My long weekend definitely measured up to standards. Texas weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend – in the upper 60s and mid-70s. Being a northern girl, the sunshine most certainly did not go unappreciated by me.
On Saturday, some Ithaca College girls and I decided to get together and check out Ramen Tatsu-Ya, which is arguably Austin’s most ‘famous’ ramen restaurant. It’s funny – before moving here, I didn’t even know ramen restaurants were a thing. I’m picturing the $0.79 Maruchan ramen packets you see at the grocery store.
The ramen was a total game changer. After waiting in a line around the building for about 30 minutes, we were seated in the tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant and were seated. I totally drained my bowl.. a creamy, salty, noodley bowl of flavor. The soft boiled egg was the best part!
Sunday morning was my usual Corepower yoga class, followed by a mid-morning snack at Whole Foods. Second breakfast? Early lunch? Whatever you want to call it, I refueled with nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and a soup container filled with all my favorites – quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes, salmon, nuts and beets.
I guess I was on a roll with eating out this weekend. After stopping at Trader Joe’s (yes, after Whole Foods, haha), I stopped in to My Fit Foods to use my $3 off a meal coupon. My Fit Foods is an Austin-based company that offers healthy meals and snacks to go (think food prep & tupperware), as well as a ’21 day challenge.’
Although I was tempted by the salmon dishes, I wanted to pick up something I wouldn’t usually get for myself. I got ‘Fit Nuggets‘ — almond & flax crusted chicken — with green beans and a cauliflower mash. I was really happy with it! Next time I go back, I think I’ll try the salmon, gumbo or quinoa chili .. see if it inspires me to recreate it.
This weekend was also very heavy on kombucha consumption. I went hiking with a friend on Saturday, and bought the Guava flavor as a treat. That spurred a mini kombucha obsession – I couldn’t stop!
Monday, my office was closed and I made the most of my day off. I slept in a bit, went to a 9:45 Body Pump class (new release review coming soon!), stopped at the grocery store, cleaned & wrapped up a few chores.
Then, I drove about 30 miles to the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets. Yes, that’s TWO outlet malls for the price of one. It was an absolutely beautiful day to walk around outside, and I came home with some pretty sweet deals:
I got new Nikes for $43! They’re soooo comfortable and look really cute. I’m very happy with them! I also scored two pairs of Vans low-tops for $43 … hooray for having kids’ sized feet! : ) : )
After the outlets, I prepped both lunch and dinner for the week and did a load of laundry. After a busy, productive and sunshine-filled weekend, it’s safe to say I slept like a BABY .. in my fresh, clean sheets.
- Have you ever eaten at a ramen restaurant?
- What’s the best deal you’ve scored lately?