The Palace

October 20, 2009

Wow are we impressed with the Wingate Inn!! Don’t know if it’s in contrast to our frontier hotels from the past two nights or what, but everything here is so nice! The fluffy bed with down pills, the citrus-smelling shampoo and soap, the towels that smell like clean laundry, the extensive continental breakfast. Definitely recommend this hotel!

The past two nights we have debated exercising in the morning, but we’ve had to be up so early anyways that would have meant a 5AM wake-up and we decided it wasn’t worth it. We have plenty of time to exercise the rest of the week :)

So we roused and went down for breakfast.

I decided I was in the mood for cereal when I saw they had some whole grain options. I got a packet of Total Raisin Bran and some Cheerios. Plus a banana

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And – some old fashioned peanut butter. Folks, trans-fats will not hurt you in a tablespoon portion a few times a year.

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My bowl was delish

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But not the mooooost filling. I think something about hot thick oats makes them stick to your ribs!

The coffee was rather meh, so I’m keeping my eye out at the airport.

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Gotta get there soon – our flight leaves at 8:45 and we should be back in Charlotte by 5PM if all goes well. Lunch will be in Minneapolis and hopefully our hour layover (almost wrote hangover!) will be enough time to grab something hot. Otherwise the snack bag it is!

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1 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 20, 2009 at 8:37 am

I love a good hotel stay. Then again, maybe I just love vacations.

Have a safe flight!

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2 Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 20, 2009 at 8:37 am

Glad to hear you are enjoying your hotel! Can’t go wrong with Honey Nut O’s!!! ;)

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3 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

Good luck getting home! I’ve never been a fan of peanut butter in cold cereal; I think I miss the melt

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4 kay (eating machine) October 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

yay for good hotels!
and your trans fat statement made me smile :-)

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

Maybe you will develop a hangover after the layover? Just a thought. :)

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6 Biz October 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

Have a great trip home! :D

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7 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

haha i have the SAME theory on hot oats sticking to you to keep you full longer!! the cereal sounds good, though–i haven’t had cheerios in too long!

have a great time!

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8 Christa @ Antz on a Blog October 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

Nothing is better than a good hotel stay!

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9 Ahna October 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

There is a place called French Meadow in the MSP airport. If it’s anything like it’s non-airport counterpart in Mpls, it should be pretty tasty, give you lots of healthy options AND have excellent coffee.

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10 Heather October 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love a mixture of cereals – so good! Have a safe trip back – hopefully no delays.

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11 Leianna October 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

Cereal never holds me over eaither! Have a safe flight and enjoy an hour in my favorite city: MSP!

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12 Cara (Cara Craves...) October 20, 2009 at 8:57 am

You can never go wrong with good ol’ fashion cereal!

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13 Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

Breakfast looks so good.. It is weird sometimes cereal hold me over sometimes it doesn’t!

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14 Sarah October 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

Traveling can make you feel like you have a hangover sometimes, ha ha. Glad you had a nice stay and I definitely agree about cereal, it just doesn’t do it for me the way oats do ;-)

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15 MelissaNibbles October 20, 2009 at 9:04 am

Never had pb in cold cereal. I can’t imagine it would mix well.

Have a safe trip!

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16 skinnyrunner October 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

have a safe, quick flight home! you can always find a healthy alternative even when the selection isn’t awesome, good for you!

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17 christie, honoring health October 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

Travel safe!

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18 Runeatrepeat October 20, 2009 at 9:07 am

Thank you for the comment about the PB. I hate when I people think it’s the end of the world when you eat something once or twice a year! There are a lot of worse things :)

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19 Diana October 20, 2009 at 9:08 am

Have a safe flight! :)

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20 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life October 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

I love cereal, but since it’s gotten cold out, I’ve been a huge fan of oatmeal :)

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21 Holly October 20, 2009 at 9:17 am

safe travels ms. kath and mr. matt!

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22 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 20, 2009 at 9:27 am

I love Cheerios with banana! It’s one of my favorite meals! I usually have a glass of milk with it to make it more filling!

