Hi friends! Happy hump day! After getting back from vacation late Monday night and spending all last night unpacking, doing laundry, and rubbing aloe lotion all over my sunburned legs (oh yes), I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. Thank goodness!
I don’t know about you, but there is something nice about getting back into your routine. Vacation is always so fun and leaving is always awful, but coming home, seeing Fabio and Jack, and sleeping in my own bed has been really nice as well. It’s called vacation for a reason after all!
For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, allow me to show you all the great things I ate/drank on vacation in Punta Cana!
Alriiiight, let’s get this party started (Pink, anyone?).
I want to preface this post by explaining that my friends and I stayed in an all-inclusive resort. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of hotel, everything, including all our food and drinks, was free. We literally did not spend one dime on food, except for the night we went to the Italian restaurant and wanted a nicer bottle of wine. But otherwise, it was all free. Woohoo!
The only downside to this type of resort is that usually the food is not all that great. Although this resort had better food than most all-inclusive places I’ve stayed at, it still relied heavily on a buffet and had very few healthy options. Bummer.
I generally tried to eat as healthy as I could, while still enjoying a few treats along the way (pretty much my motto in life). I think I was pretty successful!
So, without further ado, here’s what I ate on vacation!
The breakfast buffet at the resort had a ton of choices, but my standard breakfast looked something like this:
An omelet with tomatoes, cheese, onions, green peppers, and ham
Whole wheat toast
Some type of “treat” (e.g., small waffle, chocolate muffin, croissant, hash brown, etc.)
There were some cereal and yogurt options that probably would have been fine, but I really liked the omelet station where you could choose your ingredients. Yummmm.
The lunch buffet was really good and in addition to a ton of delicious pre-made options, it had a grill where a chef made ready-to-order chicken or pork. The chicken was perfectly marinated and I had it each day for lunch. There was one day where I opted for fresh paella instead of the chicken, which was really good as well.
For my sides I usually chose beans and rice (SO good!) and some combo of veggies. On the particular day pictured above, I had roasted potatoes, carrots, green beans, and cucumbers and tomatoes with balsamic. Sorta random, but that tends to happen to me at buffets. I go a little crazy!
The resort had a ton of different restaurants to choose from, and during our stay we ate at the International restaurant (mixed variety of foods), the Mexican restaurant, the Dominican restaurant, and the Italian restaurant.
Up first: International.
This night I ordered a lobster bisque to start (more like lobster soup- it wasn’t very good) and then ordered chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and spinach for my entree. It was served on a bed of mashed potatoes with a few carrots and string beans on the side. It was delicious but rather large and I only ate half of the chicken. You can bet there wasn’t a smidge of mashed potatoes left on my plate though. They were awesome.
Second night: Mexican.
The Mexican restaurant started us out with delicious hot chips served with queso, guacamole, and salsa. YUM!!
For my entree I chose the fajitas which came with a combination of steak, pork, and chicken. I shared this meal with my friend Catrina who ordered the chicken tacos. Everything was delicious!
Third night: Dominican.
I honestly can’t really remember what I ate this night, except that it was grilled chicken on a bed of brown rice. I think there was some seafood in the rice as well. I guess this is what happens when you start off dinner with too many cocktails and some really delicious bread…the appetite for your entree sort of dwindles.
Case in point…
Yep. The bread was that good.
Fourth/last night: Italian.
The food at the Italian restaurant was probably the best we ate all week. Everything tasted phenomenal and I’m so glad we saved it for last. We wound up ordering a plate of fettuccine carbonara for the table to share, and then I ordered shrimp risotto for my appetizer (unpictured- oops!).
For my main meal I chose chicken in sun-dried tomatoes which tasted more like chicken parmesan with regular tomato sauce to me. It was really good, but not as good as the two pastas were.
Sorry for the awful picture!!
Finally, on our last day, we had lunch at the airport and I chose Wendy’s. It was a hungover-sunburned-sad-that-we-have-to-go-home kind of day, and Wendy’s seemed like the only solution.
At least it tasted good!
What we drank
At the beginning of our trip, we mostly drank gin & tonics. While they’re not my favorite drinks, they got the job done. After the first day we switched to rum and cokes since (duh) the Caribbean is known for its rum.
We also drank a lot of Mama Juana shots, which are made up of honey, red wine, and rum (woah). During the day we’d sip on a few beers or daiquiri drinks, but we didn’t go too wild and mostly just had a ton of water. We were saving our strength for the evening! Haha!