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Domestication, Good Eats and Radiohead

 

Well hello there my lovelies! How is everyone’s week going?

Mine has been busy! And it’s only going to get busier. Of course, I’m never too busy to give you a peek at a week of eats!

As always, you can join the party at Jenn’s blog and have fun with all of us! The theme of this month is sensible snacking, and although I didn’t do that every day this past week, I did have some good snacking episodes!

 

But first! Here’s an update on the new hizzy! Over the weekend my brother- and sister-in-law came down to help REB and I move into the house! Since we had started moving some of our boxes, all that was really left was the furniture. We rented a U-Haul, had help from those two and we were done in a matter of two hours! It was a good thing REB and I actually got rid of a lot of our junk furniture so we can 1). not clutter the new house thereby allowing us to 2). buy new furniture to make it look nice! Is this what it means to be a grown up? (o_O)

We still have our apartment paid up until the end of the month – that’s when we have to turn in the keys – so for the time being we’re still cleaning it out and moving the last of the boxes over to the new place. We don’t have our washer/dryer over here yet either, so our apartment has become our laundromat for the next two weeks. Not a big deal since we moved within 5 miles of the old place. CONVENIENT.

I know I keep saying I’m going to post pictures of the new house, but honestly, the only part of the house that’s complete is the kitchen since that was unpacked first. We really need to buy some furniture and then maybe I’ll make a video to share with all of you! The fun part is looking at furniture and figuring out what kind of theme our house will have. REB likes modern/contemporary/traditional type decor and I’m more the French country or country-home traditional. Luckily when we both think of a home, we think of cozy and something that screams “us”. And so far, from the things we’ve picked out, I think we’ll accomplish that perfectly :)

Here’s the kitchen so far:

We’re not crazy about those cabinet door handles as I’ve mentioned before, so keeping with the French country/Country home feel, we’ll add some modern hardware to give it an updated look. Compromise peeps!

So we celebrated the first night in the house with a bottle of bubbly. I busted out our wedding flutes for the occasion. I love them so I find any excuse to use them. They’re Kate Spade and one says “Mr.” and the other “Mrs.”. Cute, right? :-D

Also, can I just express my love for Home Goods? I seem to be going in there all the time. Whether it be for cute dishes, things for the kitchen and now for the rest of the house! The best find over the weekend was the Alice in Wonderland teapot! One of the ears on the rabbit is broken, but that didn’t stop me. Anyone who knows me knows it’s a necessity ;)

Anyway! Now onto the food!

I finally bought a jar of Biscoff (creamy) and one of my breakfasts last week was putting that on a whole wheat English muffin with some sliced bananas. ZOMg. Delicious. A huge coffee to go with it too, of course. Then I put the rest of the banana on some oats with granola and chia! Yum!

And to keep with the monthly theme, let’s talk snacks!

Also not pictured: grapes, grapes and more grapes. They’re super tasty these days!

Martinis count as a snack right? How about olives? That counts, right? Right?? …Well we thought so. You can’t turn down a classic dirty martini (extra dirty) on a beautiful spring evening downtown. You just can’t!

Dinners included going to Jazzy Veggie: vegetarian crab cakes and their hoagie special. Zingermans Roadhouse: mac and cheese and donut sundae (hey, we needed a refuel after the move!). Then on Monday night we went to see Radiohead so we went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Stir Crazy Cafe, since we never head up that way that often. Tofu lettuce wraps and make-your-own stir fry…it’s better than any BD’s Mongolian BBQ could give!

So let’s talk about Radiohead. They haven’t been in Detroit in 15 YEARS. You’re reading that right. 15 years. So we had to go see them. It’s one of REB’s favorite groups and I while they aren’t my #1 favorite group, I know enough of their songs to appreciate what they do. Their show was a-ma-zing. It was probably one of the best shows I’ve been to. No joke! They played for like 2 1/2 hours straight (two encores too!) and had the coolest lights to go with the show. They also put a lot of electronic beats to their songs and remixed their songs in a way I’d never heard before. It made me love it even more!

The opening band was called Caribou from some where in Ontario, Canada. They were awesome!! I’ve been scouring the Interwebs to find their music. The entire night was just great. We didn’t get home until after 1 a.m…waaaay past my usual bed time and the lack of sleep and having to get up early for work did not mix with me very well. I was sporting some hot bags under my eyes all day Tuesday. Sexy.

