Yesterday started out slow and easy. I woke up early and made breakfast right away. I made creme brulee custard oatmeal (click for recipe and photo) to go along with my morning cup. It was nice and creamy and was really everything I had expected. I had found a recipe from Eating Out Loud and thought I would expand on it by combining it with my own custard oatmeal. I am glad I did, this will go down in history as one of the best ways to eat oats!
After breakfast, I worked on getting us packed for our trip. around 10, I began to feel a little hungry and since I was pretty busy I wanted something simple and easy so I made half an almond butter and strawberry jam sandwich on whole wheat. It was so good, such a nice twist on a classic.
Once we were all packed and ready to go, I was really hungry and ready for lunch. I had a hankering for a sub so I drove to the ever spectacular wawa and got one. I ordered a whole wheat italian shorti with loads of veggies, olive oil, vinegar and spicy mustard. I purchased some plain sunchips to go along side. At first I bought the harvest cheddar ones because they are my favorite and then had a very duh moment about the fact that they have cheese in them, even if only the powdered version. I quickly exchanged them for the plain version. The lunch was great, it was really what I was craving.
After lunch, we loaded the car and headed out. We had a couple of errands to run first but finally hit the road around 2:30. About twenty minutes into the trip, I thought that a Starbucks would be just the thing I needed to cure my raging headache and prepare me for the long road ahead. With my friend Jessyin mind, I ordered a soy vanilla latte in my own to go mug. The mug is very special to me because the dear husband and I purchased it at Starbucks in Hawaii on our honeymoon.
Once we got our drinks, we headed towards Smith Mountain Lake, VA. The roads were long, winding and had really no signs of much except churches, caution lights and cows. It was a beautiful drive. We arrived at our destination around 5:30 and immediately perused the dinner options. We finally decided to take our chances and just stop somewhere on our way to the grocery store. We ended up at The Blackwater Cafe, a little place just down the road from the condo we will call home for the next few days. The waitress immediately brought some bread and crackers to the table. I apologize for the lack of pictures but I left the camera at our temporary home.
We ordered an appetizer called Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple bruschetta. It was grilled shrimp with a pineapple salsa served over a warm flat bread. It was pretty good though I thought the shrimp lacked seasoning. For dinner, I ordered one of the specials. North Carolina trout with a vegetable couli served with roasted Yukon’s and green beans. I guess the chef has pretty bland tastes because both of us thought all of the food lacked in the flavor department. I gave my food a nice layer of salt and all was well.
Once we finished dinner, we headed to the grocery store to stock up on some fresh items to get us through the next few days. We also piddled around the shopping center only to find that everything closes promptly at five. There are some cute little shops that we will surely be visiting during our adventures here. Once we made it back to the condo, we settled in for some reading and headed off to bed soon after. A beautiful lake and lovely mountains await us!
QOTD: How do you handle vacation eating?
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