Have a safe flight home!

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23 Maggie October 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

Have a safe trip home! The Minneapolis airport has great food options–not just McDonald’s and Panda Express for once :)

Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve loved seeing all the gorgeous pictures of Montana–and the yummy-looking beers!

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24 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

i love cheerios – takes me back to my childhood! i’ve neve put peanut butter in my cereal though! have a safe flight, kath.

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25 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) October 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

Something about that little tiny peanut butter pack is adorable lol. :)

Jenn

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26 Stacey October 20, 2009 at 9:57 am

I have YET to find a good coffee! Anything you recommed (since you are becoming a coffee-tista, haha)?? I’m glad your hotel experience was a good one! Hope you have a safe flight back :)

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27 Shane October 20, 2009 at 10:02 am

Seconding the French Meadow in the MSP airport! So good.

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28 Gabriela October 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

I love continental breakfasts because you can always have something you never buy at home…surprised the PB has trans fats though, even though it definitely is ok once in a blue moon! Have a safe flight!

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29 jess October 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

I think Wingate has always been one of my favorite hotels. The first time I stayed there, I never wanted to leave the bed :)

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30 Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com October 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

Ah, I love staying in nice hotels. One of life’s best frills. :-) Have a safe trip home!

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31 Mama Pea October 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

If hangover really lasted for only an hour, I’d be drinking like a fish…er…a Bocker bear.

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32 Simone @ P:T October 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

bleh coffee is the worst (then again, I work in a high class coffee shop so I am really picky..unless it is 4am or something and then there is no way my tastebuds are awake enough to care)….BUT, yay for great hotels and breakfast buffets!!! Have a safe trip home!

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33 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) October 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

You should stop at French Meadow Bakery Cafe – it is my favorite in MPLS airport! It serves fresh, organic foods!

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34 Julie October 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

Happy travels! I am going to miss the MT pictures…can you tell I have become obsessed with MT?

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35 Tay October 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

Very true. Trans fats are ugly, but honestly, enjoy them once and a while! haha

Have a wonderful day!

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36 Amanda October 20, 2009 at 10:59 am

Thanks for the totally sane perspective on exercise and trans-fats!! Caitlin mentioned something the other day about taking a look at your health from a larger scope, not a day-to-day “good” or “bad”. It’s really something that I’m working on, too!

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37 Meg October 20, 2009 at 11:37 am

I love that outlook on trans fat – everything in moderation, trans fats included. Plus – what’s a breakfast without nut butter?! Not breakfast at all! ;)

Enjoy your day, and have a safe flight!
Meg

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38 Hallie (Healthy Twists) October 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

I wish cereal was more filling! I think it’s best as a crunchy snack, or I need to have it with yogurt and flaxseed to keep me full for any length of time.

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39 Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 20, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hope you have a very safe trip back!! What an awesome vacation/ business trip :O)

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40 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Have a safe trip home Kath! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip. :)

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41 Mellissa October 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Waving at my desk! I will add another vote for French Meadow :)

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42 alyssa October 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Just read your “tweet” – CONGRATS! :)

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43 Jenna October 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

i love when hotels have a god breaky! have a great day traveling!
jenna

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44 Rachel October 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Just read your twitter status! Congrats!!!

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45 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

glad you liked your hotel – a nice one makes a difference!

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46 on the rocks October 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Sounds like a successful trip!

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47 Brynne October 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Those are the peanut butter packets our dining halls have! They are huge trans-fat fans! :(

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48 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I can only eat cereal as a snack for that very reason. Otherwise I’m a snacking machine about 30 minutes after breakfast.

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49 BroccoliHut October 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I totally would have loaded up on the whole grain cereals–I am that annoying chick who stuffs her purse (or her mother’s) with fruit and cereal at the free breakfast bar:)

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50 maria October 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I agree. After getting used to eating oatmeal so much more often, cereal just doesn’t cut it most of the time now!

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