I’m sitting here having one of those moments, what to write about? I really haven’t gone anywhere lately (the life of a coach) – but am planning so much as far as travel is concerned. Just this past weekend we booked a last-minute, Pre-Thanksgiving getaway to New England because *FINALLY* the stars aligned and hubs is going on a business trip and I can go along!
“Have you heard – There’s a rumor in St. Petersburg!” Ok – so hubs may have looked at me a bit weird when I started singing this song crossing into St. Petersburg – Florida. But Anastasia on Broadway – HELLO?! Interesting enough, as someone who has lived in Florida for the past 6 years, I had only spent one night in “St. Pete” which, after visiting this fall, I have to tell you – is sinful.
Since studying abroad in Spain, I have been enchanted by the work of Salvador Dali. If you asked my professor – she would tell you I was so overcome after seeing “The Great Masturbator” in the Reina Sofia that I passed out (this is true – but most likely it was the sangria.). Nevertheless – there is something enchanting, even haunting, about the mind of this great artist – and you
can must visit The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.
There are not a lot of places Ryan and I will drive 3 hours round-trip for when it comes to a bite to eat. Actually, there’s really only one — Palmer’s Village Cafe in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.
Also – because 1/2 anniversaries are so a thing (hey – any excuse to eat out!) I’m reminiscing on our quick morning trip up there this past New Year’s Eve.
When we got our dog a year ago we got a lot of comments along the lines of “say goodbye to your travels.” And “That dog is gonna tie you down!”
Anybody else heard that? Said that? Fear that?
I’m here to tell you something – you can travel with your pets, your life isn’t over. Exhibit A – Willy, our 80lb fur child has traveled more miles this year than a lot of kids have.
And yes – maybe this post is an attempt to share more pictures of my adorable dog – but it’s also wonderful advice. I promise. And cuteness…
Ever since I was a little girl, my Grandparents talked about the romance of New Orleans and how brunch as we know it was invented there.
Spanish food is my jam. Healthy fats, lean meats…fresh veggies. I’m also probably bias because I studied abroad there my junior year of college (Shout-out SMU in Madrid!). This recipe is a classic – you can find it in any Spanish restaurant or home, and it happens to be whole 30 approved which is a bonus for me!
I have to say – and this may surprise you – but I was an incredibly picky eater before going to Spain, I was a lot more shy and reserved before the trip that really changed my life. I went there with a no holds barred perspective, traveled all over the country and to 7 other countries! I learned this phrase there that I’ve really adopted as my mantra –
No pasa nada.
It means no worries [for the rest of your days] or “it’s all good.” So that’s what I did in Spain. Eat rabbit? No pasa nada. Mushrooms? No pasa nada. Get stuck in Italy with no money – that’s another story – No pasa nada.
This followed through with cooking, where my host mom, Maria – though I called her “Mamita” – taught me this recipe. And here I am, cooking it just about monthly and sharing with you, 7 years later! So that said, these measurements aren’t quiet exact…It’s more you go with what feels right. And that’s ok! I mean, it is kinda hard to screw up potatoes…Right?
Tortilla de Patatas
Serves 4 (double the recipe and use a 10″ pan).
- 4 russett potatoes about the size of your palm
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup(ish) EVOO
- 2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
- 7″ frying pan with lid or cover
- Plate that’s larger than the pan – crucial!
Start by covering the bottom of the pan and then a little more with the olive oil on medium heat. Peel your potatoes (note: they must be russett or Idaho potatoes, the other kinds won’t hold up) and slice then paper thin – Mamita said you should be able to see the light through them – and add to the pan spreadinf evenly and laying them flat.
Once all potatoes are in, stir to coat them in the olive oil in the pan and cover and let steam for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Stir them about every 5 minutes so they look like scalloped potatoes but don’t fry. You’ll know when they are done when they are hard enough to keep their shape but you could eat them (if you can easily mash you’ve gone too far).
Remove the potatoes from the heat and scramble the eggs in a large bowl. Carefully with a slotted spoon (leaving the excess oil in the pan) place the potatoes into the eggs. Return the pan to the burner and crank the heat to high with the remaining oil, making sure there’s not excess pooling in the bottom (dry with paper towel if needed).
While the pan heats, season the eggs and potato mixture with the salt and onion powder. Stir it all together so the eggs coat all the potatoes.
Return the egg and potato mixture to the pan and spread it out flat like a cake (that’s what tortilla means in Spanish!). Let sear for 3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Pro tip: You can lift up the sides and drain off some of the liquid egg into the sides so all parts cook.
Now the fun part! Take your plate, put it over your frying pan – make sure the edges cover! – and flip the tortilla onto the plate! Then carefully and quickly slide it to return to the pan. It should look like this:
Let cook for about 2 more minutes and then slide back onto the used plate (if you intend to eat it all) or a fresh plate and serve immediately.
It’s really good warm or cold, it tastes pretty mild so we like to eat it for breakfast or a 1/2 slice for a pre or post workout to get that protein and carbs in. Keeps for about a week in the fridge!
Having a significant other who travels for a living can sometimes be the pitts. It means dinners alone, unexplained absenses and disappointed looks from people at friendly gatherings. But…it also means cherished quality time and unique experiences. And you know what? It doesn’t suck.
Since Ryan travels on a weekly basis, he has this mystical thing that those of us with non-travel jobs can only dream about. “Elite Status.” So, when weekends lead to me working and a random work schedule, we decided to take advantage of this and I came along! And let me tell you, traveling with a spouse on business is AMAZING!
You get to stand on the fancy carpet and you’re not lying.
That’s right, front of like access and a built in express pass.
Breakfast is complimentary
Hotels like to take care of their frequent visitors, so often it’s actually pretty cheap when I come along because since he’s working I get to take in the perks! Like free breakfast.
Today doesn’t suck y’all.
I’m not sitting at home fretting about dirty dishes, undone laundry or wedding chores. It’s a welcome, productive break.
The best part of going on these journeys? I get to welcome my man home with open arms…and I don’t even have to worry about laundry. It’s a great way for us to have uninterrupted time together!
So, ladies and gents. Get on the business trip bandwagon. Mooch the amenities. It makes your time together so special.
We are staying at the Marriott Resort: Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Florida. I was not paid by the resort but highly recommend it!