One of the best parts about my job is that I get to make my own schedule. Yesterday, this meant I woke up super early, busted out some work, and then took the rest of the day off to enjoy it. It was a fabulous Friday indeed!
I started my day with a toasted gluten-free English muffin with Teddie peanut butter and banana slices on top. I also drank half of a glass of decaf iced coffee with almond milk.
I only drank half of a glass of iced coffee because I had a Starbucks date with Kerrie a few hours later. The two of us have barely seen each other over the past few weeks, so we made a date to catch up. Kerrie also had a couple of Pinterest questions, so I offered to help her out.
At Starbucks, I ordered the Hazelnut Macchiato that I saw there the other day. It was delicious and not too sweet. I highly recommend it!
After hanging out with Kerrie, I headed home and reheated some Mexican Hash Egg Bake leftovers for lunch. Mmm”¦ love this meal.
After I ate lunch, I headed out to run some errands. Kerrie mentioned that Ocean State Job Lot has some really great deals, so I decided to check it out.
Kerrie was right! I stocked up on all sorts of nuts, tail mix, and gluten-free products (crackers, rice cakes).
Bob’s Red Mill goodies!
And my favorite face wash. I’ve never seen it so cheap! Big win at Ocean State Job Lot yesterday!
I also saw this Snuggie for Dogs yesterday, but I didn’t end up buying it for Murphy.
After spending a crapload of money at Ocean State, I went to get a massage. I bought a Groupon and booked the appointment months ago, but then totally forgot about it until I received a reminder email on Thursday morning. I’m not going to lie, it was quite a nice surprise receiving that email. Massage on Friday? Yes, please! Unfortunately, the massage wasn’t great, but, as I told Mal, it was like pizza and sex. Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.
I was hungry when I got home from my massage, so I made a carrot cake rice cake with cinnamon cream cheese from The Laughing Cow, raisins, walnuts, and grated carrot. It was so good, I immediately made a second one. Yum! Great snack!
After that, I showered and prettied myself for a date night with Mal. One of our goals for 2013 was to have a monthly date night together, so he made us a reservation for Steel & Rye last night. (We skipped February’s date night and counted our trip to Oahu as a week-long date night.)
Steel & Rye was amazing! Seriously. Mal and I absolutely loved it.
It was gorgeous inside and the food was excellent. We’ll definitely be back! (If you look closely in the photo below, Deval Patrick is sitting at a table toward the back of the restaurant on the left. Cool!)
Mal and I arrived about an hour before our reservation and grabbed a drink at the bar. We spent the majority of our time brainstorming ideas for our annual party!
Then, we headed to our table for dinner.
We started with the Raclette (we love cheese), which was potatoes served with braised bacon, cornichons, caramelized onions, and covered in melt-y Raclette. Oh my goodness, it was amazing.
For my entrÃ©e, I ordered the Colorado Lamb Meatballs, which were served with a hen egg, Greek yogurt, and pine nuts. It was actually an appetizer from the menu, but after filling up on Raclette, it was the perfect size portion.
I also had a bite of Mal’s steak, which was insanely flavorful and cooked to perfection. Mal loved his meal so much, he even snapped a photo of it for the blog!
And, of course, no meal is complete without dessert. Mal and I shared the Dulce de Leche Cake, which was served with toasted coconut sorbet and caramelized pineapple. Mmm! It reminded of us of Hawaii!
All in all, it was a fabulous Friday!
Question of the Day
Even when it’s bad, what’s still pretty good?