Halfway through the week already! Since I was traveling for work on Monday and Tuesday, the last two days flew by for me…. well, kinda. I’ll get to that in a minute!
What I Ate
I wasn’t originally going to do one of these posts this week because I figured it would be more of the same old hotel breakfast, sandwich, protein bar, etc. stuff I normally eat on audits. And although there was some of that, I also enjoyed some REALLY good stuff and wanted to share!
Welp, here’s my standard hotel breakfast as of late.
Scrambled eggs with hot sauce, banana and peanut butter, and a coffee.
We started our audit at 8 am and were finished in less than 2 hours. Normally, that’s great but our flight didn’t leave until 7 pm and there were no available flights to switch. 😦 Soo, two options: wait around until 7 pm, or drive from Akron, OH and be home by 5 pm. Neither option was ideal but we chose the latter and hopped on the road right away.
A couple hours and lots of excruciatingly painful construction traffic later, we pulled off into a ‘service center’ aka truck stop.
Nicest truck stop ever! Along with a Starbucks and a few other fast-er food places, they had a really nice Panera, offering their entire normal menu.
I ordered the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad (of course!) with a whole grain baguette on the side and their new hibiscus iced tea. I normally get their acai berry tea but this new flavor definitely trumps it!
While ordering my lunch, they pulled out two sheets of freshly baked ginormous chocolate chip cookies. As if the smell wasn’t tempting enough, the lady taking my order offered me one for 99 cents. Sold!
I fully intended on saving it for a snack during our next 4-5 hour stretch of driving but when I got in the car, I couldn’t resist letting a warm chocolate chip cookie just stare at me and so I devoured it.
Little did I know Panera offers one of the best chocolate chip cookies EVER. Seriously, so so so good! Slightly crispy edges and soft gooey chocolately middle… a little slice of heaven if you ask me! 🙂
The rest of the afternoon seemed like an eternity, but we finally made it back. I still had another 45 minute leg of my trip to get home so I snacked on a Banana Nut Muffin Quest Bar. This is the 3rd or 4th flavor I’ve tried, and I absolutely LOVE these things. Perfect for on the go!
Since I got home much earlier than originally planned, Dave and I went out for dinner to Even Flow in downtown Geneva.
I started out with the Autumn Salad, made of mixed greens, fresh pairs, candied walnuts, feta cheese and maple vinaigrette.
Followed by the Stout Braised Short Rib Minis and a couple glasses of sauvignon blanc.
Both items were tasty but Dave’s meal was the best. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a pic but he got the Crispy Beer Braised Pork Belly BBQ Sandwich with house made fries. UNBELIEVABLY good. He shared a few bites with me, and I was jealous! 😉
Back at home, we relaxed outside on the porch since the weather was incredible.
Mac was infatuated with all the animal noises going on at dusk – birds, crickets, frogs, you name it. Truly the sound of summer!
Right before heading in to call it a night, Dave spotted a frog hanging around near us! I swear we discover a new animal, insect, bird, etc. every week. Guess that’s what happens when you move to the burbs!