Despite experiencing a few great days in Miami, it feels good to be home! Monday and Tuesday were jam packed with meetings and social events. I pretty much went to sleep both nights feeling drained. In a good way of course!
I also went to bed feeling full…full of food that is. There was no shortage of good food. And by good, I don’t necessarily mean healthy. But that’s ok because these meetings only come around twice a year!
Our Monday meeting started with lunch – the best way to start in my opinion! We ordered salads from La Provence, a local French bakery. I went with a Greek salad, and surprisingly, it kept me full until right before dinner.
Oh wait, we also indulged in afternoon cookies from the same bakery. Hmm…maybe that’s why my hunger stayed in check. Anyway, these chocolate chip cookies were delicious – SO soft and fresh.
And then came dinner at the Atria Restaurant and Wine Room in the Conrad hotel. We started with drinks and appetizers in the Wine Room before moving on to a sit down dinner.
I started the night off with a Mojito. When in Miami…right!?
This bad boy was strong, and that’s why I stuck to just one.
What seemed like endless plates of sliders, calamari, and flatbread were brought to the Wine Room next.
I indulged in my fair share of flatbread. Let’s leave it at that!
Roasted veggies with pasta and red sauce it was. I wasn’t super hungry at this time so I picked around the pasta and ate all the vegetables. They were perfectly cooked and very flavorful.
And no meal is complete without dessert. With two options on the menu, I went with the healthy one…sweet fruit and guava sorbet. The perfect ending to not only a great meal but a great day.
Day two started a bit earlier, so breakfast was provided by Deli Lane.
Believe it or not, I demonstrated some self-control when it came to breakfast. I stuck to half a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and fruit instead of opting for an insane pastry or muffin.
Maybe that’s because I knew what was coming for lunch…a Greek feast from Rice House of Kabob.
I may have overdone it at lunch, but that’s ok because it was totally worth it. I served myself some grilled veggies, grape leaves, hummus, pita bread, and Greek salad and enjoyed every bite. I think we’ll be ordering from this restaurant again…or at least I hope so!
Later that evening, we reconvened for a team event and catered dinner from Perricone’s. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the appetizers…maybe because they disappeared in the blink of an eye. The team loved the arancini balls (essentially fried rice and mozzarella balls), goat cheese and spinach flatbread, and pistachio encrusted lamb chops.
For dinner, I served myself a little bit of the hearts of palm salad (possibly my new favorite thing), eggplant parmesan, and bread. Everything tasted homemade and just plain delicious. Yum!
A small piece of brownie may or may not have been consumed a little while later. So hard to resist!
With so much food going in, I was happy to work up a sweat via two decent early morning workouts at the hotel gym. Phew!
Like I said at the beginning of this post, as fun as the beginning of this week was, I’m looking forward to some down time and homemade meals. It’s about balance after all!
Happy almost Friday!!
Tell me about your latest food indulgence.