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Birthday Party + Couch Weekend

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 | 9 comments

This weekend involved both partying and resting. I made tons of cupcakes on Friday! Half were for my friend Liz’s birthday party, and half were for the Duke/UNC watch party we were supposed to attend.


I made strawberry buttercream, but used too much strawberry – the flavor was great, but these melted under the patio heater later on. This has happened to me before so I should have known to be careful! Next time I might try freeze dried strawberries.

I hosted a paloma pre-game party before Liz’s birthday dinner at Mesomaya. I’d never made palomas before (they are pretty simple), but I thought they turned out well. I have way too much tequila left over though!


A group of about 15 of us enjoyed dinner on the patio of Mesomaya. I ordered an avocado margarita, which was fabulous! Dinner was lots of guac and a delicious ceviche salad. I really liked Mesomaya (especially the cute courtyard), and I want to go back to try more entrees!


After dinner and messy cupcakes, we moved on to the Ritz bar and enjoyed the outdoor fireplace. We ended our night at the Loon – I think the birthday girl had fun!


My weekend snapshots end there because I spent the rest of the weekend on the couch:( Matt came home from a business trip and was pretty sick with some kind of stomach bug, so we just relaxed at home. Poor guy. We didn’t make it to the watch party on Saturday night, but I sent my cupcakes with a friend and we cheered Duke on at home. I enjoyed a beer while Matt sipped on a homemade sports drink concoction. I also made soup, although Matt couldn’t really eat it, so I’m eating all the leftovers. So that’s that.

Hope some of you got to enjoy the warmer temperatures and you all survived springing forward:)

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Hunter Gatherer and Bday Desserts

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 | 6 comments

The weekend was lovely. I hadn’t really seen Matt in a while because of Key West and his weekend soccer tournament plus weekday travel for work. It was wonderful to go on a date! HG Supply has been on our list for quite some time, so we were both really excited to have dinner there. HG stands for hunter gatherer and the menu is Paleo-inspired; the food is simple and clean, and so was the space! I had a fabulous vanilla cinnamon Manhattan in the lively bar while we waited for our table.


We started with the bacon wrapped pork shanks with chipotle-cider glaze. These were giant and delicious.


HG Supply is famous for their bowls of flavorful combinations of meat and vegetables. Matt wanted to try ‘The Hunted’ bowl consisting of duck confit, sweet potato hash, spicy broccoli & bacon. We both loved it.


We also shared the quinoa burger with olive tapenade and hummus. We will definitely be back to HG supply, not just because we liked the food and atmosphere, but because of the chocolate kettlebell that arrived at the table beside us. It was the size of an actual kettlebell and the server poured hot caramel over it to melt the chocolate and reveal a piece of cheesecake inside. It was insane.

After dinner we watched Blackfish, a documentary about killer whales in captivity. I really enjoyed watching it, but also felt really sad about the poor whales and trainers. I dreamed of being one of those trainers after my first visit to SeaWorld when I was little and had no idea that so much information had been kept from the public:(


Saturday, I baked up a storm! A friend was celebrating her 30th birthday, and I volunteered to make the desserts for the party. I attempted a new recipe for brownie surprise cupcakes, and made an old faithful mint whoopie pie recipe.


I wouldn’t recommend the brownie surprise – freezing the brownie batter was supposed to keep it from cooking all the way through so that it would remain gooey, but it didn’t work at all. The brownies still cooked until they were dry and cakey. They weren’t bad at all, but I’m just not a chocolate cake person and that’s basically what they tasted like on the inside. The peanut butter icing on top, however, was incredible!!!



And the whoopies were good!




The party was awesome – they had one of my favorite wines and a wonderful spread of Mexican food from a local restaurant. I could not stop eating the sweet potato chips with salsa verde!!



Sunday was nice and relaxing. Matt and I took a long walk to the tennis courts, but were sad to find them packed because of the nice weather. We eventually gave up.


I picked up some cajun turkey burgers for dinner and we sipped on rose to end the weekend.



And another week begins.

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Nothing Better

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 | 2 comments

There’s really nothing better than pizza and wine.


Actually, there is – gourmet pizza and wine with friends…


These lovely ladies (and the men) and I went to the new Pizzeria Toro for a late birthday celebration. The restaurant is a adorable, but small, and we were told there would be over an hour wait for a table. Luckily, we were seated after only 30 minutes! Our table shared pizzas topped with…

oyster mushrooms and truffle cheese,
delicatta squash, gorgonzola, and confit garlic,
and sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers, with provolone.
Guys, these were all amazing, but the squash pizza stole my heart. It was seriously one of the best I’ve ever had. And you know what else was awesome? The crust of all the pizzas was sprinkled with sea salt, and it was delightful.
Since it was technically a birthday celebration, sweet Rachel brought cupcakes!!
I had a red velvet, which was delicious!
Saturday night was simply a date night. Matt and I drank beers,
And then went to Tyler’s for more beer…
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and a [pimento cheese and fried green tomato] sandwich.
I just ran into a friend who asked me what I did this weekend, and I told her I ate and drank and relaxed in between. Because that’s about all I did!
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L’Uva + Angel Food

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 | 7 comments

Since our family loooves to celebrate everything with food, we dined at L’Uva for my Dad’s birthday! It’s an Italian restaurant that’s fairly new in Durham and I really haven’t heard much about it. After seeing the seasonal and awesome menu (and the really reasonable prices), I thought it would be a good place for a nice dinner. And now I would definitely recommend it!

But first, we stopped into Pinhook for a beer and conversation!

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Like any good Italian restaurant, there was bread + olive oil.


We shared the beer braised mussels to start – they were wonderful, but the bread dipped in the broth was even better.


The description for my dinner entree was simple – sweet potato gnocchi with pork sausage, sage, and basil pesto – but the flavors were oh so complex. This was hands down one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had. The other pastas I sampled were wonderful too.


Then wishes were made, presents were opened, and angel food cake was consumed. My mom just made one of these cakes with whipped cream for my sister, and I’ve been craving a piece ever since – reminds me of my childhood!


All my Dad’s cakes (or pies) have basketball man on top. I’m not sure where he came from, but maybe my mom will share in the comments…


The cake was blue and green – according to my mom the colors represent the Earth and the destruction from Sandy:(

Mmm…what a delicious night. I hope my Dad thought so too!

k bye.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012 | 5 comments

Today didn’t go so well. I felt worse and worse as the day progressed, until I turned white in a 2-hour meeting and excused myself to go home. A fever, two naps, and lots of chills later, I guess I’m sick?


This will be my evening and probably my day tomorrow:(


On a lighter note, my sister is turning 30 tomorrow, so I wanted to at least post to wish her a Happy Birthday!!

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