Well hello Sunday night! Where did you come from?
Even though some of our plans got canceled, we still had a very enjoyable weekend. I had a lot of work to catch up on so it was nice to have some extra time to work on some projects and what not. It wasn't all work though. As usual, the food was yummy and the fun didn't fall short.
A very broad overview for you:
Yes, you probably saw this last week but let me tell you I don't think I could ever get sick of seeing perfectly toasted waffles topped with fresh blueberries, banana slices, sunflower butter, and agave. This was a nice "weekend" breakfast without putting a whole lot of effort forward. Perfect when your kind of in a hurry but have a few extra minutes, which was my case on Saturday morning.
It seems as though if I have waffles or pancakes one day, it's going to be eggs the next day. I crave them equally on the weekends and luckily, I have two days to have them both.
This was one of those random creations that stems purely from a build-as-you-go mentality. I started with a bed of spinach and then added red quinoa, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, red cabbage, beets, avocado, feta, and massaged balsamic kale. Lastly, a few walnuts for a touch of texture. Quite delicious!
Seared scallops are one of my favorite dinners but I rarely make them because they are the few seafood items that Toly doesn't like. Tonight, I made him flounder and finally pulled out scallops for me.
The scallops were perfect but the salad I made to go along was equally wonderful. Spinach, quinoa, cara cara orange, cucumber, roasted almonds, feta, and avocado. Looking at this, I realize I made two very similar salads so I guess they must have been good.
- Finally making it to a Body Pump Class. It has been weeks since I've been able to make a class so I was thrilled to get back into some pump. Bonus- the instructor played one of my favorite old releases!
- Getting my nails done. I haven't done this in awhile but my nail stylist also happens to be a good friend of mine and I love to be able to catch up with her and also walk out with a fresh manicure.
- Spending the day with my in-laws in Baltimore. Toly's mom's birthday was last week and we decided to give her the gift of a day trip to some of her favorite places, Ikea and Trader Joe's, which also happen to by two of my favorite places so it was really a party for everyone!
We stopped for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory to do a little more celebrating.
Cheers to Alexandra!
We started with hummus for the table to share.
It was good but not as good as I remember. Today is seemed to be extra garlicky.
For lunch, I finally ordered an item I have passed up the last few times I've been here. The homemade veggie burger is semi-new and always sounded so good made with roasted beets, brown rice, faro, and onion. I asked for mine sans bun and got a salad on the side.
Eh, this was okay. I ate it all because I was hungry but it definitely wasn't the best veggie burger I've ever had.
The Cheesecake Factory is always hit or miss with me. Either it's really really good or just not that exciting. At leas the company was great!
That about sums it up. I have another busy week in front of me but I do have some exciting news to share with you all tomorrow. I hope you stop by to hear all about it and there may be something a little extra in it for you. Just sayin'.
What is your go-to menu item at a chain restaurant?