‘Bama Bound [Let the Recaps Begin…]

by Sarah on August 13, 2013 · 4 comments

As you know, I made it Alabama, and my life as a PhD student is already in full swing, ready or not.

But I couldn’t have gotten here without stopping to high five a pickle in an ice cream cone

…one last stop to the Whole Foods hot bar in Charlottesville…

(With extra ketchup. Obviously.)

…and some very strange snacks.

sometimes you just need to eat sweet bread and veggie cheddar in your motel room after a wrong turn puts you an hour out of the way.

Each morning of the trip down South started with a crazy oats, bran, and psyllium concoction soaked in kefir, stirred up with homemade blueberry banana butter and cinnamon, topped with muesli and fruit.

I even made this (with added Vitatop crumblies) in the motel room for Sister Smart and I, who together determined this breakfast to be both astoundingly filling and SUPER wonderfiberful.

Speaking of fiber, Sister Smart and I consumed more than the average bear human might ever while driving. Not only did we determine that Great Harvest Charlottesville’s High Five Fiber might be our favorite bread in the world…

this might actually be cville crunch. use your imagination.

…we ate our weight in raw veggies and loved on the concept of steamed edamame* as a travel snack.

*officially known as mukimame when shelled…

My first breakfast in ‘T-town’ occurred after my first trip to the grocery store. [And the most laborious search for coffee I’ve ever undertaken.]

I can’t explain why pickles, hummus, and (veggie) cheese sounded so necessary, but (Whoomp!) there is is.

We spent one day as a family in Tuscaloosa, and by early afternoon Mama Smart was getting hangry* so at the slightest indication of interest in Thai food, she steered us to Surin of Thailand on the Strip near the University.

*A trait that runs in the family. (Although I tend to get more hu-rustrated.)

I have to say that the Coconut Tofu Soup alone was worth conceding to Mama Smart’s demands, and sharing the Rainbow and California Rolls with her just took my lunchtime happiness to the next level.[Sadly, there is no picture of the brownie sundae that Stepfather Smart ordered. Who would have thought that a Thai sushi restaurant would make one of the best desserts I’ve tasted in a long time?It was a cross between a molten lava cake and a pecan studded brownie with hot fudge and vanilla ice cream. WOW.]

lemon butter…yum.

My pictures from our dinner at the Cypress Inn didn’t turn out too well either–only blurry photos of the steamed seafood platter you see above and eye-roll inducing (with delight) hushpuppies–but there was no time to worry about that.

After a breakfast burrito provided to me by Sweet Earth Natural Foods, we were off on the road again

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

I’m not sure if this is kosher but such a fiber-filled breakfast/snacks before/during a long drive seems semi-dangerous? 😉

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist August 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

Please email me your “recipe” or ratio for your psyllium breakfast concoction :)
I’ve been experimenting with psyllium for a week now (sounds like I have a new drug problem, right?) and have had successes and utter failure (the slimy hot oats the other morning were certainly less than appealing). Thus is life.
I hope you’re settling in to your new home alright!!

Heather @ Better With Veggies August 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Pickles, peanut butter, and cheese? I love your weird, it makes me smile. 😉

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli September 29, 2013 at 2:33 am

Omg, I totally had an eye-roll inducing hush puppy when I was on vacation in Florida…or five…whatever! 😉

You and that pickle! I seriously laughed out loud! Then I scrolled down a bit, took a sip of tea, looked up, and spotted your AMAZING FREAKIN’ CALVES!! Check you out, girlie! Looking good, looking good!

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