I had a fabulous birthday weekend – feels like each year gets better! Since the real day fell on a Saturday, Matt planned the day. I told him I wanted to relax and eat cake!
First, I took Matt to my favorite gym class at Equinox, and then we showered and headed out on foot for cupcakes. We stopped at two different bakeries and acquired 5 cupcakes for the evening. We also ducked into a fun salad place for lunch and did a little shopping at boutiques.
After lunch, we got a couples massage! The experience was fantastic because we got a cold stone facial, foot scrub, and hot stone massage too! It was heavenly, and one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received. Then we headed down to Bishop Arts for dinner at the very famous Lucia. We got in off the waiting list only hours before dinner. It was fate!
We grabbed cocktails at Stock and Barrel before dinner – this was a lovely twist on a bourbon sour made with passion fruit.
We kicked off dinner with a bottle of Argentinian wine – Lucia is Italian, but I couldn’t resist this recommendation by our waitress (and I believe it was a collaboration between two winemakers). Side note: the service was phenomenal! And, oh my goodness, the olives!!
We ordered two of the foie gras stuffed prunes – who can resist a $1 menu item? I thought I had gotten adventure-some enough for foie gras, but no! I hated it and washed the bite down with wine:)
Our first plate was pork belly with pear and gorgonzola – this was divine, and a generous portion!
Next up, some sort of Italian pork with sautéed mushrooms – also delish.
We ordered two small pastas: the squash risotto with rabbit meatballs and brussels (above) and an interestingly shaped pasta with squab ragu (below). Both were perfect and rivaled the meals we had in Italy!
The real star of the night was the braised lamb with red pepper, cilantro, and an olive tapenade. The meat melted together with the sauces and it was seriously a top ten entree.
Despite the cupcakes waiting at home, we had to try the Italian donuts with squash and caramel!
Clearly, the meal was superb! And the restaurant is so romantic:) I’m already dying to go back!
We ended the weekend festivities with Sunday brunch with some friends at Vagabond. We had [more] donuts – these were basically apple-stuffed fried dough!
I had a grilled cheese benedict, but I also shared Matt’s burger and it was great! I hear Vagabond is quickly becoming famous for it.
Thanks to Matt and my lovely friends and family for a wonderful birthday!Read More
Hello! I’m back from a quick trip to NC! The timing couldn’t have been worse for this wedding, but I couldn’t bare to miss the opportunity to see friends and family. I flew in late Friday and back on Sunday. I got to see both my sister and Mazen and my parents for Friday dinner! We hit up Tyler’s in our old stomping ground in Durham. I enjoyed a beer and a pork belly sandwich before heading over to the welcome party for the wedding.
The wedding was held at the beautiful Duke gardens. It was a hot day, but it felt soo much cooler than Dallas and I loved it.
The bride looked stunning in a fitted lace dress and the gardens made for a beautiful backdrop.
My bff’s from high school were all therel!!
We enjoyed drinks on the patio and then moved inside for a lovely dinner and dancing.
The food was so fresh! Apparently the NC trout had been caught that morning and the pistachio chicken was hot off a charcoal grill.
We danced for hours and popsicles were passed around the dance floor – what a great idea! I had a salted caramel pop that was excellent.
Sunday morning, I had a long brunch with my parents at Foster’s in Durham. It was an awesome weekend until my flight was cancelled on Sunday. I was re-routed through Pittsburgh where I spent 6 hours in the airport before I finally made it back to Dallas at 2am. Arg. Needless to say, I’m happy to be home and ready for a week of good night’s sleep. I’m so excited to meet the students this week! Adios.Read More
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!
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.
We had chili shrimp and deviled tuna tartare,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We said farewell to Matt’s parents and got ready for the wedding at the Harold Pratt House.
The venue was beautiful and I loved that we moved to different rooms for each phase of the wedding.
The happy couple!
After the ceremony and cocktail hour we had a seated dinner catered by Daniel.
The food was divine!!! Our first course was lobster with sweet corn. I LOVED that each course had a specific wine pairing!
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.
The dessert course was a chocolate coulant paired with champagne! The middle was like a gooey raw brownie.
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.
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.Read More
Happy wedding anniversary to my husband and best friend of 8 years.
Thank you for always being positive, understanding, and loving. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your never-ending support, and the encouragement to keep searching for that perfect position this past year.
You’re the absolute best husband a girl could ask for:)
-Saturday is my one year anniversary! It’s been a wonderful year of marriage:) I just keep thinking about all the things that were happening at this time last year and I wish I could relive it all. At least some of this is still in the freezer!!!!!
-To celebrate, we’re combining our wedding anniversary with Matt’s 30th and taking a big trip!
-I have enough yoga classes under my belt now that I’m starting to relax and really enjoy it. I get giddy on Thursdays just thinking about going. I never thought I’d say that!!
-I finally got around to starting a new book! I go through periods of tv and novels and I know reading is a better activity before bedtime.
-Currently, my favorite lunch entree: corn tortillas slathered in avocado with scrambled eggs topped with cilantro and hot sauce. Gosh I love eating.
Can someone tell me how it’s the weekend again? I never remember time moving this fast.