You know you may have overdone it on vacation when you return to the office and the dark chocolate a co-worker offers you isn’t the least bit appealing. At least that’s what happened to me this morning and I think it may have been a first. I rarely turn down dark chocolate. Who am I?
While in New Orleans I had the pleasure of sampling all the great food New Orleans had to offer. I didn’t hold back and had my share of beignets, seafood, biscuits, gelato, muffulleta, beer, and anything else that was offered to me. The only thing I really missed out on was bread pudding – which I’m still bummed about. 🙁
To me culture is food and food is culture. The best way to experience the culture of any new city is to taste your way through it. It just so happened that New Orleans leaned toward the heavy side of things.
As I sampled dish after dish I kept waiting for a sense of guilt to kick in over what I was eating, but such guilt never entered my head. Probably because in the back of my mind I knew eating this way was only temporary. Once I got back home I would settle back into my normal active, healthy routine and all those great foods would just be grand memories of my experiences in the big easy.
I may have returned home feeling a little bloated, but I also returned home with no regrets. No regrets over what I ate and no regrets over what I didn’t get to try – except for maybe the bread pudding. 😉
With all that in mind it was comforting to dive into my big bowl of veggies for lunch today.
I had mixed the left over cold roasted veggies from last night with hummus, kale, dried cherries, and flax seed.
The combination was simple, but amazing. It was really exactly what my body was craving.
On the side I had a piece of pumpkin nut bread with a spread of Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter.
Earlier I snacked on a serving of roasted cashews.
Obviously my biggest takeaway from most vacations is the wonderful local food I seek out. You will NEVER find me eating at a chain while on vacation (unless the chain doesn’t have any franchises in Orlando), instead I seek out local restaurants that focus on local specialties.
What tends to be your greatest takeaways when you travel?