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Bad News, Good News, and more Good News

Sorry for being absent, yet again. We have been dealing with job chaos (yep, I still have way too many), and family emergencies.

The Bad News: On Thursday, Chase’s grandma (we all call her Nan) had a stroke. Nan is the most amazing person. She is one of the first people I ever met in Chase’s family and she has treated me like one of her grandkids from Day 1. My grandparents have been rather absent from my life, so I actually feel like Nana is mine, too!

The good news is that Nan has been a total CHAMP and she is doing much better now. She is stable and complaining about when she gets to go home–YAY! We are headed to St. Louis in a couple of days and I cannot wait to see Nan and give her the biggest hug EVER.

The more good news is that Chase and I were able to make a quick jaunt up to Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Whenever we head up there, we stay at the same place:

(Chateau Inn and Suites)

Strangely enough, we have never been to the Jersey Shore when it has actually been “beach” weather. Instead we like to go in the off season, when everything is quiet and we get to stay in a swanky inn for next to nothing.

We go to stay in a parlor room!

I have always wanted a parlor!

The fireplace was also amazing. I am dying to have a fireplace! It’s the small things, right?

We meandered to downtown Ocean Grove (which is adorable) and grabbed lunch at a tiny apothecary turned lunchenette called Nagles.

We even were able to sit by the old glass medicine bottles.

Meanwhile, Chase got blinded by the light.

When I started eating Paleo almost 6 months ago, I worried that eating out would be a beast. However, I have found it to be relatively easy, especially since I am lately obsessed with grilled chicken and salads.

This beauty had pears, cranberries and chicken–I. Die. Who would have thought a tiny diner-ish spot would have the most amazing salad ever. I am debating on making the 2 hour drive on a daily basis to get this salad.

Later on our visit, we found another dining gem in Asbury Park. It was a Spanish/Portuguese place called Ole.

Chase totally got into the Spanish spirit.

Don’t let the smile fool you, I was busy thinking “Feed me…now!”

While I am usually not a big appetizer person, we ordered plantains with guacamole. Oh. My. Word. It was insane.

Side Note: Whenever a restaurant has those white paper sheet things as tablecloths, I always feel compelled to write on them. To the right you will find my list of things to do in St. Louis. I lovelovelove St. Louis.

While I was busy coloring on the table, Chase was playing with his food. Yes, my friends, we are officially 5-years-old. This is why we fit. πŸ™‚

And, for the record, I ordered yet another grilled chicken salad.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? This lovely had caramelized onions, tomatoes and pine nuts–Amazing.

On our quick little trip, we also made time to watch this rather abysmal movie:

Um, yeah, maybe don’t see this move. However, Aziz Ansari was hilarious.

Have you seen any super lame movies lately?Β  Do you have a favorite “go-to” restaurant meal? Anyone else on the grilled chicken salad train? I am the conductor on that train. For real.


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

26 responses »

  1. Sorry to hear about Chase’s grandma but glad to hear she’s doing ok! Looks like you guys had a fabulous weekend!

  2. I’m so glad to hear that she is okay. I hope she stays on the up&up. A positive attitude is always a HUGE help! ….You two must have had an amazing time together after being apart- those plantains are calling my name. I’ve never had them before but that looks AWESOME!

    • You are the best, Julie! πŸ™‚ Also, you would love plantains, I just know it! The way the restaurant cooked them made them a perfect combination between a little bit banana and a little bit sweet potato chip–amazing!

  3. It looks like you and Chase had a fun weekend. I’m glad to hear that his Nan is doing better! I wish I were on the grilled chicken salad train. I have been eating lots of comfort food recently studying, so I could really use some greens! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Pam! Comfort food is so necessary when studying, especially when it is freezing cold outside! There is a time and a place for veggies and I am sure you will get back to that place soon! πŸ™‚

  4. We saw “The Big Year” recently….and while we THOUGHT it was going to be lame, we actually LOVED it!!!

    Glad Nan is on the mend too.

  5. I’m pretty random on my restaurant ordering. I like to try new things, but I always ask a LOT of questions because I don’t like most sauces/dressings/I guess condiments in general. Looks like a fun trip! I love the plantains with guac. What a great combo! I’d never thought of putting those things together. Not that I’m crazy about plantains but they basically make them every day in the DR so I’ve had my share. Of course, the best way to eat them is fried because then they almost taste like potatoes! πŸ™‚

  6. St. Louis is really fun. I LOVED going to the City Museum. Lame movie I saw semi-recently: Hot Tub Time Machine.

    • The City Museum is amazing! Chase and I went there 7 years ago and we are dying to go back–it is like being a kid again!

      And I have no comment about Hot Tub Time Machine…the title says it all, right? πŸ˜‰

  7. I’m glad Chase’s grandmother is doing better! I haven’t seen any awful movies lately, but I recently watched Friends with Benefits and it was so cute. In my opinion, it was much better than No Strings Attached and much funnier.

  8. A B&B in Spring Lake is one of my most memorable vacations ever! It is so peaceful and beautiful there, even in July when we went it was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever had! It definitely taught me that you don’t have to go too far to have a relaxing beach vacation!

    • I cannot believe just how relaxing it is up there! I feel like I haven’t taken full advantage of the closeness of the Shore! Chase an I meant to plan a trip there this summer, but totally failed to do so! I am glad you share my love for Spring Lake!

  9. Thoughts with Chases grandma (although it sounds like she is made of strong stuff!).
    I dont really have a restaurant default meal… although anything to do with goats cheese tend to speak to me pretty direct!

    • Thanks, dearest Emmy! Nan is tough stuff! πŸ™‚

      I think one of the only things I miss about my pre-Paleo days is goat cheese. I have been trying tiny bits to see how my stomach handles it….so far so good! πŸ™‚

  10. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    I’m glad chase’s grandma is better!

    It looks like you had a great time and the plantains with guacamole look out of this world good! I need to get some of that! πŸ™‚

  11. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    I’m on the salad train in general! Whenever I go to a restaurant, I’ll find a way to order a salad and talk my way into adding all types of funky toppings.

    You can be the conductor if I can be the caboose 8)

  12. Grilled chicken salad is usually the safest bet!!

  13. So sorry to hear about the family emergency, but glad she is doing better! Also, looks like a fun little trip! Plantains with guacamole sound delish πŸ™‚

  14. Sorry to hear about your Nan.. praying for a speady recovery!

    I love going to trips! Looks like a ton of fun πŸ™‚

    By the way, we totally act like we are 5 too! It’s all about having fun!

  15. Honestly, I thought Friends with benefits was pretty lame, but that may just be me!

    Looks like a super fun little trip and both those salads look refreshing aka I WANT!

    Nan is in my thoughts and prayers!!

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about Nan but glad she is recovering well! I don’t blame her for wanting to get home ASAP! I hope she continues to heal quickly!

    That salad with the pine nuts and caramelized onions looks ridiculous! I want, I need! πŸ™‚ Looks like you two had a great time. Also, have you tried the plantain chips from TJ’s?? Next time you stop there you HAVE to try them! My mom sends us 5 or 6 bags in every box we get from her. πŸ™‚

  17. sorry to hear about his grandma…thats tough but she sounds strong!!

    i LOVE, more than anything. have u been to miami? ohhhh man they serve plantains in so many different ways its awesome!!


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