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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A little entertainment for your Wednesday morning…
Jason Andre of Seven Season Films put together a GORGEOUS video of our wedding on Bald Head Island! We had debated hiring a videographer, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that we did. Jason was easy to work with and professional and the final product was worth every penny. It is fun to see the ceremony from our guests’ perspective and I’m thrilled to be able to relive that perfect day at any moment.
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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