Globetrotting Breakfast

March 14, 2009

I was up at 5:37 this morning wide awake. Guess my brain is a little anxious! I’m starting to feel nervous about all the traveling, mostly things like security, getting my two carry-ons on board safely, delays – the usual. Crossing my fingers all goes well.

I did 45 minutes of Heart Opening Flow #1 from 7-7:45. I’ve slacked off on yoga this week (being slightly burned out after last Saturday) but boy did it feel good to s—t—r—e—t—c—h again! I’ve got a weird pain in my chest this morning. Maybe I pulled something at the gym yesterday? Hopefully I am not on the verge of a heart attach…. hence the heart opening flow today!

Matt brought home this Great Harvest Oatmeal yesterday as a surprise, so I had it as a farewell to whipped banana oatmeal.

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The oatmeal mix has milk solids, brown sugar, cranberries, almonds and I think raisins? Maybe some other ingredients – they are working to change over to put them all on the label. I used a half a cup portion and ended up adding in some 9 grain cereal too because it was rather liquidy and I worried it would thicken differently (because the nuts took up some of the space so I had less oat-per-portion so the water was a little off).

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The Mix:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal mix, 1 tbsp 9 grain, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/4 cup-ish Whitney in Chicago’s granola 
  • Few toffee pieces
  • Small spoonful TJ’s PB

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The mix was definitely sweetened and I wasn’t crazy about the texture – it gelled a little!? I am anti-gelatinization :mrgreen:

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More of the delicious new Chicago coffee!

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Note my furry Quaker bathrobe sleeve in the photo!

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For dessert I scraped out the last few edges of our empty Barney Butter! I told Matt a nice welcome home gift would be a new jar 😉

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  • I WILL be blogging during my travels, most likely once a day. Stay tuned!
  • I WILL be reading comments but I WILL NOT be responding!! Please re-ask any questions when I get home.
  • Matt will be posting some and will be in charge of moderating any inappropriate comments (as will I when I have internet).
  • While I certainly plan to capture lots of the meals I’ll be eating, I probably won’t be able to do an hour by hour recap of my eats/activities like I normally do. Hope you understand 😉 I might just do some photo recaps and keep the commentary short. It’s much quicker + easier to snap a photo than it is to explain all the ingredients on a plate of unknown foods!
  • I’m going to take some videos but I’ll save those for my return posts

Here is my schedule. Please share with any readers who ask!

Saturday: Fly to Atlanta, 3 hour layover, fly to Amsterdam

Sunday: 3 hour layover, 9 hour flight to Nairobi, arrive in Kenya at 8:30p, dinner in the hotel

Monday: TBD, dinner with the group that night.

Tuesday: Flight to Kericho, begin tea estate activities

Wednesday: TEA tours!

Thursday: Depart from estate and travel through National Park, dinner in Nairobi

Friday: TBD, 10p flight to Amsterdam

Saturday: Arrive in Detroit, short layover, arrive in Charlotte 3pm, attend pot luck St. Patty’s party with our friends!

Just took my first malaria pill. Yikes!!

I will miss you all!!!!!

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1 Lisa D March 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

HAVE FUN!! I am super jealous and look forward to reading about the trip!


2 Oh She Glows March 14, 2009 at 8:49 am

Have a GREAT trip! Your schedule looks fantastic.

I can’t believe you will be able to blog once a day- wow I expected you to be out of blogging for the whole trip! I can’t wait to see your posts.



3 hk March 14, 2009 at 8:49 am

OMG!! HAPPY TRAVELS!! we’ll miss you, ENJOY!


4 VeggieGirl March 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

Don’t be nervous!!! ENJOY IT TO THE FULLEST, DEAR KATH!!!


5 Danielle March 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

Have a safe trip! Can’t wait to see pictures from there!


6 Whitney March 14, 2009 at 8:54 am



7 Jessica March 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

Have a wonderful and safe trip! I can’t wait to hear about it!!


8 FoodsThatFit March 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

Have a great time lady! Enjoy your time there, take lots of pics, try new foods and learn a ton! This is a great opportunity and you will have a blast! Be safe and know we are thinking of you back here!


9 Joanie March 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

Hope you have a safe trip! Best wishes!


