The big vacation! (aka Ashley eats a lot of salad but has a great time along the way)

Monday, August 24, 2009

I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone for your super sweet comments on my video!! I will definitely start to do more in the future!

We had such a nice time in Niagara Falls this week! Armed with lots of snacks:
(cereal, almond milk, apples, banana, larabars, almonds, hummus & Mary's Crackers) we took the bus on Wednesday afternoon. Upon our arrival we were greeted with sunny skies and amazing service at our hotel. Does anyone else use Hotwire? We booked The Radisson a few weeks ago for $61 USD/night! The room and location were great and the staff was really friendly!

We started off with some lunch at a Firkin. As the title suggests, I ate a lot of salad on my trip. This was the first:

It was topped with COLD grilled veggies. Friends, what is the point of grilling the veggies if you are just going to refrigerate them? Chilled veggies aside, it was a decent salad.

As I mentioned in my video, I wanted to go to the Coach outlet and Joey was a really good sport about it. It was super busy and I wasn't particularly impressed when we arrived!! I was looking for some sort of swing pack (for going out mostly) but I wasn't really feeling them once I saw them. We wandered around the other stores in the outlet and I picked up a few goodies at Body Shop and that was it! Joey was impressed with my willpower. We then headed back to the hotel for some rest before heading out for a night on the town.

Before we went to NF, I did a little research on restaurants in the area. I knew it was going to be a little bit challenging, but I don't know if I had really wrapped my head around the whole thing. Even though it is on the Canadian side of the border, there is a huge American influence! There is so much meat and cheese and bread, it is kind of unbelievable. And because it's a tourist town, things can be a bit pricey, so that also became a factor. We were going to go to a place near the hotel called Copacabana for dinner.

They had a great live band on the patio and we had had a lot of fun at a Toronto Brazilian steakhouse back in December, but after surveying the buffet we realized that there weren't going to be a lot of Ashley-friendly options and it was going to be too expensive for not enough (good) food. So we ended up going to Ruby Tuesday's because I knew they had an all-you-can-eat salad bar. I started off with a plate of salad bar items:

Greens & spinach with cucumbers, cranberries and sunflower seeds with some baby carrots & edamame on the side. Not a bad start! For my main I chose the tortilla chips with guacamole, salsa and pico de gallo. The tortilla chips were super yummy and I probably ate a 1/4 of what they gave me. The guac could have used a bit of lime & cilantro but overall I enjoyed it.

Joey really wanted to go to Nightmares so I obliged (He had been such a good sport about the Coach outlet so how could I say no, really??) I was not too happy about it and rather scared.

I am not a fan of scary movies or haunted houses but I made it through without chickening out or crying so that was positive! There were a lot of scary sounds and groping and scary sights in that place and I pretty relived when it was over. We chilled out with a ride on the Skywheel.

I took some pictures of the view but they didn't turn out very well. The falls looked pretty spectacular. Clifton Hill is a really neat place to be at night. There is so much going on with tonnes of lights and so many different attractions.

It was a an action packed first day so we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for the excitement of day two! Check back tomorrow for my recap of Thursday & Friday (with more salad and an exciting gluten free vegan meal!)


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I don't like scary movies either! I actually left the last Indiana Jones movie midway through because it bothered me. (I know I'm a wimp!)

Sounds like you had a lovely, lovely time.

Traci said...

Girl, you are such an inspiration!! Salads on a vacay? I also need to check out your video!

Hey, send me your before and after pics in an email- not too small. Wasn't I supposed to do that already? People need to see those!!

Gena said...

Sounds like a fun vacay so far!

And with regards to your last post, I LOVE romanesco :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Haha love your snack stash :-D

Great vacation so far - can't wait for the next recap!! And kudos for seeing the scary film despite not being a fan - you're brave!

Rebecca said...

You guys are so cute! Looks like you had a great time!

Lauren said...

I am not a fan of scary movies or haunted houses!! YUCK! :(

Glad you had such a great trip!

Linz said...

Pico de gallo. Mmmmm.

Great idea to do the salad bar - now that's what I wish I could have done on vacation!!!

nikbis said...

You're too cute: "an exciting vegan meal" ;)

Scary movies are my worst nightmare. I humor DF and go with him sometimes, but not often!!

Looks like a fantastic, well deserved vacation :)

PS: I am LOVING the book!!!!

Unknown said...

Ha ha! I can't believe Nightmares is still around. I remember going there once when I was in highschool. Not sure what it's like now, but back then they actually trapped you in a pitch black room for a little while until you found a way to get out. Totally terrifying...I ran out of there so fast I smacked my head into the wall on the way out. My friends still laugh about that one:) Nice will power at the buffet, girlfriend. I can't say I would be as strong...

Ashley Gibson said...

I am so glad to hear that I'm not alone on the scariness of Nightmares!!

It's funny because Joey is such a big horror movie fan... I try to be a good sport about it, but they really creep me out! Nightmares was scary because you're walking in the dark, following only a little red light. I was clinging onto Joey for dear life!

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