What I Ate Wednesday [4]: Savannah and Birthday Eats

Zunzis Savannah Salmon Salad Zunzis sauce What I Ate Wednesday | almost getting it together

Incase you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I spent the past weekend in Savannah. The last thing in the world I was going to do was spend my 25th birthday in Pittsburgh.

In early February, I received an invite in the mail to an award ceremony for my aunt who lives in Savannah on my birthday and knew it was a sign (she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia – little known fact, my family, especially my aunt, is super involved with Girl Scouts). I immediately called my cousin Jaimie who lives in Atlanta and we quickly planned a trip.

Since we arrived late Thursday and spent a few hours talking with my aunt when we got to Savannah, we slept in. There was a ton of fresh fruit so I had my favorite breakfast for my birthday – lots of oatmeal with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt (not pictured).

gluten free oatmeal with chia seeds and fruit what i ate wednesday | almost getting it together

My grandmother and aunts all have the same dishes. No matter where I am, I feel like I’m at home!

There was a luncheon for the awards ceremony, but nothing was really gluten-free so I picked at some grilled chicken and veggies. Totally forgot to take a photo and also it wasn’t photogenic. t was at the same table as all of my aunt’s girlfriends, many of whom I have ran half-marathons with in Savannah or Disney, so it was definitely fun. My aunt also did an Ellen-style selfie on stage… and I realized my entire family is selfie-obsessed except me.

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I look totally out of place with my cousins and aunt because of my dark hair and skin. Was I adopted?

Afterwards, we decided to go downtown and do a little shopping at my favorite store in the world, Paris Market (more about that on Getting it Together on the Road: Savannah, coming soon). I was hungry – verging on hungry, really – so we stopped by Zunzis and I had my staple salmon salad and one of Jaimie’s falafels that honestly was maybe the best falafel of my life.

Zunzis Savannah Salmon Salad Zunzis sauce What I Ate Wednesday | almost getting it together

Salmon salad from Zunzis with a bite of falafel off to the side.

My Aunt Sherry is a huge runner (I ran my first half-marathon with her on my 21st birthday!) so she signed us up for a Shamrock 5K that ran through the squares of Savannah. I was a little disappointed during the Savannah Half-Marathon that the race didn’t go downtown but after running approximately one hundred corners, I understand why.

I started scheming and thinking I had a chance to place in my age group. Never before (besides the AEO 5K we had at work this summer) have I been in the front of the pack (okay, top 1/5th of the pack) in a race. Eating a salmon salad an hour and a half before was a bad idea (I know better but my hunger got to me) and I definitely felt it around mile 1.5 (despite running a 7:42 mile two). I didn’t place in my age group, but I was in the top 15% overall and top 6% of women so I’ll take it. Also this time is off because I did not cross the start line at the gun – I was definitely sub-26.

savannah shamrock 5k | almost getting it together

THIS TIME IS WRONG, SAVANNAH.

savannah shamrock 5k | almost getting it together

I proceeded to never warm up that night after taking off my gloves, ear band and jacket.

My aunt is also gluten-free and told me about this new restaurant that had gluten free pizza called My Your Pie (JK on the my pie, I’m glad I fact-checked that). Your Pie is basically the Chipotle of pizza – you choose your crust (white, whole wheat or gluten free) then whatever cheeses, veggies and meat you want. I never eat pizza anymore (besides my 10-Minute Gluten Free Pizza), so I was pretty pumped to eat pizza on my birthday. Then I had to indulge because it was my birthday and eat a kid’s sized gelato – half pistachio and half dark chocolate.

what i ate wednesday my pie gluten free pizza | almost getting it together

Gluten free pizza from Your Pie.

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Birthday treat – gelato from Your Pie.

So basically on my birthday I ate a ton and felt totally guilty on Saturday and had to run it all off (kind of… before I proceeded to drink a ton of champagne). This was really different for me because I feel like for the past few years I’ve had to go somewhere fancy for my birthday with my family and this year I just wanted pizza so I had it. This is basically a break-through with me eating things because I feel like I should.

Full Savannah recap coming soon!

And of course, linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

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Have you ever been to Savannah? What did you eat on your last birthday? Is your family as cool as mine?

17 comments on “What I Ate Wednesday [4]: Savannah and Birthday Eats

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jessielovestorun on March 12, 2014 7:40 am

Girl – your supposed to eat out of the norm on your birthday. If you ask me, I think it should be a law. So your telling me since your grandma (which btw give her a congrats for me will ya) and family are so involved with Girl scouts, you could hook a sister up with some cookies? bahahaha just kidding :)

Glad you had such a fun time w/ all your love ones though. xoxo

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:24 pm

Haha fun story – during Girl Scout cookie season, we used to move all the furniture out of our living room and it was full of cookies. People from other troops would have to come pick up cookies from our house. It was nuts.

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on March 12, 2014 8:46 am

That pizza place sounds so cool. I want to go there. Umm on my last birthday I had a big brunch with my parents when they came into town, then some green beer, then something weird like oatmeal because I was under the influence of alcohol and needed something stat. Then probably chocolate because it was my birthday and brunch dessert was hours before.

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:23 pm

WELL you’re going to Savannah with me so we will go to Your Pie, potentially multiple times. Or should we just open one in Pitt? I also LOVE the idea of brunch dessert – it’s such a thing.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on March 12, 2014 9:09 am

Ahhh well it all sounds delicious! Love your purple dress btw. For my birthday I ate a cheeseburger from BRGR and then my stomach hurt afterward. Brilliant, Erin, brilliant.

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:22 pm

YUM I love BRGR! And thank you – my cousin ended up wearing it the next day, too!

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Davida @The Healthy Maven on March 12, 2014 9:16 am

I eat for 3 days straight leading up to and after my birthday. I’m not big on parties but I am big on food so I take it as an opportunity to try out every damn restaurant on my list!

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:22 pm

For some reason every year on my birthday EVERYONE IS GONE (this year including me) so I have yet to try a restaurant on my list for my birthday #failwhale

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chasingchels on March 12, 2014 11:57 am

I’m with Davida and Jessie, hun….on your bday, eat what you want, when you want. Celebrating yourself with your favorite stuff is one of the best ways to go :) I love Savannah. We’ve been a few times when we’ve visited friends in South Carolina, and it’s gorgeous! I can’t imagine running a race there, though, haha. Those turns would be killer!

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:21 pm

Running there is tough – also because of the humidity! I would live there if it weren’t for Savannah in August…

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on March 12, 2014 6:47 pm

Eating things because you feel like you should is seriously one of the worst feelings ever. DON’T feel guilty for enjoying good food, girl — you deserve it, not only on your birthday, but whenever you want :)

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:21 pm

Thank you!! Definitely working to overcome that feeling… I really appreciate it :)

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on March 12, 2014 7:51 pm

I’ve never been to Savannah but I’ve always wanted to go!

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cottercrunch on March 12, 2014 9:47 pm

love it!! what a fun time. And gelato is so much better than froyo in my book. I know, I’m a bad blogger. haha happy belated

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Almost Getting It Together on March 12, 2014 10:20 pm

Okay… I have to agree. Gelato > Fro Yo. Fro Yo is amazing because of toppings, gelato is amazing on its own.

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