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A Trip to the Food Truck Park

Food trucks are a new trend here in Atlanta, and a Food Truck Park recently opened. Every time we would drive through Atlanta, we would see it and talk about how we wanted to try it out.

A couple of weeks ago, we got our chance! Joe surprised me by taking a day off work and planning a trip to the Food Truck Park for lunch! He had checked out the park’s website beforehand and discovered that they had a good selection of vegetarian foods for me. I was so excited!

It was fun wandering around, trying to decide what we wanted to eat. There really was a good vegetarian selection (including one completely vegan truck), and I ended up with a burrito bowl.

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Joe had a crab cake sandwich.

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And, Lucy got peanut butter and jelly.

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We managed to find an empty bench where we could eat. It was pretty busy, especially considering we had arrived fairly early.

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For dessert, we got cupcakes! Yum! It was such a fun trip, and we can’t wait to go back and try new menu items!

Farmers Market Basket #1

I am finally back! Whew. I thought I had avoided the stomach bug that hit Joe and Lucy, but it was determined not to let me get away. Thankfully, it waited until after my grandpa’s memorial service (I’ll have to share some pictures from our weekend with my whole family later).

This week, I got my first Farmers Market Basket. Actually, I got it the day before I got sick. So, I haven’t had a chance to use much of it yet, though Lucy has gone through almost all the bananas! I think these regular baskets will last me two weeks, so my plan is to get two a month for now.

I know you all want to see the goodies. Right?? Here they are:

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I seriously could not be more excited. Here’s a breakdown of what I got:

  • 1 bunch of lettuce
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bag of apples
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 4 oranges
  • 4 kiwi
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 8 red potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • I actually swapped out two limes for two extra red potatoes, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t. I didn’t realize I needed that to make salsa! Oh well. I’ll pick up either a lime or some lime juice from the store.

    So, what am I planning to do with my haul? I think I’m going to make up a salad tonight using the lettuce, spinach, half the onion and the cucumber. This weekend, I hope to use the tomatoes, extra onion and pepper to make salsa (never done this before, and I’m excited about it) and guacamole. We LOVE snacking on chips with salsa and guacamole. I’m also probably going to cut up the cantaloupe tonight.

    The red potatoes will be used either for lunches or dinners, as will the green beans, and the fruit (aside from the bananas Lucy pigged out on) will be good for snacks.

    I’m anxious to see what my next basket will hold!

    Pizza Party

    I just realized I never blogged about our trip last month to see how pizza is made! We went to Big Pie in the Sky with our mom’s group, and it was a lot of fun.

    They make HUGE pizzas there. The slices were SO big.

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    We got to help put cheese on one of the pizzas. Lucy didn’t want to touch it, so I put the cheese on for her.

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    Afterward, we got to eat. :) The restaurant hadn’t opened yet, so we had the place to ourselves. Lucy and I hung out with her future husband, Grant, and his mommy.

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    A certain someone LOVES her some pizza!

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    That was one of the most fun field trips I’ve been on with the group. Hopefully, we’ll get to do something like that again soon.

    Take Me Out to the Ballgame

    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go to a baseball game again and sit in regular seats. Not after sitting in the plush *front row* seats at an Atlanta Braves game.

    Joe got a set of four corporate tickets for last Sunday’s game, so we invited our friends Jon and Michelle and planned for a fun night in a corporate suite, which is where we have been when we’ve gotten other corporate tickets. Boy, were we wrong.

    When I checked our tickets on our way down to the stadium, I noticed it said we had to park in a valet lot and enter through the Suntrust Club entrance. We arrived, waited until 6 p.m. when the stadium opens, and then were ushered down into the basement of the stadium, passing by the signs for the teams locker rooms to enter the Suntrust Club.

    We were in awe when we walked in. When we walked down the steps, we first saw a chef standing by a station serving steak. The bar was to our left, and to our right was more gourmet food. Duck, yellow fin tuna, steak, calamari and lobster rolls were among the items served either on the buffet or on the menu. The chef made me a delicious veggie wrap and a veggie plate. We also tried a more gourmet version of nachos (and decided that would make a great Top Chef challenge!) and buffalo fries, which Joe said he would actually kill for. We spent the two hours up until game time eating. Then, when there was a rain delay, we ate some more! Our waiter, who was awesome, brought ice cream treats to each table as we waited.

