I finally got my driver's license at the end of August. I was pretty thrilled, as you can imagine. It still seems surreal. We got together that night at Faby and Jackson's, sort of to celebrate, sort of just as an excuse to throw a dinner party like we do. Faby wanted to light-up her alley before the end of summer, and she did just that. Dave's mom, Dianne, was also visiting, and it was such a lovely evening. We feasted on watermelon and feta salad, a bulgar salad, grilled veggie kebabs, grilled pecorino, olives, tzatziki, grilled prawns, oysters, chicken, branzino, and of course lamb. It was all so good, but the branzino was especially memorable. I haven't had fish that was so good in awhile. Faby did it perfectly. For dessert we had karithopita, a Greek walnut cake I made, with a plum compote and homemade vanilla ice cream ala Kyley. I have to make that cake again. So, so good, even plain for breakfast. ;)
I worked most of the next day, Friday. I got off just early enough to go to dinner with Dave and Dianne at Atalua, a newish tapas, Spanish restaurant in NW Portland. There was a significant wait, but we passed time playing rummy at a nearby bar. That dinner was amazing. I'd go back for the veal on brioche sandwich alone. I don't know if it was confited, or braised, or what, but it melted in your mouth. It caught me by surprise with how good it was.
|Running where there are palm trees|
Most of the weekend revolved around eating, which was of course okay with me. We ate yummy Mexican food, and lots of ice cream, amongst other things. The culinary highlight for me was a trip to Pinks. :) I had the Rosie Dog with jalapenos and plenty of mustard added. Yum. Aside from eating, we did a lot of site seeing. The Santa Monica beach was beautiful! I loved playing in the water, but it was a little rough for real swimming. Luckily we made up for that later in the evening in Nikki's super awesome community pool. Monday we went to Grand Central Market for brunch. I tried a new food, birria, a Mexican goat stew/soup. The goat flavor was pretty intense for breakfast, but I'm glad I tried it.
Saturday was the big day. I woke up earlier, and drank a cup of coffee sitting down before I began. I made rice, heated and seasoned black and refried beans, and made guacamole. We reheated the ground beef in the oven. Then we had to pack everything up in my cousin's truck to haul it to the wedding. My mom and brother were there to help out with that. Justin had put my grandma's broken refrigerator in the back of his truck. We stacked the hot food in the refrigerator section, insulating and padding with towels for warmth, and to prevent too much movement. We filled the freezer part with the cold ingredients. Once I figured out how to start the truck, we were off.
The wedding was beautiful. They got married near Elma, Washington at the Mineral Lake Resort. The bridesmaids wore red cowboy boots and carried sunflowers. The groomsmen sported secret identities, super hero t-shirts under their shirts. My cousin was beaming, and Heidi was absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy for them.
I love that it's just the two of us. Living alone as a couple for the first time is as exciting to me as living alone solo the first time. We haven't had much time off together, but the time we do have is great. We have mostly been cuddling up, watching Once (Upon a Time). Hook? Kind of reminds me of Dave, but with darker features and an Irish accent. Ooo la la.