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Celebrating Matt

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 | 5 comments

Yesterday was about celebration and relaxation. We slept in till 9 and then I made the birthday boy pancakes. It’s only been about three weeks since we’ve had pancakes and the first bite made me realize that I’ve missed our Thursday pancake ritual so.much.

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We did some more unpacking and furniture assembly and fit in a quick couples workout in my apartment’s gym:) Then we headed to the lake!

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We’re already obsessed with the sandwiches and salads at The Mad Hatter, so we stopped and grabbed lunch on the way. I got a thai peanut wrap, which was good, but really salty. I only ate half.

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The lake was a bit crowded, but the water felt great and it was nice to just sit!

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I snuck a delicious can of beer into the state park. I found this at Whole Foods and it was a really nice summer beer – not too thin and watery, but light enough for a 90 degree day.

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I almost forgot that I have to drive to get around here! Good thing I only bought one:)

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We showered and headed out on foot for a before-dinner cocktail.

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It was hot!!! But fun to walk.

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We stopped into Vin Rouge for a little bourbon at the bar. We ended up meeting the executive chef for another Durham restaurant at the bar, so we put his restaurant on the top of our list.

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Another short walk later and we arrived at Parizade for dinner. I remember loving this restaurant the last time I went (in high school), and since Matt and I like Mediterranean food, I figured it would be an ideal birthday spot. I was right!

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When I found the ‘Petite Petit’ Petite Syrah that I had back at Sonsie in Boston, I knew I must order it!! Especially because the glass was like $5 less than the same glass in Boston. It was scrumptious.

We ordered the mezze platter to start. Everything was awesome, especially the carrots with golden raisins and the tzatziki. And, surprisingly, I really liked the beets!

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As usual, picking an entree was hard for me. Enough though I’m not a huge tuna fan, I went with it because of how it was prepared – crusted in mint and spices and served over tomato orzo with golden raisins.

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WOW.

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This was soo wonderful and unlike anything I’ve ever had. The sweetness of the raisins and the tomato paired with the mint were so unique and I loved the texture of the orzo.

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Matt was pretty content with his huge portion of seafood paella too.

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Oh, and there was cake.

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An ice cream cake with a layer of caramel blast, pound cake, and cookies and cream.

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Matt is a huge fan of ice cream cakes, and although he likes buttercream cakes too, he has always requested an ice cream cake for his special day.

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We’ve tried Coldstone, Carvel, and now Ben and Jerry’s cakes and this one was probably second best. The ice cream was top-notch, but it was definitely less cake-like than Coldstone. Loved the caramel blasts on the top layer!

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  I accidentally had four slices and Matt had five. And then we realized we nearly finished off an entire cake between the two of us. Whoops:)

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T’was a spendid way to celebrate Matt.

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Twenty Four Hours

Posted on May 13, 2011 | 2 comments

We’re here!


In less than 24 hours we’ve had delicious Mexican delights, enjoyed a relaxing California breakfast, walked around charming Santa Monica, went on a surprisingly enjoyable long run to Venice beach, stumbled upon the set of a commercial being filmed on the beach, had pacific fish tacos by the pool, sipped on a mango daiquari, and probably gotten too much sun:)

I hope your Friday has been fabulous!

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West Coast Fever

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 | 7 comments

Hi Friends,

Long time no see! Thanks for all the wonderful comments, both on my post about living in the moment and Kath’s tips for taking back the rest of the week! Please excuse me for not responding to comments right away though, as I’m living in the moment here on the west coast!

The weather is a little chilly here, but it still felt wonderful to walk around in just a light coat yesterday. I spent most of the day at the conference, wishing I was out sight seeing, but I was able to take a little walk around Union Square in the late afternoon.

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For cocktail hour, I gathered with school psychologists from the Massachusetts state association for wine, cheese, and a breathtaking view:

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After fun conversation, my classmates and some of our significant others headed over to Limon for Peruvian cuisine. I had an incredible mojito and a surprisingly bold-tasting sangria.

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Matt and I split vegetable empanadas…

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HUGE yucca fries…
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braised shortribs…
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and snapper + shrimp ceviche.
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Once the unmentioned-on-the-menu onions were picked off of everything, all of the dishes tasted delicious. Although the flavor of the ceviche was good, I’m just not a fan of the texture.
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After dinner, I tried a local oatmeal stout, but I didn’t catch the name of the brewery. We spent the rest of the night laughing with friends and it was just perfect.
Matt and I just got back from a quick run, and now the rain is setting in. I’m planning to attend two more talks at the conference and then explore the ferry building and local brewpubs.
Later:)
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