business travel

[Most of My] Bags Are Packed…

I’m ready to goooooooo. I’m standing here outside your doooooooor. I hate to wake you up to say gooodbyeeeeeeeeee…

Oh wait, where was I? Oh right. PACKING! Yuck.

Even though I loathe packing, especially for eight days straight, I’m almost done!! I plan to get together the last few things I need first thing tomorrow but am about 90% done as of now.

I always make sure to make a list so I don’t forget the essentials…

Though despite the list, I always manage to forget something important. Luckily I’m going to Charlotte, and not somewhere remote where I can’t pick up essentials in case I do forget something!

Whenever I take a work trip, there’s always a few key things that I make sure to bring with me to keep as on track as possible.

First, a refillable water bottle.

Staying hydrated is SO, so important, especially when you’re on your feet all day and breathing in the dry hotel air. There are almost always water stations/pitchers of ice water everywhere during a conference, so I make sure to have my own bottle and drink 2-4 of those a day. If there’s one healthy thing I do have control of during a business trip, it’s making sure to drink enough water.

Second, snacks!

I hate to be somewhere without a snack on hand, especially since a lot of the meals aren’t very healthy at the conferences. It’s nice to have a back up or something to supplement a meal if the options are limited and I find myself hungry, rather than reaching for (ten) cookies. I’m also planning on seeking out a grocery store close to the hotel to stock up on some more non perishables once I’m there, but I always like to bring some backups just in case.

Third, reading materials!

I’m currently reading Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series, and will move onto Carrots ‘N Cake as soon as I’m done, which I’m also super excited about! The publisher sent me a review copy, so I’ll be sure to do a full review once I’ve made it through (slash started) the book.  Reading materials are more for mental health than anything, because I get a lot less frustrated with waiting while traveling when I have a good book to focus on rather than my lack of patience.

Fourth, workout clothes!!

Even with work trips when I know my workout time is extremely limited/possibly nonexistent, I always bring at least enough workout clothes for a few times at the gym. Even if I can just squeeze in a few quickie workouts or random moves in my hotel room with no one looking, it makes me feel better since a lot of times the eating isn’t the healthiest at these conferences. I always make sure to think it through and bring everything I need, so this included (in addition to capris, shirts, sports bras, socks, and sneakers), my Garmin, my Camelbak, and several Vanilla Bean GUs in anticipation of Saturday’s glorious 16 miler. No sarcasm here.

If you want some more ideas, check out my top tips for staying healthy during business  trips – a post I often review while getting ready for one of these trips!

What’s the most essential thing you bring on business/pleasure trips with you to keep you on track?

PS: Awesome breakfast recipe coming tomorrow! Stay tuned. =)

Perfection

I am seriously considering not coming back to the east coast… I love it here.

For starters, here was yesterday’s fruit infused water selection:

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Lemon and lime, grapefruit, pineapple, and strawberry. It seriously makes guzzling water so easy slash delicious. I had one huge water bottle each of the pineapple and strawberry today. So good. These alone are enough to make me want to stay.

What’s more, I went outside for a 45 minute walk during lunch and I couldn’t get over how amazing it was outside. It was 72º, sunny, and just slightly breezy – literally the perfect weather. Since I only had 45 minutes, I walked away from the hotel for 20 minutes, looked up, and realized I was right by the grocery store I went to when I first arrived. I ended up running through the store quickly to pick out lunch, then turning around and walking the 20 minutes back towards the hotel, making it right on time.

Since I didn’t want it to end, I ate my lunch outside on the covered patio next to where the course is. The bulk of it was a humongous (literally 2 pound) salad:

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A base of spinach, topped with feta, chickpeas, kidney beans, green peppers, baby corn, tabbouleh, roasted corn, tuna, hard boiled egg, and black bean and corn salad. Plus more that I’m sure I’m forgetting. It was enormous, and I ended up eating about 2/3 of it for lunch, and the rest for a snack around 3:30.

I also picked up a small container of sunomono:

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Sunomono is a Japanese salad with a vinegar dressing with just a touch of sugar. I’ve had it in sushi restaurants before with different types of fish, but this one just had cucumber and seaweed. It’s super light but so delicious. I ended up pouring the leftover vinegar dressing over the salad after I gobbled it down.

Plus, a side of grapes.

