What is it about vacation that just always seems to involve good food? And lots of it, at that!
It’s funny how things have changed over the years when it comes to me, and vacation, and food. I can remember taking a trip with girlfriends years ago, shortly after college. I packed all of my breakfasts and lunches (if you could really call them that…they were more like snacks) and I would seriously fret over where we went to dinner to make sure they had “healthy” options. Even up until a couple of years ago, I was always hyper aware of all meal times, what I’d eat, and where we would eat out. Definitely no way to enjoy a vacation.
This year, everything was basically “go with the flow.” I made an attempt to have some healthy choices everyday if/when possible, but there were certainly days I didn’t eat a vegetable or had a few too many cookies. It happens! In the end, it’s just a few days, and it really doesn’t matter. It’s all about enjoying the time with those around you.
See anyone familiar in the background there??
So since it’s Wednesday and all, I thought it would be fun to do a little WIAW vacation edition (thanks, as always, for hosting Jenn!). I made a conscious effort to snap pictures of just about everything I ate on Monday, which also showcases the way we like to enjoy our beach snacks over here ;-)
Our hotel has a cafe in it that has some pretty decent food. On Monday, I got two scrambled eggs with home fries, sausage, wheat toast, coffee and apple juice.
The meal was delicious and a great way to keep full while running after this guy on the beach all morning long.
Around 11:30, my little beach bum was ready for his nap so I headed back up to the room to get him settled. My mom met me up there and graciously offered to stay with him (2 days in a row, she was amazing) so I could head back down and enjoy the sun and sand.
Once I got back down, I snacked on a vanilla yogurt with some blueberries and raspberries while doing a little reading.
And throughout the next couple of hours, there was also plenty of snacking happening.
I love my beach snacks!
Or usual MO while on vacation is to spend the morning and early afternoon at the beach, then head back up to the pool for the rest of the afternoon. So around 2:30 or so, we packed up at the beach and got settled in at the pool.
I went upstairs to relieve my mom, got Lucas up from his nap, and we all reconvened poolside.
Around 3:30 or so I started getting hungry again so I broke into the PB&J that I made earlier that morning and packed for myself.
Hello sunburned knees…
By the way, that towel I’m laying on there is awesome. It’s a sport and swim towel by Aurorae, the makers of my favorite yoga mat, and it turned out to be great for our trip. Nice and soft for laying on down by the beach, and perfect for cozying up on at the pool.
Thanks so much for the towel, Aurorae! We all loved it!
Around 4:30 or so, we decided to head back up to the room so we could get ready for dinner. My parents offered to watch Lucas whole Jay and I went out to dinner, so we certainly took them up on that!
While getting ready I was still hungry, so rather than go to dinner starving I snacked on some graham sticks (that were Lucas’s, oops).
By about 5:45, Jay and I left Lucas with “Nan-nan” and Papa, and we were off for an early dinner.
We both thought Mexican sounded good, so we picked out a restaurant fairly close to our hotel called Bandanas.
Dinner and Dessert
And oh mannnn, was it good!! We started with some chips and guacamole for an appetizer which was delicious.
For my entree, I knew some greens might not be a bad thing (they were the first I’d eaten in probably two days), so I ordered the Steak and Avocado Salad.
It came with roasted corn, black beans, tomatoes, cheese, and an Italian Caesar dressing that was phenomenal. I told Jay that this is absolutely a meal we need to try to recreate at home.
We were both plenty full after dinner, but since we were on vacation and all, we decided to live a little and order some desserts.
Jay got a cookie sundae and I went a little different and ordered a crepe filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with sea salt caramel, Oreos, and loads of whipped cream. It was AMAZING.
To say we both left overly full would be an understatement, but we were both thoroughly impressed with our meal. If you’re in Wildwood, definitely go there!
It wasn’t long before we got back and Lucas was ready for bed (that sun wipes him out!) so I put him down and then the rest of us hung out on the balcony for the rest of the evening enjoying some drinks and interesting, funny discussions. One of them being…
If you mix SPF 30 + SPF 8, what do you wind up with? We had answers of 22, 19, and 38….and I’m curious. What would you guys say??
Of course, it wouldn’t be a balcony party without some snacks. And having been about 3 hours since we ate dinner, I found some room for a little something…
Have you guys ever had Pub Mix??? Gahhh, I love it!
So there you have it! A look at a full day of eats while on vacation. And they were good, too. :)
How about you guys? What does your eating look like while you’re on vacation? Much different from our usual? Do you try to stick with basics? More snacking?