Winning Weather

Hi friends, happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We were out and about quite a bit and we had great weather for it!

Friday night we went out for some brewskies [maybe some truffle parmesan fries] and an awesome yakitori dinner at Ippuku. The place was so unique; we had our own little table with a bamboo shade. The other, larger tables were more traditional and you have to take your shoes off to sit there.

Ippuku Berkeley California

Our own little nook.

I plan on recapping the meal on Wednesday but we definitely plan on going back again to try more.

On Saturday, we went to Tender Greens for lunch. It was awesome!

Roasted Monterey Squid Salad Tender Greens

Roasted Monterey Squid Salad

I love getting seafood when we go out because I rarely cook it at home and this squid was cooked perfectly. Nice and tender, not at all chewy. I also got a side of roasted veggies. Another place we need to hit up again! After lunch we made our way over to The Trappist for Spontanfest. We can’t pass up a good beer event 😉

Yesterday was extra fun; we went to our first baseball game of the season! The weather couldn’t have been better and it was so great to spend hours in the sunshine.

Oakland Coliseum

Not a bad view!

Oakland Athletics

This isn’t so bad either 😉

It was a good game. We saw 3 home runs and an A’s win. Jim Johnson also closed the game for the A’s so it was nice to have a touch of home [he was an Orioles closer for years if you didn’t know.] I also brought a nice big salad for lunch and I’m so glad I did. The food options there were pretty.. not great. And we only shared 1 beer because holy crap they were $11! You live and learn.. and pregame in the parking lot before the next game. Ha!

After a fun weekend, it was nice to come home and have a delicious, light dinner.

Joy the Baker Baked Turkey Meatballs Spiralized Zucchini Carrot Noodles

Baked turkey meatballs are a fave in our house.

Weekly Meal Plan

SundayBaked turkey meatballs over spiralized zucchini and carrot noodles
MondayVietnamese pork bowl
Tuesday – Cajun chicken with plantain “rice” and beans
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Roast duck sausage with roasted brussels and smashed potatoes
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

If you’re looking for any help creating a meal plan, shoot me an email!

Food for Thought

What did you do over the weekend?

It’s Baseball Season!

BASEBALL!!!!! I’m not at all excited though. I so wish I was going to the Orioles opening day game today against Boston. I’ll definitely be missing my O’s this year but I’m hoping to make it to a good amount of A’s and Giants games. And I’m pretty sure we’re going to spend the weekend at the A’s stadium when they’re playing the Orioles. Cannot wait!

Baltimore Orioles

I will miss having one of my favorite baseball partners with me this year!

Baltimore Orioles Game

Go orange or go home!

This past weekend was kind of bizarre. I finally caught up on all of my missed sleep [naps were involved.. and quite possibly alcohol-induced] so I’m actually feeling like a real person again. We did have a nice theme going throughout the weekend though.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co Auld Bitch Barleywine Jupiter

Beer.

The Rare Barrel

Beer.

Trappist Dieu Du Ciel Herbe a Detourne

Beer.

Yep. We enjoyed our beer this weekend. I had some pretty notable brews too; Tahoe Mountain Brewing Auld Bitch Barleywine, The Rare Barrel Shadows of Their Eyes & Sourtooth Tiger, and Dieu Du Ciel Herbe a Detourne [the Grande Noirceur was awesome too!]

Yesterday morning we went to breakfast. Usually when we go out I’ll opt for eggs benedict because I don’t make that at home but the Cuban breakfast caught my eye.

Cuban Breakfast Tomate Cafe

Black beans, braised kale, eggs, brown rice, shrimp, plantains, & tomatillo salsa.

It was the bomb diggity. Went there. Completely different from anything I’d ever normally order but it totally hit the spot. And the plantains were like dessert! I always forget how much I love plantains. They might pop up again in the kitchen soon..

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Wing it!
Monday
Basil lime chicken with Green Goddess Cauli Rice
TuesdayEmeril’s Caribbean Chicken and crispy brussels sprouts with creamy dipping sauce [going to change the spices to go with the chicken]
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayChili chicken and basil stir fry
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

I’m starting to get much better about planning out how much we actually need and not planning a recipe for every single night since we do end up with so many leftovers. Practice makes perfect, right? If you’re looking for meal plan help, shoot me an email.

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
What’s your favorite breakfast to order when you go out?