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Unfortunately those needed to be carefully picked over because a lot of them were soft. Boo.

Besides the gorgeous weather, San Diego itself is also beautiful. Once the class wrapped up around 5, I went outside for a run by the harbor, which is just a few blocks from the hotel. The timing was perfect because the sun was just setting and made the sky such pretty colors. As soon as I got close to the harbor, I was so excited to keep running along it!

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The run itself was super low key. I stopped a lot to take photos because I couldn’t soak it all in with just my eyes. A few of my favorites…

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Saying it was a run to remember would be an understatement. I honestly didn’t even realize until I was writing this that I didn’t have my ipod. I NEVER run without music!

Since I stopped so much and kept bringing my heart rate down, I burned less calories than usual but that was a-ok with me.

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I’m guessing I ran right around 3 miles (which is what I set out to do) because I stopped the watch each time I stopped to walk.

If you could pick up and move anywhere in the world without factoring in logistics (money, family, children, job, etc) where would you go?

Top Tips for Staying Healthy on a Business Trip

First, some semi-exciting news. I was down 1.2 more pounds at weigh in yesterday, making my total 11.2 pounds lost in the 5 weeks back on the new Weight Watchers plan.  That means I only have 10.4 pounds left until my goal weight, and I’m more than half way done with the weight loss this go-round! I am SURE this is going to slow down sometimes soon, but for now, I’m enjoying the ride. 🙂

I’m currently on a plane to San Diego for work and will be there until next Tuesday, so what better time than now to have a refresher course about staying healthy while traveling for work!? I travel 4-5 times a year for my job for several days/a week at a time, so I am always looking for innovative ways to stay on track while traveling.

I used to take the complete wrong approach to trips and just splurge the whole time and not plan at all. Not only would I feel lethargic, bloated, and have no energy, but almost always I would come back 5 pounds heavier. While this is not the end of the world, 5 pounds, 4 times a year = 20 pounds a year. Not good.

While a lot of these tips can apply to travel for both work or pleasure, the main difference for me about staying healthy on a business trip v. a personal trip is that your time is not your own on a business trip. Sure, you’ll have a little bit of free time, but I have a schedule for the whole time I am there. I have a little extra time during the first few days, but then starting during the weekend, I am working from very early in the morning (6am) until late in the evening (8-10pm) with only a few breaks to eat. If I was traveling for pleasure, I’d definitely plan for a lot more flexibility with my days and squeezing in workouts, but that’s not the case for trips like this!

After doing some research as well as a lot of trial and error, here’s what I’ve come up with for the Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling for Work.

