Weekend Recap…a little late

Weekend Recap…a little late, but we’re just rolling with it.

man vs pho

Friday: After a week of chilly rain, we were ready to warm up with some pho at Pho Saigon in Catonsville. We are huge fans of the ramen at Mi & Yu, but sometimes we just want the traditional pho and for that we always go to Pho Saigon. We started with summer rolls and then I had a small bowl with tofu and veggies which hit the spot. We spent the rest of the night watching old episodes of the Office (we’re re-watching the series) and I couldn’t stop laughing during “A Benihana Christmas” which is one of my favorite episodes.

Saturday: Nothing like waking up before 6am on Saturday morning. We piled into the car and drove to DC for Race for the Cure with my mom and cousin. Even though we registered ages ago, we never received our race packets which is why I am rocking the vintage shirt in that pic. Like every year, I was wowed by the celebratory nature of the event and the waves of people rocking their pink outfits.

race for the cure 2016

After the race and festivities, we walked up the street for brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. I branched out and had the corned beef hash cakes with sunny side up eggs and breakfast potatoes with toast on the side. I can’t have gooey eggs without toast! My mom and cousin stuck to their usual orders: the fried oyster eggs benedict and the eggs Chesapeake which is a benedict with a crab cake. Even though we had to wait a longggg time for our food, everything was delicious as always and the potatoes were particularly crispy and fantastic.

Saturday evening we had friends over to watch the Kentucky Derby and we munched on a spread of snacks and sipped mint juleps. After the race and a few more rounds of drinks (and snacks) we walked to the 8×10 to see our friend’s band Slow Lights perform. The band was great and venue is small and bare bones which made for a great show.

slow lights 8x10 baltimore

Sunday: I celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom by getting dim sum at Oriental East down in Silver Spring. If you like dim sum or want to try it for the first time, you definitely should make the trip down for it. We waited an hour and a half for our table and it was well worth it – that’s how good it is! We enjoyed fried taro dumplings, shumai, spare ribs with black bean sauce and several other tasty dishes. The rest of the day was spend in true Sunday fashion – grocery shopping, gym, laundry.

Jack Birthday

And now it’s Tuesday and we’re celebrating our favorite furball’s third birthday. Happy Birthday Jack!!

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Friday Five (Mother’s Day Style)

Coming atcha today with an ever so relevant post for all you slackers out there with no plans for Mother’s Day! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the mom in your life here are five ways to make her feel special this Sunday or any day.

  1. Paint Night – If your mom is artsy, sign the two of you up for a Paint Nite or Pub and Paint event! Enjoy some wine, quality time with your mom and the chance to let out your inner artiste. If you’re looking for Baltimore-themed paintings, check out Todd Conway Art’s
  2. Visit a Winery – If I were a mom I think this would be top on my list. There are family friendly wineries for mom’s with little ones, but if you really want to treat mom, find a sitter for the kids and give her a day of wine tasting sans children. My mom and I have plans to visit a winery later this summer when the weather is more consistently good. My fave is Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.
  3. Brunch – the Mother’s Day standard! You might be hard-pressed getting a reservation at the last minute, but could try your luck at some of the local places that don’t take a res like, Spoons and Blue Moon.
  4. Something Active – play tennis or a round of golf. Take a walk. It’s all about spending time with your mom and doing something she enjoys. Our family tradition is to participate in Race for the Cure – we’ll be walking in our 8th race tomorrow.
  5. Spa Day – Get your mama some much deserved pampering! I can’t imagine a more relaxing Mother’s Day than a trip to the spa for a massage, mani/pedi or facial.

Do you have plans for Mother’s Day? What’s your favorite way to celebrate Mom?

