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Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Recap/Monday Must Haves

Happy Monday!  The work week may be short, but this post isn't.

This weekend my friend Brae drove in from Indiana to visit, so needless to say we were out and about.  With that being said, I will try to shorten my recap with the food highlights.

Friday we stayed in, had dinner and did a lot of catching up. Since our evening was pretty low key, we were able to make it to the 9am barre class at the gym on Saturday morning.   After the gym, we got dressed and ready and headed downtown to the  Buy Local Block Party.  There was live music, food trucks and tons of local vendors with everything from food and crafts, to jewelry and art. We browsed around a bit, sampled some treats and decided to go Taco Boy for lunch.

After lunch we made a few stops then headed home to get ready before going out for the evening.

We had dinner reservations at Edmund's Oast, you know the place where they serve the tasty PB&J Beer that I love.  We had quite the spread at dinner. Everyone ordered a small plate so we were able to try a few different dishes. This was my second time eating there so I had a few favorites in mind to order. The lighting is pretty dim in the restaurant so excuse the visuals. But the food was so delicious!

Goat Sheep Cow Cheese Plate

Braised Lamb Meatballs

Pickled Shrimp
Fresh Ricotta
The cheese plate was nice, offering the perfect size sampling of each type of cheese with a sweet touch of berry jam included.  And I must say,  I'm not a huge fan of lamb but these meatballs were great, and not too overpowering. The pickled shrimp was a must, given it's one of the most popular items on the menu. It's packed full of flavor and has a little kick to it. But my favorite dish hands down is the ricotta. It's soft and creamy, paired well with the toasted bread, and topped with the lemon enhanced broccoli = perfection!

After dinner our intention was to stop and have a cocktail somewhere else. We went to Carmellas, a fun new dessert bar on East Bay Street.  We took one look at the desserts they had to offer and decided that we were going to have more than just a cocktail.

I had the Peanut Butter Explosion...the name says it all!

On Sunday we did some shopping in the rain. I found some decorative and functional things to go on our new media stand that Whit is building (photos coming soon).  Then we ventured over to The Taco Spot for a late lunch.

I had the fish tacos and I topped them with Sweet Peach Southern Hot Sauce.  This stuff is amazing! I normally can't handle much heat when it comes to hot sauce, but this particular one is so good. It's not too hot and has just the right amount of sweetness to balance it all out.  It's apparently very popular because you can only buy one bottle per person due to availability.  I will be returning to make my purchase. As you can see, there wasn't a lack of food this week.

We had beautiful weather on Saturday but not so much on Sunday. The next few days don't look to promising either.

Which leads me to my Monday Must Haves. With all this rain, it got me thinking about cute rain gear and I wanted to share some items that are on my lust list. Look on the bright side, if your going to be stuck in the rain at least do it in style.

First up, Hunter Rain Boots.  I just adore these boots. I mean let's be honest, rain boots don't sound that exciting but they are when you get to select from all of the fun colors they have to offer. These are my personal favorites. However, I would also take some in black, pink, and hunter green...just saying.
I wouldn't mind the rain so much if I had one of these adorable umbrellas.,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_135247_color=922&dwvar_135247_size=UNS
I love this oversized turtleneck poncho.  It would work well with a long sleeve shirt underneath it and a scarf.  It's also not too bulky so a rain jacket would fit comfortably over it.
Speaking of rain jackets...I purchased this green nylon anorak jacket from C. Wonder at the end of summer and have been getting some good use out of it.
I will say, it's purpose is more for looks than blocking the rain. Unfortunately they are sold out of this particular jacket, but there are some similar ones out there. Side note, C. Wonder is currently have a friends & family event, offering 30% off.
I'm liking this convertible hooded jacket
However, you can't go wrong with a classic double breasted trench coat either.
If I had these pieces in my closet, I would be excited about rainy weather any day....well maybe that's not completely true, but it would at least make the rain more bearable!


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