10 suzanne March 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

I don’t always comment but i always read your blog. Have a great trip and can’t wait to hear all about it!!


11 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

Have a safe and wonderful trip!!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures!


12 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

HAVE A FABULOUS TIME!!! I am so excited for you!!!!


13 Jennifer March 14, 2009 at 9:00 am

Wishing you safe travels!


14 brandi March 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

have so much fun!!!! Be safe and enjoy every minute :)


15 Tina March 14, 2009 at 9:07 am



16 Lori March 14, 2009 at 9:08 am

Have a fabulous trip, and travel safe!


17 emmy March 14, 2009 at 9:10 am

can’t wait to hear about it, have a great time!!!!


18 Julie March 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

HAVE FUN KATH!!!! Take loads of fun pictures!!!


19 Lauren March 14, 2009 at 9:15 am

Safe & happy travels! Have a blast :)


20 Betsy March 14, 2009 at 9:17 am

Safe travels!! I can’t wait to see pics! :)


21 Kailey (SnackFace) March 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

Ahhh!! I’m so excited for you!!! Have a SAFE trip there, and amazing time while your traipsing about Africa, and a SAFE trip back!


22 Babycakes March 14, 2009 at 9:24 am

ahhh, Kath I am super excited for you! Can’t wait to read all about your trip. Have a great time!!! :)


23 Sarah March 14, 2009 at 9:24 am

Have a wonderful time on your trip! It sounds like it will be amazing!


24 Lori March 14, 2009 at 9:25 am

Hi Kath,

Just in case, take photocopies of your passport and travel documents and keep it separate from the originals. Just in case anything is lost during your trip, it will speed the travel process!! Take your sleeping eye cover (forgot name!?) too!

Have a great and safe trip! You may just come back a changed woman!!


25 zestycook March 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

Kath, Have a great trip! Have lots of fun. Talk to you when you get back!



26 Kath March 14, 2009 at 9:28 am

have a wonderful flight/trip! can’t wait for pics and vidsss!!


27 Leah March 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

Have a FABULOUS time!! I can’t wait to hear about your travels!! Hope all of your flights are on time and you have little to no problems with carry on & luggage!!!



28 Natalie March 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

Have an amazing and safe trip Kath!!!


29 Shelby March 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

And I thought I had it bad with my flight!

I hope you have safe travels Kath! Can’t wait to see what happens there =)


30 JE March 14, 2009 at 9:31 am

Good Luck Kath! Safe Travels


31 Alyssa March 14, 2009 at 9:31 am

Have fun and safe travels/adventures!!! I hope you have a fantabulous time!!!!!


32 Jessica March 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

Have a super fabulous time!! I can’t wait for your upcoming blog posts whilt your on your trip.


33 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

Have a safe and wonderful trip!


34 Nate March 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

So if Matt buys the next round of Barney Butter while you’re gone, will he be permitted to eat some of it?


35 Chris March 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

This is so exciting and adventurous! Can’t wait to read the updates and see the photos. What a great opportunity for you…and your readers 😉


36 Kath March 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

Thanks everyone!!!

Already done! But great travel tip.

Absolutely not!!!



37 Sharon March 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

Safe travels and have a blast!!


38 Jessica March 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

You are brave and I hope you have an amazing trip! I have been reading for months now, and this is my first comment. I wanted to add that sometimes anxiety can cause odd little chest pains. I’m sure the yoga helped!


39 WendyF March 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

Kath, when you get to Amsterdam, (my commute is SFO to AMS for work ) check out Back to Life,its on Holland Ave in the terminal . they do chair massages, I always get one before my 11 hour flight back home. It makes all the difference. Also right next to it is a muesum, its free and worth the visit.

Have a safe trip.


40 Marilyn March 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

Your trip sounds so exciting and fun – I can’t wait to hear all about it! Have fun and stay safe!! :-)


41 Justy2003 March 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

Have soooo much fun! So cool that you get to go to a faraway land where lots of people will never get to go! Enjoy the experience!


42 Marie Ley March 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

Have a safe & enjoyable trip!!!


43 Chelsea March 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

Have fun!!!


