V-Day Weekending

As much as I would have LOVED to get this post out on Monday life and work tend to get in the way of well intentioned plans soooo….here we are on Thursday talking about what the hubs and I got up to this past weekend!

I got a serious hankering for BJ’s buffalo chicken pizza on Friday so when B got home we compromised and got half buffalo chicken and half bbq chicken-we DEVOURED this pizza!

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Knowing how much I obsessed I am with food and how much I love dessert B had ordered some cookies for us from PDX Cookie Co. He ordered their variety pack which arrived just in time for our V-Day weekend! I am not kidding when I tell you these cookies were seriously packed with all the goodies and were super delicious…also, super incredible warmed up!

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Pizza and cookies=great start to any weekend? Amiright?

Saturday we woke up, had coffee, and headed to the gym! Post workout we had plans to head over to the mall and finally combine our phone plans to one carrier (we’ve been married for almost 3 years now-it was time). This is a task I had been dreading, but it went so smoothly that I kept talking about how easy and wonderful the process was.

After all this excitement we went home and I ate the lonely slice of BBQ chicken pizza that was left from Friday night πŸ™‚

The rest of the day was spend running errands, perusing through our favorite mall and figuring out what we should do for dinner. We had very well intentioned plans to have dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse. I had made reservations in advance and we were really excited about the whole thing until we got to the day of the reservation. Suddenly, we wanted everything but steak…anybody else have this dilemma?

We went back and forth on a few options until deciding on Rosie’s BBQ. We ordered a beef rib each, their Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and a side of their baked fries. Sadly I got pictures of none of our dinner on Saturday night so I am very sorry about that 😦

Their was nothing Nashville hot about this chicken sandwich. It was a pretty sad chicken sandwich at that. It was this super thin chicken patty that had absolutely no spice. I turned to hubby and wondered if they had messed up our order…who knows?

The beef ribs were yummy per usual and the fries were the star of the show. They were fat wedge type fries which I normally do not like, but these were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They were seasoned so perfectly! LOVED these fries!

We had more cookies for dessert πŸ™‚

We woke up Sunday morning and did some grocery shopping for the week. We then took a brisk walk around our neighborhood since we were not planning on heading to the gym. Snacked a bit before heading out to a super late lunch/very early dinner situation with our friends.

Before meeting up with the friends we explored Olvera Street and Union Station. It was super cool to check out the vendors at Olvera Street. The sights and smells were incredible and overwhelming. I didn’t know where to look!

We made one last quick stop at Fugetsu Do for a couple of pieces of mochi. If you haven’t been here or tried their sweet creations you absolutely need to. Their mochi is so soft and incredible. We got a red bean and a blueberry Β mochi for dessert!

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I had been wanting to check out Bun Shop for a minute and figured this would be a good excuse to try out their baos. I had a spicy chicken bao and a beef bao. Hubs had the same and we shared some of their Yoshi fries.

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I definitely preferred the beef bao. It had a fried onion on top of it which added a nice crunchy texture to the soft meaty bun. I do wish the buns themselves held together a bit better-they were both split on the bottom which made it a little difficult to eat. The fries were really yummy with the addition of the furikake seasoning!

After spending a good amount of time catching up we all went our separate ways, but before the hubs and I went home we made one last stop at 85 Degrees. I think we both were craving the milk buns, but got a couple of other treats too πŸ™‚

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We made it home with time to watch some Netflix before bed! It wasn’t the most traditional V-Day weekend, but as long as we are spending time together we are pretty happy! I hope you all had a lovely V-Day weekend!!

What did you guys do this past weekend?

 

Back to SF

We woke up Sunday morning to a really gorgeous view of the sun rising outside of our AirBnB. We showered, packed up our things, and headed out for the second leg of our adventure to SF.

We stopped by a Safeway to grab some snacks for our drive to SF and I need a cup of coffee in the morning so we stopped by a local coffee shop to grab some and plan out our day.

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We started our drive and munched on some bluebs. We ended up driving to downtown SF to check out a mall and walk around. It was raining so we were wanting to stay warm and cozy…this thought didn’t last long πŸ™‚

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Soon enough our hunger creeped in and we decided to hit up Limoncello for some sandwiches. If you’ve been to SF you know how hard it is to find parking so once you aren’t leaving. This sandwich spot was a 30 minute walk, but feeling adventurous we decided we were up for it.

