What a grand weekend…a whirlwind as usual.
Kicked off the weekend Friday with a James Bond themed birthday party at my good friend Lora’s. Best theme ever! Everyone dressed to the T and it was so nice seeing everyone fancied up.
My contributions to the party were the Pioneer Woman’s Zannie’s Black-Eyed Pea dip and Iowa Girl Eat’s Spinach and Sausage Pinwheels. Both were modified slightly.
For the dip I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream and I used fresh salsa instead of jarred. I also doubled the recipe. I felt like it was missing something but it turned out pretty well. I blame the fresh salsa since jarred would have been more tomatoey and I think that would have given it that extra flavor it needed.
For the pinwheels I made these puppies with Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles since Lora is vegetarian. I had some troubles with these. I accidentally bought the crescent rolls instead of the plain dough. I tried to smooth out the perforated lines but it wasn’t working and the dough tore while I tried to roll it up with the filling. Then when I tried to cut them into pieces it crumbled apart and was a big mess. I ended up making the others crescent roll style and that worked better. The dough itself is pretty sticky and hard to work with (I blame the FL humidity).
The good things is they both seemed to be a hit.
The full spread.
Saturday I spent my day at Rays Fan Fest for work. Getting excited for baseball season!
After Fan Fest I headed home to shower, change and eat dinner cause myself and my friend Ashley (who also works with me and lives down the hall from me, ha) got free tickets from work for the Tampa Bay Lightning game.
My first hockey game ever!
Of course Jon and her bf Matt got to come along It was a great night. I definitely am a hockey fan now…I really liked how fast paced and exciting the game was. It held my attention, which says a lot ;) And they won!
After the game we headed back to St. Pete where we stopped at Five Bucks Drinkery for a drink. I’ve been wanting to go here solely because of all the “gross” food they have to offer here. It’s their niche. And by gross food I mean a bbq pulled pork sandwich with mac and cheese on top kind of gross. I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to try something!
Bacon and cheese tater tots with a side of ranch.
Let’s just say I won’t be eating here again. Don’t think my tummy is used to handling such junk!
I totally regretted it too when our next stop was Vue, where Ashley and Jon got sushi. I had a few bites and it was oh so good. Also, really fresh tasting…something I wish I had waited for!
The next morning after sleeping in until almost noon (glorious) Jon and I headed out to Thuy Cafe, our go-to spot for Banh Mi. We were hungry hungry hippos when we got there…Jon ended up with one grilled pork and one speciality. I got the grilled pork and also a batch of these tapioca dumplings with shrimp and pork in them.
I looked them up later and their actual name is Banh Bot Loc. They were really interesting and good…just very chewy!
My partly devoured Banh Mi. The meat is SO flavorful and they use great French bread too. I usually pick off the jalapenos but I left them on this time. Hi spicy!
Luckily I had a Thai Tea Boba to help with the heat
I also recently found out that they’re opening a second location in downtown St. Pete, which we are ecstatic about since it will be much closer!
The rest of the day was spent taking a visit to our favorite European market, Marko’s Meat and Deli, Total Wine and a grocery store stop. We’re trying to get better at meal planning and were able to get what we needed for our next few meals.
For dinner Jon used up the rest of the butternut squash filling and made manicotti with a bechamel sauce. So, so, so good.
This week I actually have hardly anything planned so I’m going to try and get back on a hardcore workout schedule and try and get some other productive things done.
How’s your week looking? Are you super busy or is nothing planned? Any fun things coming up?