Weekend Things

I feel like I have so many good things to say about this weekend and unfortunately, none of them are Rockies related because OH MY GOD, the beginning of this season has been ROUGH.  Also rough was the fact that I managed to schedule a pedicure, a facial and a haircut and highlight in one weekend.  Life is so hard 😛

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If it looks like we are melting in the sun it’s only because we were melting in the sun.  After last year’s Opening Day weather, I should’ve been grateful for warmth, but those first few innings were HOT.  Luckily there were clouds and a slight breeze later on but I think I still managed to get a sunburn.  It goes without saying at this point, but we had lunch at Biker Jim’s before the game and it’s official — I’m a fan of the new sidewinder fries!

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Last year was miserable for weather reasons and this year was miserable for game play reasons.  It was 9-1 when we decided Little Man was a better place to spend the afternoon.  There was hardly a line and I couldn’t believe it!  Turns out Blake Street Bomber is just Space Junkie and my last bite was a piece of brownie covered in marshmallow cream so I guess I’ve never been happier?  Joey and crew went to Black Hawk that night, per Opening Day tradition, and I stayed home to shower off my sunscreen and feel ridiculously tired.

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Saturday started with Whole Grain Carrot Cake Waffles that I loved and then I walked over to Base Coat for my first pedicure in MONTHS.  Felt so good.  I went with Taurus because Taurus Season is coming and also because I’d already decided I wanted a nice pink color.  I maybe emptied my entire purse and just had a book in there 😛

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I saw those bright red tulips on my way home and was so happy about it.  SPRING ♥  Back at home, it was nice enough to throw together a salad and eat lunch outside.  The best!  Joey was out getting a haircut but proceeded to come home and tear out this tree stump and I have no idea how he did it without injury… I headed back out a bit later for a facial and even got to see my mom on my way out!  She and my dad were headed to a murder mystery dinner party later on, which sounded like my own personal nightmare but I thought it was cute they were going.

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That night we ate leftovers and watched Avengers: Infinity War because um, I think we were half asleep the first time we watched it.  I just went back and re-read my initial reaction and was sort of shocked because, upon a re-watch, I really really liked it!  Plus it made a lot more sense.  Not only did we make it through this two and a half hour long movie (why though?) but we watched ALL of SNL after.  Who are we??  I had very low expectations of Kit Harington but then I thought he was great!  I guess I know nothing, Jon Snow.

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Sunday started with Carrot Cake Overnight Oats (do I only eat carrot cake-flavored things now??) before I headed out to have my hair done.  The gal who does my hair is not only a master stylist but also my therapist?  She also does my sister and my mom’s hair, so we’re all just one big happy family.  Back at home, I threw together another amazing salad and how sad is it that hit-the-spot salads make me this happy?  Plus I got to eat outside again!

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I helped Joey finish our salads for the week and read for a little bit before taking myself to yoga.  I had to park really far away because it was beautiful outside (YAY) and that meant all of Denver was out and about (NOT YAY) but I didn’t mind the walk and maybe took some glamour shots in the car before I got out.  Joey and Adam went to the Rockies game that night so more leftovers for me and I snuck in an episode of Mad Men.  Um how incredible is the final episode of Season 3??  “Joan.  What a good idea.” is my favorite line.

Please tell me how your weekend was, I’d love to hear 🙂

Denver Restaurant Week: The Oceanaire

Oh Denver Restaurant Week, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

On a scale of 1-10, how embarrassing is it that I originally learned that as a line from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” instead of as a famous poem?  Actually, don’t answer that.  Anyways, guess what just ended ended a full week ago?  Denver Restaurant Week!  The week when Denver restaurants of all sizes, shapes and price ranges come together to present us Coloradoans with set multi-course menus for $30/person.  It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a meal at some of the pricier restaurants for a more affordable price and it brings great joy to my life.  It also brings great decision making anxiety to my life as I attempt to sift through the very long list of participating restaurants.  But after seeing “Crab Cake Taster” on the menu for the Oceanaire I was sold and after hearing “Salted Caramel Pretzel Sundae,” Joey was more than sold.

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Let’s take a journey through the meal, shall we?

We started with bread… and this plate of chilled vegetables and olives?  Is this a thing?  We also started with a bottle of red wine, because why not?  Also, it was Wine Wednesday so we had to, right?

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Next, we had a choice of appetizer.  As previously stated, I was in it for the crab cake taster so that’s obviously what I ordered.  Joey went with the clam chowder, which I tasted and thought was really good, but not nearly as good as my crabby cake.  It was baked instead of fried so it had this lovely soft creaminess.  I wouldn’t have minded eating 3 more 🙂

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Then came entrees.  I ordered the paella.  It sounded good and I felt like it was a good compromise between meat and seafood, but it was just okay.  Joey’s steelhead on the other hand… AMAZING!  We made a deal to switch halfway through and I was more than okay with passing off the paella.

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We also ordered these giant asparagus.  Seriously, they were freakishly huge.  Joey described them as “like eating a hot dog made of vegetable,” which is both hilarious and incredibly accurate.  Also, Joey decided to order some scalloped potatoes without consulting me — which is rude because all food related decisions should involve me — but then they were delicious and that shut me right up.

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I was expecting to share dessert but we each got to order our own.  In other words, I had to be rolled out to the car afterwards.  Sadly, the sundae was rather boring, but my carrot cake was good.  It had a slight hint of orange to it that I couldn’t decide if I liked or didn’t, but it at least made it a little more unique.  Unless carrot cake always tastes orangey?  I’m obviously new to the world of carrot cake.

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Overall, I liked the Oceanaire, but I didn’t love it.  I felt some of the dishes were just so-so (read: chowder, paella, sundae) and my inner food snob feels like a really standout restaurant doesn’t have anything so-so on the menu.  BUT the crab cake, salmon and carrot cake were so good that the meal still felt special and satisfying.

Up next, our night at Restaurant Kevin Taylor!

Do you have a restaurant week where you live?

Are you a seafood eater?

Are you a carrot cake lover or hater?  I feel there’s no in between there.