Another weekend has come and gone. They go by so quickly and even though we didn’t travel anywhere, I feel like I was barely at home this weekend! We had fun though, and ate some tasty food along the way (still craving popcorn ice cream though!).
As I mentioned here , this week was a tough one for me, and as it turns out, for Matt as well. We decided to celebrate the weekend right away by heading to Peel Pizza for dinner and Erato on Main for drinks (check here and here for previous visits to both places!).on Friday night.
I used to get the Chicken Gorgonzola pizza religiously – now? The Crème de Brie is my go-to pie! It’s so rich and creamy – seriously melts in your mouth. It has prosciutto, apples, brie, and sage and the combination, if you’ll allow a Charlie Sheen reference, is the definition of winning.
(Only Blackberry photos, sorry!)
At Erato, we tried a few new brews (really liking Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi IPA!) and sprang for dessert: Strawberry Kiwi Cheesecake with Blueberry Ice Cream. Holy wow.
On Saturday, I woke up and made myself whole wheat and flax pancakes with chocolate chips. To be honest, they were a bit dry. I spread a bit of Earth Balance on top and that helped!
The sun was out for a better part of Saturday so we sat on the porch and enjoyed it, even though it was super windy. When evening rolled around, we decided to go back to the college days and play a few games of beer pong in the garage. It was fun but definitely reminded me why I enjoy drinking craft brews instead of Bud Light – yuck!
We got creative with the setup :)
After a few games, we went to the Stagger Inn for a few Schlafly Pale Ales and some shuffleboard.
There was actually a really good band playing – the Honorable Outlaws . I typically like any band with a harmonica but this band was especially good. We really enjoyed them!
Today, we drove to St. Louis in the AM to have brunch at Local Harvest and do some grocery shopping. Local Harvest is a place that I don’t frequent enough, that’s for sure. I’ve been once before to the grocery store, but had never eaten at the cafe. They use ingredients local to St. Louis and have some amazing fresh and in season meals!
I ordered the Farmer’s Market Salad – pickled beets, Baetje goat cheese (my fav!), red peppers, cucumbers, plenty of onion, tomatoes, and what I think might be parsnips? The crusty bread made perfect croutons and the vinaigrette brought it all together. Yum! Matt loved his Club too.
Of course I had to get a few things from the grocery, all locally grown and made: grass-fed beef, tomatoes, yellow onions, garlic, and eggs!
Then we went to Trader Joe’s. The coworkers from my previous job had generously given me a gift card for TJ’s and we finally got to use it.
TJ’s isn’t all that close to my house and to be honest, as much as I love some of their products, I can’t stand the store itself. I get anxious just stepping inside – the aisles are too small and even with just a few people in the store, I feel crowded and rushed! I like to take my time while grocery shopping, reading lots of labels and consulting my list. I feel like I can’t do that at TJ’s. Sadface.
Anyway, here’s my haul (didn’t realize I had so many photos of it all!)! Much of it is for a big Cinco de Mayo dinner I have planned (it’s also Matt’s birthday!)
Pepper jack cheese (for Matt’s sammies)
2 frozen pasta meals, for lunches
Vanilla Joe-Joe’s (never had them!)
All natural margarita mix
Spring onion soup (like a better Ramen)
Organic romaine hearts
Two Buck Chuck (wine, hehe)
Organic black beans
Organic strawberries ($2.99!)
Jalapenos (need a lot for Cinco de Mayo!)
Organic plain Greek yogurt
Lunchmeat (for Matt’s sammies)
Organic frozen corn
Organic frozen spinach
We have a busy week ahead:
beer dinner tomorrow night
black bean burgers for dinner Tuesday
Cinco de Mayo and birthday feast on Thursday
possibly a foodie event on Friday (if I can get off work early enough)