It’s a dreary Monday here and we have a chance of winter weather! Exciting! I’m definitely getting into the holiday mood and I’m pumped to head to Matt’s house in Maryland for Thanksgiving.
My jeans are getting a bit too tight though – I hate when that happens because then you know the damage is already done! Anyway, I lightened things up last week with two new meals – crockpot salsa chicken in the form of a taco salad and Indian inspired lettuce wraps. I’ve been using TJ’s simmer sauce with ground pork, mushrooms, and carrots and it makes for a great combination.
The weekend was wonderful! I think the whole wedding, honeymoon, moving, job searching thing wore me out because I’m tired – not like sleepy tired, but lacking youthful energy. I’m just craving simple weekends with lots of time at home and lots of sleep. Kinda how I’d expect to feel if I were expecting, but that’s a ways away:)
On Friday, we met friends for a couple of beers and then retired with Chipotle bowls and episodes of Orange is the New Black.
On Saturday, we had an amazing dining experience at Pakpao Thai. The restaurant is in the design district and is a sleek and modern. I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices, and as a result, ordered way too much food! I started with the above Mekhong Color with Mekhong Thai spirit, Flor de Cana rum, coconut, pineapple, ginger, and Thai basil – awesome!
We started with the fried Cashews with bird’s eye chili – sooo good, but part of the reason we got so full!
Then, we had the chicken meatballs in curry sauce and the grilled shrimp salad with mint. The actual salad was small, but fabulous.
For entrees, we ordered the red curry crispy catfish and the short ribs with massaman curry. The short ribs were divine! The sauce was absolutely perfect and there were big chunks of sweet potato. I’m going back soon to sit at the bar and just order this!
On Sunday, we got invited to attend a friend of a friend’s Friendsgiving (got that?) and I made a terrible vegan pumpkin pie – no idea what I did wrong! All the other food was incredible though and luckily no one really touched my pie since I hid it in the back:)
Did you guys watch the American Music Awards? I’ve been listening to Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera ever since…
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70 and sunny sure makes for a nice Monday! But, yesterday was HOT. I definitely don’t miss being covered in sweat when I get in the car. Despite the weather, the leaves are turning here! There’s no brilliant oranges, but I’ll take yellow.
Last week flew by, and it was great having Matt home in time for dinner a few nights. Cooking highlights included these butternut squash tacos. Anyone have recommendations for warming corn tortillas? I can never get it right and I hate when they crumble…
On Friday, Matt and I tried a new wine bar for happy hour, and loved the red selection. They had a cozy fireplace with big leather couches too, which will be great for winter. Afterwards, we took it easy and ordered an arugula, pepperoni, and mushroom pizza for dinner. We ordered it cheese-less, which was a different experience, but it kinda satisfied my pizza craving for the time being. I can’t believe I hadn’t had pizza since September!
Saturday afternoon, we met friends for the Community Brewing open house! The space was just an empty warehouse, but they had live music, art on display, and, of course, beer! I really enjoyed the Public Ale. And the conversation!
We headed to dinner at Arcodoro & Pomodoro afterwards – it was somewhat of a random choice because we had a Restaurant.com certificate that Matt got for like $1. I had always assumed the restaurant was classic Italian, but turns out it’s Sardinian food. I liked that the menu had some different offerings, although we went with the classic mussels to start.
and the suckling pig! The pork was my favorite because it was roasted with caramelized figs, so it was tender, a little sweet, and juicy.
The service was fantastic too!
On Sunday, we picked up more pork (bbq and baked beans) and visited our friends who recently had a baby. I made a giant pot of soup to end the weekend, and we ate hot bowls while sweating and watching Revenge in the heat wave.
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Happy hump. This week is flying by because it’s a short one! We’re traveling for yet another wedding this weekend! Plus, evenings have been really nice, as Matt has had a light workload and come home for dinner every night. It makes such a big difference to have a companion to dine with, and I do enjoy an after-dinner stroll. It’s still 80 here, btw.
I made sweet potato enchiladas on Sunday and then broccoli with beef on Monday. We’re getting caught up on Revenge too, so maybe one day we can watch it live.
Last night, I made Angela’s butternut mac. The texture was awesome and felt like I was eating soooo much cheese.
Speaking of texture, I need a new conditioner! Any recs. of something really thick that takes out tangles, but isn’t super expensive? I used to love the orange Matrix Sleek Look conditioner, but I think they changed the formula to the Total Results line and the bottle is different:( My hair is getting kind of gross, but I can’t bring myself to get a significant cut. I can only imagine how incredible it would feel if I chopped like 6 inches!
Have a good rest of the week, friends.
We had a long, relaxing weekend here in Dallas. Despite the beautiful evening on Friday, we decided to stay in and cook.
The minute Matt arrived home from work, we popped open this bottle of cab (gift, I think?) and drank a glass out on our little balcony. It was a great way to kick off the weekend.
I picked up some extra thick pork chops for dinner and we cooked them with apples and bacon brussels. What a perfect fall meal! I gotta make pork chops more often.
I’m such a lightweight these days:( After two big glasses of wine, I felt horrible on Saturday morning. I guess that’s part of being 28! I still made it to spinning, but man, did I need some serious water after that.
Saturday night, we also took it easy and enjoyed a quiet date night at the new Mesero Miguel. It was amazing!
I had a spicy margarita and we tried the scallop ceviche with pineapple habanero, coconut, avocado, and cilantro,
the braised pork “chili seco” with peppers, mushroom, and cilantro crema
the fried rice “la china” with cilantro shrimp, crispy pork, mushrooms, and a fried egg,
and the [blurry] brussel sprouts with crispy pork and spicy sweet salsa. The vibe was fun, and the food creative and flavorful – I’m ready to go back next weekend.
And Sunday, I went to see Gravity in 3D! Have you guys seen it? Wow, I was on the edge of my seat the whole movie, and I think it was the first time I’ve ever been hot in a theater:)Read More
-I packed up one of my offices today – crazy, and so exciting
-Tornadoes scare the sh*t out of me and I can’t imagine what the people of OK must be going through – makes wedding decor seems like the stupidest thing in the world
-Matt is keeping me sane by doing a million things – he made mini burgers tonight that turned out awesome! Can’t wait to eat more burgers at summer bbqs
-I just got super excited to hang out at the beach next week. And I get to see SOOO many friends!!
-Thanks for reading while my posts are sporadic and frantic
-I still need more romance novel recommendations!Read More
Exercise used to be my time to clear my head – now it’s the time that my to-do list fills my head and ruins my me time.
We’ve been eating giant salads over here, because they are quick and easy and good for wedding bodies.
Work got crazy this week, which can be expected for this time of year – what is it about the end of school and kids acting crazy?
Sleep and I are BFF.
I’m going to the Lantern tomorrow night and I’m so pumped. We also have a dance lesson – is it bad that I’m not as pumped?
I love this weather, and all the green in Durham. Lush!
I need the ultimate romance novel to read on my honeymoon – do tell!!!!Read More