Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIAW: Island Edition

Ah, vacation.  

I spent last week in Aruba--One Happy Island, so I'll share with you some eats from the week... What I Ate (Last) Wednesday (and the other days around Wednesday).  We ate breakfast and lunch in our own kitchen, and dinners sometimes in, often out.  In or out, I made sure I ate my vegetables. :)

Here's how it went...

We started off in typical Meredith fashion, roasting a zillion veggies for the next few days' consumption.

peppers, squash

We ate at our resort's restaurant on the first night there (I had the most delicious sesame-crusted seared tuna over arugula), and then the following night had time to prepare a proper meal at home.  The star?  Salmon!

That, plus the veggies--asparagus, sweet potato, carrots--made for a deliiiicious meal.  So filling!

The next night, we were excited to go to our favorite restaurant in Aruba: Chalet Suisse.  We go every year on my parents' anniversary, and this year was no exception.  The food was just as delicious as always. Everyone else gets steak, veal, lamb, but I picked two tasty-looking appetizers for my meal.

Dressed greens and baked goat cheese

... repeat: Baked goat cheese.

Seafood, mushrooms, creamy goodness.

White chocolate mousse, never fails.

Next night, we followed some poolside friends' recommendations to an Italian establishment called Hostaria da Vittorio.

Shrimp, Herbs, Risotto

Another restaurant (Amadeus) had a beautiful, photo-worthy dessert and table settings, too:


My mornings were far less special, but perfectly nutritious and delicious first thing in the morning.

Oatmeal, blueberries, chia,
Banana on the side

Blueberry Smoothie

What a way to wake up!!!!

Greek yogurt with blueberries,
walnuts, flax, chia, cinnamon

Omelette made to order

Of course, I had *this snack* with me, in its homemade form.

Most days for lunch, I made a salad with arugula, vegetables, and either leftover salmon (from above) or hard-boiled eggs with balsamic vinaigrette.  A light yet satisfying lunch to enjoy by the pool.

Arugula, tomato, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, salmon, eggwhites

On our last night, we went to another tried and true restaurant: the French Steakhouse at the Manchebo.  There, I did another double-appetizer order, which made me so, so happy.  Especially because one appetizer, classified as a "salad" (hah!), was screaming my name, jumping off the menu page, waiting to end up in my belly.  Can you guess what it was?



Asparagus, spinach, portobello mushroom, eggplant,
 squash, zucchini, red pepper, onion, tomato,
topped off by a cube of feta.
An all-star cast!!! 

Slightly less pretty once I got my hands on it

As if that weren't satisfying enough, my next course was just as tasty, and presented just as beautifully.

Seared cajun-style tuna steak
over greens and carrots,
with a citrus-something dressing

Because it was the last night, we couldn't pass up dessert. Something to console us as we bid farewell to paradise, and to celebrate the fun we had.

Chocolate cake. 'Nuff said.

Vanilla ice cream and.. stuff. Perty. 

Fantastic eats, all week long, made in our own kitchen and at some of our favorite restaurants.

Did you eat anything noteworthy last week?  What are you eating TODAY?  Do you also wish I were still in Aruba?  :) 

Happy Wednesday.


  1. Can we trade places?! LOL I would love to be on a beach somewhere right about now. Looks like you had a yummy, relaxing time. Check out my WIAW too if you like. ;)

  2. OMG!!! All that food looks fantastic!!! So does your views, I am officially jealous!! I wish we were both in Aruba!!

  3. What a delicious eating week!! That risotto is calling my name, I need to make some soon!

  4. I am now CRAVING seafood thanks a lot! ;-)
    Sounds like lots of fun and food!!

    1. oats (oatmeal dish above) have oats in them...

    2. whoops sorry.. that was meant to be "oats .. have gluten in them..

    3. 1. I wasn't gluten-free at this point. It was actually the very start.
      2. Those happen to be gluten-free oats, as plenty of oatmeal brands are.

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