  1. Research the hotel and the area you are staying at.
    • See if your hotel has a gym/fitness center.
      • If there isn’t a gym, figure out some workouts you can do in your room without any equipment – like lunges, jumping jacks, squats, pushups, planks, sit-ups, etc. Do some research and print out a few workout options you can do to bring with you. You can get in some great circuits with these types of exercises and really break a sweat! Also, you can ALWAYS go for a run or walk outside which is a great way to see the city and get some activity in!
      • If there is a gym, make sure you bring everything you need to workout, including socks, sneakers, headphones, and workout clothes! The last thing you want is to find the time to workout and not have what you need to do it.
    • Check the hotel website to see if there are refrigerators and/or microwaves in the rooms.
      • Did you know that you can request a refrigerator in your room because of “dietary restrictions”? I called ahead and told them I needed it for that purpose and they are giving me one for the whole length of my stay free of charge!!
    • Research to see if there are any grocery stores in your area. There is a grocery store less than a half a mile from the hotel that I’m staying at, so I plan to head there almost immediately after I arrive to stock up.
      • If you have a fridge, stock up on nonfat milk, greek yogurt, babybel cheese or string cheese, hummus, baby carrots, or anything else you can think of that’s easy to eat on the go quickly.
      • Either way: Stock up on whole grain bread, oats, nut butter, whole fruit, dried fruit, granola bars, almonds/walnuts/nut of choice, or any other non perishables.
      • If there’s not a grocery store near you, or there are some specialty items you’re not sure if you will have access to, bring them with you. I packed peanut flour with a measuring spoon so I can mix it into oatmeal in the mornings for extra staying power.
    • Pick out a few restaurants you want to check out while you are there. You can even glance at online menus and come up with some healthy options so you don’t find yourself stranded/without a plan.
  2. What to Bring With You
    • Reusable Water Bottle. This one is essential. Empty it out before you go through security, and then fill it back up as soon as you are through. Having a reusable water bottle with you will help you keep drinking water throughout your trip and stay hydrated, whether you have time to work out or not.
    • Pantry Staples – Listed above, but its important. If there are special things you like and pretty much need (for me, peanut flour right now), make a little room in your suitcase to bring them with you. Granola bars, nuts, nut butter packets (single serving sized ones are perfect), etc.
    • Workout Clothes – If you don’t think you’ll have time to workout, still bring one set just in case. You’ll be very happy if you end up with some time you weren’t expecting!
    • Snacks – You never want to be hungry and have the cookies that they serve (speaking from personal experience!) as your only option for a snack. Not only will it not be satisfying, but you’ll crash! Top picks for me are almonds, granola bars, and whole fruit like apples and bananas.
    • Utensils and bowls/plates – This is a biggie for me. If you’re planning on eating any of your meals in your room, you need to have some silverware to eat it with! Even if you’re just going to have nut butter on bread, you’ll need a butter knife to spread it with. Think about this while you’re planning what to bring!
  3. Schedule in Workouts
    • I do this in my every day life and it helps SO much to actually schedule it in. As soon as I get my schedule for these trips, I look at when I’m free and where I might be able to squeeze a workout in. I have a lunch break on Friday for 1 hour, so my plan is to go to the gym and do the 5k pace run that’s on my training plan, take a quick shower, and be back within the hour.
    • If you don’t have any free time during the day, wake up 10 minutes earlier to do a few sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks, etc. You’ll feel so much more energized throughout the day.
  4. Plan for a Splurge.
    • This one is especially important for me. If I try to be “too good” during a trip, I’ll inevitably give up and throw in the towel and eat everything in sight. This one can correspond with researching restaurants in the area. Find the place you want to have your big meal out, and plan it for the last few days of your trip. Focusing on that will help you stay on track for the rest of your time there and not make you feel deprived.
  5. Set Realistic Expectations.
    • Realistically, you’re not going to be able to stay on track as much as you can at home where you’re in your normal routine and cooking your own meals. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting expectations that you can’t achieve. Hoping to workout every day you are there if you don’t have the time to will just cause disappointment. Instead, focus on making the best choices you can make, and squeezing in activity wherever and however you can.

Wow this list turned out longer than I thought it would, but the bottom line: be prepared.

Do you travel for work at all? What are your best tips for staying healthy while traveling (for work or pleasure)?

Not Alone After All

Can you believe it’s already Wednesday afternoon?? Crazy. I usually feel like the week drags by after a conference since I work all weekend, but not today! I almost forgot how long my oats hold me over when I add a little protein powder. I was full until after 1pm, so over 4 hours, without a snack! Love it.

Lunch was sometime you’ve seen before, and so, so good.

This monstroncity of a salad had:

  • 2 cups greens (romaine + radicchio)  (0 pts)
  • Grape tomatoes (0 pts)
  • 1/2 cup corn (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • 1 oz RF Cheddar (1 pt)
  • 1/4 very small avocado (1 pt)
  • 1 serving baked tostitos (2 pts)
  • 2 lime wedges (0 pts)

It was AWESOME. Loaded with tons of veggies and protein, this salad had only 6 pts and was really fun to eat and delicious. I tasted it at first and it was a little bland, and then I remembered the lime wedges. Once I squeezed those over the salad, it really popped and made a huge difference in flavor!

What low cal additions do you like to make to food that add a ton of flavor? I love lemon and lime, vinegar (rice wine, balsamic, white, apple cider), garlic, and fresh herbs!

So time for another highlight from my trip to OKC. On Thursday night (the night my computer died), I had dinner by myself at this cute little restaurant called Nonna’s. It was probably the best meal of my whole trip, and I got to sit outside on the roof top. The weather outside was perfect and I brought along a book and really enjoyed my whole meal. Sometimes its nice to be by yourself and just relax and enjoy being alone! I ended up getting a Strawberry Salad which had candied pecans, sliced radishes, FRIED goat cheese, strawberries, and spinach.

It was divine. It came with a black pepper balsamic which I got on the side and used sparingly. For my main course, I got an appetizer that was a mango, avocado, and crab stack.

