Hi everyone! We are finally back from our long weekend trip to South Lake Tahoe and Reno. You would think in May that California would be all about sunshine and “most” people would choose to vacation in the sunshine (except The Husband). I actually did not believe the weather people when they told us all week long that it would rain and snow in Lake Tahoe…..I mean, it’s been in the 70’s & 80’s with sunshine for over a month now.
Well….as we started driving up the hill on Friday morning, it was pretty apparent that I would just “have to” believe those weather people after all. LOL
The view from our hotel was pretty amazing, but, it also showed that this storm wasn’t going to be passing through any time soon.
I finally had to give in and realize (although The Husband offered to be a super trouper, bundle up and go for it!) that our usual Bike Ride along the lake and hike to Eagle lake was just not going to happen this time.
So, what’s a girl to do? Ummmmm, go shopping at Pier 1 since there wasn’t really much else to do.
I couldn’t resist these cute tasting party cups….Any ideas for using them? I thought for condiments at a BBQ, soups, ice cream, slushes……
Snack Bowls that are perfectly sized.
I am always portioning out my food in 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup portions so why not make it fun with these cute bowls!
The Husband picked out these super cool glasses for water and some masks for our Masquerade party we are going to next weekend (pictures coming up next week when we are in our full costumes).
After shopping, we decided to head over on to the movies to watch The Five Year Engagement. If any of you are wondering if you should watch it or not, I say not ~ I left the movie mad LOL.
To keep my popcorn portions in check, I opted for the Kids Meal (3 cups movie popcorn without butter is 4 points+ and the fruit snack is 2 points+ (I saved that for later).
Although I did snap pictures of everything I ate even if I eating mindfully (listening to when I was full and stopping without fretting over the points+ value), I decided to just highlight a few of my favorite things.
Before heading out, I packed up snacks for us to take with us ~ fruit, nuts, crackers, cheese and 2 points+ bars…..I am still IN LOVE with these berries!
The absolute best sandwiches in South Lake Tahoe are at a place called The Yellow Sub (I always insert Submarine when I say it).
Fresh baked sour dough topped with ham, cheese, pineapple, AVOCADO, lettuce, onions, salt, pepper, herbs and red wine vinegar.
It’s pretty amazing ~ salty, sweet, cheese, tangy, crunchy on top of chewy sour dough.
The other reason I LOVE Yellow Sub ~ They serve up Pop Chips!
If you ever want to have a delicious salad bar for a meal, head on over to Chart House.
Every meal comes with hot homemade bread and crackers. Their brown bread tastes just like that Trader Joe’s FF Multi-Grain bread I used to get.
I am sure most people go to Chart House for steak, but, I go for their Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. It is so tender (and not fishy ~ for those like me who do not like cooked fish) and it literally melts in your mouth.
It’s topped with a warm peanut sauce with a hint of Frangelico, mango relish,
soy glaze drizzle & served with Asian green beans
On Saturday we decided to head over to Reno to see if the weather was any better.
I am totally replicating this Spicy Chorizo Lentil Soup.
Served up with the Caprese Salad I am completed addicted to at the moment.
Vine ripened tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese served over mixed greens with a honey mustard vinaigrette, Pesto, balsamic vinegar, & avocado
On our way back into town, we totally planned it just so we could hit up another Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives location in Truckee, Ca.
They completely won my heart over with this appetizer. I actually think this dish goes down as the BEST eggroll I’ve ever had.
Thai Cashew Chicken Spring Rolls with a sweet chili sauce and pickled cucumber salad.
I sampled The Husband’s Mac & Cheese ~ it was just OK to me and I decided I’d rather save my stomach for the burger we ordered to share.
Not just any burger ~ this BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger was so incredibly juicy with a crunchy, salty crust that melted into their homemade BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese. As if that wasn’t enough they went ahead and put applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion straws, lettuce tomato and onion on top of super soft homemade bun.
I am so glad we decided to split this burger because it was so big you could barely get your mouth around it. The BEST part was being able to actually taste every single flavor.
I’d totally go back just for this burger……
And their sweet potato fries that I only had enough room for half. I would’ve totally eaten them all if I had room
As much as I probably should’ve counted and tracked everything this weekend, I can say it was all 100% worth it for all the working out I am going to have to do this week to make up for it!
Sometimes you just have to live a little, enjoy life, forget the points+ and have a FOOD-I-CATION!
The good thing is my body is telling me it’s time to get back on track and into my routine tomorrow. I will be back tomorrow with my dailies and this week’s mini menu!
Have you ever visited any Diners, Drive-Inn and Dive locations? If so, where did you go and what did you order?
I’ve been to just two so far ~ Burger Me! and now Jax at the Tracks! I cannot wait to try more.