I Tried Cava + Other Recent Meals

Sometimes I wish I had more time (both actual time and mental time) to write blog posts as often as I used to in the past. But then I remember that my job takes up much more time (both actual time and mental time) than it used to and that I can only do so much.

Maybe one day, though, I can get back to writing more than my 2-3 posts a week. I’m hoping to get a Friday Favorites post together for this Friday but I haven’t even started it yet. Maybe once my son is settled into college (OMG), I will find a new routine. I kinda have a lot going on (aside from work) in terms of thinking about/preparing for my baby starting college in two weeks, finishing the dorm shopping/organizing, and then there’s my personal life which is directly affected by the world news.


Cava just opened near me so of course, I had to try it. While I still need to figure out what “my combo” will be, so far I’ve had it twice and liked it.

Will it be better than Wild Fig? We shall see. The pita bread from Cava, thus far, is not better than Wild Fig, Greek Cove, or Pete The Greek.


I do like that you get so many choices of hummus and toppings at Cava. Although, with so many choices, I already ended up choosing so many items that I’m not quite sure what I was tasting.


I’m not sure if I was taking a picture of my Chopt salad below or my pretty Stoney Clover woven pouch.

I went back to the lemon tahini dressing in place of the tzatziki that I had been ordering for a while.

chopt salad

Wasn’t I just saying that my go-to dinner at home lately is a salad with a baked potato? Like literally, this is dinner if I’m eating at home. I’m rotating between sweet potatoes one night and regular baked potatoes the next. This is what I call cooking. Baking a potato and making a salad. My salads lately contain:

  • romaine
  • tomatoes
  • mini persian cucumbers
  • feta cheese
  • chickpeas
  • avocado
  • balsamic dressing

salad and sweet potato

I met my parents at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner the other night. For a minute there, I questioned if I should order a veggie burger. Anyone who knows me knows that I get the same salad for over twenty years and only recently, started to maybe order the vegan cobb on occasion.

That alone was enough of a switch. I’m just not ready to order a veggie burger because, if I’m being honest, twenty years ago I once ordered something other than a salad at The Cheesecake Factory and I didn’t like it and wanted to do dinner over again. While I’m not as nutty as I was then, I don’t forget how I felt that night and I just can’t take a risk like that just yet. Yes, I know I sound insane and although I’m being funny by still referencing that story from the past, I’m just not ready to order something completely different at The Cheesecake Factory!

bbq ranch salad

I never say no to Linda’s Fudge Cake.

lindas fudge cake

Remember when they changed Linda’s Fudge Cake? I barely remember the old version either but I wrote a post about it and it’s still a popular search result.

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