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.
Hope yall had a nice weekend too.Read More
I’ve been recovering from a bad cold this week, so when Friday came around and I started to feel better, I was in the best mood! There’s nothing like being sick to make you appreciate being healthy. I didn’t want to do much on Friday, but hot broth sounded amazing, so Matt and I checked out a new ramen restaurant in Dallas called Tanoshii. I’m no ramen expert, so I have idea where Tanoshii falls on the spectrum in terms of good ramen, but I definately enjoyed the experience and the space was very hip.
We started with the panfried pork and shrimp dumplings, which may have been my favorite part.
I also ordered a baby kale salad (which was great with even more avocado),
and the kobe beer chili sweet potato fries!!!! Aka, heaven!
Food truck Wednesday!
Well not really – I think there are trucks at Fullsteam Brewery most nights! Side note: I love food trucks as long as I have a table. I can’t stand eating while standing up – I’m a fast eater and have learned that I do much better if I can sit down and savor my food!
Tonight, we met up with friends and a birthday girl for beers and celebration and it was so nice! I love random Wednesday outings. Matt and I shared a spare rib quesadilla, tots, and a spicy goat cheese slice of pizza.
Oh man, those tots hit the spot. And the quesadilla was fabulous.
I had one summery white beer, and it was just one of those nights where it went straight to my brain and left me with a massive headache – maybe I’m dehydrated since Wednesday is bootcamp in the am? Regardless, I’m heading straight for bed and I’m pretty excited:)
I thought I was beating Matt’s cold, but it has gotten the best of me today:( I wasn’t able to go to church or brunch, but my parents were nice enough to order us a pizza and come over for the Duke game.
I really thought I was on the up-and-up Saturday, and attempted a date night. I figured beer is the best medicine (only in the moment…)
Matt and I stopped at Milltown in Chapel Hill and had a drink at the bar – this dubbel was fantastic!!!
I hate how having a stuffy nose affects your taste buds! I figured Asian food might stand out, so we checked out the bar at Jujube, a fusion restaurant with Chinese and Vietnamese influences in Chapel Hill. We decided just to share a cocktail and were blown away by the Hot Date – jujube [date] preserves, bourbon, cayenne, and lemon. Hot and sweet and oh so perfect.
These were melt-in-your-mouth pillows, and again, the sauce made this dish outstanding.
Crispy beef short rib and goat cheese wontons with hot pepper-basil jam arrived next, and while the insides of these were good, I tasted just a little too much of the fried shell and didn’t ever taste any goat cheese Can’t complain about the hot pepper sauce though!
Everything we tried was so unique and flavorful that we decided to just look at the dessert menu. Yeah right. We simply had to try the fried apple-goat cheese dumplings with vanilla-bourbon ice cream and black vinegar caramel. Basically my dream, fried into a pocket.
There were four dumplings under there, and we quickly discovered that the goat cheese was lurking in the corners. Absolutely to-die-for!
I’m so glad we tried something off the beaten path!
And now, my friends, I’m not gonna go to bed; because even though I feel lousy I’m on spring break and I’m gonna stay up past my bedtime watching random tv!!Read More
I love cooking holiday appropriate foods. And dressing in holiday appropriate colors (well you kinda have to for St. Paddy’s Day…).
Growing up, Kelly the Leprechaun used to come in the wee hours of the morning and make green cinnamon coffee cakes for breakfast. And I think we used to have corned beef too. So naturally, I wanted to make something loosely Irish last night.
I found a recipe for Cottage Pie, and since it allowed me to use that last bit of tomato paste in my fridge, I knew it was the one. Only it kinda took me forever to make, and Matt and I ate the whole thing in about 15 minutes.
But I could definItely taste it in the sauce!
The pie was a big mess, but it was a nice change of pace because I rarely cook such traditional dishes. I still don’t think I’m much of a meat and potatoes person…
But Irish food and beer were the perfect way to celebrate and made for a cozy little holiday.Read More