Hello! Sorry for the unplanned blogging hiatus – – Columbus was INSANE. Working behind the scenes at a conference for 1500 people means there are constantly multiple things that need to be done at every moment from the early morning until late into the evening. Monday I worked from 6am until 11:30pm! Insane.
I brought my laptop with me and planned to try to update a few times while I was there but it just didn’t happen. Along the same lines, I brought my workout clothes and that also did not happen. No time!
Breakfast and lunch were provided every day and unfortunately most of the meals were really heavy and not that good. Breakfast was a buffet style with scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, home fries, pancakes drenched in butter and apples, yogurt with a few berries on top, and then pastries and dessert-looking things. There was no oatmeal, no fruit (minus the 5 berries on each yogurt) and just no healthy options whatsoever. Unfortunately I didn’t really have a choice, so I usually had cheesy eggs with a few homefries, some orange juice, and a pancake on the first day. I also asked for fruit one day and they brought me a cup of berries, but other than that breakfast was heavy and not the best way to start my day.
Lunches were usually boxed with sandwiches, chips, apples, and cookies. I was excited to see veggie sandwiches, but disappointed when I unwrapped it to see it was just mixed greens, broccoli, and more ranch than anything else.
Dinner was mostly on our own, and I did get a chance to go out for a nice meal once with Emily and Jackie. We heard rave reviews about this restaurant called Martini Modern Italian, so decided to check it out for ourselves. They had these unbelievable cocktails on the menu, so we each started out with a different one and passed them around so everyone got a taste.
The drink to the back left was called Pear Elderflower and had Absolut Pear Vodka, St. Germain, Elderflower liquer, and fresh lemon. It was a little sweet for me to have a whole one, but one sip was delicious. Emily got the Pomegranate and Tarragan which had Bombay Sapphire Gin, Pomegranate liquer, Prosecco, pineapple puree, and muddled tarragon. I’m not usually that into gin, but this drink was great. Not as great as mine though (front and center!) – the Italian Grapefruit Gimlet. It had Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Aperol, hand squeezed grapefruit and lime. Possibly one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had! It was sooooo good.
Unfortunately I did not get the best pictures because the lighting was dim and I was so hungry (we didn’t get there until 9pm!) but let me tell you, the meal was WONDERFUL. We split 2 appetizers between the two of us, the Brick Oven Pizzetta:
It was basically a deconstructed flatbread drizzled with olive oil, herbs, and fresh grated parmesan. There was a chunk of melty combozola cheese which was a mild blue, and then a whole head of roasted garlic in the middle to squeeze over the pieces of flatbread. SO good.
We also had a Panzanella Salad, or an Italian Bread Salad.
This one had tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumber, chunks of italian bread, greens, and was drizzled with evoo and balsamic. I loved the bread in the salad – they tasted like fresh croutons and soaked up the flavors of the salad. This is definitely something that I can easily recreate at home (mental note).
For our main courses, we each got a fish dish but the picture was terrible, so you’ll just have to take my word that it was out of this world. It was called Gamberi Divolo and had 4 fire roasted prawns, fingerling potatoes, and shellfish butter. The prawns were sweet and succulent (and huge) and everything was just cooked to perfection. ‘
Dessert was the Chocolate Mousse Torte, with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and housemade ice cream, split between the three of us.
Awful picture, but delicious, moist cake. We also split a bottle of wine at dinner before calling it a night, but that was the one nice meal out we had during our time in Columbus. I definitely recommend trying out this restaurant if you visit or live near Columbus.
Needless to say, it feels really good to get back into the routine after having such a heavy 4 days of eating/drinking. I made a delicious bowl of oats to start my day off right
This was 1/4 cup of scottish oats cooked in 1 cup of water, garnished with some sliced almonds and a drizzle of organic honey. It was the perfect combination of creamy , crunchy , and sweet and ended a little too soon for my liking.
In other news, my nephews are not doing very well right now. Today is day 15 of their lives so please, please keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming. They really need it right now, as does their parents and my family as a whole. It’s very common when you have a baby in the NICU to have good days and bad days and things go from really good to really bad in the blink of an eye, but it literally feels like a real life nightmare. Every time I receive an update or a call from my sister, I hold my breath until I finish hearing the words. Yesterday left me in tears, but hopefully today will bring better news.