If you guys haven’t noticed, I am ALL ABOUT ideal weekends. Whether I’m in the mood for a glittered face, expensive drinks with all kinds of unwashed citrus hanging off the glass rims, and getting my dancing queen on, or intellectual conversations over equally expensive beers with the aftertaste of fennel gone bad, or days spent galavanting around the city, evenings spent concocting in the kitchen, and nights spent cross-stitching in bed, you can guarantee I pick a theme for my two days off and run with it.
This weekend was a little bit of all of these themes wrapped into three deliciously varied days.
On friday after work I went on a dinner date with my friend from work who’s fast-becoming my actual, true blue real friend! We’ve hung out before, but always with other people so Friday was out first outside-of-work hang out and it was so so nice! We have such similar personalities and have so much in common that out conversations were light and fun and also deeper and intellectual.
We ate at the Red Fern (duh, my favorite) and had delicious vegan meals with glasses of organic red white in ridiculously heavy, over-embellished goblets. We then went to her place to hang out, listen to music, drink more wine and talk while we got ready to meet up with Collin and his friend out at a few bars. I’m trying to limit my alcohol intake, so I stuck to just a glass of wine at my friend’s house and then a fireball shot (hey, it was free!) but Collin was hilariously drunk and we ended the night with him, myself, and my friend splitting a basket of fries at the Old Toad.
On Saturday, while col emptied the contents of Friday night into the toilet (i.e. puked) and slept it off, I woke up early, did some yoga, and went to the public market where I loaded up on cucumbers, celery, $1 organic bananas, onions, $1 giant spaghetti squash, and $1 organic red potatoes.
We went to a scarecrow fest and had lunch with his mom, then spent the evening curled up with the Office reruns and the sounds of the mouse (rat?) in our walls.
Sunday, the most gorgeous day of the weekend by far, was also my favorite day of the weekend by far. I slept in (until 8…that’s “in” for me), read in the morning light pouring through our dilapidated curtains, made an out of this world oatmeal concoction with bananas, coconut oil, a melted date, raspberries, and almond butter, and cuddled with my man.
Since the yoga studio in the next neighborhood over had a free community class, I convinced Col to come with me because I’m thinking of becoming a member. Though it wasn’t the best session ever (we had an trainee as an instructor), I left with those feelings only yoga can bring: strength, clarity, flexibility, and a calm mind.
Starving, we had lunch at our favorite asian restaurant, Flavors of Asia, in the South Wedge where I got this baby:
Vermicelli Bowl with steamed tofu, Vietnamese pickles, lettuce, carrots, peanuts in a spicy & smoky lemongrass sauce.
Because the serving was GIANT, I have leftovers for today and tomorrow’s lunches. Plus, it was out of this world delicious and a dish I had never tried before which is always a favorite for me!
Last but not least, I used my farmer’s market cukes, celery, and apples to make green juices for the week:
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 4, 16 OZ. JUICES):
- 3 Cucumbers
- 8 Stalks of celery
- 3 small apples (I used macouns)
- 2 inches ginger
Cut everything into juicer-accessible pieces and juice cucumbers, celery, apples, and ginger. Give it a mix, and pour into jars.
This juice isn’t the sweetest, but it’s got a lot of flavor, nutrients, and really energizes!
Sorry for the length of this post, but I had a fab weekend filled with fab adventures. Enjoy!