44 WendyF March 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

Hi Kath;

Almost forgot, in the terminal at Schipol, there is an Albert Heijn store , its the local grocery store, they sell fresh fruit juice in glass bottles, its one of my anit-jet lag rituals when I land. My favorit is the cherry juice and also the blood orange .


45 Ryane March 14, 2009 at 9:55 am

Good luck with your travels to and fro, and of course have an AMAZING time.
Can’t wait for your pictures and recaps!


46 Sami March 14, 2009 at 9:58 am

Have fun, Kath. This sounds so exciting!


47 Diana March 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

I hope you have a wonderful time! Save travels! :) Diana


48 sue March 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

have a wonderful trip kath! safe travels!


49 Rose March 14, 2009 at 10:16 am

Have a safe and wonderful trip! Can’t wait to hear about it :)


50 Michele March 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

Wow, I’d be so excited–and nervous–at the same time!! Have fun and we’ll enjoy those times you do get to pop in!



51 Andrea [bella eats] March 14, 2009 at 10:26 am

Have a GREAT trip!!! I can’t wait to read all about it! :)


52 K March 14, 2009 at 10:27 am


I didn’t know you were going to be in Detroit – hope you enjoy our airport :)


53 raybelle March 14, 2009 at 10:31 am

sounds like a neat trip! i had malaria…be careful! I even took the prophalaxyis–luckily you’re going to be at the end of the dry season.


54 Susan March 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

I’m so excited for you! What a great experience it will be! Have fun and be careful! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure :)


55 Amy March 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

Have fun. I can’t wiat to hear about your travels. What an amazing opportunity.


56 Bev March 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

Have a safe trip. Enjoy yourself ! Tell Matt to get Barney Butter at Fresh Market. :)


57 Katie March 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m so excited for you. Enjoy every moment! Can’t wait to see your photos and read your posts.


58 Jana March 14, 2009 at 10:56 am

Kath, you are going to have such a great time! I can’t wait to read your posts. Have fun!

P.S.: Strange chest pains sometimes come from your back.. I’ve had that before and in my weird hypochondriac way I thought I was dying but I really just had to stretch and get some heat on my back. :-)


59 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) March 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

eeeeeeeek, have so much fun and be safe!

good luck with the malaria pills! the ones i took for peru made me super-moody and very dazed, so i stuck to taking them on a full stomach and right before bed, and that helped TONS (just in case you run into any trouble …)

your itin sounds AMAZING!! i can’t wait until your pics start rolling in 😀


60 Jen March 14, 2009 at 11:11 am

Bye Kath . . . SAFE TRAVELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Get back to us in one piece!!!!!!!!



61 L March 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

Have fun Kath!!

And don’t be too worried about Malaria — I’ve had soo many professors who have had it and their medicine helped them get through it. :)


62 Brynn March 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

Have a safe trip, Kath! What an awesome opportunity!!! I’m excited to hear about it.


63 Kori March 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

Good luck Kath!! We’ll miss you! Be safe!


64 Organic Girl aka Ashley H March 14, 2009 at 11:39 am

Have a wonderful time! I will miss you too but look forward to some fantastic stories! Have a safe trip! How many people get to say that they’ve been to Africa! so cool 😉


65 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 14, 2009 at 11:42 am

Does GH make a product that isn’t phenomenal?! I don’t think so.

Safe travels to you!


66 Amanda March 14, 2009 at 11:42 am

Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip! Who woulda thought kerf goes to africa! lol!


67 Leading Lady Lis March 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hey Kath- I’m so excited for you and your trip! I hope your flights aren’t too bad- I get serious sinus pressure during landings.
I just read your post about some of the packaged foods your bringing and just wanted to say that even though they say you can just add cold water to the Rokit Fuel, I really don’t recommend it. It tastes much better hot!

Have a great trip!


68 Lauren March 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Have a safe and enjoyable trip, Kath! I am so exited for you and am so glad that you get to have this once in a lifetime experience. You totally deserve it!


69 Aimee March 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Have a safe trip, can’t wait to read all about it!


70 Marissa March 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Enjoy your trip!!!!


71 Jenn (eating bender) March 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Best of luck, Kath!! I hope you have an amazing trip – I can’t wait to read all about it :) Safe travels!!


