Hi guys! My grandma arrived safely in Charlotte yesterday afternoon however, they had a mishap with her luggage and it is still not here yet. It kinda sucks because we had plans to go do some fun things to do but all of that has to be held off until her luggage arrives. But, that didn’t stop us from enjoying a lovely dinner together yesterday night. I don’t know about many restaurants in the Charlotte area so I went to Open Table and did a little research to find one. Grandma told me that she really wanted Italian food with moderate prices and Maggiano’s seemed like the perfect place for us according to opentable.com. We arrived at Maggiano’s a little after 7 o’clock and I was a bit hesitant because it was inside Southpark Mall. It looked beautiful on the outside, and we were seated immediately when we came in. The waiter was very attentive and we ended up chatting with him for quite awhile about our thoughts on the area since I just moved here. The menu was huge so I honestly had no idea what to choose, it being an Italian restaurant I went with the safest choice, pasta! I ordered a side salad with NO raw onions (eeww) and the half size chicken pesto linguine which was roasted chicken, pesto and pine nuts in a parmesan broth with a hint of lemon. The pasta was one of the best pesto dishes that I have ever tried but the portion was huge!!!! And it was a half size! I asked the waiter what the full size looked like and he showed me a full size bowl and I was just in shock. Sorry people, but this is why Americans are larger than other people in the world. The full size could have fed a family of 5 and my “half” size portion could have easily feed 2 to 3. No wonder our obesity rate is sky high. I read online that this restaurant was known for their “generous” portion sizes but still I think it was way too much. Anyway, enough with the ranting! The pasta dish was delicious even if it was on the huge side. I ate a little less than half of this baby. I also had a glass of Chianti. (Sorry for the subpar photos, Hans took the nice camera with him to Germany.)
After, haha I barely made a dent into the pasta. Well, at least I have tons of leftovers!! lol
Grandma ordered the eggplant parmesan. Grandma always orders pasta with marinera when she goes to Italian restaurants so I was proud that she stepped out of the box a little bit.
For dessert, I had a shot of espresso. Yum!! It wasn’t nearly strong enough though 🙂
I am so happy that my grandma is here to stay with me, I have no idea what I would have done for 2 weeks here by myself, I hardly know my way around the area and I have only met a few people. I just feel like I am lost every where that I go. Even if I go somewhere, like the mall, where there are people everywhere.. I still feel like I am alone. I just hope that when we get back from Germany, I can take a few summer classes to really start my life again, it feels like my life has been on “pause” since I moved back to the US, just waiting for things to happen.. I want to MAKE things happen but I just don’t know how to do that. I am very shy so it is hard for me to meet people, anyway enough with the pity fest. This morning I went for a glorious 30 minute run. The first 15 minutes felt like I was flying the entire way, I absolutely adored the feeling… but, on the way back it was so difficult because the wind was coming straight for me.. my legs felt like they would collapse and my ankles felt very weak. It was still a great run though. After my run, I did 3 sets of push ups and crunches and a little yoga. Then it was time for breakfast!! I was hungry but my stomach was feeling a bit off after my run so I opted for a whole wheat “british” muffin from Trader Joe’s. 1/2 with a smear of PB, and topped with a bruised banana and the other with raspberry jam. With the inevitable cup of coffee, of course!
Perfect fuel for the fun day of activities ahead of us!! (We just had a knock on the door and it was grandma’s luggage!! Yay, now we can get a move on!) It’s already Wednesday!! The week has flown by even though I haven’t done much, love it!