It’s Friday so we’re linking up with Heather, Courtney, Cynthia and Mar

 

Weekend Recap: Catching Up

After several busy weekends in a row, it was time for a quiet weekend. An opportunity to catch up on sleep, do chores around the house and get in a little me time. Friday night after work I walked into Fed Hill for a much needed mani/pedi at Light Street Nails. There is something so relaxing about starting the weekend off with a little pampering and a fresh polish. #glamsquad

Mothers Baltimore

 

Post-mani, I met Adam for dinner at Mother’s. I had a shrimp lettuce wrap with sweet potato fries and Adam had a buff chick sammy. We had an early night and did a couple loads of laundry at home before heading to bed.

Saturday morning I woke up early, refreshed and ready for the day! I picked up my mom and drove to DC to cheer on my friend Lindsay who was in town for the Avon Walk to end Breast Cancer. This was Lindsay’s 7th year participating in the event and she walked 39.9 miles over the weekend. Lindsay, her aunt and her dad have raised over $32,000 for breast cancer research and support services since they got involved with the race in 2010. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so it is a cause near and dear to our hearts. We were excited to meet up with Lindsay around mile 9 and walk with her a little to show our support. Lindsay – you rock! If you would like to donate to Avon through Lindsay’s page click here.

We gave Linz a hug and wished her luck for the next 30 miles(!) of her walk then my mom and I walked back to Teaism for lunch. Teaism is the best fast casual Asian inspired tea house and we’ve been going there since I was in high school. I got my usual chicken bento box and it was amazing as always. The fried chicken comes with an incredible sauce, brown rice, pickled cucumbers and sweet potatoes. My mom had the curry chicken which was also delicious and came with that ridiculous veggie skewer.

Saturday night we had some friends over to watch the Caps game and ordered Maiwand Kabob. Sunday consisted of a super lazy morning, a trip to the gym and some Starbucks. Then Jeanette and I headed to Canton Crossing for some shopping. A few hours and several purchases later we returned home with Samos carry out for dinner. Hello gyro salad, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and snuggling with my favorite fur ball.

 

Weekend = success.

 

Indian Food in Fed Hill

So a few weekends ago I did that thing that I usually try to avoid: I ate out for every single meal. I know. The $$$ and the calories! But it’s okay because everything I had was really, really good.

Saturday lunchtime I met up with Jeanette to walk into Fed Hill hoping to try the new Indian restaurant, Himalayan Bistro. It was tough to tell at first glance that the restaurant was open as the door is set back in an alcove and looked like it had a big lock on it, but we persisted and the place was in fact open for business! When we sat down, it felt a little bit like we were the first people to ever eat there, but by the time we left several other tables were full (we’re just trendsetters like that).

You can order a la carte off the menu, but we opted for the buffet ($12 on the weekend) since we like to try a little bit of everything. We recognized most of the usual Indian buffet standbys: chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, dal, biryani, fish and veggie pakora. All of the dishes I tried were tasty and paired perfectly with some naan, salad and cooling raita yogurt sauce.

We polished off our first plates and got seconds of our favorites – that means you chicken masala! We ended our meal with gulab jamun – those sweet, syrup-soaked donut balls (gross description for a great food). We both seriously enjoyed are meals and are definitely happy to have a good Indian food option in Fed Hill.

The rest of my meals that weekend were equally good: dinners at Sobo Cafe and DBGB in DC and a bridal shower brunch at Donna’s. Pictured below you’ll see some highlights – the brussels sprouts flatbread with goat cheese at Sobo, a pork and a lamb sausage for sharing at DBGB, and roasted veggies + roast beef from Donna’s brunch buffet.

 

Have you tried Himalyan Bistro yet? What did you think? 

First Anniversary Celebrations

This past weekend, Adam and I celebrated our first anniversary! It is crazy to think that it has already been a year since we tied the knot last spring in Baltimore. After a completely underwhelming dinner on our actual anniversary, we were super excited to spend time together this weekend doing a few special things to mark the occasion.

