My Memorial Day Weekend started out Saturday like this:
Yes, lasagna for breakfast. It was my healthier version, made with ground turkey, whole wheat noodles, and reduced fat cheeses. And, don’t worry, I had a salad too. Yes for breakfast. I was off to a good start.
After this hearty breakfast, I wasn’t too hungry for lunch. I was out and about, and decided to stop at Tijuana Flats for some fun hot sauce sampling:
They have a great hot sauce bar, so we nibbled on some chips, salsa, queso, and guacamole. And washed it all down with a shock top.
Shortly after, I enjoyed this iced skinny caramel machiatto from Starbucks. I rarely get Starbucks, it’s a treat!
The fun didn’t stop there. Dinner was a great experience at Bollywood Grill. Bollywood Grill is an Indian restaurant that plays Indian movies outside:
I got the butter chicken with basmati rice:
Also tried some bites of the palak paneer, which is cubes of cheese in a spinach puree. Just okay, but I loved my butter chicken.
And some somosas.
Sunday was just as fun, if not more:
I had my first vegan, raw food restaurant experience at Leafy Greens Cafe in St. Petersburg. And it was SO GOOD!
We got two soups. The pineapple-cucumber gazpacho:
And the Thai coconut curry soup:
For entrees, we ordered the “tacos”:
The “noodles” were sqaush and zucchini, and hiding on the bottom of the giant bowl was a delicious raw tomato sauce. I could eat this every single day! I was it all down with a yummy herbal iced tea, served in the coolest pitcher that drains into your cup:
Where can I get one of these? Although I ate a massive amount of food. I left feeling full, but not overly stuffed or weighted down. I’m going to have to make some raw meals. I loved everything!
Then it was on to check into the Pier Hotel. Which I swore had to be haunted and turned out it was! After checking in to this historic hotel, we wandered around St Pete and had a margarita at a random restaurant. Then back at the hotel, they offered a free happy hour with wine and little nibbles like peanuts, pretzels and popcorn, which went unpictured.
Dinner did not disappoint. Cafe Alma offers a great Prix fixe menu for $25. It included this absolutely delicious (favorite food of the weekend) Salmon Bruschetta:
It was a soft fluffy garlic bread with cheese and smoked salmon. I could have eaten 3 more orders.
Then a Ceasar salad:
And for the main course:
Steak, crab cake, shrimp,scallops, green beans and tomatoes. Loved the crab cake! Steak was flavorful, but tough😦
And dessert was a shot of key lime pie:
Surely this delicious meal would have been enough even split between two people as we did. But who can resist a couple more appetizers?
Potatoes covered in aoili:
And the duck quesadillas:
When we got back to the hotel, we ran into the Ghost Tour. I knew it!!! He invited us to sit in on the hotel’s ghost story, and it turns out the former caretaker died in the room just a few doors down from ours. And to this day, guests and employees experience his presence. I did not however, bummer!!! I took some pictures to try to capture him on film:
Monday the good eating continued. How did I end up at Hooters?
Oh yes, the wings. I can’t resist the wings. Actually, i guess I can, it was buy 10 get 10 free, and you know I love a good deal, but I had my heart set on a different lunch place, so just split 6 to satisfy my wing craving:
I really wanted to visit Sculley’s at John’s Pass for lunch, because I used to work there, many moons ago. I enjoyed a pina colada:
Opps no picture.
And the blackened grouper sandwich:
I should add a disclaimer that all of these meals were split. Although it feels like I consumed everything pictured. I am now bloated and uncomfortable and ready to get back to a healthy normal way of eating. But I wouldn’t trade my weekend for the world! I am truly blessed to be able to enjoy such amazing food and good times.
So I started right away by ending my indulgent holiday weekend with a 2 mile run and a healthy dinner:
Boca bruschetta patty with marinara sauce, a little reduced fat cheese, cottage cheese, and greens on a multi grain wrap. But what I really want is more salmon bruschetta!!!!