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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Baltimore Running Festival Weekend

Baltimore Running Festival festivities started off on Thursday with a visit to the expo to pick up my race packet and register for that evening’s .05k sponsored by 98 Rock. The .05k was set up at Power Plant Live, complete with bibs, inflatable start and finish lines and a water station half way through. Everyone who participated was super into it which added to the fun and it was a hilarious event! You can see pictures from the race on the 98 Rock’s instagram. Afterward, Burnt Sienna, a cover band based out of Philadelphia, performed and they were fantastic! They played everything from the Killers to Queen to Imagine Dragons to The Weekend.

Burnt Sienna Band

Friday night we went to Brendali for dinner and enjoyed a tasty chicken parm before laying low the rest of the night and catching up on the Mindy Project. Brendali was PACKED and we witnessed many groups turned away if they didn’t have a reservation, we lucked out and beat the rush but definitely remembering to make a res next time.

Saturday was the 5k which was a blast (probably even more fun than the .05k Thursday! :D). I walked over to the start in time to see the marathoners begin which was really cool. It was fun to run a 5k that was part of a larger festival because it certainly makes the race seem more momentous: the expo, the crowd at the start, the medals, the celebration village at the end – all things that you don’t typically see when it’s just a 5k.  The weather was perfect for running and the course was great – slightly uphill for the first half and slightly downhill for the second half – my time was 34:57 (11:15 min/mi) which may not sound impressive but is really good for me (almost 2 minutes faster than the Baltimore Women’s Classic that I ran in June). Adam met me at the finish and we walked to Starbucks for breakfast and cheered on the half marathon runners at their start. It was inspiring to see runners all over our neighborhood and everyone was friendly and full of encouragement.

5k medal post race starbucks

Saturday afternoon was spent in Virginia at a friend’s pig roast. She and her family go all out for this annual event with moon bounces and face painting for kids, a ton of food and drinks and this year they even added a coat drive for charity! It was great to catch up with friends and we had a blast watching all of the kids go crazy running around the backyard.

fall pig roast

The weekend was rounded out with a lazy Sunday – brunch with family, football and grocery shopping.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Almost the Weekend!

Happy Thursday – you’ve almost made it to the weekend! Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud so here’s what I’m thinking about today:

Thinking-Out-Loud

I feel like I’m still recovering from my busy week in sports last week…

My week started with an O’s game as the Braves were in town. Adam proudly applauded Nick Markakis on his return to Oriole Park and my cousin who grew up in Georgia came up from DC for the game.

Orioles

I went on a work outing to Virginia for the Quicken Loans National golf tournament. It was brutally hot and a rain delay (see those dark skies?) prevented us from seeing too much golf, but we still had a good time. My family is really into golf and the last time I was at this course was for the President’s Cup in 2005 on my 18th birthday!

Quicken Loans Abby at RTJ

I also went to two Kastles matches including the league finals on Sunday where the Kastles won their 5th straight championship. #TennisDynasty. The match was at 11:30am so they served breakfast burritos and mimosas which was awesome. I could get used to more morning sporting events…I guess this is what living on the west coast is like during football season! They also had tennis ball cake pops which were absolutely necessary.

Kastles - Brit Kastles Finals

I should have capped off my week by attending the Ravens open practice on Monday, but I just didn’t have the strength. Did anyone go?

I’m also looking ahead to several fun events to soak up the end of summer…

  • Flicks from the Hill tonight at the AVAM is Awakenings. Check out Jeanette’s post on why it’s awesome.
  • Next weekend’s Kegs and Corks Festival in Annapolis. I got a LivingSocial deal for two admissions for only $35 that includes a souvenir glass and samples of beer and wine. It seems like it will be a great afternoon of drinking and live music with friends.
  • And because in the summer there is nothing better than drinking and live music outside, I also plan on checking out the Summer Social in West Shore Park (in the Harbor) on Friday the 21st to see New Romance and 80’s tribute band. Event is from 5-8pm with food and drink available from Dooby’s.

 

What are you thinking about today? Any fun events you’re looking forward to? 

Also Bronycon (aka the My Little Pony fan convention) begins today in Baltimore! Be on the lookout for some awesome bronies!