Weekend Things

Sometimes you are gifted with a perfect weekend and this weekend, that started with a really good movie, included a night out with our besties and ended with a taco festival, was just such a weekend.  Just thinking about it is making me feel so so happy ♥

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Real life dinner sometimes looks a lot different than Instagram dinner but those leftovers were delicious and we got to watch some of the Rockies game before making our way to the Mayan to see Eighth Grade.  Guys, the movie was SO GOOD.  I think I had mentally prepared for it to be really sad, so I was pleasantly surprised at how A) funny and B) optimistic much of it was.  But don’t get me wrong, there were many cringe-worthy and heart-breaking parts too.  Please see it, it is truly beautiful!

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The Saturday morning plan was to wake up and head straight to the Farmers’ Market then have breakfast when we got back, but Joey got up SUUUPER early and went for a run and then I got up two full hours before the market started so pancakes at home it was!  These Coconut-Cashew Pancakes were in the newest Cooking Light and once I got the batter properly thinned out with extra coconut milk, they turned out really good!

We hadn’t been to the market in something like three weeks, and in our absence, all the peppers popped up!  We paid $20 for our haul and I thought that was a pretty good deal.  Spent the rest of Saturday doing a few productive things — grocery, garden clean up, over-baking some Pistachio-Raisin Bars — but mostly some restful things — reading, napping, watching Anchorman — before our exciting evening plans.

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We made Dining Al Fresco reservations for Osteria Marco all the way back in MAY and even then, 8 PM was the earliest we could get in!  We also waited 20 minutes for our table but there was complimentary Prosecco, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.  Once sat, it was just a fun night of dinner under the string lights with our best friends ♥  It started POURING as we drove back home, so we could not have timed it more perfectly!

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Fish Taco from Los Chingones

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Jackfruit Taco from Mas Kaos

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Scallop Taco from Bright Marten

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Hard Shell Beef Taco + Green Chile from La Fiesta

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Barbacoa Taco from Chuey FU’s

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Carnitas Taco from Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina 

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Chocolate + Butter Pecan Paletas from Neveria Jedany’s

Sunday morning, I got up early(ish) and headed to yoga and Joey was out most of the day for a fantasy football draft so when I got home, I got our salads for the week made and finished my book so we could have the rest of the late afternoon to spend together at… Tacolandia!  Aka, an all-you-can-eat taco festival at Civic Center Park.  Look, there wasn’t a bad taco in the bunch, but the barbacoa from Chuey FU’s was my favorite.

After we had watched enough of the Lucha Libre Final Match (the wrestlers slapping their leg as they “punched” each other to imitate the noise was seriously so funny!), we decided to top it all off with some dessert in the form of the creamiest paletas and a Tamaricco, which I’d never heard of before but found super fascinating.  Also, again, the weather was not supposed to be great for this outdoor event, but we totally lucked out because, except for a bit of wind, it was plenty warm and sunny.  We had so much fun doing this!  Oh and Rockies swept the Braves!

Please tell me something fun you did this weekend! 🙂

Weekend Highlights

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Kyla and Jay’s wedding on Friday night // Joey and his dad were wearing unplanned matching outfits, but more importantly, it was so amazing to celebrate the union of this sweet family ♥

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Saturday lunch at Gorgeous Deli // I really did intend to go to the Farmers’ Market but then Saturday morning rolled around and lounging about sounded much better.  We compensated by riding our bikes to grab lunch at this new popup deli window.  I got a smoked beet sandwich and we shared a side of pesto potato salad and both were SO GOOD!

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Afternoon movie time // Post lunchtime bike ride, we were HOT and nothing sounded better than a dark air-conditioned movie theater so we headed to the Alamo to see Sorry to Bother You and look, I don’t even know what to say about the movie but I will say it was super creative and definitely interesting, to say the least.  Mostly, being in the theater got us very excited for movie season.

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Les Mis at the Buell // Second time seeing this show and I still thought it was incredible!  The performance of “One Day More” right before the intermission was so so good, but is there anything better than Fantine singing “I Dreamed a Dream”??  I say no.  It was Joey’s first time seeing it and declared it among his Top 5.

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Dinner at Acova // This place just opened up within walking distance and though we’d been once before, we needed to go back with a bigger group to try the nachos.  I’m not a nacho aficionado but Joey said they weren’t cheesy enough.  Still, they have Melvin IPA on tap, my pierogis were delicious (albeit rich!) and we got to enjoy their outdoor patio on a Sunday evening, so I was happy.

What was the highlight of your weekend??