Welcome to part 2 of my weekend adventures in Athens, GA! Miss part 1? See that first.
After our long training run on Saturday, we enjoyed a lunch feast at Lauren’s house! She set out a huge spread of stuff for us to snack on — I love lunches like this.
We had brie, grapes, cheddar cheese, and apples:
Plus smoked salmon, crackers, salami, pita bread, regular bread, carrots, and hummus.
So good — I enjoyed some of everything. We also had some amazing unpictured chicken white bean soup that Lauren had leftover — I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!
After our late lunch, we headed into Athens to do a little shopping and to see more of the University of Georgia campus.
It reminded me a lot of Chapel Hill and UNC! Here we are with the UGA arch — the symbol of their school. Basically their version of the UNC well!
As you can tell, it was rather cold out.
We came back to Lauren’s before dinner to change and for a special celebration — Sunday was Libby’s birthday! Lauren made a cookie fruit pie for the occasion — basically a sugar cookie base, topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and sliced up fruit. Simple and VERY delicious.
I love that she got animal print candles.
Happy Birthday, Libby! We <3 you.
We were thinking of going to Last Resort for dinner (which we hear is amazing), but a bunch of you recommended The Grit, which is an all-vegetarian restaurant and also supposed to be delicious. Since Libby is vegetarian and it was her birthday dinner, we decided that was the perfect choice.
We had to wait awhile for a table and ended up going around the corner for a drink before coming back just as our table was ready. I loved the ambiance in the restaurant — funky and fun.
I started with the pumpkin curry soup — delicious and perfect for a cold night.
And for my entree, I had the Golden Bowl — tofu with veggies and brown rice. It was good but not amazing — if I went again I would get something else because the other girls liked their dishes more.
The girls and I were all so sad to leave yesterday morning! Lauren whipped us up a nice breakfast — Baked Oatmeal — before we hit the road.
Doesn’t this look delicious?! It was.
Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing the recipe this week so all of you can enjoy it, too!
I will leave you with a photo of the giant peach water tower we passed while driving through South Carolina yesterday. So cute!
p.s. For my older adult readers — one of my nutrition professors at UNC started a blog (it’s great!) called 3 Square Meals — A Nutrition Blog for Successful Aging. Check it out! I also co-wrote an article with her for it: Amp Up the Calories and Protein in Your Diet. (But my favorite post is her recent one entitled “Who Inspired Me?” Very touching!)