Anyway I digress. This week is a busy one for me! I’m out the rest of the week starting Thursday. Heading to Chicago for my sister’s masters graduation!! So proud of her. So I’ll be in the Chi this weekend. Stay tuned next week for some pics and posts about that :) We have a fun weekend lined up to celebrate!

Hope the rest of you have a great Wednesday and great rest of the week!

What is one of, or the best, concert you’ve been to?

Spring Might Actually Be Here

 

Hiya! It’s Wednesday!!

It’s what I call Wednesday Funday. Wednesdays and Sundays are officially (for now anyway) my favorite days of the week. Sundays are Sunday Funday dinner with our friends and Game of Thrones night. Yeah it’s close to the new work week, but having that last bit of fun makes the weekend just that much better! As for Wednsday? Wednesdays are right in the middle of the week and nothing too stressful ever really happens and each Wednesday night is trivia with my girls! Plus it’s always a What I Ate Wednesday kind of day :)

So I was looking through the pics on my phone and saw that I really only ever took pictures of the dinners I ate. So here are some highlights from this past week!

It’s finally starting to feel like spring. It’s still windy as hell and kind of cold in the mornings, but at least it kind of looks like spring around these parts.

Saw these beauties on my way to the bus stop

We did have some rain though. And the rain prevented me from running outside which I’m always not fond of :P I’m never going to be able to run a race if I have to keep getting my runs in on a treadmill :P But at least the way it feels after the rain (or now anyway) is breezy and pretty instead of hot and muggy like I know it will be when summer hits.

Purty

And with the spring-like weather comes spring-like food. REB and I headed to one of the Zingermans branches (they have five here in A2) for some comfort food and deliciousness.

The first thing on I saw on the menu were these:

I don’t know how they got heirlooms already or how they incorporated it into polenta, but any time I see the word “heirloom” and it’s not in a meat dish, it’s a given I end up ordering that. I also never had polenta before (pause for surprised gasps) and I have to say the texture and flavor was really, really good!! I’m excited to try cooking with it sometime soon!

Polenta aside, there is one reason anyone ever goes to Zingermans Roadhouse. And anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive, a newb or delusional.

Mac and cheese. They have an entire section of their menu with different kinds of mac and cheese. I always usually get the one loaded with spinach and roasted peppers, but this time I tried a new one that’s usually served with grilled chicken, but I 86′d that sucker. It was the Smoked Chicken and Monterey Jack, except no chicken. It had grilled corn, green chilies, Monterey Jack and 2-year Vermont cheddar. Outta site. I was only able to make a small dent in it, but it made for a great lunch/dinner the next day!

So let’s fast forward to Saturday! REB and I went to our first Tigers game of the season. We try to go to as many games as we can each year, but there is one game we never miss: the game with the promotional calendars. If you’re one of the first 10,000 fans, you get a Tigers calendar! Sadly, because of how good the Tigers were last year, the crowd at the stadium was out of this world! I’ve never seen that many people at a Tigers game before. And because of this, no calendars for us :(

It was still a pretty day for baseball, even if it was cold and windy where we were sitting :) It was also a double header and they played like crap for us but then ended up winning for the night game. Thanks guys :P

After the disappointing game, we drowned our sorrows in really good, authentic Italian food at Roma Cafe. It’s an old firehouse near Eastern Market in the D and it is widely known for their amazing, delicious Italian food! It’s rumored that the mafia used go there and might still make some appearances there from time to time ;) It totally has that vibe. The portions are HUGE. I had a LivingSocial coupon to use ($20 for $40 worth of food for dinner!) so REB and I feasted!

REB got the pesto and I got the arrabiata and it was really, really spicy (but really, really good). I had maybe 4 or 5 bites then packed it up had it the next day for lunch. Good stuff!

For Sunday Funday and Game of Thrones night it was our friends turn to host. REB wasn’t feeling that well (turns out he had a sinus infection and bronchitis! Eeps! He’s doing SO much better now, though. I just hope it doesn’t come to me!) so he stayed home. But my friends were so nice that they packed up a little container of food for me to take him to him :) On the menu for Sunday Funday? Veggie burgers, Mediterranean pasta salad, baked brie and I brought dessert! FEAST.

