So as I mentioned yesterday, my vacation was VERY low key and relaxing. We ended up spending almost all of our time on the beach, at the pool, or at the timeshare and cooked every meal at home except for two lunches out, and one time ordering carry out pizza. The thing that was great was that even though we were cooking most meals at home, we were using a lot of French groceries and things you can’t get in the states, like these crepes:
They come in the pantry section of the grocery store and are unlike any crepes I’ve ever tasted. We had three different meals with them and each was better than the next. The first one was a fried egg with ham and cheese folded into the crepe, with mushrooms sauteed with butter on the side for dinner. The second meal was egg and cheese wrapped up in a crepe with tropical fruit on the side. And the last was scrambled eggs with goat cheese and smoked salmon. Heaven.
The funny thing about the packaging was that was noticed on MANY of the packages of food we purchased, there were lifestyle recommendations on the back.
The bottom language loosely translates to, “Water and physical activity are necessary for your body and your life. Try to drink at least 1.5 liters of water and exercise at least 30 minutes each day.” Something similar was printed on the back of several packages of food we bought, even cookies and other pastries that suggested they should be infrequent treats, and eaten with vegetables on the side. Ha!
The best meal we had out by far (not that there was much competition) was at this place on the French side of the island called Grand Case. They have local women who have these huge grills that cook ribs, chicken, and steak, along with more sides that you can count that are called LoLos. Our favorite one is called Rib Shack (creative, I know).
For $9, you get a HUGE plate of ribs, with rice and beans, green salad, coleslaw, and fried plantains.
Even Harper, who isn’t nearly as into food as his Klein genes might make you think, LOVED them.
Outside of that, we also picked up some pastries from the bakery a few times during our stay, including fresh croissants a few mornings. My favorite pastry from the trip though was this amazing meringue!
It’s just a plain meringue, but is decorated with nuts and a little chocolate (and food coloring apparently). It was SO good.
We also had a lot of salads at home, at least one a day, mixing regular greens with endive for a base, and making them “fun” with beets, avocado, tomato, tuna, turkey, and various other salad toppers.
It felt good to balance out the more indulgent meals with salads, and reminded me I have to get a little more creative when I have salads at home because they can be satisfying, too.
Outside of the salads, we did a good amount of exercising too, which I was happy about. On Monday morning, Wendy and I went for a run outside, covering about 3.1 miles in 35 minutes. It felt good to explore the island a bit on foot, and it was pretty breathtaking looking over my shoulder and seeing this:
Besides the outdoor run, we went on a 30 minute powerwalk on Tuesday morning, and then used the gym on Thursday morning where I did a 30 minute tempo run on the treadmill. Outside of the traditional workouts, we were also active and walking around a lot during the rest of the trip so I was really pleased with the amount of activity I got in on the trip.
As you get older, there’s so much less downtime you get with your family, which is something that is so easy to take for granted when you’re younger. Now, I get just a day off from work for major holidays, and almost all of the time spent off from work is on the commute to and from wherever I am going! So without getting TOO sappy, it was really awesome to get to spend some QT with my sister and her family, since it’s such a rare treat.
And even though I was only there for a couple nights, I think the worst part of leaving a place like that is not knowing if/when you’ll ever get to go back. Fortunately, one of my closest friends is getting married in St. Maarten in July of this year, so I’m going back in just a couple months!