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by Meghann on January 1, 2009

I spent the first day of 2009 surrounded by family having a blast at Universal Studios.

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My parents rang in the New Year at City Walk the night before and had crashed at a the Royal Pacific Hotel within walking distance of the park. When I discovered my parents, aunts and uncles were planning on spending the day at Universal I invited my siblings and self along. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Twin Bro and I met my parents for breakfast at the restaurant within the hotel.

While everyone else at the table were going for the buffet, I decided to try to limit my serving size and ordered off the menu.

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I got a Belgian Waffle with Mixed Berries and Real Maple Syrup. This plate filled me right up.

We spent the remainder of the morning riding rides and walking around the park. The best part of going to theme parks is the insane amount of walking you do! Hopefully I burned all of the empty calories I ingested last night with the miles of walking we did today!

Around 2:00 my stomach was growling and I was begging for lunch. We decided to step outside the park and headed to the Hard Rock Cafe for a quick bite.

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I’m not the biggest fan of generic, chain restaurants, but I was really, really hungry. They had a limited menu with limited healthy choices. It was a tough decision but I decided to order the Veggie Burger and Side Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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The HRC Veggie Burger was a “burger” patty made of vegetables and spices, topped with Jack cheese, grilled fresh zucchini, yellow squash and Hard Rock Grilled Salsa.

The veggie burger was ok. It started off tasty, but the over spiced flavors got stronger with each bite to the point where it wasn’t even appetizing anymore. I did manage to steal a couple of my Mom’s fries. ๐Ÿ™‚

After lunch we rode more rides and watched the Macy’s Day Parade Floats dance in the streets.

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It started getting colder so we split Hot Chocolates. Yum.

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I think the late night, early morning was catching up with me I started to get exhausted and decided to skip dinner and drinks with the fam and headed home. I hadn’t been home in over 24 hours and was missing my computer and bed!

When I got back I wasn’t particularly hungry, but knew I needed to eat something. For dinner I went with quick and easy.

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I microwaved a sweet potato for 5 minutes then topped it with some black beans and pecan rice. It was a great combination and even though I didn’t know it at the time, was exactly what I was craving.

I am exhausted and so ready for bed. I was planning on being a lazy bum tomorrow, but the phone kept ringing and people were inviting me out left and right so it looks like another busy couple of days are a head of me.

2009 is already turning into an exciting busy time! I hope everyone else is having the same luck with the New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Sharon January 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Wow, what a fun day, and filled with delicious food – I especially love that belgian waffle! It looks scrumptious!

Here’s to a great year Meghann! Happy New Year!

2 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Good idea to order off the menu! I always eat too much when I choose the buffet.

Glad you enjoyed the day with your family – great start to 2009!

3 Hangry Pants January 2, 2009 at 12:04 am

I haven’t been to Hard Rock in years! I know it’s hard to find healthy and tasty things at places like that, but you did great!

I am so jealous you’re in shorts. Do you know how cold it is here?!!!!!

4 Shelby January 2, 2009 at 12:06 am

How fun! That is such a great way to start 2009!

Mmm, that waffle looks like heaven on a plate…as does that sweet potato dish!

5 carolinebee January 2, 2009 at 12:08 am

What a fun day! Can I just say I love your picture posing skills ๐Ÿ˜€ Seriously, hands on hips, you totally jazz up your pictures!

6 Marissa January 2, 2009 at 12:10 am

Looks like a fun day!

7 eatingbender January 2, 2009 at 12:13 am

Sounds like a great first day of 2009! I just caught up on your fun night last night – too bad about the camera, but holy crap your dress was amazing! You looked awesome, Meghann ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not surprised you got a lot of compliments!

8 Olga January 2, 2009 at 12:57 am

what a fun day! i’ve never been to universal studios, I should go!
I also loveee that dress, so so cute.

Happy New Year!

9 sarahannmatheny January 2, 2009 at 2:39 am

Too fun! I love going to parks for the day because it is like a workout in and of itself!

10 Erica January 2, 2009 at 6:09 am

Love Universal- what a fun day! Great job eating healthy- its so hard to do so at Amusement parks!

11 VeggieGirl January 2, 2009 at 8:36 am

What an amazing day trip!! I loooove Universal Studios. And I had no idea that you were a twin!! So fun!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Your dinner is spectacular – I ALWAYS pair sweet potatoes with black beans ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday!!

12 ksgoodeats January 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

Aw what a fun day!! LOVE that dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

13 julybug January 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

Ohhh, what fun. Happy New Year!

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