Well, I am happy to say that Monday is officially over! This morning I had a big case of the Mondays, partially because I had SUCH a fun weekend, but also because of a bad night of sleep. I never sleep well on Sunday night, but we watched Milk last night and it was so sad that I couldn’t get to sleep. Note to self, don’t watch sad or disturbing movies on Sunday night!
I fueled myself for the day with a really great smoothie- romaine lettuce, spinach, blueberries, banana, butternut squash, flax, almond butter and some water. It was SO filling! My walk in was under a constant threat of rain. It has seriously been cloudy, cold, and rainy here for 6 out of the last 8 days and looks like 9 out of the next 10 are going to be the same. I am all for a cloudy day once in awhile, but the pressure in the air is weighing on me and making me feel sleepy.
Anyway, I had a great run home today and did a DVR arms workout, so I am feelin pretty good at the moment and getting ready to eat some of Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs in a homemade sauce I whipped up:
8 whole roasted plum tomatoes, pureed in the food processor
2 teaspoons olive oil,
A ton of chopped garlic and onion, sautéed in the olive oil
Pinches of basil and oregano
A couple of dashes of red pepper flakes for heat
Our meatballs and sauce will be accompanied by roasted sweet potato slices. Yum! I have posted the rest of my weekend away below. Lots to do for work and around the house. Maybe someday someone will want to pay me to eat and travel? Mario and Gwyneth, if you are looking for an extra for the next round of Spain on the Road Again, call me.
Provincetown Part 2
Sunday morning we woke up to a rainy beachy morning. I didn’t get great sleep but still felt great. The misty sea air definitely affects me in a positive way, guess that’s the Piscean in me!
My friend made delicious homemade waffles with Nutella, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream, plus some super spicy Bloody Mary’s made with Bloody Bold mix, Ketel One vodka, limes, and hot sauce. They were okay, but I really prefer to make my own mix with a LOT of spice!
After breakfast, I went for a walk on the beach in the rain and did a few cartwheels down there as well. Being on an empty beach with just the sound of the waves was a perfect time to just reflect and think about the week ahead. I know its going to be a very busy one, and unfortunately I still feel really tired from last week!
While we did most of our eating in the cottage, Provincetown offers a real variety of great places to eat. The Lobster Pot is a seafood lover’s dream, with fresh fish of all types, and a great little raw bar downstairs where you can get shrimp, oysters, and clams to go or eat right there.
Bayside Betsy’s is another favorite for dinner and brunch. Beware of their cocktails though as they are quite strong and tasty.
Box Lunch has famous rollwiches, sandwiches in lavash bread with an endless variety of fillings that are always fresh and delicious. These sammies are SO satisfying too. I normally graze all day, and if I have Box Lunch for lunch, I can spend hours at the beach feeling full.
Provincetown also offers a myriad of beach town treats – fudge, ice cream, candy shops, hot dogs, French fries, milkshakes, etc. I was very good this weekend and stayed away from all of these things. . . except for the small caramel sundae I shared with a friend, and it was delicious!
I realized I didn’t include this yesterday, but for those of you who don’t know, Provincetown is at the very tip of Cape Cod, MA, about 2 hours in the car from Boston or a 90 minute fast ferry ride. It is an artsy, funky little town that often has a carnavale like atmosphere, and there always seems to be a festival on in the summer. It has a great Portuguese heritage which can be seen in some of the cuisine available. I just love learning about different cultures, especially through food! This weekend was my second trip this year to P-town, and I am hoping to get there at least once more before the summer is over. There are some great little boutiques that sell unusual dresses, jewelry, shoes, you name it, at reasonable prices. I want to go back!