I had a very festive weekend! We stayed in on Friday and took it easy because Saturday was Matt’s company party at the Ritz!
We got all dressed up and I finally dug out the purse I bought on our last day in Italy.
I had kinda forgotten about it and it was still stuffed with Italian newspaper!
We joined some of Matt’s coworkers for a drink and then walked over to the Ritz. It looked beautiful!
They had an entire casino set up and we all got play money. The guys wanted to play craps, so I tried my best to learn the rules.
I did ok and even walked away with more chips than I started with! I was confused a lot of the time though, and after two bourbon and sours I just kinda pretended I knew what was going on:)
I worked up an appetiteand was so excited to see three different buffet lines – there was a fajita station, Texas bbq station, and a Mediterranean station. I hadn’t been expecting much from the food, but it was awesome!!!! Loved the lamb with hummus and pecans and the little pastrami sandwiches.
And a separate room for dessert!
We ended up going out to a local bar afterwards and we stayed out past 2, so by body wasn’t too happy with me this morning. We rallied with french toast and a trip to the gym though, and then ventured out in the 20 degree temps to get a Christmas tree. The cold front is actually making me so happy because I know this is just temporary and there’s not a New England winter ahead of me!
Home Depot was sold out, so we went to Lowe’s and found a cute 6 footer!
It was wet and icy from the storm this week, so I’m gonna let it dry off tonight – can’t wait to decorate it tomorrow though. In years past we’ve always travelled for Christmas and bought a tabletop tree, so I’m excited to have a full-size tree this year!
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We had a fabulous weekend in Nantucket! Matt was in the wedding party for one of his very best friends, so we made a long weekend out of the occasion and rented a house with some of the other groomsmen and their significant others. It was so fun being a guest at an island wedding after hosting one of my own.
We arrived on Thursday to partake in Halloween festivities. The males were pandas, so naturally the females were panda tamers.
I spent a lot of time with these lovely ladies while the groomsmen did their thing during the day. We enjoyed a stroll around town and lunch at a brew pub before we got dressed up for an incredible rehearsal dinner at Town Restaurant.
The scallops were out.of.this.world!!!!! I miss fresh seafood from the Atlantic!
The whole weekend was grey and rainy, but the sun peaked for like a split second right before the wedding. Despite the weather, the trees in Nantucket were beautiful and I found myself really missing the east coast.
The groom is so excited to lay eyes of his gorgeous bride here:
She was stunning!!!!
The reception was held at a waterfront hotel inside a cozy tent. We warmed up with butternut bisque and dark ‘n stormys during cocktail hour.
There was no wedding cake, but the phenomenal band made up for it. We danced every second of the reception, including between each course:)
I had a blast this weekend, but after the commute home, I’m quite happy to be back on the ground in Dallas!!
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The menu featured a lot of small plates, so we shared the bbq okra with meyer lemon aioli and the grilled bacon with bosc pear and aged sherry vinegar. Both plates were indeed very small but quite flavorful. I think the okra was my favorite.
My entree was a good size though and it was very, very tasty. It’s not on the regular menu and I can’t remember all the details, but I believe this salmon was served over pureed parsnips with a fig jam. Matt had a wonderful steak too!!
We said our goodbyes right after dinner because my mom had an early AM flight, and Matt and I had plans to be at a bar for kickoff at 11am! People have been telling me how fun and crazy the Texas – OU rivalry weekend is and fun it was! It actually wasn’t as crazy crowded as I had thought it would be, but that might have just been related to where we watched the game.
I ordered my very first bloody mary to start. After drinking three with no headache at all, I must say they are a new favorite! Ok, that’s probably un-related to the bloody mary, but I was glad my body cooperated with day drinking. It was so much fun!!
I guess it was kind of a big deal that Texas won the game, so we continued on to another bar for celebratory beers and snacks afterwards.
Matt and I called it a day around 3pm and caught up on Revenge episodes. We ventured out for a burger on Saturday night and then went to bed embarrassingly early.
We ended the weekend at a friend’s birthday party on Sunday afternoon where we enjoyed more burgers and seasonal beers! It’s alllmost time to start drinking autumn beers here in Dallas. I’d say we’re a good month behind the rest of the country with the whole fall thing. I’m getting pretty excited because fall also means it’s time for birthday cake. Exciting week ahead!!!Read More
Hey blog world.
I’m back from a split-second in Charlotte for a friend’s wedding. As soon as I landed on the east coast I missed it – it’s sooo green! And chilly! It’s fall somewhere, but definately not here.
The wedding took place at the Foundation for the Carolinas, an urban indoor-outdoor space in the middle of uptown Charlotte. Saturday’s weather was perfect and the blue skies were a gorgeous backdrop to the roof-top wedding ceremony.
All of the details of the wedding were very elegant and the menu consisting of steak and salmon, orzo, roasted carrots and parsnips, salad, and grilled focaccia was delicious.
I got lucky with an outdoor table and the view was awesome.
It became even more spectacular at dusk!
I stole a snap of the beautiful bride with her groom against this neat garden wall:)
My bridesmaids, now her bridesmaids:)
The only thing better than eating dinner on the roof of a building is dancing on the roof of a building!
We continued the party on the roof terrace at Ri Ra which reminded me of my college days. Only I can’t stay out that late these days without really feeling it in the morning!
Congratulations to the bride and groom, and thanks for a fabulous weekend and a fun college reunion!
As for Monday, I’m thinking of those affected by the tragedy in DC:( So sad.
Have you ever had the wrong time for your own party? I did that yesterday and was frantically running around to get everything ready an hour earlier than I had thought – so silly of me! Anyway, I apologize that my picture quality suffered as a result.
We had all of our Dallas buddies over for a party last night! I tried a few new recipes in addition to my usual pig-in-a-blankets, cheese platter, and salsa trio.
I can’t remember if i was inspired by a specific recipe or not, but I ended up with the avocado chicken salad and sweet potato combo above. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I made my usual greek yogurt chicken salad with avocado instead, and it was fabulous! I’ll have to make the sweet potato disks a little crispier next time, but I loved this overall.
This endive app was inspired by Kath’s jam post. The blue cheese and jalapeno went perfectly with a cranberry jalapeno compote I had in the pantry – I think I received it as a gift and it was great!
I’ve seen a bunch of recipes for zucchini fritters this summer, so I tried one using almond meal instead of flour. I thought they were just ok, but I’m certain they would have been much better if I had not thrown them together in 10 seconds and either burned or undercooked most of them. Whoops.
Dessert was fruit pizza and homemade chocolate bark.
It was one of those crazy nights that ended with a friend chugging the rest of the punch straight from the bowl, a late-night trip to the Ritz, and Matt and I finishing off the fruit pizza and doing tons of dishes at 2:30:)
And another party was going on over on the east coast for my nephew’s first birthday. A belated happy birthday to Mazen!Read More