I LOVE food. My BFF loves food. We always love food, but on vacation…food is just better.
The beauty of vacation eating is that it is usually:
b. made by someone else
c. free of dish washing duty
d. something you don’t usually get to eat
As we embarked on our annual girls retreat, my BFF and I savored the menu planning portion. (Did I mention we love food?)
Our dining plans included two new recipes (guacamole and brushetta), picking up fresh eats from the local deli, and taking in the tastes of local restaurants.
Most of our snack and meal choices were healthy, but we made sure to pick up the necessary sweets to add to the vacation’s taste value.
I must say everything was awesome. The guacamole and bruschetta were perfectly mixed proportions of fruit and veggies. Plus we had the chance to try out Beanitos, black bean chips. Those chips are really good (and pretty healthy). The pre-made shis-kabobs from the deli were the ideal amount of protein and NO dish washing for our relaxation purposes.
The Bahama Bistro was our local restaurant choice. The menu and decor were upbeat and unique. My Sunny Salmon Asparagus salad was perfect. I also gave the lobster bisque a try and LOVED it. The crunchy croutons were a pairing made in paradise for the creamy bisque. BFF chose the special of the day: chicken salad on a tomato bed with fresh summer fruits. WOW! It was beautiful and delicious and sooooo much fruit. I definitely recommend the Bahama Bistro in Osage Beach, Missouri.
My favorite sweet on this trip had to be my first taste of mint chocolate gelato. Not sure what the difference between gelato and regular ice cream is, but I know there will be a future blog post about it. The gelato was creamy, cold, and the just right way to end my day.
While this post reads like a food critique (it kind of is), there is also an Intentergy lesson to be learned. Our girls retreat may have been two days of relaxing and eating, but it was also a time to be grateful for friends and celebrate the delicious things in life.
Make time for your own getaway or a mini-taste retreat. Try a new recipe or pick up something fresh to enjoy. Give a new recipe a try or dine in at a new restaurant. Try something different. Bring your friends along. Put energy into enjoying the tasty times in life and each day will be that much sweeter.
by: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. I love food.