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Return to the Real World

We’re home! Well, we are actually still in Atlanta at my parent’s house but at least we’ve made it back to the U.S.

We started our trip home bright and early yesterday with a 6 a.m. wake up call for our 7 a.m. shuttle to the airport. It was about a 90 minute trip to the airport from our resort. We were more than ready for breakfast once we arrived and got checked in.

The breakfast options were rather limited in the Montego Bay airport. It was Wendy’s, Margaritaville or…

The Jamaican Bobsled Cafe! I mean really, how could we not choose the restaurant that was totally themed around Cool Runnings?

This is definitely a childhood classic for me. Who else loved this movie growing up? They have it playing on repeat in the restaurant…can you imagine working there? I’m sure they know every line!

Clearly, Brandon was thrilled to be there. The food wasn’t as photo-worthy as the experience. I had an omelet with cheese and veggies and some fruit.

We got into Atlanta around 3 but it took us a good hour to get through immigration and customs. I grew up flying internationally from the Atlanta airport but I’m still amazed every time I’m there by how busy it is (it’s the busiest airport in the country). So many people coming from and going to so many cool places. I wanted to hop a flight to Europe! πŸ˜›

My mom picked us up and after a Starbucks stop, we were reunited with the furry one. I missed her cute face all week but she had a great time hanging out with my parents golden. I’m really not sure how much she even missed us!

My parents had reservations at Fritti for dinner.

Fritti serves authentic Neapolitan-style pizza and it is truly epic. I dined at Fritti for the first time with my parents last summer and ever since then I have been telling Brandon that he had to try it. I was excited he finally had the chance to try it last night!

We started out with salads. My mom and I split the arugula salad with Roasted Beets, Granny Smith Apples, Parmigiano Reggiano, toasted hazelnuts, lemon and olive oil.

It took us quite a while to decide on pizzas since everything on the menu sounds amazing.

I chose the Sorrentina pizza with San Marzano tomato, bufala, smoked mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano and olive oil. Everything about this tasted perfect and so fresh. The smoked mozzarella and basil really made it special. I love the crust at Fritti too – it’s light and crispy with just the right amount of saltiness.

I had to take a picture of my dad’s pizza too because it was so unique. Yes, that is fried calamari on top of the pizza!

An awesome dinner at Fritti. If this restaurant were in Charlotte I would be a serious regular!

We decided to take the dogs for a walk to the local ice cream place when we got home. I have to say that I am a little desserted-out after our trip but I am not one to say no to ice cream! πŸ˜‰

I had a waffle cone with dulce de leche and salted caramel. The salted caramel was so delicious. I’ve thought about making that flavor at home and now it is a must!!!

We’re going to get on the road to Charlotte soon. It is really nice to have the weekend to ease back in to the real world after vacation. I am going to post a review/recap of our week in Jamaica…it’s just going to take a while to put together! I will have it up later this weekend!

And one final shout out to all the guest posters…if you didn’t get the chance to read their posts, check them out. They did a great job!!!

Alaina’s Story – My Path To Bliss
Matt tells us about barefoot running
Win’s Story – Running with Ulcerative Colitis
Meg’s List of Six for Summer

And I finally posted the Yoga Teacher Training: My Final Thoughts post.

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

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  • 1
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 21, 2011, 10:50 am

    WELCOME HOME!! Haha a Cool Runnings restaurant?! I have a new Dream Job! πŸ˜›

    Aww so happy you had a great time, and all the guest posters were GREAT! Can’t wait to read more about your trip! πŸ˜€

    P.S. You look sooo tanned! πŸ™‚

  • 2
    Sarah May 21, 2011, 11:33 am

    Some college friends and I dressed up like the Jamaican bobsled team for Halloween–made a bobsled out of a refrigerator box and everything! It was too funny. Glad yall had a fabulous trip! Welcome home.

  • 4
    Alaina May 21, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Welcome home Jen!!! You look so tanned, relaxed and happy. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see the recap!

    I loved watching Cool Runnings. My favorite scene was the one where one of the team members comes out of the freezer and snaps off a piece of his hair. Don’t know why, but I always got a kick out of that.

  • 5
    Courtney May 21, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I’ve eaten at the Bobsled Cafe! I needed coffee and toast for an early flight and they were open. Even the toast was lackluster.

    Your arms are so sculpted! Do you mind doing a post on how to define arms?

    • 6
      Jen May 24, 2011, 5:11 pm

      Courtney – arm toning is definitely a topic that is on the list to blog about. It’s been requested several times. I’m really hoping to get one done over the long weekend!!!

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    lindsay cotter May 22, 2011, 6:51 am

    oh I love cool runnings, how funny! Glad you had a great time. Tan Goddess! πŸ™‚

  • 8
    Josie May 22, 2011, 8:26 pm

    OK so a few things:
    1. Glad you had a good vacation!!
    2. We ate at Fritti tonight, and ordered the same salad as well as the calamari pizza. So funny!
    3. You were in ATL and right down the street from all of us at BHF – we soo should have gotten together!!

    • 9
      Jen May 24, 2011, 5:10 pm

      Josie – I love Fritti! I didn’t try my dad’s calamari pizza but it looked great!

      I am sorry I missed y’all. The conference was the day we got back and I didn’t realize that we were going to be there for it. I really, really wish I could have met everyone.

  • 10
    Christina May 22, 2011, 9:00 pm

    I have definitely cried when watching Cool Runnings before! I just could not handle them carrying that bobsled to the finish line! Tear. You have to go to Morelli’s on Moreland next time you are here. Best icecream in Atlanta! Their salted caramel is insane!

    • 11
      Jen May 24, 2011, 5:08 pm

      Christina – first, great to hear from you! Second, Morelli’s is where we got the ice cream! My parents live just a block away. Trouble! It’s sooo delicious.

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 23, 2011, 10:28 pm

    Ooo salted caramel, never tried that but I’m intrigued! By the way Cool Runnings is a treasure of a movie, had no idea there was a restaurant fashioned after it πŸ™‚

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