Jumping Off The Wagon

Is it vital that you stay on the healthy eating wagon every second of every day? It's not!

We all do it. Here's my story of falling off the wagon. More like jumping off and rolling around for awhile. Darin and I just returned home from our 2 year anniversary trip. I have decided to not eat for at least 6 weeks. That sums up the trip. 

Keep in mind that I don't eat large quanities. I'm just not good at it. I am certain that we both ate enough to last us weeks. Here's a perfect rundown. 

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We started in Charleston, South Carolina. We were so excited to stay in an awesome Airbnb. Check out Brett and Shannon if you ever need a place in Charleston! The location is perfect and has some cool little bars and restaurants within walking distance. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1121648

We researched many restaurants and decided on several of the top ones. S.N.O.B., Slightly North of Broad was fantastic. I had a Pork Chop and Darin had Shrimp and Grits. Both were great.

Our S.N.O.B. dinner. Great cocktails too!  http://snobcharleston.com/

Our S.N.O.B. dinner. Great cocktails too! http://snobcharleston.com/

The next day we decided to check out Poogan's Porch for brunch. My friend, Warren suggested it and it was remarkable. I had the breakfast platter and Darin ate a grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich. BUT.. the best thing was the Fried Green Tomatoes. I don't even like tomatoes. Really, I could have eaten baskets of those. It can be a bit pricey, so we were happy that we tried it at brunch. I could eat a basket of fried green tomatoes right now actually. I'm only on day two of the trip and we both have already eaten enough calories for a week.  Whatever. Tomorrow will be better. 

Poogan's Porch pimento cheese sandwich with a fried egg, spinach and tomatoes and a side of duck fat fried potatoes.  https://www.poogansporch.com/

Poogan's Porch pimento cheese sandwich with a fried egg, spinach and tomatoes and a side of duck fat fried potatoes. https://www.poogansporch.com/

The next part of our eat-across-the-carolinas landed us in Asheville, North Carolina. Big mistake. Tomorrow will not be better. Tomorrow will contain more eating and more eating. We should have skipped Charleston all together and gone straight to Asheville. It was a wonderful city! We both fell in love immediately. I of course, fit right in with the hippie, healthier vibe. Darin fit PERFECTLY into the brewery and cycling vibe. We pulled up to our Airbnb and we started sweating a bit. It looked "different." But once inside, it was lovely. With the new mindset of less food from now on, we failed immediately. Darin began riding his mountain bike each day while I slept in with my food coma. I did visit The Biltmore House one day. (Which is an entirely other post!) I managed to not eat while there thankfully. I did accidentally join a family for a wine tasting. The guy asked if I was with a group and I joked, "Yep, I'm with them." And the father of this group just smiled and said, "Yeah, she's with us."  Ok, so now I have a new family that likes to drink wine and I had to fit in. It was new family peer pressure. It's a real thing. I left with a bottle of wine. New daddy did not pay for it.  I enjoyed my time there.

Every meal in Asheville was phenomenal. All Souls Pizza is this quiet, wonderful pizzeria. We eat our fair amount of gourmet pizza and this has been our favorite anywhere on the planet.

I'm telling you everything that I don't like, yet loved in Asheville. I guess it's some cosmic food universe where all things are fantastic. Next place:  Hole Doughnuts. Seriously, I have no love for donuts. This is a tiny place in West Asheville where they make the donuts as you order. They really were awesome. I can appreciate the small business atmosphere and eco-friendly vibe. There was a tiny house out back as well. All I could think of was living in this awesome city, in a gorgeous tiny house, with a donut shop within ten feet. My little Haley Jane would be in paradise. 

I also do not like beer. Yes, my partner likes everything that I do not, yet somehow I end up at his choices. They usually are good though. As this list proves. Sweeten Creek Brewery was great. And we went to 400 Asheville breweries. I swear. Maybe 600. This was the only beer that I actually liked. I might drink it on occasion if I had it locally. The vibe is a bit off and it's not the fanciest place, but that was fine. They have an attached sandwich shop that was great as well. We highly recommend this place. 

Jalapeno Hot Dog at Sweeten Creek. With the best English Pea Potato Salad!

Jalapeno Hot Dog at Sweeten Creek. With the best English Pea Potato Salad!

Darin is the guy that can ride a mountain bike effortlessly. Rain, no problem. Mountain bigger than a state, easy. Drinks tons of beer, no issues. I walked up a small hill to find the non-existent bathroom once and was out of breathe. So, he mapped out several big, scenic rides and loved them all. He has already mentioned staying in Brevard, NC next time. I went with him one day and played around the city while he was riding and loved it. It had these wonderful little shops and cafes. We ate at Magpie Meat & Three and once again, it was fantastic. We did declare this our best meal of the entire trip. Which is saying a lot!  

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Sunny Point Cafe was a few blocks from our Airbnb and we passed it several times and noticed it was packed but decided against it. Finally, our last dinner and we decided to go there. If this place was in my city, I would have to get a job there for discounts on food. It was great. Darin got a Pork Chop and Potatoes with Gravy. Behold... the first salad of the trip...

Sunny Point Cafe . Finally some green!

Sunny Point Cafe. Finally some green!

Sunny Point Cafe  Tomato Basil Soup.

Sunny Point Cafe Tomato Basil Soup.

Overall, our eat-across-the-carolinas-so-we-can-gain-five-pounds was a great success. We recommend all the places mentioned. So, the point is, we had a good time and enjoyed some wonderful food, drinks and sites.  Even though we ate a TON of food, it was mainly from quality, organic places and was worth it. Darin gained at least 5 pounds, even after cycling 100 miles. I refused to get on the scale. We both are back home and back on the good eating wagons.

I (normally) try to stick to the 80/20 rule and have even pushed it up to about 90/10 recently. 90% good/10% not so much. I enjoyed the new food options and pairings. This trip reminded me of one of my friends, Tammi. She has just launched her new website and her dishes are so AWESOME! She is not afraid to try new pairings. She also cooks gluten free a lot. She would have loved this trip!

Check her out here:  https://www.forkingepic.com

My favorite from her site: https://www.forkingepic.com/gluten-free-epic-meatballs/

So, stop whining and get back on the wagon. It's okay that you fell off and rolled around awhile. We ALL do it.

I'll leave you with some of the beautiful trails. 

Big Rock in Dupont Forrest.

Big Rock in Dupont Forrest.

An actual bike trail in Dupont Forrest.

An actual bike trail in Dupont Forrest.

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Not a trail of course, but my favorite site of the trip! Live Kombucha on tap. I was SOOO jealous.

Not a trail of course, but my favorite site of the trip! Live Kombucha on tap. I was SOOO jealous.

Love, Molly