This weekend has been a ton of fun, but I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.
Friday night was a dinner out in DC at Buca di Beppo for my friend Erica's 30th birthday. They do a family style dinner, so we just ordered a ton of food and split everything. I highly recommend this restaurant for a big group. The prices are reasonable and the food was very good. Oh and I tried chianti for the first time and LOVED it. Have been trying to get more into red wines, so this was good progress.
The fried mozzarella was incredible. I also had some of the Mixed Green Salad with Prosciutto and Gorgonzola. (no pic)
A shot of my plate from above. Penne Arrabbiata, Chicken Saltimbocca, and Chicken Parmesan. The penne dish was a little too spicy for my taste, but the chicken parm and chicken saltimbocca were both awesome.
And here is the birthday girl as we are singing her happy birthday...and she is conducting. She will be 29 for the rest of her life.Saturday (12.06.2008)
Sleeping in did not happen as planned on Saturday due to a crazy kitten named Lucy. (who is currently watching me type, purring loudly - trying to chase the words) Breakfast was a cinnamon crumpet w/ almond butter and agave nectar. Sliced banana on the side.Headed to the gym and did 2 miles of running and 40 mins of walking on a slight incline for 60 mins total treadmill time. Kevin wasn't done with his workout yet, so I ended up lifting my back and shoulders and then doing 35 mins on the arc trainer. Guess it is good we drove together because he caused me to do more than I ever would have.
Came home and whipped up a protein shake. (vanilla protein powder, soy milk, blueberries) We met Kevin's father for lunch in Annapolis at O'Briens Oyster Bar and Restaurant before doing a little Christmas shopping on Main Street. I was shy and didn't take any pictures of lunch. I had scallop sliders, which were huge seared scallops topped with this Asian slaw, but they didn't really fill me up, so I ended up stealing a bunch of Kevin's fries.
Saturday night was my friend Carron's 30th SURPRISE birthday dinner. I couldn't mention it in Friday's post because I knew she may be reading. ;)
We headed to Cork's in Federal Hill for a great meal and lots more wine. There were some people I didn't know sitting around us, so I was (again) shy about taking pictures. My friend Ann did take a picture of this flat bread salad appetizer which I heard was good!I drank a ton of wine because the waitress was under strict orders to keep my glass filled the entire night. I found this out later. Thanks for looking out Kevin. Dinner was blurry.
Here is the birthday girl blowing out her candles. 29 again!The ALWAYS full glass of wine and then a few beers at some bars afterwards led to these late night diner eats with my friend Mara and Kevin. I had the pecan pancakes, but they were huge, so I only managed to eat one.Sunday (12.07.2008)
Felt like absolute crap this morning as my hangover was in full effect. Today was the annual Secret Santa brunch with my friends from high school and I was looking forward to an amazing brunch at Carron's house. (the birthday girl from Saturday night)
I made the fruit salad and layered grapes, fuji apples, strawberries, pineapple, and raspberries. All my favorites.We also had crispy bacon, egg frittata, bagels w/ cream cheese, coffee cake, and chocolate chip cookies. Brunch isn't complete without chocolate chip cookies.I loved the flowers on the table...
Here is the group shot of us before eating. How many times can I wear my new favorite sweater before people start wondering if I have any other clothes?oops - Gibson was cut out by mistake, so here is a close up of Maggie and her little one! What a cutie and he didn't cry when I held him, so he's a cool dude in my book!My plate from above. Seconds were definitely in order.Whew - anyone still here? That was a long one. I am off to bed - exhaustion has set in. Now I just have to move this one...Good night!