Friday night we had no plans, so Andrew suggested a trip to buy wine, dinner at our favorite BYOB Thai place, a stop at the French Korean bakery that I so love, and going to the movies to see Captain Phillips. Um, that all sounded amazing. I have talked about the Thai place before and it is just so bizarre inside. There is a fake fireplace that had a set of 10 lb hand weights sitting in front of it, ugly Christmas lights, a jazzy version of Lovefool by the Cardigans playing on the stereo, and Cold Case on TV. I snuck a pic to capture some of its greatness. I also got to partake in my favorite activity "Eavesdrop on a Date," and deemed a couple's date to be going terribly because the woman was late and the guy didn't get off his phone.
Best pic I could get of the restaurant - check out the wood paneling, disco ball, and red rope lights. | Just a sampling of Spec's, the best chain of liquor stores ever | A Riesling that I love bringing to have with Thai - it's only $7.
I really liked Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks is just so good. The real Captain Phillips said that the film was pretty close to reality, which was great to hear. It isn't one you have to see in theatres but is definitely worth the money if you think you'll like it and I highly recommend watching it when it comes out on DVD.
Saturday I wanted to go out and spend all the free birthday money I got from stores. We stopped for lunch at a new place near the house and... it was awful. Who's surprised? My Italian sangria was pretty yummy and I might give it another chance, but the pizza we shared was terrible! It was a gorgeous day and lovely to sit outside, though. Also, I highly recommend signing up for Kohl's and World Market's email lists so you can get free cash on your birthday, too. I am one of those terrible customers who spends as little as possible when I get those deals though. Oops. I look at it like a challenge!
That night we went out for dinner. I chose Provisions, which we have been to twice before but not since late December. I love their cocktail list and the overall vibe of the restaurant. It's all small plates and the bread selections are amazing - you get a bread, a spread, and a cheese. I also loved their speck, which is a type of ham. So we go and get seated in the middle of the restaurant, where the tables were super close together and it was hard to take pics. No big deal. We ordered pretzel bread with a black garlic mustard and gruyere and also got the speck. The speck wasn't as good as I remembered but the bread and black garlic mustard were amazing! Andrew heard that the Caesar Wedge Salad was good, so we got that next. It looked really cool and it was yummy, but I gave Andrew all the anchovies.
We decided to split a large order of pasta - pumpkin with beef short ribs. The pasta was chewy, as if it was undercooked. I thought maybe they put pumpkin in the pasta dough but Andrew said probably not. There was no pumpkin taste in the dish at all - it was very savory and mostly tasted like the veal stock used to cook the short ribs. I was super disappointed! Luckily, we shared Nutella softserve with potato sprinkles for dessert. The sprinkles were amazing - they tasted like potato chips - and were just the hint of saltiness to take this above basic ice cream.
Photo of me at lunch | Wedge Caesar, check out those anchovies | the "meh" pumpkin pasta
Sunday I was lame and laid around all day. I also tried to figure out the new camera I got from my father-in-law. I wanted to go the DSLR route, I did, but I am really bad about learning new things. I figured I would probably use it on the auto mode all the time and make excuses about how I needed new lenses and stuff before I could really use it. So, I opted for a highly rated point and shoot. I love my iPhone and I'm sure I'll still mostly use that, but for intentional blog pics and our upcoming Christmas trip, I think I'll be glad to have a dedicated camera.
Wow, that was a lot. So, how was your weekend?
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