We’re here! Long day. Sorry for the delay! We’ve been busy
The car ride was…. long. We hit some traffic and it was uncomfortable, but we made it eventually.
I rode beside a ton of bread – literally!
Karen and I had a few bites of banana around 11AM
And then luckily I packed snacks because we hit traffic and didn’t know when we would arrive for lunch. My stomach was about to fold in on itself at noon!
These probiotic bars came from OpenSky to sample for my shop -
We split the Apricot Coconut. The ingredient list wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t ideal either…..
The flavor was good though, and I like date-based bars
When we finally arrived we hit up BellAir Market – a sandwich place in a GAS STATION that has been highly recommended by a number of people.
That’s why I love Cville – gourmet food in gas stations!
Karen and I split a baguette of brie + red peppers with sprouts and honey mustard. I heart brie but this would been better warmed..
On the side we got fruit salad and broccoli salad to share
Matt got turkey, avocado, bacon on sourdough. The sandwich was good, but the bread was just meh.
Dessert was chocolate candied almonds!! So good!
After lunch we went downtown to check out a few location possibilities
Love the atmosphere! Lots of shopping, people watching, restaurants and more
We went to our hotel to find QUINOA shampoo and AMRANTH conditioner! We’re eating at a Courtyard by Marriot – but I guess these might be local?
After a quick refresher, I went down to meet a handful of blog readers for a walk! We walked for about 45 minutes all around the UVA campus. Fun way to get to know these fun ladies!!
After working up a sweat, we headed over to Arch’s for frozen yogurt! They have all kinds of blizzard-like combinations with mix-ins galore. And a few simple flavors to add toppings to.
You see that? That’s “Gooey Brownie” topping. Basically just straight brownie batter. HEAVEN!
I got a side of brownie batter plus a side of heath bar to share with Karen
And 3.5 oz vanilla to act as the base. Great snack to tide us to dinner! Kind of wish I’d gotten a lighter, fruitier version because this kind of threw me off for dinner, but it tasted great.
Sarah thought I needed to start supporting the university in our new town and brought me a nice back sack!! I love these things.
And she also brought some of her homemade Chai Granola. I took a nibble – SPOT ON chai flavors!! Can’t wait to have this on yogurt and oats! HERE IS THE RECIPE. She also brought me a sample of her Nutty Butter, only after we discussed it at our meet-up and she decided I needed to try it. So far I have only smelled it, but I cannot WAIT to dig in!!! RECIPE HERE!
After the blog walk, I took a quick shower. Felt so good to get all cleaned up. Then Matt and I went to Beer Run, which he has deemed the “best beer store ever” to check out some specialty beers.
We sipped on the Bluegrass Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout while we browsed. I had about 1/3
Canned beer is coming into style!
I liked this one recently!
Made just for me!
After leaving Beer Run it was about 8PM and time to head to dinner at Maya. Featuring Southern, local food!
We rejoined Karen
And the patio ambiance
And met up with Zeb, our Great Harvest advisor.
I didn’t know what to get to drink: club soda, water, beer, wine, cocktails. Matt decided to order me a beer he thought I’d like, but I didn’t really like it. It was too bitter. I hate bitter beers! I still drank about half of it though.
For dinner, after the sun set, I settled on the local trout (I love trout!) with collard greens and roasted cauliflower. I asked for “light on the brown butter sauce” and it was pretty light. I ate most of my plate – it was all very fresh!
Matt got soft shell crab and shared
Karen and I had picked out a dessert and were about to order when at the last minute we decided we’d already had one dessert that day and we were both full. A good decision in hindsight because I’m still pretty full, but I would still like a bite of something sweet! Sometimes you just gotta get over the craving.
Tomorrow we’ve got a busy day that starts at 6:10 AM. So I gotta get to sleep! I haven’t had more than 8 hours of sleep in so long. Hoping this week I can catch up.
Still very excited to move here!!!