    Dessert was brought out after the game started, and the table was filled with mini apple pies, mini apple crisps, mini chocolate swirl cheesecakes, creme brulee and souflees, among other things. There were supposed to be homemade chocolate chip cookies, too, but we were too late for those. :(

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    Joe said he wouldn’t have been too disappointed if the game had been called because of rain, but we were all glad it wasn’t. Our waiter told us we had awesome seats, but awesome doesn’t even begin to describe them. We were Row A, as in the FIRST ROW. We were behind home plate perpendicular to the third base line. We were literally four people away from being in the camera shot each time a player was at bat.

    We certainly weren’t upset about not being on TV, though. And, we did get on TV briefly, which we were able to tell from the TV screen in front of our seats! Yes, just in case we were too lazy to lift up our heads and watch the actual game, we could watch it on a TV screen.

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    We were closer to home plate than the pitcher, and we could hear all of the umpire’s calls. I told Joe it would have been a great night for Braves manager Bobby Cox to get ejected because we would be able to hear the whole squabble with the umpire. One player, shortstop Yunel Escobar, warmed up right in front of us rather than on the on deck circle. The first time he walked up, he nodded and smiled at us. I said, “Hey!” Yes, I’m retarded. Oh well. He was so close that I could have reached out and touched him (if the net hadn’t been in the way, that is!).

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    It was definitely one of the best and most fun games we’ve ever been too. We didn’t even mind the fact that the game didn’t end until 12:30 a.m.! I think Lucy had fun, too. I’m pretty sure she was doing the tomahawk chop in my belly!

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    I will leave you with a trivia question our waiter asked us, since I know I have a few readers who are baseball fans: What are the seven ways a player can get on base? Joe got the seventh one, which the waiter says no one is able to guess. Care to take a shot??

    Signs of Spring

    It’s been in the 60s and 70s this week, and I’m loving it. I’m wearing my super cute peep toes instead of my boots, and that’s enough to make me feel happy. I love this kind of weather, and I hope it sticks.

    I know I’m a little late in updating this site, but we had a nice weekend, so I thought I’d share. Better late than never, right? We spent Saturday with my family and saw my grandfather. He still looks rough, but he’s doing better. He can’t kick the pneumonia and he may not ever be able too, but he’s down to using just a small amount of oxygen and it looks like he may be transferred to rehab soon.

    It was also fun to see my brother, who finally arrived home from Taiwan after three days of traveling. It was fun hearing about his trips. That night, we went and saw “Taken” with my family. I really liked it, even though I wasn’t a fan of Maggie Grace’s acting.

    On Sunday, I had to work, and afterward we dropped off our cars to get the oil changed. Since we had a few hours to wait, we walked next door to Ruby Tuesday for lunch. I’d been wanting to try that restaurant again since I had heard they had remodeled both their decor and menus, and boy was I impressed. It was *much* nicer than it used to be, and the menu was great. I *loved* the all-you-can-eat salad bar and, even though their veggie burger in the past was terrible, I took a chance and tried their veggie minis (two mini veggie burgers). I’m sure glad I did. They were fantastic. Plus, between the salad, broccoli and splitting an order of chips and guacamole, I was stuffed. I could barely eat one of my minis. We’re definitely going back. It was incredibly healthy and super filling. Plus, I am totally craving their awesome salad bar now. Yum!

    Now, it’s back to the grind. We’re leaving work a little early tomorrow to head to South Carolina to visit Joe’s grandmother. I found a really pretty dress at Ross yesterday that I picked up for it. I love that store. I’ve gotten several nice dresses there at super low prices.

    On a different note, Joe has decided not to do the ING Marathon in Atlanta at the end of March. Instead, he’s going to run the Scenic City Trail Marathon in May. Joe ran the trail half marathon last year and loved it. I think it’ll be a good race.