Weekend Happenings

I find my weekend update posts the hardest to title. I wish I could think of something more clever.

This weekend flew by, like they usually do. We made more of an effort to get out and about, mostly because the weather cooperated. It was nice to get outside and enjoy the city.

However, Friday night we did our typical thing and stayed in. We made pizzas and a huge garbage salad with miso dressing, drank some wine and watched Dateline. I have a crazy fascination with who-done-it shows and Dateline is my favorite. Michael always obliges me in watching an episode on Friday nights. Now that’s true love. ūüôā

pizza night

Saturday I taught and did some work. I also took a luxurious afternoon nap before we headed to Kristy and Erik’s for game night. They live in Somerville and it was our first time venturing out there.

We were greeted by their new rescue dog Tucker. He’s so loving and wonderful, the perfect addition to their family.

tucker tucker

We ate sushi and then set out to play some games. First up was a game called Dirty Minds, which turned out to be incredibly complicated. Kristy’s face pretty much sums up how all of us were feeling (what?!).

game night

Next we moved on to ImaginIff which was way easier and way more fun.

game night

Lastly we plated Uno. I used to play this all the time when I was a camp counselor in high school but it had definitely been a while. I still managed to call a few Uno’s on Michael though.

game night-Uno

After a later than usual night, yesterday morning we slept in and then made our way to the Friendly Toast in Cambridge for brunch. This might be my favorite restaurant in Boston. They have a ton of veggie friendly options and amazing gluten-free pancakes. Win-win for both of us.

Friendly Toast Menu

I had the BLT with faux bacon. I’m not much of a faux meats person but there’s something about Morning Star’s bacon. The sweet potato fries were also delicious. Michael had the chocolate chip pancake seen right and an unpictured scramble of some sort.

veggie blt and sweet potato fries

We left full and happy to hit up Whole Foods, spend way too much money at Target on nothing and take Eli for a bath.

Here he is in a brief moment of happiness, he does not like baths. You’d think he’s being tortured. I try to tell him how lucky he is to have two people basically massage him for 20 minutes. This doesn’t seem to matter to him.

Eli in the bath

We also went on a 5 mile run yesterday afternoon. We stopped and started a lot but our average pace was 8.29. Michael doesn’t usually run longer routes with me but he killed it and beat me handily on the sprints.

We rounded out the weekend with burrito bowls and some lounging and napping on the couch.

burrito bowls

Perfect end to our Sunday.

Back tomorrow with quinoa filled spring rolls.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Weekend and Kale Salad with Miso Dressing

Happy Monday.

Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was filled with more house stuff, some restaurant exploration and a lot of football.  Plus a little bit of cooking of course.

We spent most of Saturday furniture shopping, picture hanging and picking up the last odds and ends for the house. ¬†Our furniture is being delivered on Wednesday at which point I promise apartment pictures. ¬†We’re almost there!

We also tried out one of the many vegetarian restaurants in the city. ¬†We had an early dinner at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge on Saturday. ¬†It has a diner atmosphere but the entire menu is vegetarian. ¬†Although everything looked wonderful, both Michael and I decided on veggie burgers. ¬†I’m on a burger kick apparently. ¬†We had their Chipotle Black Bean and Mushroom Chickpea patties, both were very tasty. ¬†I meant to take a picture but by the time I remembered I was half way through my meal.

Regardless, we did remember to snap a picture outside.  Of Michael!!  See, he does exist.

michael

On Sunday we went on an early morning run and then grabbed coffee at Thinking Cup, which ended up being this adorable coffee shop.  They had great coffee and a yummy chai latte.  Then we had breakfast at Globe.  Although it was nice sitting outside the food was just okay.

The rest of the weekend looked a lot like this.

Couch time, work and football.

What happened to the Pats?  I move here and they lose to Arizona?

Although the 49ers are looking good!

Anyway, none of the above has anything to do with kale salad except for the fact that it’s super easy to make so you won’t miss even a little of the game to make it.

Kale Salad with Miso Dressing

For the salad:

1 bunch of kale, torn and steamed

1 carrot, peeled into ribbons

1/4 cup pepitas

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons white miso

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon Bragg’s liquid aminos (you can substitute soy sauce or tamari)

1/4 teaspoon garlic

Juice of half a lemon

2 1/2 tablespoon water

pinch of sugar

Wash, tear and steam kale.  If you prefer raw kale just wash and tear into a big bowl.

kale

Peel carrot into ribbons, add to bowl.

Mix all dressing ingredients in a separate bowl with a fork.  Add water last.  Depending on how much juice your lemon has you may not need the full 2 1/2 tablespoons.

Toss dressing with salad.  If you are using raw kale be sure to massage the dressing into your kale.  You should use your hands to work it in well.

Add pepitas.

Serves 2.

Enjoy!