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Vacation Recap!


So, the last couple weeks have been absolutely amazing. It all started with passing the RD exam. After passing the exam, I was excited to be able to finally clear my mind and have some fun. Mike and I left Monday to head down to Chicago before flying out to Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. Before we left Monday, I received another wonderful surprise – a job offer! Needless to say, vacation was truly wonderful because I was relaxed and finally employed.

We met up with my dad, stepmom, brother, and step-grandma (?? not sure what to call her). It was a pretty amazing week. We spent a lot of time eating, drinking, swimming, and laying out in the sun. It was my kind of vacation! I remembered to document a few things during the week.

On Monday night, Mike and I ate at Chodang Tofu. It was a small restaurant close to our hotel. Mike had bi bim bap and I decided to give the kimchi and beef tofu soup a try. I was so happy with my dish. It came out boiling hot (literally) and it was actually spicy enough for me!

We hopped on the plane the next morning. Nothing exciting on the plane ride – we just consumed a lot of alcohol 😉

The next few days were filled with lots of food – some great, some good, and some just okay. Here’s a quick recap of some of the restaurants we dined at.

Mr. Fish: this place was packed. We waited around forever for a table. We started off the meal with a fried green tomato tower that was surprisingly delicious and some calamari that was really disappointing. I ordered some crab cakes (okay) and Mike got boom boom shrimp (good).

Hamburger Joe’s: they had a cute little truck outside their shop. The food here was good and cheap. I got a cheeseburger with onion rings and all the adults shared a pitcher of beer. The inside of the restaurant was lined with dollar bills. I have no idea why. 


Croaker’s at the Pier: a tiny restaurant overlooking the ocean. I ordered grilled shrimp. Mike had some fried flounder which I apparently forgot to take a picture of…

Pier 14: we spent a morning on the boardwalk and ended up at this restaurant. This ended up being one of my favorites meals of the entire trip! I had my first raw oyster and I couldn’t get enough of them! I ordered a delicious blackened grouper salad and Mike had a blackened grouper reuben. Oh. My. Goodness. The reuben was so good. I don’t even have words to explain. So, go to Pier 14 and order it so you can see (taste?) for yourself!

I would say that it was a pretty successful vacation. I was even well-behaved and managed to fit in a few runs as well. I wasn’t prepared for the horrible heat and humidity and had to cut my 15 mile run on Saturday down to a 10 miler. That’s good enough for vacation 🙂

We flew back home on Monday and I started work on Tuesday.  I’m sitting here now after a long first day at work typing this up. I’m ready to crawl into bed so I can wake up early, run, work, and work again. Whew!


Author: Jenni

Dietitian by day and Midwest food blogger by night. Lover of whiskey, running, and all things food.

2 thoughts on “Vacation Recap!

  1. Thank for sharing your vacation with us. Sounds like you had a great time and great food.

  2. Sad that your blog is the easiest way to keep updated on your life, but I quite enjoy it, too. I love that your vacation revolved around food. That’s my kind of vacation=) xoxo

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