You guys it was pouring down rain so hard that we had to stop in at a CVS to buy an umbrella. We finally made it completely soaked, but super excited for our sandwiches.

We got a turkey pesto and a pastrami sandwich. We added their spicy sauce for both and they were both fantastic. I can’t tell you which one to get because the hubby liked the pastrami better and I liked the turkey.

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By the way, they were massive sandwiches and totally shareable. We actually ate the turkey first and then had the pastrami later on.Β After the sandwich we decided to go and check out the Painted Ladies. I just love these houses and how cute they are!

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We headed to our next AirBnB so we can get freshened up and get our stuff unloaded. The house was so cute!

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The bedroom was done in a cheerful yellow and super cozy and clean! We rested for a little bit and listened to the rain spatter on the windows and roof.

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We headed out to the comedy show at Neck of the Woods. It was a pretty good lineup. There were definitely some that were funnier than others. After the show we discovered we were close to Burma Superstar.

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It’s a super highly rated restaurant on Yelp and our friends had recommended the spot to us as well.

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We started with a couple of apps-their well known Tea Leaf Salad. It’s seriously the most interesting salad I have ever had. It’s got all these different flavors and textures…SO MUCH crunch! I loved that they mix it up for you table side.

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We also ordered Platha Dip. It was this super flaky, layered “bread”-similar to an Indian version of paratha-that was served with a warm coconut curry. The curry was savory and perfectly spiced.

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Even though we had every intention of ordering an entree, after having the Platha Dip we had seriously no room. We were full and done! I hope we eventually get the chance to go back and check out an entree or two πŸ™‚

We headed back to the AirBnB for a goodnights rest! We woke up Monday morning to a little bit of sunshine. We stopped by a Panera for a couple of yogurt parfait’s before heading home.

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Have you guys been to Burma Superstar? What did you think?

Carmel Valley

The hubs and I had a staycation recently, but he planned a surprise getaway for us during the start of our week.

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We drove up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to head to Carmel Valley and do a couple of hikes along the way. Sadly for us, due to the rain, we didn’t get to do one of the hikes. The other one was short and sweet, but absolutely breathtaking.

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That picture definitely does not do it any justice, but the rain definitely added to the beauty and our sense of adventure.

After getting lost along a dirt path and finally finding our way out and back on a nice paved road we arrived at our AirBnB. This place was like a woodsy cabin and all around us was this gorgeous greenery.

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It was all windows so we had some beautiful views. There was a television and we were super grateful for the heater inside because it was chilly!

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After unloading our things we decided to head out and explore the town a bit. We explored the shops a little and ran into some local places. We found a little shop that had some of the best spreads, dips, and caramel sauces. The great thing was we were able to sample everything πŸ™‚

After a long drive and munching on very few snacks we were ready for an early dinner. We found out that a pizza place we bookmarked was within walking distance of where we already were. Dontchya just love it when things work out like that?

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We moseyed on over to Little Napoli where they were pretty full with people. We decided we didn’t want to wait and grabbed a couple of seats by the bar. They had the best pictures on Yelp of this delicious garlic bread-we had to have it.

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We also ordered the burrata which came with some roasted red peppers. I won’t lie I thought the burrata would come with crostini or something to eat it with, but it didn’t so we just used our garlic bread. Is it a thing to just eat burrata by the forkful??

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We nibbled (who am I kidding, we scarfed down) on our apps and perused the menu to figure out which pizza to order. We settled on their version of a margh (surprise, surprise!).

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The pizza was Neapolitan style and it had a crispy crust and gooey cheese. The billowy edges of the pizza and bubbly cheese are always my favorite parts. We weren’t able to finish all of it and took the rest back to the AirBnB for later.

We ended up spending the rest of the night watching The Innocent Man on Netflix until we fell asleep. It was a pretty fantastic first day! I’ll see you Thursday for our SF adventures πŸ™‚

Have you been to Carmel Valley or Carmel by the Sea?

 

Smorgasburg Sundays

This is part two of a pretty food filled weekend! Read about part 1 here.

On Sunday we headed to Smorgasburg to try out some yummy food! If you’re new to the blog and don’t know what Smorgasburg is, it is a food truck/vendor gathering that happens every Sunday. A lot of the places don’t have brick and mortar stores or they normally only do catering. It’s really fun to check out and try a bunch of new things.

