Monday, October 12, 2009

Back To Reality

It’s back to reality!  The husband and I had a great early anniversary weekend- thanks for the well wishes!  We packed in a lot of relaxing, eating and  exercise in our day and a half away, so I’ll get right to it!

Saturday

I started off the morning with a healthy and hearty breakfast.  I decided to try oats again (usually not my favorite) and made some pumpkin oats.  For this mix, I used rolled oats, skim milk, water, pumpkin, cinnamon and topped it with chopped walnuts and a tablespoon of PB & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

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Sadly, I didn’t love this, but it was super filling and held me over until lunch.

We got a later start than originally planned and once on the road, the husband was getting hungry.  He wrangled me into stopping at a well known Philadelphia sports bar called Chickie’s and Pete’s

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I decided on a Roast Pork sandwich…

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and you can’t visit this place without getting some Crab Fries which are INSANELY good!  I was only going to have a few.  I told myself that I would stop eating them when they stopped tasting good, but bite after bite, they NEVER stopped tasting good!  The husband and I finished these yummy fries right down to the end…

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Before leaving, I had to get a picture of the bathroom.  Aren’t those sinks crazy??  They are giant stockpots!

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We made another pit stop ,during our drive, to a quaint town called Smithville,  that we visit often when at the shore in the summer.  It’s usually a quiet little place, but there was an Irish Festival going on and it was jam-packed.  We walked around for a bit, got a latte and struck a pose by the pond before leaving…

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We continued on to our final destination – the shore!  It was so nice to be back.  Seems like summer was a lifetime ago already, so it was great to visit again!  We quickly changed and grabbed our bikes for a lovely sunset ride…

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Some casino views of Atlantic City…

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After the ride, we spruced up and headed out for dinner at a fantastic Japanese restaurant called Izakaya in the Borgata Hotel and Casino

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I started off with a pear cocktail made with vodka, reisling and sake…

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It was so good, but boy, I was really feeling it  and got a little giddy about half way through!  The husband thought it was so funny!  I don’t drink much, so I guess I’m a lightweight!

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We ordered some delicious food and enjoyed every bite…

Crispy Calamari Salad…

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Scallops with crispy proscuitto…

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Kobe beef fried rice with chilies, tomatoes and cilantro…

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Crispy lobster roll ( I die- so good!), king crab california roll and spicy tuna roll…

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We were pretty stuffed after this amazing meal!  It was a lovely anniversary dinner to celebrate our 14 years of marriage…

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After being prompted by some of the tiles in the elevator of the casino, we decided to try our luck at a slot machine…

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In Italian…

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Twenty dollars and 45 seconds later, we decided to call it quits!  LOL!  Hate wasting money like that!

Sunday

Despite our late night, we were up and out early!  We went for an hour long walk with the dog (yes, we left the daughters, but brought the dog!), then hopped on bikes and headed to the local bagel shop for breakfast.  I ordered  3 egg whites and cheese on a multigrain bagel.  It hit the spot!

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Then we were off for an hour long bike ride around town.  It was an absolutely gorgeous morning…

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After our ride, we packed up and headed to the beach.  We were so excited to be able to sit on chairs and read!  Not something that happens when the daughters are with us in the summer! 

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The weather was spectacular!  It was nice to get a little taste of summer…

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We brought some fruit to nosh on while soaking up the sun…

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Later in the afternoon, we reluctantly left the beach and headed back to the house to pack up.  Before we left the shore, I needed to make a stop at my favorite gelato place.  It’s a new place that opened this summer and I was so happy to see they hadn’t closed for the season!  I had been dreaming of this gelato since my first taste of it this summer!  I got a small cup of Chocolate Raspberry Brownie (my all time fave!) and Chocolate Hazelnut…

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Happy, happy, happy!!!  But, sad that it’ll have to last me until next year :(

We decided to make one more trip back to the Borgata for a quick dinner in their food court.  The husband opted for FATBURGER and since I ate dessert before dinner, I decided on a salad from a fun place called Lettuce Head!  I got the Cobb-zilla…

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It was humongous!  I barely made a dent in it, so I have lots for leftovers…

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We picked up the daughters and finally got home, sweet, home:)Thanks Mom and Dad for giving us the opportunity to use your awesome house and for taking such good care of the daughters!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Looking forward to catching up on some blog reading today!  See you tomorrow!

23 comments:

TJ said...

What a great weekend!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! :) Happy Anniversary

Nicole said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Great pictures! The Lobster Roll looks very tasty.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Happy Anniversary to you! You look absolutely stunning and you and your husband are such a handsome couple.

It looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the pictures.

biz319 said...

Happy Anniversary and what an awesome weekend! But I think I am going to have to recreate the Scallops with crispy proscuitto!! Yum!

Happy Monday - I am sure the girls are happy to have you back!

Broken YoYo said...

wow, what a wonderful break! I love the pics and you look amazing and both of you so happy too :-)

Shhh said...

What an incredibly awesome post!!

Lillian @ Losing Half, Gaining More said...

What a wonderful trip! Love the pic of those bathroom sinks - I love finding quirky little details like that:) You both look so happy in the pictures!!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Good job, taking all the photo's while at these fun spots. You had me at: Crab Fries.

Reen said...

Marisa, I AM SO JEALOUS! What a wonderful trip you had! Some time, maybe we can meet up at the shore. Smithville, even more jealous. I have an aunt who lives there. I can't believe they had an Irish Festival! I would have loved to go to that. I'm JUST A WEE BIT IRISH!
And the fries look awesome. Happy Belated Anniversary!

Kaneil, Balance is Best said...

You look beautiful in the pics! Congrats on the anniversary!

Don't you love that book? I like the movie a lot, but the book is better!

Kaneil

TjRenee said...

You guys make an awesome looking couple! Great pics.

The fact that you took the dog made me giggle. hehehe

Yum Yucky said...

Wow! What a weekend, indeed! You did it right, girl! Thanks for sharing with us!

halfdozendaily said...

Happy Anniversary, Marisa & hubby!!! :) 14 yrs is wonderful ! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend!

I'm a lightweight when it comes to drinking too, 1-2 is my limit!! lol!!

Heather said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!! Yum to everything you ate. EVEN THE OATMEAL! lmao

You guys are such a cute couple. Your pictures are a reminder that we should all take more pictures with our loved ones instead of hiding behind the camera. Thanks for sharing your anniversary with us!

Train Mommy said...

Wow, you did a lot better than me on your "vacation." I used it as a vacation from being healthy as well. Kudos to you!!! I love seeing your picture food diary each day. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

What an awesome weekend! Thanks for sharing your fun with us! I just love seeing photos of people's vacations; it's like I'm getting away for a second myself... Love all the pics of you and your husband

Oh, and welcome back to reality! :)

fittingbackin said...

Awesome recap! Those sinks are so cool!! And I want that beef fried rice... now, with a side of those crinkle fries. hehe

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

omg look at those scallops!! *drool*

Jenn said...

Awe, what a terrific anniversary weekend! You guys look wonderful. It must have been so nice to relax, just you, the hubby (and the dog!!!)

fatfighter said...

Happy Anniversary! I want to go to the beach...

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

Biking, Beach, and a Beautiful couple! LIFE IS GOOD!

m i c h e l l e said...

Thanks for sharing your weekend! Looks like you had a great time!

Beautiful food *and* beautiful couple!

theskinnyplate said...

What an amazing weekend. Sushi, biking, dessert, the beach?? Happy anniversary and cheers to many more to come.