After mentally cancelling an AM run again last night, I found it funny that I woke up at 7:30 (before my alarm) with energy to exercise. I decided to stay indoors due to the fact that Matt was asleep and found the hotel fitness room, which was nothing more than a treadmill and a weight machine. I didn’t really feel like running (since I had a few days in a row) so I set the incline to 3.5 and the speed to 3.5 and walked briskly for about 20 minutes with a magazine I”d brought from home.
Then I heard rustling at the door and who walks in but Matt! For someone who’d been passed out solid at 1AM, I was surprised to find him in workout gear. He wasn’t feeling the gym and suggested we go for a run. I agreed so long as it wasn’t a very long one. I left without any form of watch, but I’m guessing we ran about 3 miles? We tried to find the beach but it was covered by houses.
We came back sweaty and red faced looking for the breakfast room. We finally found it – and the sign that said it was $12.95! I don’t know about you, but this is the first time in about 20 years of chain hotels that the breakfast hasn’t been complimentary. Cheerios and mealy apples would be enough to keep me happy! I was pretty annoyed. I had LaraBars and oatmeal packets in my room, so at least I had backup.
But we were out of time. I had to quickly shower and blog before we had to leave for the wedding brunch, so I actually didn’t have time to eat. It was OK though because there was a great breakfast at the bride’s parent’s house when we got there at 10.
They live right on the beach. Check out their backyard!
The brunch included a baked cinnamon raisin french toast, delicious eggs, bacon and fruit with a yogurt sauce. I had some of everything
And a cup of coffee
After brunch we said goodbye to many of our friends and decided to take a trip to St. Augustine with our friend Canada, aka Chris, who is from Canada! He was Matt’s college roommate for 3/4 years.
Now I consider myself to be pretty laid back when it comes to heat and hot weather, but GOSH IT IS SO HOT HERE!!! It’s the humidity more than anything. I am always soaked in sweat! So after 15 minutes of walking through historic St. Aug. we found ourselves in a cold Ale House!
Of course Matt wanted to try the micro brews
I had a sip of each along with an ice water. They were really good beers!
Once we’d cooled off, we walked around a bit more on our way to lunch.
And found this Mayan Cafe! Matt worked on an archeological site in Mexico one summer on the Yucatan so whenever we see Mayan we’re drawn in.
And I was excited to see that the whole menu was centered around fresh organic ingredients!
We actually started out on the patio and moved inside when a table opened up. Thank goodness because it was steamy out there!
Alcohol didn’t cross my mind until the owner told us about the Hibiscus Flower Sangria made with organic wine and no added sugar. SOLD! It was awesome, and definitely was not very sweet. Refreshing too. I didn’t really feel it, which makes me thing it wasn’t too strong (that’s a good thing for this lightweight!)
It came with two straws and I joked that they were to be used as chopsticks for picking up fruit!
Cheers to college!
The boys wanted some guacamole but didn’t want onion breath if it was made with raw onions. So Matt asked if it had them and the owner replied with “Nothing is pre-made so we’ll just make it for you without them.” Can’t get much fresher than that!
I ate a handful of chips with guac – it was delicious
I ordered the Yucatan Salad for lunch with mango, avocado, and mozzarella cheese. Lite and refreshing.
As usual, Matt rocked the XXXXX hot sauce
He ordered a vegetarian wrap with beans, mango, avocado, hummus, queso fresco and veggies.
We had planned to share the wrap since Matt wasn’t very hungry from brunch, and I ate about 1/4 of the wrap
It was the perfect lunch. I wish Charlotte served as many fresh ingredients as these Florida restaurants!
St. Augustine is packed with ice cream, smoothie and gelato places, and I was planning on getting one, but truthfully after lunch I was full and didn’t feel like I had much more room for an ice cream. Maybe tonight after dinner!
After some R&R we are headed into Jacksonville to meet a blog reader for dinner in San Marco!