They have everything you can imagine from Mexican to Thai to all kinds of fusion.

We love Smorgasburg, but it can get kinda crazy with the lines and figuring out what you want.

You definitely should not come hangry because there is a certain amount of patience needed at these food truck things, but we always have a good time!

We walked around trying to figure out what we wanted, what sounded good, looked good-all the requirements to set yourself up for a good food truck day πŸ™‚

We ended up getting some burritos and I cannot for the life of me remember the truck. We got a chicken and a beef. They were super simple, but tasty and did the trick of holding us over till our next stop.

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Little Llama Peruvian Tacos was that next stop and man was it a LONG one. It took 30 minutes from the time we got into line to getting our food and it was pretty painful 30 minutes if I’m honest.

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We got a couple of their chicken tacos and one beef. The chicken was our favorite of the two! I think it was worth the wait though. The flavors were good and look at how beautiful this presentation is-so colorful. A feast for your eyes and tummy! Gotta love that!

While eating our hard earned tacos we spotted Wanderlust. Wanderlust happened to their usual ice-cream place and another station that was selling these ice-cream bars.

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They looked small and like the perfect ending to our little Smorgasburg adventure. I got the mango flavor and hubby got the ube I believe. They coat the ice cream bars right there at the station with their white chocolate coating and toppings. I don’t know how they got the shell to harden so quickly! They were both very good πŸ˜‹

It was a great day at Smorgasburg!

Do you guys have anything like Smorgasburg where you live?

Saturday Shenanigans

I just love the word shenanigans! I try to not overuse it, but every time I say it, it just makes me so happy! Anyywho, I am having to split this weekend post into two so it’s not super long. You’ll see what we got up to on Sunday on Thursday’s blog πŸ™‚

We started Saturday off a little slow. We had a late Friday and didn’t get up till 9am on Saturday. This is actually super late for us, but it was fine since we didn’t have anything planned for early in the day.

We’ve had this tickets to Magic Mountain for a while so we headed over there and checked out the park. It was a surprisingly warm day and we tuckered out pretty quickly and decided to head to “brunch.”

Sandwiches seemed like a great option so we went to Mendocino and ordered our favorite Peruvian Steak Sandwich and their Pesto Turkey Tartine.

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Neither of use realized that the turkey was a tartine till it came to our table. It was super messy, but pretty delicious. Honestly this did not need to be a tartine, it really needed another slice of bread!

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The steak sandwich was delicious as always-a little spice, a lot of savory.

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We headed to the Grove after this to check out the sights and Christmas decor. When we got there we realized we needed something sweet and ran into this crepe shop.

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We created our own with strawberries, banana, and nutella. Holy cow was this so yummy! We finished this super quick!

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We walked around a little more and then headed back to the car for another little bakery adventure. I’ve talked about Porto’s on the blog before and we LOVE it. It’s a really great bakery and the prices are fantastic.

If you ever have a chance to visit Porto’s I highly recommend it. Depending on when you go the lines look crazy, but they go by super quickly. It also gives you a chance to figure out what you want!

We headed home with our goodies and relaxed for a while until our tummies started to tell us it was dinner time. We found a new sushi place on Yelp, Raku Teriyaki, and decided to give it a go. They had 4.5 stars and 233 reviews so we figured it was a safe bet.

 

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We got a few rolls and two orders of nigiri. The nigiri was $6 to add on to a roll so we thought why not?

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The hubs and I both thought they were good…I may have enjoyed them more then he did πŸ™‚ The fish was fresh and tasty and I always love it when the flavors on the fish complement the fish and not overpower it. Raku did that pretty well!

We had some watermelon kombucha to wash it all down! This is one of my favorite kombucha flavors from this brand.

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We decided to get a “few” items to have for dessert that night and may have gone just a tad overboard. We got their cheese roll, guava and cheese pastry, tres leches cake, flan, chocolate cake, mango mousse, and a hazelnut chocolate cookie. All of this was under $20 and all of it was delicious!

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Don’t be alarmed we definitely sampled all of the things, but did not finish all of it. We ended up warming up the cheese roll the next day in the toaster oven and it was just as good!

It was pretty fantastic foodie Saturday all in all πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite bakery? What do you get from there?

 

 

Friday Night Fun

Good morning lovelies! Welcome back to another post πŸ™‚

Every fun filled weekend begins with a good Friday night? Am I right?