On Saturday we checked into the Royal Sonesta with a voucher we received for having our wedding there. Even though we live right in the neighborhood, it was so nice to return to the hotel to celebrate our anniversary. Our harbor view room was gorgeous and had the most perfect little window seat overlooking the festivities at Light City. After getting settled in our room and getting a little fancy for our evening out, we popped down to the Sonesta bar. We ordered cocktails and their thai-style calamari and spent some time at the bar watching the Final Four (go Wildcats!). We also ran into our favorite wedding planner as there was currently a wedding underway at the Sonesta. Ah it feels like just yesterday that we were walking down the aisle!!

 

Our nostalgic anniversary weekend didn’t end there, we had dinner reservations at the Rusty Scupper, sight of our rehearsal dinner. Our 50-ish person rehearsal dinner was held on the top floor of the Scupper with beautiful views of Baltimore, a buffet dinner and open bar. The Scupper was super convenient because everyone could walk over from the Sonesta (they ran a shuttle for older relatives who couldn’t make the short walk) and they were so easy to work with, accommodating all of our requests.

Throwback photos! We had such a nice time at the rehearsal, that we thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated at a great table with a view of the harbor, enjoyed a glass of wine and some bread while we decided what to order. Yes, we had just split some calamari at the Sonesta bar, but that wasn’t going to stop us from ordering an appetizer and we enjoyed splitting the shrimp cocktail – 5 large shrimp with a kick from horseradish cocktail sauce. Adam also had a cup of the Maryland crab soup (which was a huge hit at our rehearsal dinner). For entrees, I had the sea bass with a light lemon butter sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans and Adam had the lobster tails. My fish was great, but the lobster was amazing – the lobster meat was sweet and delicious and it was perfect when dipped in the hot butter.

It’s definitely a very traditional seafood restaurant with a fairly limited menu, but I often prefer the traditional to some of the trying-too-hard modern restaurants that are trendy right now. I think the Scupper sometimes gets a bad wrap as being too much of a tourist destination (and it was packed Saturday night with Light City visitors), but the service, food and view were all fabulous which I think is more than makes up for it.

After dinner, we walked through Light City and made our way back to the hotel just in time to watch the festival from our window nook – the start of Dan Deacon‘s set and the epic thunderstorm that cut things short.

It was a lovely night and definitely helped make up for the not so great experience we had at Azumi on our actual anniversary. Everything started out great – Adam had talked to the restaurant in advance, letting them know it was our first anniversary and to pre-order a nice bottle of champagne and make sure we got a good table. We sat down, popped some bubbly and ordered four small plates to start our meal. And then some time passed…and we waited…and then a manager came by to tell us that the gas line was down in the restaurant’s kitchen so they couldn’t cook anything. This wasn’t the end of the world since it’s a sushi restaurant and they had uncooked items on the menu (though only one of the starters we ordered), but it was certainly not a good sign . We were told they were bringing in someone right away to fix it and that we would still be getting the salmon crudo we had ordered. And then we waited some more…and then it had been over an hour since we had ordered and we still hadn’t been brought anything to eat. At this point, we were hungry and it was getting late so we were about to give up and leave when we finally got our one uncooked appetizer – about two bites of raw salmon for each of us. The manager then rushed a few additional (uncooked) dishes for us as the kitchen still wasn’t fixed which we definitely appreciated, but it felt like too little, too late. The food we had was definitely tasty (my favorite was the eel bowl), but we were disappointed that we couldn’t try many of the cooked dishes on the menu that appealed to us and that we had to wait so long. Totally understand that the restaurant didn’t cause the gas issues, but felt like more could have been done to make up for it – especially when they knew it was our anniversary! They ended up comping our whole meal (thank you!), but we would have much preferred a special romantic dinner with good food and good service which is what we were expecting from a place like Azumi. In the end, we got a good story out of it and laugh at just how much of a disaster it was. At least the company was good. 😉

Have you ever had a crazy experience like that at a restaurant? How did the restaurant handle it?