It was awesome! The crab was actually crab remoulade, and I would have preferred if it was just lump crab, but this is definitely something I want to recreate at home. It was really tasty and pretty to look at. Plus, the flavors went together sooo well.

My waitress gave me a basket of bread with the salad, and I had one piece and then pushed the bread bowl to the side of my table so I wouldn’t eat anymore. After I finished my salad, I started reading while I waited for my main course, and the guy at the table next to me started saying something. I looked up to see this

Birds! I was so glad to have my camera handy and the jumped into my bread bowl and started eating the rolls.

How funny is that!? I didn’t end up having dinner alone after all!

Crabby

Hiya! Sorry for not coming back yesterday, but blogging from my phone is kind of difficult because it takes so long to type! I had a pretty good day yesterday because some of my coworkers arrived in OKC so I had some friends instead of being on my own. It was a looong day, but a good one. The course wrapped up and went really well, and then I helped with a few other things and took a tour of the hotel where the rest of our conference is going to be held.

For dinner, we decided to go out to a seafood restaurant and it ended up being so fun! They had tons of different kinds of fresh fish, and we ended up getting this feast where we each got steamed snow crab legs, shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and andouille sausage (I gave mine away). They put brown paper down on the table and then dumped the buckets down in the middle. It was so fun!! I love eating with my hands and getting messy (on occasion). Here’s a pick of the feast in the middle of our table

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The food was delicious! I loooove crab legs and hadn’t had them in so long. Plus the shrimp, corn and potatoes were delicious, too. They boiled everything together so there was also onions and different spices, so everything was super flavorful.

After dinner, we ended up walking around Bricktown a bit more and then stopping for frozen yogurt again. I forgot to take a picture, but I got cookies and cream fro yo and topped it with snickers and cookie dough. Definitely delicious, but not the healthiest. I left feeling really full from dinner and the fro yo, and a little bit sick to my stomach even though everything was good, I just ate too much of it!

This morning started EARLY and my alarm went off at 5:30am (ouch!). There’s a huge exam going on so it’s pretty low key since i”m not actually taking the exam, just have to stand by and make sure everything goes well. I went to the breakfast buffet again and got the same thing I had yesterday – a veggie eggwhite omelet with fresh fruit and skim milk. Having the stabilizing breakfast also helped my stomach feel a bit better even though I woke up at the crack of dawn. Coffee has been flowing as well, as I’m sure you can imagine.

So yesterday felt a bit indulgent with the big dinner + candy covered frozen yogurt, so I’m counting that as my splurge day for the week. I had a healthy breakfast and plan to try to be mindful for the rest of my trip. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to squeeze in another workout, but I’m going to try to get one in either later today or tomorrow. The days are just so busy that its going to be tough.

Hope you all got to sleep later than me and are enjoying your Saturday!! 😉

Unchargeable

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Ugh. My laptop died last night while I had it plugged in and only then did I realize my charger was not working. It was sad because I had an awesome meal on the roof at a nice restaurant followed by self serve fro yo and took lots of great pics. I loaded them onto my computer and selected delete from device after uploading just befote it died. So this really puts a wrench in my blogging plans for the weekend but ill try to blog from my phone as much as I can because I want to keep you guys posted on how I’m doing with being on track during my business trip.

After the course yesterday I went to the gym again and did arm weights. They only have free weights so I did biceps triceps pushups and some other random things with a weighted ball. I need to learn to do more stuff without instruction or machines. After that I did 40 minutes of intervals on the elliptical, alternating between incline of 4 with 1 resistance and incline of 10 with 8 resistance every 2 minutes. I did 5 minutes cool down for a total of 4.35 miles and 552 calories according to the machine. (I know the calorie count is off but I still like to look at it).

After the workout And shower I went to Nonna’s, a cute restaurant in Bricktown. I got a salad to start which was awesome! It had fried goat cheese on it along with strawberries and sliced radishes but I’m sure you can guess which the star ingredient was for me. For my main course I ordered an appetizer which was out of this world. It had avocado, mango and crab and was stacked Napoleon style in a cylindrical shape. It Wish topped with microgreens for garnish and was served with crostini. Oh my was it good! Avocado plus mango plus crab!? Match made in heaven. I must recreate this at home. I also had a glass of Viogner (white wine) with my meal which was perfect. I actually got to sit upstairs on the outdoor patio and it was a beautiful night so it was a gray experience. I left with a smile on my face.

