Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers' Day

We had a fabulous family-filled weekend!  On Saturday afternoon we spent time with Christopher's parents, and then today we had my dad over for a Fathers' Day dinner.  Last night, and after breakfast today we prepped a bit, but most of the work would be done on the BBQ, so there wasn't too much that we had to do.

When my dad arrived we sat out in the backyard for a while and enjoyed the beautiful day, while snacking on cheese and crackers, caprese salad skewers, and coconut shrimp.

Christopher grilled Greek ribs, chicken drumsticks with his homemade BBQ sauce, potatoes, and veggie skewers.

Once the food was done we headed inside to eat, and took the garlic bread out of the oven.

This was my plate:

Berries on a cloud for dessert!

It was a great way to end off the weekend.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  
Did you celebrate Fathers' Day?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Weekend and Eats

This past weekend we spent time with my mom, and ate a late dinner in our hotel at a restaurant called Steps.  We started with some roast beef yorkies, which were great.  We both love horseradish, and thought they could have used even more, although I know that most people probably don't want too much horseradish.

I ordered a pizza which was on special for $10, but wasn't expecting it to be so huge!  We would have been fine with just the pizza as our total food order.  Christopher had the fish and chips, and we took a bunch of the pizza back to our hotel room to have the next day.

On Sunday evening we went to our friends' daughter's third birthday party, and had a wonderful time visiting with friends and seeing the many, many babies and kids that were there.

I ate this delicious plate of food:

And my handsome hubby had this plate, plus another:

Last night we made haystacks for dinner:

And we had our first froyo of the spring the other day - mmm!

I anticipate we'll have many more of these in the months to come.

This evening we're making spaghetti squash again (I'm hooked), and salmon.  We've been eating dinner after 8:00 p.m. a lot lately, as we're getting home pretty late from work, and seem to have a lot of things to get done in the evenings before we get to cooking.  I'm looking forward to the business dying down soon!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Do you like horseradish?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shopping at a New Grocery Store & Eats

We get pretty excited to check out new grocery stores, and since our city now has a couple Save on Foods, we decided it was time to go and have a look around.  The shopping experience was really good, although we weren't doing our usual haul, more just scoping it out.  We liked the layout, the selection, and the look of the store.  The vegetables, and food in the deli all looked fresh and appealing.

Our purchases included a few new-to-us items including these portobello and Swiss sausages:

Some nitro cold brew coffee:

And a couple interesting sounding smoked cheeses:

The sausage was pretty average, but not bad.  We had it with beets and garlic bread.

On a hot day we sipped the nitro cold brew in the backyard, and thought it was really good!  In the future I am sure we'll just make our own cold brew, but there is a chance we'd buy this again if we were feeling lazy.

As for the cheeses, Christopher enjoyed the smoked Gorgonzola (I didn't try it), but I didn't like the smoked Gruyere at all.  It was really pungent, and reminded me of blue cheese, which I don't like.  I am usually a fan of smoked cheeses, so I was surprised that I didn't like this one.

Speaking of cheeses, we picked up another new one, this time from our corner grocery store, and both enjoyed it.

I've been wanting to try baking different breads this year, and recently I tried my hand at rye bread.

It turned out really well, with a nice chewy crust, and a soft center.  We used one loaf right away, and froze the other.  I'm thinking smoked meat sandwiches are in our future!

Other recent eats have included sausage and fennel pasta:

And spaghetti squash with BBQd chicken and salad:

I forgot how much I like spaghetti squash.

I brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled it with salt and pepper, and roasted it until tender.  After scraping out all the squash with a fork, I tossed it with a bit more olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and oregano, then put it in a sprayed oven-safe dish, topped it with mozzarella and baked/broiled it until melted and golden.  Sooooo addictive!

For dinner this evening Christopher made Thai larb.

Do you like visiting new grocery stores?  Do you like rye bread?  It's almost the weekend!  Do you have any fun plans?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mosaic Weekend

Mosaic: A Festival of Cultures, is an event that takes place in our city every year.  There are different cultural pavilions, each serving up traditional food alongside entertainment.  On Thursday evening we met up with a bunch of friends at the Philippine pavilion, and then walked over to the Kyiv Ukrainian, and the Greek pavilions before calling it a night.

Christopher and I shared noodles and a BBQ pork skewer, a steamed bun, six perogies (a pickled egg and pickled herring for him), and one dessert for our dinner that evening:

On Friday after work we all met up at the Poltava Ukrainian pavilion to start our evening.  We were hunnnnnngry, and ordered a plate of food to share and a cookie.

We enjoyed the entertainment (of both the Ukrainian dancers, and our friends' kids who are too cute, and very lovable), before moving on to the Italian club.

After sharing a piece of pizza and some tiramisu, we were getting pretty full, so we didn't eat anything when we got to the Indian pavilion.

The last place we went was the German club, and that was pretty late, so we shared a snack before heading home.

On Saturday morning I made an oatmeal breakfast, and then we got a couple of errands done before meeting up with our friends and their kids to hit some afternoon pavilions.

We made it to the African, Korean and Scottish, and shared a few dishes for lunch:

Our pals got babysitters for the evening so we met up at our place before the adults headed out to the Austrian, Serbian, Caribbean, Hungarian and German (again) pavilions.

For dinner we shared a few tasty Austrian dishes:

Caribbean jerk chicken with corn bread (we ordered one, but they gave us another helping of this, so we ended up having two of these little plates):

And one bratwurst at the German pavilion to end off the weekend of culture hopping:

We had so much fun out with friends, and were home very late.  After sleeping in the next morning Christopher made breakfast, and we mostly just lounged around all of Sunday.

How was your weekend?  How is your week going so far?  
Do you have a cultural festival like this in your city?