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

We ended up heading to the mall and grabbing some coffee. This iced oat milk latte is a total dream from La Colombe. Honestly, this is hands down one of the best coffee shops ever. Their coffee is always smooth, never bitter. It is perfect the way it is and it doesn’t need sugar, but I do add a little bit of simple syrup for sweetness because it’s me and I like things a little sweet πŸ˜‰

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We mosied around and took in the sites until we were ready to head out and find some dinner. We love Vito’s. You all know this, we know this. It’s not a secret. Sorry (notsorry) about the messy box-we ate a slice in the car. Lawwwwdyyy is it delicious when it is super fresh!

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Since we were trying to figure out dessert we also headed to Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar. I’ve been wanting to go since it opened, but I am not a fan of huge lines (who is?) so we waited and our patience paid off because we had 2 people in front of us! Winning!!

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We had to get her famous crack pie. It’s pretty similar to gooey butter cake if you’ve had it, but this had a cookie crust. To be honest this was our least favorite item. I’m not saying it wasn’t good, but it was just sugar (again not a bad thing, but a tad too much). I know a LOT of people love this item and it’s their favorite thing, but I preferred the other two items much more!

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Speaking of other two items we also got the birthday cake truffles. These were yummy! Sweet, but I liked the texture of the crumbly cake and the smooth frosting holding this together. It was definitely a birthday cake flavor which I LOVE!

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The last item we bought was a slice of the birthday cake. The hubs and I agreed that this was delicious, but we weren’t sure if it was worth $7 a slice. The frosting was light and airy. The cake was also pretty light, but held up well to the frosting. Thinking back on this cake now I’m a little ashamed to say (babe don’t kill me) but I may pay $7 a slice for this…I mean look at it!20181221_210833

It was all about the experience and we had a VERY enjoyable experience at the bakery. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The decor was so cute! I would recommend a visit if you ever get a chance because they have some yummy sweets and frankly, I think Christina Tosi is pretty awesome. I mean have you seen her on Master Chef?

Let me know if you’ve had a chance to visit Milk Bar and what you thought in the comments πŸ™‚ Till Thursday! See you later!

Snooze

We were in Carlsbad with some friends a few weeks ago and hubby had a meeting to be at so myself and friends went to brunch. We ended up going to Snooze in San Diego-it was a 30ish minute drive from where we were, but it was worth every minute.

I was craving something sweet and lucky for me they had some great options to pick from. A friend and I split the pancake sampler and a OMG french toast.

For our pancake sampler we got their Smashin’ Pumpkin, Blueberry Danish, and their pancake of the day which was an apple/caramel situation.

The OMG french toast was incredible. It was a brioche bread filled with mascarpone and topped with vanilla creme, salted caramel, strawberries and toasted coconut. We left off the caramel on this one, but didn’t miss it one bit. It was sweet and the toasted coconut added lovely texture to the soft, pillowy french toast.

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The Smashin’ Pumpkin was the favorite in the pancakes, but all of the pancakes were fluffy and delicious. I wouldn’t recommend the Blueberry Danish-it was the least favorite and I do love bluebs an awful lot. I think if I hadn’t had the other two pancakes I would have liked the blueberry one more, but in comparison not that great!

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Our other friend got a savory dish and loved it too! This place has amazing reviews on Yelp and it was true to it’s ratings. We actually had to wait an hour before getting seated, but I would still come back because I thought the food was that good!

If you ever come to San Diego you need to stop by for brunch!

 

Hollywood Bowl with John Williams

We have some pretty spectacular friends who offered us tickets to see John Williams conduct and how could we say no?!

We were trying to figure out dinner plans and we ended up deciding on dinner there. Dinner was a pleasant surprise and our musical evening was pretty spectacular.

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It was so cool to hear the music we hear on Star Wars and other movies played live. Steven Spielberg came around and showed us what a difference having music in a scene makes. It’s something I don’t think about often, but after this experience I will paying closer attention to how music in a scene makes me feel.

But before all of that, there was dinner πŸ™‚

We had salads…it was fresh and bright. The quinoa and lentils brought in some heartiness.

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B had short ribs which were fall off the bone tender. Seriously. You didn’t need a knife.

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I had chicken that had some seriously crispy skin. It was also massive!

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We shared some dessert. A chocolate torte and lemon bar. The torte was rich and deep in chocolatey flavor while the lemon bar was bright and fresh.

