I’m slack-a-lackin’ on my posts aren’t I? I guess I have an excuse since I’m visiting colleges, but I still miss talking to you all!
Something I have ZERO excuses for? Accidentally eating meat yesterday (Friday during Lent). *Sigh* I realized it several hours after I ate it too. In addition to that, I ate peanut butter yesterday morning, which had been my other Friday sacrifice for Lent. Father, forgive me… #LentFailure
Hotel breakfast: English muffin with coconut peanut butter and banana.
I also ate some pistachios and half a mini blueberry bagel at the welcome of the UMD Admitted Students’ Day.
As I said in my last post, yesterday was the University of Maryland Admitted Students’ Open House. I have not decided to go there yet, but I can tell you that I still love it!
Reasons why I love it:
- Cheapest out of my top three colleges
- Fairly close to home
- Huge, beautiful, clean campus
- Huge campus=lots of walking=automatic exercise opportunity 😉
- Diverse students
- Energetic school spirit
- Kinesiology program (I’m currently interested in becoming a physical therapist)
- Awesome recreation/fitness center
- Active and supportive Catholic center
- I would be a part of the Honors college
- Research and study abroad opportunities (I can fulfill all my Kinesiology credits if I study abroad in Australia, Arman!!)
- I feel comfortable here
Cue the iPhone photos of our visit!
I should wear these for college gear day at school.
Testudo the mascot!
Lunch at a food court on campus. Chicken (*facepalm*) platter from a kabob place. It was very tasty! But I feel guilty.
Hot day called for fro yo, even though I didn’t deserve it. (I know— so dramatic and scrupulous I am.) For the flavors, I got peanut butter (just slap me now), strawberry banana, and blueberry muffin (<— ehhh) with mango, blueberries, and Cap’n Crunch.
- walking around UMD’s huge campus
- random stuff at the hotel fitness center: 5 minute run, push up variations, triceps dips, low rows, 8 minute ab tabata (weighted Russian twists, cross knee tuck planks, ankle taps, spiderman planks)
Dinner was at a vegan place though! It’s called OVO Simply Veggie, and it was awesome.
Refreshing and crunchy daikon salad that came with mom’s meal
Vegan wonton soup that came with my meal (it tasted just like meat wontons!)
Mom’s entree: mushroom protein with coconut green curry sauce and brown rice. The mushroom protein was actually the BOMB.
My entree: Tofu with eggplant basil sauce and brown rice. Delicious as well!
This was my first time to a vegan restaurant and I was a fan, as you can tell. All thanks to Yelp! I even wrote a raving review for this place— that’s how you know it was good. I brought leftovers back to the hotel, and I’m thinking of having them as breakfast this morning. That’s right— I’m going to eat savory dinner food for breakfast (as if I can make up for my Lenten failures).
Today we’re driving down about 2.5 hours to Charlottesville, because the next open house is at University of Virginia! I honestly have no good or bad expectations from the school since I visited it over a year ago, so I don’t have many distinct perceptions of it yet. I do know that it’s an awesome school and it’s in a foodie/blogger town, which is pretty cool if you ask me 😉 A lot of people have told me that they see me at UVA and that my personality fits there. We shall see what happens!
So tell me:
Have you ever accidentally eaten meat on Friday (if you observe Lent)?
What is your favorite vegan protein? Have you ever tried mushroom protein before?
How do you find good restaurants in unfamiliar places?