Monday, June 7, 2010

Warm and Delicious Weekend

We enjoyed beautiful weather over the weekend. On top of that, we got to eat delicious food and hang out with friends.

On Saturday, we celebrated the high school graduation of one of the teenager’s oldest friends; they met when they were three! And his mom is one of my best friends. Mary put together the most fabulous brunch and really opened up her home and took great care to make her guests feel comfortable. Here are a few of the things we got to enjoy; there was lots more that I didn’t capture…


Since it had been months since hubby and I went out by ourselves, we also went out to dinner on Saturday night. Yes, lots of food in one day! I did get a workout in first thing Saturday and Sunday though… :-)
Here is Saturday’s dinner: Bread with basil olive oil. Most of it was consumed by hubby…

Hubby got some beer.

Hubby ordered the three course meal. It started with asparagus risotto. It was good, but the rice was just a bit too firm in my opinion.

I ordered the “healthy fish:” salmon, veggies, and wheat pasta in tomato sauce. It was basic but good.

Hubby’s main course were lamb chops with arugula salad. He actually said that it was too much meat and that he would order something with less meat next time. But somehow he managed to eat most of it anyway…

And we split his dessert. :-) It was really good: orange liqueur soaked sponge cake layered with marinated mixed berries, honey sweet mango and mascarpone zabione.

And the beautiful palm tree above our table. While it was beautiful, it was also VERY messy and was shedding tons of “stuff.” Hubby’s allergies were not too happy… Nevertheless, we had a fabulous time! :-)

And on Sunday, we went to Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend. We didn’t catch any of the celebrity chefs but had a good time sampling some food and checking out a few of the many vendors.

Sunset 01

The Tillamook Cheese "mini minivan" was soooo cute!

Sunset 02

And we got to try some of the famous Korean BBQ truck tacos.

Sunset 16

They were delicious.

Sunset 04

And “somehow” the toddler got a hold of some French fries, which he had to show off! :-)

Sunset 03

It’s going to be a busy week. I have lots going on at work and the teenager is graduating from high school this week! I can’t believe my “baby” is all grown up!

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s your favorite food right now? I got some amazing early tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market on Friday. I could eat them all day long…

Be well,


  1. What a fabulous weekend! The graduation party, organized by your friend, looks so lovely. The food looks amazing and those flowers are beautiful! I love sunflowers (I should tell that to Nick....)

    I'm glad you and your hubby got to have a date night. Those are needed every once in a while, for sure. Nick and I usually split a couple beers instead of desserts :) We're beer people!

    Favorite food right now? Big salads!

  2. Anonymous6/07/2010

    What a wonderful weekend! That photo of the toddler with the french fry is priceless :) I love that you guys go on date nights- such a great way to have quality time together :)

    Favourite food right now is alfalfa sprouts- I can't get enough of them these days!

  3. what an awesome party and spread you guys had! yay! but yes, cant' believe "baby" is grown up :)

    best part of weekend = my show
    currently = in packing and scramble hell :)

  4. what a fun celebration with delicious food!

  5. That dessert does sound tasty! And I love the idea of taco trucks. I have yet to try one out, but I hear they are so good. I wish more would come to Philly!

  6. Anonymous6/07/2010

    What an awesome weekend full of good eats. Tillamook is a local fav. up here! I love going to the factory. :)

  7. Congratulations to your teenager! What an exciting time.

    I love that van - I would drive that around.

  8. I loved the way the graduation party food was presented...were those pancake stacks?...and the labels. Very nice. And the Korean barbecue tacos! Wish we could get those here. Could I interest you in a trade for a breaded tenderloin sandwich???

  9. What a wonderful weather to enjoy outdoor activities with your family. Your little one loves every bit! Sounds like you had a great weekend though. Enjoy and have a nice day!
    Blessings, Kristy
    p/s btw, that dessert looks really tempting! hehe...

  10. Anonymous6/08/2010

    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! Your meal with your husband sounds very nice!

  11. What a great weekend!! All the food looks delicious and dining outside makes it that much better, IMO. I'm big into salad's right now....

  12. Perfect weekend! Everything looks so yummy. I'm glad you got to enjoy a much deserved date night! Right now I'm lovin blueberries. I can't get enough of them.

  13. Looks like you had lots of good eats over the weekend, and some awesome looking weather too. I think the beautiful weather here was the highlight of my weekend, but I was in class most of the time.

  14. Oooh date night! Looks like reall good, wholesome food. You guys definitely deserved a night out! :)

    Sounds like a great weekend overall. The best part of my weekend was getting dressed up for my aunt's party :)

  15. The brunch and you dinner look amazing. You had a busy but fun weekend.

    I am eating strawberries like crazy right now, they are so sweet and delicious.

    We had a quiet weekend, the guys in my house were sick over the weekend so not much was going on here.

  16. Glad you got to the Sunset event. I had to miss it. But I'm glad I get to live vicariously -- and drool appreciatively -- over that Korean taco. YUM!

  17. What an awesome brunch! Looks like a great weekend :) Favorite food- I would have to say is honey Greek yogurt since I've eaten it everyday since I've been back from St Lucia!

  18. What a great weekend! The dinner out looks fabulous. The risotto looks good, not firm, but I beleive you. :)

    The highlight of my weekend was the farmer's market!

  19. That Koren BBQ looks awesome! And hubby did get a lot of meat on that plate!! I would've gotten the simple pasta dish, too :)

  20. What a beautiful weekend! You have a beautiful family, Andrea!

    Love the palm tree shot!

    Congratulations to your teenager!

  21. It looks like you had super weather! I picked up an amazing beef steak tomato at the farmer's market that is just to die for. Love them :)

  22. What a beautiful brunch! Everything looks delicious.
    I got to spend time with family and friends which is always nice.

  23. Looks like a weekend filled with good friends and great food. We enjoyed the sun here too.

  24. What a great weekend!

    We went camping all weekend. It was wonderful.

    That vw bus is rad. :-)