Is there anything on Earth quite as restorative as a weekend full of laughter, dear friends and good food?
I was home early on Friday night, so after a little time curled up on the couch with my guy, we headed to dinner with a bag full of our favorite Indian lagers. Our best pal's girl had moved to San Francisco just days earlier, so we celebrated her new residency over tikka masala and prawn vindaloo, then headed to the gelato shop across the street for dark chocolate ice cream and espresso. We headed home at an entirely responsible hour and John and I were sound asleep before the opening credits of The West Wing.
Up early the next morning, John and I tidied up and headed to the grocery store for fresh eggs and bread still warm from La Brea's ovens. We made our usual Saturday morning supper of avocado toast topped with a poached egg and roasted Russian Banana fingerlings. Over coffee and decaf tea, we curled up in the living room, John with his guitar and me with my laptop and Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange is the New Black; the book is even more fascinating (if a little less sensational) than the TV show! In the late afternoon, we decided to host a little dinner party; adding one more sweet potato to our spicy Moroccan stew, frying up a few falafel and serving our favorite hummus and tzatziki turned a simple Saturday night supper into a Mediterranean feast! We shared a bottle of wine and the boys ended the evening with a well-aged nightcap, and we tumbled into bed dreading the affect of Daylight Savings Time on our Sunday morning.
We slept in a bit later than usual and stumbled down the street for breakfast rather than have to face our post-dinner party kitchen with no hope of an immediate repast in sight. After chipotle Eggs Benedict enjoyed alfresco, we were much more prepared for the mountain of dishes that awaited–even if John had to shimmy up our fire escape to let us at them because neither of us had remembered the bring our house keys! We scrubbed and dusted and organized until everything was tidy, and then sat down to check some items off our to do list (if watching Scandal and blogging can technically be considered "to do's"). I did a bit of ballet while John worked on his tremolo, and then we sat down to a big roasted corn and avocado salad. We were curled up in bed by 9 with an action movie, ready to tackle a new week after a wonderful respite.
Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Making summer vacation plans, perhaps (we can't decide where to jet off to!) or enjoying a long walk as the weather warmed up?
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