Taking Back My Twenties

A Lovely Thanksgiving

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 | 1 comment

I had a wonderful week in Maryland. It was so great, in fact, that I didn’t take many pictures. But you guys all know what Thanksgiving food looks like – we had the full spread of turkey and delicious sides, plus pumpkin pie. And a tasty prosecco after some quality autumn beers.

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I got to see my parents on Friday – they drove up to Annapolis and we spent a blustery day walking around by the water, looking in shops, and eating seafood. We tried a new restaurant called Blackwall Hitch, where we had crab dip, crab pizza, and shrimp and grits.

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Saturday night, Matt’s parents took us into DC and we tried an amazing Argentinean restaurant called Rural Society. The food was really different and we had fun tasting a bunch of plates paired with carmenere. And there was malbec butter! I wonder if this is what the food in Argentina really tastes like…

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It’s back to the grind, but only for 3 weeks. Christmas break is on the horizon and rest + healthy eating is in full swing!

Adios.

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Hello from MD

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 | 2 comments

We have a dreary, rainy day here at Matt’s house, and the rain is expected to turn to snow! I had planned to post my weekend recap, but forgot to bring my camera cord.

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I have the whole week off of work [beyond amazing], so I first went to Baltimore to visit my grandmother! I met my sister and my mom there and we had a nice time drinking manhattans, catching up, entertaining Mazen, and shopping!

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Today, I arrived at Matt’s house and I’m truly relaxing. The whole family is working from home except for me, so I’m just doing quiet computer things and lounging, with a break to go to Body Pump with Matt’s mom soon!

I have ten million things to be thankful for tomorrow, and at the top of my list is my job and family. I hope you have a fabulous turkey day!

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Weekend of Hosting

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 | 1 comment

We had too much fun this weekend!

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Matt’s sister came to visit and we had all kinds of good eats and drinks.

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Friday, we made homemade margs – one of my favorite things since we bought really good tequila over the summer – and then we walked to Victor Tangos. I can never get enough of that place. There’s an energetic vibe, the cocktails are creative and ever-changing, and the food is fun. I had a drink made with house-made mushroom (Chantrelle) syrup and something in the whiskey family. So tasty!

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To start, we shared a duck and fig flatbread and bbq lamb ribs. The ribs were incredible, and I always enjoy a good flatbread.

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For the main event, we shared this giant family style pork over lemony polenta and greens

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plus fried kabocha squash.

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Even though we were pleasantly stuffed, we got talked into the sticky toffee cake. It was decent, but for once, too big for me to finish!

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Saturday, I took Chelsea to my favorite gym class and then we ran some errands to get ready for our house party. We recently moved further outside the city to get a bit more space, and decided that Chelsea’s visit and the move were a good excuse for a gathering.

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I also decided her visit was a good excuse for a blow-out:) Sadly, I was too busy cooking and chatting with guests and took almost no pictures all night. I do have one from an after-party of sorts, but we walked in the rain to get there, so it’s not a good hair picture.

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Sunday was spent brunching, enjoying couch time, and eating leftover cupcakes. We had a freezing weekend and even saw flurries Sunday night. Needless to say, it was an excellent weekend, and I’m feeling the beginnings of a sore throat this evening.

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I’ve got a quiet week at work since the first trimester just ended, so I’m hoping to take it easy and get lots of sleep in the coming days. I’m ready to do absolutely nothing but rest over Thanksgiving break.

See ya.

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