Good Morning, Baltimore!

by Sarah on March 24, 2014 · 3 comments

I guess, technically, we arrived in the late afternoon, but you can’t take me anywhere without some sort of musical allusion trailing behind. goodmorningbaltimore_smartkitchen

Of course, the threats of waking everyone up each morning a la Tracey Turnblatt were never realized, but I thought about it. You know I did. [And these lovely ladies are probably happy I then thought better of it.]IMG955439

As I WordPress automatically posted for me, I was in Baltimore last week for the 65th Society of Public Health Education Annual Meeting (aka conference). Despite the fact that I was more dressed up than I have ever been since I joined my program–yes, I DO own business attire*–some things about me never change.

*Most of which I bought the week before I left.IMG_20140318_154801

Like the fact that I traveled with an incredible assortment of food.

From the veggie burger on English muffin I ate on the plane to the can of mixed nuts I carried around with me all day, the words “food will not be provided” meant I was TOO well prepared for the long days with little time to stop for real meals.IMG_20140320_120436

But trust me, when one of my compatriots whipped out her instant oatmeal in the hotel room and started stirring it into coffee-maker-produced hot water, I knew no one would judge me for the yogurts I frozen and then pulled from my suitcase upon arrival.IMG_20140319_103101

(Or for the fact that I woke up at 3AM and ravenously ate a yogurt in the bathroom so as not to wake them up.)IMG_20140321_070900

Despite being told there would be no food provided, in keeping with my general modus operandi, I was able to obtain a fantastic amount of free food (and coffee).IMG_20140320_090005

Crab cake slider? Yes, please!

[Especially one with so little filler, I felt like I was cracking open a fresh crab at the table.]IMG_20140319_125923

And although at first I was a little uneasy about eating mashed potatoes for dinner, I must say the appearance of a mashed SWEET potato bar changed the game a bit. [Plus, I had the opportunity to remember just how tasty freshly shaved sharp Parmesan is...]IMG_20140319_205618

I’m also pretty sure the Eta Sigma Gamma planning committee knew I was in the building when they pulled out an oatmeal bar and impossible-to-find individual 2% Chobani for breakfast the last morning.IMG_20140321_091519

Amid the connections, the fun, the bonding with the girls in my program, and the almost constant firing of the synapses devoted to potential future health research, I did get out of the hotel for a bit.

One of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had–the composition of which I still cannot put a finger tastebud on–was hiding down a dark alleyway at Abbey Burger Bistro, after all.IMG_20140318_202251

I also managed to make time for one lovely (and very needed) run around Inner Harbor…

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…and the obvious trip to the local Whole Foods, where one of my comrades said, “I have this sudden desire to eat everything on the salad bar and buy twelve kinds of trail mix…you are rubbing off on me, Sarah.”IMG_20140320_213143

I needed snacks. Clearly. There was more travel ahead. And I always travel with an excessive amount of food.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I’m sorry… did you say sweet potato bar??? This is need to partake in.

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

A sweet potato bar would have been epic, although I would have equally embrace a mashed potato bar as well. Me and spuds are BFF’s. Glad you’re having a good time.

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli March 27, 2014 at 5:04 am

Are those scallions AND golden raisins on your sweet potatoes?! I like your #strangebutgood style woman! And I love that your foodie ways are rubbing off on your friends! Ha!

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