I really enjoyed watching all the work that’s usually behind the scenes.
We started with stuffed mushrooms. They tasted amazing, but were a little heavy on the oil so I only had one. Okay, two. 😉
For my entree, I had an absolutely heavenly pumpkin risotto with grilled shrimp. It was originally supposed to be served with sea scallops, but they ran out just as I placed my order. I was disappointed, but really wanted the risotto so I was willing to compromise.
It was so rich that I could only eat about half of the risotto. I shared some with Peanut and she LOVED it so I took my leftovers back to the hotel for her and she polished it off for lunch on Saturday.
My husband and I had intended to leave Peanut with my aunt and head out for a drink later in the evening, but we were just too tired. We ended up just hanging out in the hotel room and crashing early, full and happy.
How do you decide where to eat when you’re traveling?