72 capedaisy March 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Happy trails.


73 Bec March 14, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Have an amazing trip!


74 Rachel March 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Have an incredible incredible trip!! Please don’t worry about not posting as frequently and don’t spend too much time on the computer while you’re there…. enjoy Africa!! I’m so excited to hear about your experience!


75 Biz319 March 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Safe travels!!!!


76 Jaclyn March 14, 2009 at 12:59 pm

WOW KATH! Have an AMAZING time–can’t wait to hear about all of your delicious adventures! 😀 good luck and be safe!!


77 Meaghen March 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Oh you’re going to have so much fun Kath! I can’t wait to see your pictues! Have a great flight!


78 laci March 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Good luck with your traveling dear Kath! :) I am in <3 with those oats, especially the color and flava! 😀 Looking froward to the videos! 😉


79 Runeatrepeat March 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Have a safe trip!


80 Amanda March 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I see you’re laying over in Detroit, although the city itself is a disgrace–we have a wonderful airport. There are tons of shops and restaurants and such. I’m sure you’ll be rather worn out by the time you arrive there. But if it makes you feel better, Michigan has been offering subsidies for movie productions and movie stars have been spotted recently. George Clooney was there a few weeks ago. So, keep your eyes peeled.

Oh, and safe travels!


81 Liz March 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Have a wonderful trip–what an adventure this will be!


82 Maureen March 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Have fun Kath! We’ll miss you!


83 Heather March 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm

That sounds so fun!! Enjoy your time there and be sure to take advantage of everything you can… this is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience!! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear about it!


84 greenbean March 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

be safe and we’ll miss you too!

don’t stress over posting, enjoy the tea trip and get some vacay out of as well. ciao!


85 Diana March 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Hope you have a safe and awesome trip!!!! can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it!


86 Kathi March 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Have a wonderful time and know there are lots of readers here thinking of you and looking forward to hearing about your journey!
Here’s to tea!


87 Christy March 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I am so excited for you! Don’t worry about us readers…we will be chomping at the bit for any updates, so even if you only do one we will be happy! :) Hope you soak up the environment and learn a lot! Safe travels!


88 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

travel safe, kath!


89 Kerri March 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Have a great journey! Take lots of pictures!


90 Brittany March 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Kath- Have so much fun. I can’t wait to hear all about it!


91 Lynn March 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hey Kath! I went to South Africa 2 years ago – it turned me into a vegetarian for a year with all the game meat – kudu and warthog – they were serving so I’m interested to hear what your experience with the food will be like! Good luck with the malaria pills – almost everyone I traveled with had crazy dreams on them (I didn’t) – we called them “Malarone Dreams” (sung to the tune of Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen”) Bon Voyage!!!


92 Sara B. March 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Have fun Kath!


93 Emma March 14, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Hi Kath,

I’m usually a “quiet reader” and rarely comment, but I follow your blog almost every day.

I hope you will have a wonderful trip to Kenya! My boyfriend spent his childhood in Kenya and Tanzania, where his parents were as UN diplomats, and he always speaks fondly of his time there. The Masai Mara/Serengeti National Park is also one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to myself. I’m sure after your trip you will feel like you want to go back and explore more of the beautiful country one day… 😉

Wishing you a safe trip, and looking forward to reading about your travels.


94 Jenna March 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm

The malaria pill is gross, isn’t it?! I had a huge bottle of water ready each time I took one so I could chug away that horrible taste!

Have a safe trip.


95 Mariposa March 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm

enjoy the trip!!!! i cant wait to see all the pics of the adventures!


96 Meg March 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Wishes for a safe trip!


97 Erin March 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Kath, I know you’re in Amsterdam about now, so have an absolutely fabulous fabulous time in Africa!!!


98 Lara (Thinspired) March 14, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Best wishes for a SAFE and FUN trip!!!


99 Caroline March 15, 2009 at 12:30 am

Love all the colors in your oatmeal bowl!

Wishing you safe travels!


100 Mary Beth March 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

ohh that oatmeal looks supper yummy!! I don’t have a Great Harvest in my area do they ship any of their products? or could you recommend me and good oatmeal thats healthy I’m trying to experiment with my oatmeal


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