Monday, February 18, 2013

It was a Fun and Even Semi-Productive Weekend!

The weekend flew by almost as quickly as last week did!!!  On Saturday we, blissfully and necessarily, slept way in.  I did get up around 9:30 and whip up a gourmet breakfast of five grain toast topped with scrambled eggs and sauteed mushrooms and shallots with a side of bacon and a fruit salad of fresh pineapple, banana, strawberries, and mango.  Food is one of the few things that motivates me on weekend mornings...  That afternoon we made our way up to the Heights for the White Oaks Pub Crawl sponsored by St. Arnold's brewery.  It was kind of insane because the weather was so nice and the bars were so close together.  The sheer number of people spilling out of the bars was incredible.  But because of the weather and due to the fact that a handful of the mass of people were friends, it was a lot of fun.  After the pub crawl was over we headed around the corner to Pink's Pizza, voted one of Houston's best pizzerias and I got to cross them off of my list.  The pizza was excellent.  And then we met up with some new friends from the pub crawl at Hay Merchant where I had my new favorite drink: a Shandy made with house-made lemon ginger soda.  OBSESSED!
On Sunday I managed to be productive for most of the morning.  We went to Eatsie Boys for their ever changing "chef's special" Sunday brunch where I, for the first time in my life, ate fried chicken for breakfast.  It was served on a biscuit with honey butter and it was quite delicious.  I really wanted to try the quiche with sweet potato and kale, but alas, quiche is made with egg yolks...  S had the blueberry and bacon pancakes and said they were quite good.  Then we swung by Half Price Books and I snagged a few new cookbooks from some of my favorite celebrity chefs (Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer and Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa at Home) and then made our way back to my place where I FINALLY finished painting the dining room!  I also got my new rug laid out and the furniture all pushed back into place.
Despite my promise on Friday, I still need to style the shelves, hang curtains, and hang artwork, so final pictures aren't quite ready yet.  Here are a few sneak peaks, though and I'll try really hard to get it all done this week!  That wasn't the whole weekend, either.  After an early dinner of leftover truffled mac and cheese we headed back out the door and headed to the Houston House of Blues for the Flogging Molly concert (see the first picture)!  It was my first foray into Irish Rock and it was a lot of fun!  Those fans really get into the dancing and crowd surfing and (typical Irish) some heavy drinking!

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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