After dinner I wandered around Bricktown a bit more and went to a frozen yogurt place that just opened over the weekend. It was super cute inside and had 16 flavors from peanut butter to pomegranate to cheesecake to pineapple. There were also toms of toppings and since it was self serve it was fun to put a little bit of everything I wanted on there (and not pay a dollar for each topping!) I ended up being boring and getting original tart flavor, but I topped it with raspberries, kiwi, mochi, and organic granola. It was awesome! I definitely plan to return again before I leave okc.

I just had an early night reading a book (side note – I have not turned on my TV once since I’ve been here!). This morning I went to the breakasr buffet at the hotel and it was really good! They had an omelet to order station, tons of fruit, hot dishes, oatmeal that looked a little funky, bagels and lox, plus cereal and milk. I ended up going with an eggwhite omelet with all the veggies they had – mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and spinach. I asked them to use as little oil as possible and also found out it was a mix of olive and calls oils, so quite healthy. I also loaded my plate up with fruit – pineapple, strawberries and melon, plus had a small cup of skim milk. It was delicious and I feel a lot less cranky than I did yesterday!

Busy day again today but ill be back.

Make me jealous – what are your plans for the weekend? Ill be having a blast working 14+ hour days…

Don’t Be Scurred

Hello! This morning has been INSANE. A lot of random logistical stuff went wrong with the course so I was running around like a crazy person trying to fix everything. Luckily, it all worked out and everything got taken care of, but only after a good amount of panic and stress. They say all is well that ends well though, and it seems to be ending well, so I think we are OK.

Because of the craziness, I didn’t even have time for breakfast. I was planning on ordering room service or going to grab something once I had registration set up for the course, but because of all the issues I ran out of time. Luckily they had some green apples at the gym yesterday and being a lover of all things free, I grabbed one. I had it in my bag and ate it once I realized it was there.

It was not the best apple I’ve ever had – definitely a bit mealy, but you better believe I ate it completely down to the core. I also had two cups of black coffee, and practically tripped over everyone as I raced out of the room for our 12pm lunch break. I just decided to eat at the restaurant in the hotel for lunch, and they had a nice looking buffet for only 12.95. I surveyed what they had and there was a salad bar, baked potatoes, a veggie medley, some meat dishes, and bread pudding for dessert. I started off with two good sized plates. The first had salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, red onions, and tomatoes, as well as some of the veggie medley.

The second plate had a baked potato with some fixin’s.

At buffets, sometimes it can be hard to be healthy because they don’t have things you would normally ask for if you were ordering from a server. But, today I was my own advocate and asked for three things I didn’t see on the buffet.

1.) Salsa – My favorite topping for baked potatoes! All they had was sour cream, cheese, bacon, butter, and chives (all good but not the healthiest) so I just asked the guy behind the buffet if he had some salsa and he gladly got me that dish of it pictured above.

2.) Balsamic Vinegar – All the dressings at the salad bar were creamy and full-fat, so I asked my server for some oil and vinegar and she brought out extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar which was great because I could control the amount of oil and these two are actually my favorite dressing if I use any.

3.) Artichoke Hearts – They had a salad with artichoke hearts, cucumbers, tomatoes, ham, and some vinaigrette, and i piled it high on my plate before realizing there was ham in it. I loooove artichoke hearts and figured they must have them in the back, so I asked the guy behind the salad bar if I could have some plain artichoke hearts and he got me a dish full of them!

Notice though I asked each person for just one extra thing so I didn’t seem ridic – the server and two separate guys behind the buffet. I’m so glad I did because it helped me to have a delicious and satisfying meal while still staying on track. Don’t be scared to ask!

I did go back for Round 2 at the buffet and got a small bowl with more of the veggie medley and a roll.

I realize I didn’t have any protein with this meal really, so I hope it holds me over. I do feel really full right now!

Question: Do you enjoy buffets? Do you feel weird asking for special things since you’re not really being served in the traditional way? I normally tend to avoid buffets because I have a hard time controlling myself around them, but this one was small and only had a few options, so it felt do-able. I’d never really asked for special things before today but it went so well that I wouldn’t hesitate to ask again.