Wine + Brie + Fire = cozy!

The pasta salad my friend Amber made was out of sight!

 

She piled it high with roasted veggies (corn, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes), a little bit of feta and some toasted pine nuts. It was such a spring-like meal that I kind of wished REB didn’t like the portion I brought home so I could just eat it all ;)

And there’s a week of spring-like weather and spring-like food!

Remember to hop over to Jenn’s blog if you want in on the fun!

So what was the best thing you ate this past week?
 

What I Ate Wednesday [But Really Ate Tuesday] – #9

 

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

It really feels like a Tuesday for me since I had Monday off (was traveling back from the Chi) so my week feels all thrown off. No matter because 1). it’s a short week and the weekend will be here again soon and 2). it’s Wednesday which means…it’s time again for What I Ate Wednesday! As always you can go over to Jenn’s blog Peas and Crayons to find out how to participate with all of us!

So here are some highlights from what I ate yesterday!

Breakfast


I was all kinds of out of sorts yesterday morning so I just grabbed a Nutrigrain bar to have my with my coffee. I was actually full after that so I saved my apple for snack time later.

Snack

Not pictured but I had some string cheese! Yum!

Lunch


Since I was in Chicago over the weekend I couldn’t do Soup Sunday so I just grabbed a carton of the Pacific Natural Foods Roasted Red Pepper and Vegetable Lentil soup. I had half a serving of Special K multigrain crackers to have with it, which was a perfect portion for me while I got caught up on some work!

Afternoon Snack


I cut up the apple I had originally planned to have for breakfast and had it with my Laughing Cow Light! It was a perfect little snack and held me over until dinner with REB.

Dinner

So last weekend I was in Chicago and this weekend REB is going to be in Chicago (for work) so we decided to have a date night. It was so beautiful outside so we headed to Zingerman’s Deli located in Kerrytown (historic district).

It’s a pretty expensive deli, that much is true, but it’s so iconic of Ann Arbor! They are famous for their sandwiches. They have the nicest staff ever and you can sample anything in there (and I mean anything) and you aren’t pressured to buy a thing. They are just wonderful! If you go there on football Saturdays, you’ll see a line out the door and around the corner – no joke.

REB and I have tried a few of their vegetarian sandwiches (look how many there are!) and we always try something new each time we go there. We’re running out of things to try, but luckily this time we had something new to try!

I got a small Rodger’s Big Picnic and a side of their garbanzo salad.

Um yeah, I got the small sandwich. I don’t ever want to know what the full order of their sandwiches are! The small is always more than enough! This sandwich had grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled asparagus, Vermont cheddar and a Dijon vinaigrette. The vinaigrette had quite a bite to it – I think it had horseradish in it or extra spicy mustard! It was super tasty though.

REB got the Gemini Rocks the House and a side of their lemon couscous.

His sandwich was tomato, mozzarella and a pesto spread. The couscous was so delicious! Both our sandwiches were so good and we had some good drinks to wash them down too.

Boylan Diet Black Cherry for him and Tropical Crimson Iced Tea (hibiscus, citrus and lemongrass) for her!

It was a beautiful night downtown and wonderful just sitting with the hubby, talking about our day and enjoying the weather :)

Workout

When we got home, we let our food settle a bit then took the dog on a walk. When we got home from the walk REB and I headed to our apartment complex gym. I did 10 minutes on the elliptical on resistance 10, then moved to the elliptical for 30 minutes. I did a shortened version of Andrea’s interval treadmill workout and all in all, burned over 500 calories and did about 3.75 miles! I felt fantastic!

Oh! Someone was curious about what I listen to when I work out. I have a work out mix I’ve had for years and I’ve added a few recent songs on it a couple weeks ago. I absolutely LOVE this mix though. It has a great song in the beginning for a warm up, great drum’n'bass songs when I’m in the zone and then some slower electronic music/Chicago house for when I’m cooling down. It’s a mix I love that lasts a full hour, too!

It was a perfect day in my opinion!! I didn’t eat a WHOLE lot of greens, but I at least had my first grilled veggie of the warm weather! And it was one of my favorite vegetables of all time!


So how did you spend the first day of Spring?
Was it warm where you live?