Weekend of Food and Fun!

Warning: this post may make you drool…

As promised, here is the obligatory post of all things food that Patrick and I experienced on our short little getaway in Cincinnati this weekend. On Friday night, we headed over to Indianapolis to eat dinner with Patrick’s parents and his brother–his bro is a jazz musician on a cruise ship and is getting ready to leave on a 7-month cruise in a few weeks…super exciting! At any rate, we wanted to have a dinner with them before Peter left and Indy is on the way to Cincinnati for us, so we stopped in. They decided that we were going to eat at O’Charley’s, and I REALLY wanted to get me some of those chicken FANGERS. They are so good–but, I knew that I had saved up my 23 activity points specifically for the weekend of food to come, so I made a great choice:

salmon

Yep, that’s right, I got fish. Wildfire salmon with asparagus and rice pilaf–it was ok, but the fish was WAY too salty. I only ate about half of it. I also only ate ONE roll. If all y’all have ever been to O’Charleys, you know that their rolls are the shiznit, so yeah. I was proud of myself for this meal 🙂

Then, Cincinnati happened. lol. I ran a work event on Saturday afternoon that went really well, and to celebrate, Patrick and I visited our fave dining facility in the greater Cincinnati area: Hofbrauhaus Newport. OK if you love German food and beer and you have never been to a Hofbrauhaus, (the original is in Munich, I’ve been there too–but there are also locations in Vegas and a maybe a couple other places?) YOU HAVE TO GO. GO RIGHT NOW. Well maybe not right now but these pics may just be enough to convince you:

SCHNITZEL SANDWICH WITH FRIES AND BIER CHEESE

SCHNITZEL SANDWICH WITH FRIES AND BIER CHEESE

Mine is the baby beer next to Patrick's papa beer

Mine is the baby beer next to Patrick’s papa beer

Yeah, that’s right. I drank only one beer and got their light version, which was way way better than any generic light beer as they brew it on-site along with their other beers. They use the original recipes from Munich! Also, that schnitzel sandwich is what I always get to eat there–I mean basically it’s a German version of a fried pork tenderloin, and I’m a hoosier, so yeah…there’s that. I only ate half the sandwich and fries though because I got so stuffed!

After Hofbrauhaus, we went to the Party Source, which is one of the largest liquor stores in the country. We used to go there all the time on some occasions and it was nice to walk down memory lane/get free samples of alcohol… I mean seriously this place is amazing. We also had a pleasant surprise–there is now a brewery INSIDE the party source. So obviously we had to stay and try some beers:

8 ball

We actually got 2 flights of 4 samples each, so 8 samples total. Patrick drank most of it but I tried some…I was driving so I didn’t want to go crazy or anything. I would HIGHLY recommend this brewery to anyone if you’re visiting Cincinnati!

Then of course, we had to let all of our food and beer sit so that we could go to Graeter’s, where the best ice cream on the planet is served:

Patrick's dark chocolate truffle gelato and my cookie dough chip with whipped cream

Patrick’s dark chocolate truffle gelato and my cookie dough chip with whipped cream

Omg yum. Patrick tried their new gelato and it was ok–I think their ice cream is better. Apparently now they also have new reduced fat ice cream for us folks who are trying to lose weight, but I wasn’t interested in any of that shiz. I want the real stuff if I’m gonna splurge. It was SO. GOOD.

On Sunday, we met my friend Claire (now Dr. Claire since she completed her DMA at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music, woot woot!) for brunch. We went to Keystone, our fave mac n cheese place, but I TOTALLY forgot that they don’t serve mac n cheese until like 3pm, so we were “forced” to get brunch. Obviously it didn’t matter because look at this awesomeness:

The "Gravy Train"

The “Gravy Train”

This was sooooooooooo good that I soon forgot about my sadness over the lack of mac n cheese w/ pulled pork bbq in it (that’s the fave of mine that they make). It was a biscuit with two poached eggs on top, covered with their special goetta gravy and cheese with fried potatoes on the side. Oh em gizzle it was so good.

With all of that being said, I only managed to use all of my 23 activity points from last week and only 4 of my weekly points. I already know what the scale says because today is my new weigh-in day, but I won’t be reporting until tomorrow because I want to do the Wednesday link-up–all I have to say is that I LOVE WEIGHT WATCHERS SO MUCH. More on that tomorrow 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

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