Another one in the books yall! We finished a Whole33 and 2/3 on Friday and we are all set with just a few days to go before we leave for America.
Friday was such a crazy awesome day for Ben and I. He went to work that morning, and so did I… on the blog. I’ve got so much to get done between now and when we leave on Saturday to keep up with my usual daily posts while on vacation without having to do much actual work while we are gone. I am a bit behind it all so Friday was a catch up day for me. I had breakfast and skipped lunch.
Breakfast was my last Whole30 meal! EEK!! Although, let’s be honest, I am going to keep eating paleo with no gluten, sugar, dairy, etc. for as long as possible – except in America – in America it’s game over for paleo hello deliciousness!
When Ben came home from work we had a lot to celebrate, one of those things being the end of the Whole30. He picked up a bottle of champagne and meat sticks? on his way home, I know they have a name, but I have no idea what they are. We pulled out the cheese and crackers we’d been holding on to for the past 33 and two thirds days and had a little backyard celebration.
One of us was more into the cheese than the crackers.
The original plan to celebrate the end of the Whole30 was to go down to Sydney for an afternoon at a festival with great restaurant stalls, the other thing we were celebrating made it difficult for us to catch the train when we needed to so we opted for dinner reservations at our favorite local spot, Barrio!
Barrio is a small 12 table restaurant that would typically get walked past by the unsuspecting diner, but inside this hidden gem is the best Spanish tapas in Newcastle, at incredibly affordable prices. Reservations here, while not required, are definitely needed to secure a table.
We started our meal off with a glass of house sangria (the best sangria, ever!) and a Spanish cocktail, followed by Manchego Cheese Fritters – Ben’s favorite!
This fritters are like little bites of heaven. The only thing I can compare them to is a pillow, it’s like a small airy pillow of cheese, with the perfect tomato sauce to accompany. These fritters are the most popular item on the menu!
Just as we were finishing the cheese fritters, our aged beef roast with fried potatoes and chimi churri sauce was brought out.
Neither one of us like mint, but the flavors in this sauce were so complimentary to each other that you couldn’t tell there was any mint in it at all – just how I like it!
And now our final tapas dish, thyme fries!
I make thyme fries and aioli quite often at home, but there is something different about using fresh time that made these exceptional!
We were so excited for dessert, and so disappointed to hear they had sold out of the last slice of cheesecake just before we placed our order….
As Ben and I debated where to get a slice of cheesecake from (because I seriously love cheese, and needed to have it with everything I ate that day) our server came back to our table and let us know there was one more slice hiding in the fridge and it was ours if we wanted it.
Of course we did!
Ah! Our first dessert in over a month and it was a divine caramel cheese cake, with a thick caramel sauce. We wiped that plate clean! And despite some of the plans we had for that evening we instead came right home and crashed with full bellies!
Since the weekend we have gone back to eating completely paleo until we start our vacation on Saturday.
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the one food you couldn’t live without on a diet?