Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bachelorette Weekend Recap

So, I am finally back from my looooong weekend trip to Hermann, Missouri via Fayetteville and Kansas City.  It was exhausting and really fun, and I'm still spinning my wheels a bit on the healthy eating band wagon.  I feel there is some grip there, but I'm still not back to my normal eating.  I knew this trip was coming, though, and I'm more determined to take this weight loss quest more seriously from now on.

So, let's start with Thursday.  I took my ARE test (building systems), and I think I did really well.  I went to lunch with Josh, and that kind of started a weekend of indulgent eating.  We went to Taj Mahal in Little Rock, which usually has a lot of more vegan friendly dishes.  I first filled up with salad, then tried some of their dishes, but they were a bit greasy for me.

After lunch, I drove to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and met up with my wonderful friend Devon.  We soon went out for martinis and sushi (vegan sushi, of course).  Devon is not even a vegetarian, but around me she's always happy to split meals and be a pretend vegan.  This is kind of the beginning of me forgetting to take pictures of everything.

We had martinis at Theo's off Dickson Street, then walked over to Wasabi for seaweed salad and avocado rolls.  These were good, but the combination wasn't the best for my stomach.

We got up the next morning and hit up Subway for some pre-workout breakfast.  I got a flatbread full of vegetables.

We headed to Fayetteville Athletic Center for body pump and yoga.  My arms are STILL sore.  Devon and I used to be workout buddies back when I lived in Fayetteville, and I miss it a lot.  After our double workout plus steam room and sauna, we were both pretty hungry, so we munched on some kale chips and got ready for our trip.

I got these at Fresh Market in Little Rock, and OH MAN were they good.  I would not, however, pay $7 again for them.  Way too expensive.

After showers we loaded up the cars and got ready to head to Kansas City, but not before we stopped to have lunch at Common Grounds on Dickson Street.  Devon and I split the avocado cubano salad (all non-vegan stuff on the side for her) and the falafel pita.  My part of the pita was really dry, so I ordered a side of hummus and stole some avocado from our salad to put in the pita.

We picked up some veggie chips for the road in Rogers, then we headed to Kansas City!

I forgot to take pictures of the beautiful spread that Alisa, the bride, had for us at her house.  There were pita chips and different fruits and salad;  it was wonderful.  We also had several glasses of wine.  We had to leave by 6:30 AM, so there wasn't TOO much wine.  The next morning we got up and downed some quick food. I made a plate of fruits and seeds.

I also brewed some Jasmine Tea and had a granola bar from my Vegan Cuts snack box while we were waiting on the train.

Saturday was a blur of traveling, drinking, winery tasting and dancing.  Alisa packed us lunches for the train, which I again failed to snap a picture of.  I will just say that it was an amazing day.  We arrived in Hermann, Missouri around noon and continued our festivities well into the night.

Sunday morning we woke up to SO MUCH SNOW!  The trolley's weren't running, so we had to DRAG our bags (well, they did, I brought my pack) through the snow.

Needless to say, we were not all feeling our best.  I had a greasy vegan burger on the train (who knew Amtrak had vegan burgers?) and slept most of the way.  When we got to KC, we had originally hoped to eat at Cafe Gratitude, but we just wanted to get home, so we got clear of the city and grabbed some snacks at a gas station.

We mostly snacked the whole trip, as in not a lot of sit down meals, so when we got back to Fayetteville, we really wanted to have a nice dinner.

This, however, was a disaster.  Oseguera's used to be a FANTASTIC Mexican restaurant, and they recently moved to the square and changed their name to Celia's.  This was the worst service and food I have had in years.  We eventually had to cancel our order because it came out TWICE with cheese on it and the servers were unhelpful, rude and didn't seem to know what was going on.  There were only TWO tables there.  So, we left and Devon and I split a Jimmy John sandwich.  It was a lame end to a great trip.

I did, however, get to cuddle Marvin, who is a larger version of my Bodhi.  Isn't he cute?

The recap for the next day was posted yesterday, which I know is a little confusing, but I'm still not on a great schedule.

Tonight I'm going to see Jim Gaffigan and probably won't be posting about food, but I will start back on my regular schedule tomorrow.

As for being a vegan and traveling, I actually had no problems at all.  My backpack was FULL of snacks, and I barely ate any of them.  My friends made sure to bring a lot of vegan food (even though I'm the only one), and even the train had things I could munch on.  I like being prepared and being pleasantly surprised at the availability of food.  Do you find it easy to travel where you live?  Leave some comments! :D


  1. Have you tried making kale chips yourself? If you don't have a dehydrator you can use an oven. It's so much cheaper and you can control what you put on them!

    1. Yes! They're sooo good. Normally I will just do olive oil + salt and pepper, but if I get fancy I do blended cashews and nooch and bake them low for a long time. So yummy!

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