Thursday, August 20, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane...


But don't worry because I'll be back again!

Have I mentioned that I have become a total jet-setter this year - albeit one lacking significant funds? Seriously, though, 2009 has turned into my year of travel. In recent weeks, I have been to Jacksonville, Gainesville, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Savannah. And tonight, I hop on a flight to Chicago for the weekend. That's not all folks! Next weekend, I'll be in Tennessee for a whitewater rafting trip, while the following weekend I head back to Chicago. And don't even get me started on all of the road trips in the pipeline this fall in the name of college football. It's gonna be exhausting. As for the bulk of my travels thus far, I blame weddings. Yup, about 90 percent of my trips involve wedding nuptials. Needless to say, I'm tired. And broke. On the plus side, though, I've been eating some pretty delicious meals including jambalaya, muffulettas, gumbo and po'boys this summer.
And you can bet I've been dreaming about my upcoming dining options in Chicago - which I consider one of the top cities when it comes to finding yummy, affordable, authentic food offerings. So what do I really, really want while I'm there? Hmmm....Middle Eastern, Polish, Korean, Filipino, Greek, Indian and Argentinian cuisine. Definitely some deep-dish pizza. Yeeeeeahhhh, it will be difficult to squeeze it all in. Anyhoo, while I haven't officially planned out my menu for this weekend yet, I do know one of my food outings will involve afternoon tea with my mom.
It's been a long time since I last enjoyed this tradition. And what's not to love about it? There are dainty, crustless finger sandwiches, mini-pastries and scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Either way, it's a great excuse to catch up with friends or family while noshing on tasty treats and sipping tea. Y'all should try it sometime, if you haven't already!
But for those unable or unwilling to find a restaurant or hotel that serves afternoon tea, here are a few low-calorie, sucralose-sweetened recipes that can help you enjoy this custom from the comforts of your home. Enjoy!

Vanilla Chai Latte

Caramel Hazelnut Black Tea

Pistachio Cranberry Scones

Blueberry and Lemon Thyme Scones

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