Thanks so much for all the encouragement and positive vibes around my second attempt at girls night. They all paid off because it was SO much better than the previous week. The sushi platter was the perfect amount. We each had enough to feel just full-enough, with a couple pieces leftover for little snacks a couple hours later. And at $10/person, it was a pretty cheap option, too!
I managed to stick to sushi – without overeating – and my 1 glass of red wine. When 9 pm rolled around and I was a little hungry, I sliced up an apple and had that with a glass of water. Go me! All in all, the evening finished up with everyone feeling good and satisfied. Success.
The weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. I got some great sale fares on Air New Zealand, so Saturday morning Andrew and I caught a 10 am flight to Wellington. By 11:30 we were in the country’s capital and ready for adventure! The hotel wouldn’t let us check in until 2 pm, but let us check our bags. Thankfully, the weather was nice enough and so we spent the next 5 hours wandering around the city; including a walk to the edge of downtown for lunch at a New Orleans-styled restaurant (where I had an amazing grilled chicken taco on soft corn tortilla with heaps of lettuce, tomato and a bit of fresh guacamole) and a few hours in Te Papa – the national museum.
We went back to the hotel around 4:30 to check in and rest our starting-to-ache feet. By 5:30 we were back out and about, taking the trolley up to the lookout over the city and climbing trees. (Andrew’s part monkey, I swear). Then back down to town and a quest to find a great spot for dinner. Friday was the first day of “Wellington on a Plate” – a 2 week culinary festival with restaurants all over the city hosting various events – so, naturally, narrowing down a dinner choice was hard. We ended up at Vivo, which had a 3 small plates + glass of wine special. It was a cute little wine bar/restaurant and the ambiance couldn’t have been better! We each ordered 6 small plates to share; caprese salad, calamari, risotto bites, dried beef, eggplants with goat’s cheese and meatballs. We both left feeling like we ate just enough. (I wish I’d taken photos. It was a gorgeous meal of mini plates and bite-sized morsels!)
Sunday was a typical Sunday – relaxing. We left the hotel around 8:30 and wandered around downtown, grabbing some breakfast before hopping on the 10 am bus to the airport. And by 1 pm we were back home.
It was a good weekend. Minimal home-cooked meals, but I did pretty well choosing the healthy options when out and the 5 or so hours of walking Saturday probably helped with some of the extra calories that come with eating out!
How was your weekend?