photos from the weekend

despite there still being tons of snow on the ground, eric and i wanted to make the best of the weekend and get out and do some things.

we started off saturday morning with brunch at cantino dos segundos.
cantina for brunch

cantina for brunch

we eat here quite often, and one of the reasons is they have amazing chips and salsa.
cantina for brunch

i always say i am going to order the french toast, and never do, but saturday i was craving it.
this is the best french toast i have ever had, hands down. it was so delicious that it was dangerous. it tasted similar to a funnel cake, which i did not mind.

cantina for brunch

eric went with a burrito that included tempeh bacon, rice, beans, tofu and avocado.

cantina for brunch

his burrito was gigantic. it was the size of my head.

cantina for brunch

no seriously.

cantina for brunch

after brunch we walked a few blocks to check out a farmer’s market they just started in our area. but we were only greeted by snow. i guess they canceled it?

piazza

later in the afternoon we rounded up some friends to head to yard’s, a local brewery that is a few blocks away from our place.

we started off by tasting a few of their brews.

yards brewery

eric and i had gone on the tour before, but it was still fun to go again.

yards brewery

yards brewery

yards brewery

yards brewery

saturday evening we met up with more people and went by an art show in our neighborhood.

art show at toothless cat

art show at toothless cat

but i got side-tracked when i found out i could get a free beer at PYT, next door.

PYT

after hanging out at the art show we all went to dinner at cantino dos segundos! yep, we ate there twice in one day.

cantina for dinner

cantina for dinner

cantina for dinner

cantina for dinner

we woke up sunday morning not feeling our best, but i eventually got up to make heart-shaped pancakes in honor of valentine’s day.

heart shaped panckes

and for lunch we were feeling lazy and just made fried rice and spring rolls.

spring rolls

spring rolls are our way of cleaning out random veggies in the fridge.

spring rolls

after being lazy most of the day we decided to get our lives together and figure out something to make for dinner.
we pulled out some old favorites and some new ones.

trying to figure out valentine's day dinner

we ended up relying heavily on the conscious cook, which has some great recipes!
i decided to make the focaccia.

fociccia recipe

making fociccia

while the dough was rising we headed out to get a few last minute details.
there is a great tiny grocery in our neighborhood. it’s pricey, and only has a few things, but everything is fairly high quality.

almanac market

almanac market

and then we got to cooking!

we started off our meal with a new brew by bell’s brewery called cherry stout.

bell's cherry stout

pouring brew number one

this beer was very nice. it was dark, but not too dark.

first brew, bell's cherry stout

and we had arugula salads. eric made a blueberry vinaigrette that he adapted from the conscious cook.

valentine's day dinner

and we had our salads with some focaccia, which turned out really declicious.

fociccia

our second beer of the evening was a st. feullien cuvee de noel. eric enjoyed this beer but i was not as big a fan.

second brew, st. feuillien cuvee de noel

we also had asparagus, artichokes and quinoa pasta with arugula pesto that eric made.

quinoa pasta with arugula pesto

and on the side we had twice baked potatoes with cashew cream on top. we got the idea for this from the conscious cook. eric and i sliced the potatoes very thinly and cooked them in the oven till they were almost done. then we topped them with cashew cream (which is simply cashews that have been soaked then placed in the food processor until you reach a creamy consistency). we then seasoned the cream, some had salt and pepper, some cumin, some cayenne pepper and a few rosemary and salt. we then broiled the potatoes until the cream started to brown.

twice baked potatoes with cashew cream

they were delicious and gave me a bunch of ideas for other ways to use the cream.

all in all a very delicious valentine’s day dinner without the cost or crowds of a restaurant.

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One response to “photos from the weekend

  1. Wow. You pretty much just described my typical weekend. Dos Segundos/Farmer’s Market at the Piazza or Almanac for dinner ingredients (from one of those cookbooks!)/Valentine’s pancakes. And I’ve definitely done the Dos Segundos dos visits in one day. Why aren’t we friends? Nature demands it.

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