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Between the company, the food, and John Williams it was a pretty incredible evening. It was a great way to spend a Sunday night!

I hope you are all having a lovely week and I will see you Friday!

Our last day in Kansas City, Missouri

Our last day in Missouri was pretty fantastic since we started our day with brunch. Since the hubs and friend didn’t have to get to conference till later we all went to Homesteader Cafe to start our day.

I went with the breakfast burrito which came with a side of beans. I loved this burrito because it had potato and eggs and more veggies, but I was not a fan of having salsa poured on top. It just made the burrito soggy and I had to eat it with a knife and fork…why would I want to do that??

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Despite being salty at my salsa soaked burrito I really enjoyed it…I ate some of the tortilla, but mostly consumed the filling πŸ™‚

We walked back to the hotel so they could head to conference while we watched some HGTV-basically my favorite thing to do at a hotel! LOL

Once they got back we sat around talking and looking at all the random stuff they collected while at conference and then we decided to head to Q39 as our last bbq stop of the trip.

This experience was a little different since we didn’t get a bunch of meat to share but instead got burgers and sandwiches with a couple of apps.

We started with their famous wings and got some spiced onion straws. The onions straws were thin, long onion rings, but not in a ring. Does that make sense?

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Everyone LOVED the wings including our friend who isn’t a wing person. The onion straws were good, but I was hoping they would be crispier!

The hubs and I shared the burnt end burger. We thought the meat would the burnt end, but instead it was a burger patty topped with burnt end…uh what?! It was a bit too much for me so I picked at it and the hubs ended up eating what I couldn’t. Thank God for him!

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We were full, but all needed something sweet so we shared their cheesecake which had chocolate ganache, caramel and nuts. It was really light and sweet!

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We headed back to the hotel to grab our things and head to the airport. We made it back to LA around 9:45pm. Our friends stayed in MO for another night and send us pics of pizza and it got us craving Vito’s.

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So after we landed we headed out to Vito’s and got our usual cheese pizza and since we were so close we stopped by SK Donuts to try their cookie butter donut.

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Such a delicious weekend and now I am craving green juice and kale salads!

P.S. Cookie butter donut? Delicious. Glazed donut+layer of cookie butter+cookie crumbs=heaven.

Do you have a favorite bbq spot?

Missouri Day 2

This was our first full day in Kansas City and boy did we really get after it. We woke up at 6am (running on 4 hours of sleep) and worked out before heading out to breakfast.

We walked to this Australian style cafe, Banksia, that had coffee and pastries and all the goodies. I got a breakfast burrito to go and we picked up a cinnamon roll as well!

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Cinnamon roll all packaged up

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The hubs went to conference and I caught up on HGTV, blogs, emails, and even some work stuff. They had a lunch break so we all went to Jack Stack BBQ to check it out! The vibe was different than Gate’s-it was a lot more reserved let’s say.

We got the smoked salmon dip to share…

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For our entree we ordered a Kansas City Combo and got the chicken and lamb ribs. We also got Jack’s best which came with the crown prime beef rib (crowd fave), baby back ribs, and beef burnt ends.

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Our sides were coleslaw, beans, and a cheesy corn bake.

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I think the crown prime beef rib was my favorite piece of bbq all weekend. It was super tender and delicious.

We ended up getting dessert too-carrot cake. It was served warm and the cream cheese frosting was more like melted icing on top of the cake. It was seriously good!

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Needless to say we were all pretty full!

After another round of conferences for them and finishing up work stuff for the significant others we all met up to nosh on some bites and mingle. I don’t think any of us were super hungry after lunch so this seemed like a great idea.

They had shrimp cocktails, all types off little toasts, sliders, and a ton of other little dishes. They had these little grilled cheese squares with little cups of tomato soup which were my fave.

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They also had some yummy desserts-little cheesecakes, brownie bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, macarons, etc.

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There may have been a second plate of dessert…

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We tried to go out, but ended up walking around until we ended back where we had at the beginning of the night. There was live jazz that was just ending much to our dismay, but we stayed and chatted till we could chat no more.

The friends came over to our room to watch some random tele and munch on some snacks. Remember the cinnamon roll? Yeah we kinda demolished that. Plus some those Sprout’s Picante flavored plantain chips that I raved about and some pretzels from the airplane…it was quite the snacky night!

They left and we packed a little before crashing into deep, deep sleep.