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 Things

Confession: Our friends Josh and Fletcher have been in town since Saturday, so the weekend was full of fun dinners out, lots of Mason time, Super Bowl party food, ice cream and me not taking any pictures.  What is wrong with me?!

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I started out with good intentions!  Friday, we had dinner at Pizzeria Lui — I deem this the best crust in Denver — then headed over to the Alamo Drafthouse to see Phantom Thread.  Not gonna go into detail about how much popcorn we consumed but I will tell you that we really enjoyed the movie.  The way it’s shot, how the actors say so much by saying nothing at all, the tension throughout and that final twist (which we did not see coming!) was so so interesting.

Mostly though, I AM REYNOLDS WOODCOCK and this is not a good thing.  Joey and I both turned to each other and stifled laughter after Lesley Manville, who plays his sister, said something along the lines of “if breakfast is disturbed, it’s very difficult for him to recover” because that is me to a T…

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Saturday started with hot yoga — not my favorite class, but it’s still nice to start your day with a good sweat sesh — then I grabbed a latte on my way home and here’s where my picture taking plans derailed.  We hit the grocery store, watched a billion episodes of The Mindy Project and knocked out laundry before heading into Erie to meet up with Hannah, Fletcher and two Joshes.  From there we hit up The Old Mine for dinner then went next door for dessert.  They serve Little Man Ice Cream and really, you can’t ask for more than getting to eat Little Man without having to stand in the Little Man line.  Space Junkie for the win!

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Super Bowl Sunday!  We did normal Sunday things — pancakes, SNL, gym time, salad prep — then headed over to Darron and Karla’s for the game sangria and snacks.  Guys, these Bronco die-hards hate the Patriots just as much as they love the Broncos.  There was a lot of yelling.  More importantly, there were chips and dips and meatball sliders and then shrimp tacos came out at halftime and I died of happiness.  Not messing around with the spread this year.

I wish I could tell you anything about the game, but I cannot.  Instead, I can tell you I was pretty into the Tide, Alexa and Dirty Dancing commercials.  Was that an ad for the NFL??  Not as into JT’s performance.  He’s still got the moves, but I was sort of distracted by how he seemed to be traveling from place to place the entire time and also that hideous outfit.

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Had to make it through Monday at work then we headed over to Hannah and Josh’s — I could get used to this seeing Mason every day thing! — then all of us went to Community for dinner.  We ordered a whole slew of stuff but my favorites were the Brussels (gah!), the juiciest roast chicken and the mac n cheese.  If you live in the area, I highly recommend this place!  We’ve been impressed every time.  To top it all off, we ended up at Sweet Cow — had to compare to Little Man, of course — then sadly gave goodbye hugs to Josh and Fletcher, who leave today.  This Tuesday already feels like a Monday but it was fun feeling like we were on vacation for a few days 🙂