Getting Settled

Hello! I am glad to say I finally made it to OKC and had a nice little evening exploring. If you saw me on Twitter, I got delayed by about an hour in Atlanta, but we made up for some of the time in air. It was actually semi amusing because the Delta guy came over the loudspeaker and kept delaying us every 5 minutes and then reported the reason for our delay was because the crew hadn’t showed up yet! I had never heard that excuse before…

But I made it and when all was said and done I arrived around 4pm OKC time (5pm my time) and was happy to be out of a plane and on solid ground!

I got to my hotel around 4:30 and had to make sure everything arrived for the course tomorrow (which it hasn’t!) but decided to just deal with that in the morning. I was getting super hungry by the time I was done with that because it was after 6pm my time and I had eaten pretty light during the day. I ended up finding a cute little to-go sandwich shop in Atlanta and getting a grilled veggie sandwich which had green peppers, mushrooms, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

It was actually really good (the picture does it no justice) and I got it with mixed greens instead of fries. I also ate my baby carrots + cucumber slices while waiting for the plane, had a pack of pretzels (45 calories or 1 pt) on the plane courtesy of Delta, and then ate my apple while waiting for the shuttle to come get me at the airport.

I almost talked myself out of going to the gym, but decided to just go and do a quick workout since I’ve taken several days off from working out this week. I kind of forgot how boring the treadmill can be since I have been running outside so much, so here is what I did

0-5 mins: Walk 4.0 mph at 1.0 incline

5-15 mins: Run 5.5-6.5mph

15-25 mins: Walk at 3.8-4.0 at a 10.0 incline

25-35 mins: Run 5.5 – 6.5mph

35-40 mins: Walk 4.0 mph

I ended up doing 3.26 miles and burned 457 calories according to the treadmill but I know that count is way off. Still, I was pretty sweaty and it felt good! I ran up to my hotel room to quickly shower and change before heading out to food. The hotel is super nice and has a lot of cool amenities (on top of the nice fitness center) including a pool, a hot tub, a bunch of restaurants, and a dessert cafe where I am currently blogging from. Check out my room:

After a quick shower and changing, I ran out to find food! I walked all around Brickdown, a really cute area in downtown OKC. There are tons of restaurants and bars and I’ve heard its “the place to be” if you’re in OKC. I was in the mood for Sushi, and went in search of a sushi bar called In The Raw based on a recommendation from the hotel. It was pretty good, but I think I’m a little bit of a sushi snob. Well, I know that. 🙂 I was pretty ravenous by the time I got there so I ordered a Miso Soup before I even sat down.

Then I perused the menu and decided to order a few rolls and the sunomono. My first clue that this might not be the best sushi I ever had was there was a white guy making it. I don’t mean to sound prejudice, but its almost never a good sign when there’s white people behind the sushi bar! It just wasn’t THAT authentic, and one of the guys behind the counter kept asking the other guy what was in the rolls I ordered, which made me a little skeptical. In the end, I ordered a Rock N Roll (Avocado + Cucumber with Eel on top), a spicy scallop roll (new to me!), and a salmon skin roll.

It was pretty good, but I definitely left 1-2 pieces of each roll, and that is unheard of for me. It definitely felt good to be eating so I chowed down, but if you’re really into good sushi, I don’t think this place is worth going out of your way. I also ordered the Sunomono salad, which is basically fish (octopus, crab, and shrimp in their version) with a rice vinegar sauce over it. Mine mostly just had soy sauce over it, I didn’t taste the vinegar at all. Usually the dressing is sooo good you want to lick the bowl clean. Not so this time.

I only had iced tea and water with dinner, and drank a TON of water today. That was good for my June goals, but not so much for having to get up to go to the bathroom on the plane since I was never in the aisle seat. Oops.

After I got done with dinner I spotted a serve your own Frozen Yogurt place but was too full to stop. I will definitely be going there at some point during my stay, maybe even tomorrow. I did come back to the hotel and come to Caffeina’s, a coffee and dessert bar that has free wifi, because unfortunately there’s none in the rooms! I’m going to try to keep on my normal blogging schedule as much as possible during this trip, but its going to be a little difficult. I ended up getting a fruit cup for dessert to eat while I sit here:

I am about to go back to my room and unpack a bit and watch some TV. I have a really early day tomorrow because I have to be there at 6:30am, so am going to try to make it an early night!

PS: It does NOT feel like a Wednesday.

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