-I’ve been eating bowls all week – farro bowl with veggie burger, rice bowl with chickpeas and curry sauce, pasta bowl with chicken sausage and red sauce, and a quinoa bowl with Mexican toppings (sidenote: I took home some of the salsa from Blue Mesa Grill that was served at the party and it is the absolute best I’ve ever had!! I must get more!)
-The daffodils are blooming in Dallas and temps are warming up. Was that winter? If so, easiest winter ever. Also, daylight savings is kinda soon!
-Do you guys have water drinking tips? I’m in a rut and need something new to motivate me. I’m trying to talk Matt into getting a soda stream.
-Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Dallas! I’m sure it will be packed, but would be fun to go.
-TJ’s now has coconut cashews! They sure make a salad feel tropical.
-This computer is going to die any day now. If I stop posting, you’ll know why…
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Happy Monday! We’ve got freezing rain on the way here in Dallas:( I’m heading to the east coast tomorrow to visit my family, and I hope I can get out! For now, a recap of my weekend.
Friday was cold and wet, so Matt and I opted to get cozy on the couch and not do a thing. We opened a bottle of Italian pinot grigio and watched Cloud Atlas, which was super weird. Loved Tom Hanks though!
I made a glorious bbq chicken pizza with sheep’s manchego, Stubb’s spicy sauce, banana peppers, and cilantro. So satisfying.
Low key Fridays make for the best Saturday mornings! I was up bright and early and enjoyed breakfast and tea before bootcamp. Matt and I ventured into the warmer temps with an afternoon walk, and I scored a pair of black dress pants for $14 at the Loft.
We headed down to the new Trinity Groves development to check out Local Urban Craft Kitchen (LUCK) for a beer before dinner. The beers on the menu are exclusively from Texas and all $5 (prices for high abv craft beers seem to really be rising these days). I enjoyed a cherry chocolate double brown stout from Deep Ellum Brewing Co. It was heavenly.
For dinner, we tried at Resto Gastro Bistro, a few doors down from LUCK. The space was dark and elegant with exposed brick and a wooden bar and tables. My camera died at this point, so I had to use my phone for the pictures:( We started with the above tempura rock Shrimp wraps with vermicelli noodles, black truffle aioli, and ponzu vinaigrette. I didn’t expect them to be fried, but they were pretty darn good that way!
Matt and I shared two entrees! The pan-seared lemon sole with piquillo pepper hummus, and the oven roasted pork shank with lemon goat cheese polenta, crispy pig, and balsamic-pomegranate glaze. The sole was tasty, but a little plain, but the pork was incredible! I’m not a huge pork rind person and there were a boat load of onions to get rid of, but the actual meat with the glaze and lemon polenta were a killer combination!
Unfortunately, our waiter was very short with us, and definately didn’t want to answer questions about the wine list or the food. I ended up with a lovely cabernet, and the waiter cleared it from the table when I still had some left – that’s the worst! So, overall, I’d highly recommend the food, but I’m not so sure about the service – will have to try it again some day.
Sunday involved a little bowling action with friends at Bowlounge. I wish I could say I’m getting better, but I’m not quite yet! Soon, though:)
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-Snow day! We had beautiful, huge chunks of snow falling for most of the day today. Matt worked from home and really wanted to get out of the house, so he’s taking me out for a glass of half priced wine at the happy hour around the corner. It’s the little things that make me giddy.
-Nordstrom lost my absolute favorite/most comfortable boots when I had them sent off to be repaired. They are letting me pick out a new pair, but I just want the old ones back!
-I’ve been craving traditional pasta with red sauce for some weird reason (I HATED red sauce growing up). I’m finally having it tonight and I’ve been excited all day.
-It’s been a very uneventful week, but sometimes those are the best. I’ve been loving reading novels before bed and just enjoying being warm in my apartment during these cold days.
-Olympics start tonight. Woohoo!
Have a very happy Thursday and a lovely weekend. k bye.Read More
Happy Sunday that’s really a Wednesday! What are you guys up to for the holidays? This is like the first time in my entire life that I haven’t traveled and it’s so relaxing! Matt and I had a nice weekend with a mix of fun and prepping for our Christmas guests. After grabbing a beer at a local Irish pub on Friday, we came home and made dinner. I sipped on this begian dubbel while chopping brussels and baking some spicy crab cakes.
I found them at Whole Foods and they were awesome!
Saturday morning, after barely making it to spinning in the pouring rain, we met good friends for brunch!
Matt and I shared a bloody mary and I ordered these bacon, egg, and avocado english muffin sammies. I gave one to Matt in exchange for some of his brisket hash.
I officially started my Christmas baking on Saturday afternoon with peppermint bark and peanut butter balls. Plus, more gingerbread cups today!
Saturday evening, we got dressed up and headed downtown to grab a bite to eat before going to see White Christmas!
We tried the new CBD Provisions and LOVED it. The cocktails were strong (I had a spicy tequila drink) and the waitstaff (we sat at the bar) was great, but the food was what really stood out.
We shared the cobia and grapefruit ceviche with avocado toast.
A glazed pork special that fell right off the bone – it was served with pinto beans and kale.
And the red chili, which was grass fed beef with an egg on top, served with two giant pieces of cornbread. Such a delicious combo! I can’t wait to go back to CBD and try entrees!
We arrived at the theater just in time to grab a beer before the show. It was so fun seeing a Christmas show right before the holiday – all the singing and costumes were so festive and really got me in the mood.
I’m off to enjoy a week with family and will surely pop in for a recap at some point – If I don’t talk to ya, have a very merry Christmas!Read More
-The sun’s out after days and its glorious. Those post-apocalyptic scenarios where the sun doesn’t shine anymore are my worse nightmare.
-Matt had to travel this week, so I ate lots of bowls with toppings for dinner. My usual go-to combos over quinoa are: roasted broccoli, nuts, and veggie burger; black beans, corn, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, salsa; mushrooms, carrots, spicy sausage, and Indian simmer sauce. This new one I had last night was incredible and included cranberries, sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil, kale, jalapeno chicken sausage, and garlic and lemon dressing. It’s a keeper.
-After last week’s party, I really want new holiday heels! I LOVE these suede ones with a more reasonable heel. I also like some of the ‘shooties’ I’ve seen online, but who wants toes peeping out in winter?
-Speaking of shopping, if you’re looking for something fun on the cheap to wear on New Year’s, Forever 21 has some crazy leggings right now that could be paired with an existing top or dress….
- I knocked out all the alcohol shopping for our Christmas stay-cation last night! (don’t worry, we’ll have 9 here to help consume).
-Aren’t you glad you don’t have to take finals or write term papers this week? I am!Read More
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…
Happy holiday week!Read More