Taking Back My Twenties

Weekend Dates & A Run-By Fruiting

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 | 4 comments

We had a fabulous weekend at home. After so much travel this summer, low-key weekends are the best. We are traveling two more times this month and then have nothing until Thanksgiving – I’m so excited to take it easy and get back into the swing of working! I stocked up on ingredients to make homemade Lara bars and banana bread with coconut flour muffins for afternoon snacks and bought a brand new planner for the school year (I get so excited for this purchase every time!!!). I’ve got loads of laundry to do, a dentist appointment, and a mani-pedi scheduled (!), and then I’ll be ready to roll.

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Friday night, Matt and I tried the new Hopdoddy Burger bar thanks to some friends who gave us a gift card! We loved everything about it – the space, the service, the beer selection, and the burger, fries, and salad. I’m glad this place has come to our neighborhood.

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Saturday night, we went on a fun date night to the new Stock and Barrel in the Bishop Arts section of Dallas. The cocktail menu looked great, so we went a little early and had drinks at the bar. I had a bourbon and blackberry drink that was different than my usual bourbon + something sweet + bitters.

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The menu has lots of things to be shared! Now that menus are changing from formal entrees to small and large plates, I can’t hardly stand to just order one thing anymore! I love tasting and sharing lots of different items, especially because Matt and I almost always want the same foods! We started with the lump crab fritters and the mussels. I really loved the mushrooms and chorizo in the mussel broth.

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Our big plate was the meatloaf with smoked bacon over white cheddar grits. It was absolutely amazing and the best meatloaf I’ve ever had (I actually haven’t had that many:))

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And, the caramelized brussels with sweet chili.

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It was a wonderful dinner and a perfect date night because we got a booth. Now I’m ready to get this week started!

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A New York Minute

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 | 7 comments

Our trip to New York felt so fast because we packed a ton into 2 days! We were in the city for the wedding of two of my Davidson friends – they fell in love when we studied abroad in Cambridge!

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We arrived Friday afternoon, and after walking around for a couple of hours while Matt worked, we headed to Chelsea to meet friends at Buddakan – this has been on my list for a while because I love fusion + small plates. The pork belly above came with buns and was probably my favorite plate.

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We had chili shrimp and deviled tuna tartare,

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and prawn and mushroom noodles (also a favorite) and broccoli in a brown sauce. Dinner did not disappoint and the space, cocktails, and service were great as well. After dinner, we stopped by the wedding welcome party and then called it a night. I sure can’t stay out like I used to.

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Saturday was a wonderful day! The weather was iffy, so instead of going for a run, Matt and I went to a nearby Equinox and took a spinning class. I rarely have access to good classes while traveling, so it was great to start the day with a solid workout.

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We found out at the last minute that Matt’s parents were going to be in the city, so we met them for a lovely brunch at The Little Owl – another restaurant that’s been on my NYC list. We obviously started with the beignettes with nutella and raspberry sauce.

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I had the chilequiles, which were somewhat deconstructed. The flavors were very unique and I really enjoyed the dish, but I think I prefer my chilequiles in a big bowl:) Matt had the burger which was amazing!

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After brunch, we strolled through the Chelsea market and along the Hyline, chatting the day away – we ended up having great fall-like weather so it was a very pleasant afternoon.

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We said farewell to Matt’s parents and got ready for the wedding at the Harold Pratt House.

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The venue was beautiful and I loved that we moved to different rooms for each phase of the wedding.

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The happy couple!

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After the ceremony and cocktail hour we had a seated dinner catered by Daniel.

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The food was divine!!! Our first course was lobster with sweet corn. I LOVED that each course had a specific wine pairing!

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Our second course was braised short ribs and beef tenderloin – both meats were melt-in-your-mouth good and were paired with a pinot noir.

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The dessert course was a chocolate coulant paired with champagne! The middle was like a gooey raw brownie.

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There was an awesome live band who played both really good classics and new music. A few hours into the dancing, the bride and groom cut the cake for round two of dessert. They also brought out sliders and hot dogs at the very end for anyone who had worked up an appetite dancing.

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It was an absolutely perfect wedding until the Rolls-Royce that was supposed to take the couple to their hotel caught on fire! Luckily, they were out of the car and the staff was able to put out the fire pretty quickly. Scary!

The weekend ended with brunch on top of the Nomad Hotel. This was such a nice touch for out-of-town guests and the food was fantastic.

What a lovely end to a whirlwind summer. I still have one more wedding to attend back in NC, but it’s after I start work next week. See ya.

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Weekend of Friends

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 | 4 comments

Two of our good friends were in town visiting family this weekend, so we spent Saturday night on the town! Matt and I made a pizza and just took it easy on Friday night in preparation. I haven’t felt that rested on a Saturday morning in a long time!

When our friends Lauren and Evan arrived, we immediately took them to our favorite taco joint, Urban Taco! I ordered my usual tacos and we also got the avocado ceviche, which is just the best! Although we had been hoping to do something outside, the temp hit 102, so we decided bowling inside was a better choice. I’m not great at bowling, but I always enjoy trying.

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Our first stop for the night was Savor for cocktails. We rode the trolley to Klyde Warren Park and enjoyed views of downtown.

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Lauren and I both got a drink made with tequila and champagne and it was potent!

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For dinner, we made our way to Barter. We sampled a few different wines and decided on this lovely zin from Sonoma.

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I apologize for the quality of my pictures! We shared the corn fried catfish,

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the spicy carrot ‘home fries’ with goat cheese,

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and the deviled eggs (which was really just the filling) with fried artichoke,

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Y’all know I always split dinners with Matt, but since Lauren and Evan love food as much as we do, we switched partners for a change. The girls shared this black bass and the men shared a giant lamb shoulder.

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Plus crispy brussels, which were probably my favorite item of the night!

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We ended the evening with shenanigans and a nightcap at the famous Katy Trail Ice House.

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But the real grand finale of the weekend was the amazing brunch we had at Sundown on Granada, which is definitely my favorite brunch spot as of late. I got the same thing Matt had last time – the Shiner brisket eggs benedict with sweet potatoes.

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I’m balancing out the indulgent eats with lots of healthy food because we’re heading to a wedding this weekend. I wrapped up another couple of shifts at Equinox and next week will be my last week there. The end of summer is soo soon!

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