Weekend Things

Hi from Colorado, where it snowed all day and all night and is apparently winter now.  I’m NOT into being cold, but gosh it was so pretty driving through all the fluffy flurries on our way into work this morning!  It also made for an extra cozy weekend, which I’ll share with you now 🙂

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Friday night, featuring leftovers and a movie in our pajamas.  I know it sounds lame, but it sounded amazing to us!  We made this Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Brussels Sprouts Salad mid-week and ate the leftovers while we watched the Judy Garland/James Mason version of A Star is Born.  It felt very long and we didn’t actually finish it until Saturday morning, but the emotional impact is all there.

I will also mention there’s a incredibly strange stretch toward the start of the movie where they apparently cut some scenes then lost the footage, so they added in still photos along with the audio??  How it’s even possible to talk about this movie without mentioning that is very confusing to me, yet, I read a good handful of articles about all the different versions of A Star is Born when the new one came out and I was still caught off guard by it!

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Saturday started with Blueberry Pancakes and ended with Thai Roasted Cauliflower Pizza but the biggest moment of the day was right in the middle when we saw Roma at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, as part of Denver Film Fest.  To say I had been looking forward to it would be a MASSIVE understatement.  It’s a Netflix film so most people will be watching it from their home, but come on, this Alfonso Cuarón-directed, black-and-white, subtitled, period piece, was meant for the big screen.

We thought it was SO beautiful and the sound system they specially installed was like nothing I’d ever heard at a movie theater.  It is fairly slow-paced but there are some big moments too.  Not going to lie, it’s a film enthusiast’s jam, but I’m not sure how it’s going to land on the small screen.  Also, we finished watching A Handmaid’s Tale that night and I’m like “good riddance!”

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We woke up to snow on Sunday and even though it probably would have been nice to stay cozy inside all morning, someone had a vet appointment at 8:30 AM.  But oh well because we still had time for a breakfast and to grab coffee at Huckleberry before we left.  Andi gets kind of worked up when we take him anywhere in the car but he passed his exam with flying colors and then was out for the count the rest of the day.  I get it, Pup, being anxious IS exhausting.

I made it to Sunday yoga and despite the weather, the class was packed!  Afterward, we went out for BBQ!  A few months ago, when we were having dinner at Safta, we looked across the way and saw a new BBQ restaurant showing the Cowboys game and Joey suggested we try it some time when the Cowboys had another night game.  Whatever with football, but YES, I’m in on BBQ.  I wish the pulled pork had been better but otherwise the sides, the sausage and OMG, THE BURNT ENDS were delicious.

Please tell me what fun things you did this weekend 🙂

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! 🙂