Hello friends, and welcome to the special Virginia Beach edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)!
My husband and I are spending the week with his parents and cousin at my in-laws’ timeshare at Oceanaire in Virginia Beach. Since arriving last Friday night, I’ve done a whole lot of sleeping, reading, eating, and lounging on the beach and in the pool. I’ve even worked out three times so far!
This relaxing trip is exactly what I needed. I know I’m going to head home on Friday rejuvenated and ready to get back to a routine — including consistently working out and blogging again!
Without further ado, here is a look at what I ate today — Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Breakfast: Quaker Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal +
We’ve had some indulgent breakfasts over the last few days — my in-laws are big breakfast people — so I decided to break from the pack this morning and have something a little lighter and healthier.
I can never go wrong with this Real Medleys oatmeal from Quaker. I was thrilled to find this peach variety when we went grocery shopping down here on Saturday morning, because it is not carried at Wegmans at home anymore!
Lunch: Leftover Cavatappi and Meatballs in Lemon-Basil Sauce and 1 Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake
For most of our vacation, in order to save money, we’ve cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our condo. Last night, my husband and I volunteered to make one of our new favorite meals for everyone: Cavatappi and Meatballs in Lemon-Basil Sauce from Pampered Chef.
We doubled the recipe and ended up having quite a bit left over to enjoy for lunch today.
I actually ordered the Pampered Chef recipe book in which it is found — 29 Minutes to Dinner, Volume 3 — specifically to try this.
The meatballs are made from scratch with ground chicken or turkey (we use turkey), but my husband, who typically prefers beef, actually loves them! A key ingredient in the yummy sauce is mascarpone, an Italian sweet cream cheese. The whole recipe comes together with the help of Pampered Chef’s Sweet Basil Rub.
I wanted to finish off my lunch with something sweet, so I decided to have a Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake.
Tastykakes were a staple growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania — they are made in Philadelphia — and I still love them! While I don’t buy them too often anymore, I’m thrilled that I can still find them in Virginia when I have a craving.
Dinner: Cup of She Crab Soup, dinner roll with butter, Stockyard Kabob, and baked potato with butter from Black Angus
I have a confession: I had too much butter with this meal.
We ate dinner out tonight for the first time all week at Black Angus, a Virginia Beach staple for the Verdejo family. My husband and his family have been coming to Virginia Beach every summer for probably 20 years, and they’ve gone to Black Angus for dinner basically every trip.
As a starter, I got a cup of the She Crab Soup, which is amazing. I think I’ve ordered it every time I’ve gone to Black Angus (the last 4 summers) and was really looking forward to having it again.
(I made sure to work out today so I could enjoy this creamy, indulgent delight!)
A delicious dinner roll with butter followed, but I sadly didn’t take a picture of that.
As our entree, all five of us ordered the Stockyard Kabob, and I got a baked potato (with butter, of course) as my side.
A big reason my in-laws like to go to Black Angus is their Early Bird Special — between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., the kabobs are buy 1, get 1 free! It is an incredible deal for good food!
The kabob didn’t have as much flavor this year as it has in the past — I don’t think it was marinated long enough — but my father-in-law got the waitress to bring some of the extra marinade from the kitchen to punch things up, and it really enhanced the meal.
All-in-all, it was a great dinner, and it was so nice to eat out!
It was definitely another good day of eats! It’s a tough decision, but I think the She Crab Soup wins the award for my favorite item of the day.
Do you go to the same place for vacation every summer, or does your family switch it up? My husband and I go to Virginia Beach at least once every summer with my in-laws (they have two timeshare weeks — one in June and one in August), but we like to go other places, too. Because we will likely not go on another lengthy vacation this year, we decided to spend the full week in Virginia Beach this time, which we’ve actually never done together until now. (We tend to stay for 3-4 days.)
Does your family have a restaurant they visit every year on vacation?