Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter break pt. 2

When we got back to Charlottesville, I picked up a full-blown headcold. One of those 48 hour bugs that just knocked me out. I managed to work up enough energy to go to dinner on Friday, to visit with my cousins and aunt/uncle. We ate at Zocalo, one of my favorite oldie-but-goodie restaurants on the downtown mall. Their menu has literally never changed since they opened, so we don't go too often. It totally hit the spot that night, though!
I started with a baby spinach & oyster salad. Fried oysters are one of my very favorite foods
For my entree, I ordered the mussels (off the app menu). I wasn't hungry enough for a full meal, and the spicy broth hit the spot.
My cousin ordered these gorgeous scallops. Those are always a hit! Other people ordered the steak and salmon. We had a great meal.
The next day, I could barely get out of bed. Bowser and I did lots of couch snuggling.

Sunday, I started to turn the corner, so I hung out with my bff Karah. She modeled her unicorn hat, a gift from her parents, and we goofed off all afternoon. 
We went to see American Hustle and then headed downtown for some snacks. We stopped at our favorite bar to get the cheese fries and watch some football. We then headed to our other favorite bar for a moscow mule (or 3). Then we went over to my sister's friend's house in Belmont and played a round of Cards Against Humanity. Seriously, I love that game.
I headed back on Monday morning with Bowser in tow. We didn't hit any traffic, so had a smooth ride. Bowser wanted to model his new hat and scarf that my aunt gave him for Christmas. I think he looks quite dapper.
On New Year's Eve, Connor and I popped some bubbly and had fun watching Miley videos while we got ready. I wore ALL gold!
My girlfriend Mary came over for a drink and we primped. Lots of fake eyelashes!
We headed over to a friend's house in Wilmore for some snacks & drinks before going to Nan & Byron's for the celebrations.
We had a ton of fun! The crowd was great, the music was really upbeat, and there were party favors
Connor decided to wear the hat he got when he was a groomsman in the Fall
We had a great time!
And then got rowdy....
I found this on my phone the next morning. I definitely was thinking my shadow was super artsy. Who the hell knows?
I had to take a whole day to recover. I basically stayed in bed and watched Bones while sipping chicken broth.

Thursday I got my act together and started planning for a 2-week detox. I decided to start swimming again (swam for 11 years!) and trying to regulate my diet. Not a New Year's resolution, but just an acknowledgement that I need to watch what I eat on the regular...

Friday we met Meredith & Casey at Tupelo Honey Cafe for dinner. We got the southern egg rolls (B-) while we waited.
Connor ordered the fried green tomato/bacon/pimento sandwich and tomato soup
I ordered the fried chicken sandwich. It was so juicy and delicious. They must soak the chicken in buttermilk. Since I was trying to be more conscious, I only ate about half of it. It was enormous!
The next day, we headed to Deep Sea Fish Market down on Monroe Road. Connor found it one day while searching around Yelp, and we were excited to finally try it out! They have super fresh fish/seafood options daily, and they also have a lunch menu. We ordered a salmon filet (and made it a few days later....such good quality!)
We shared a cup of oyster "pan roast"/soup. It was basically cream and tomatoes with fresh HUGE oysters plopped in. This was mind-blowingly flavorful
We shared the fried flounder sandwich and the mahi mahi banh mi. They were both so fresh and delicious. We definitely could have just split one sandwich!!
They use house-pickled veggies and sauce for the banh mi. It was just incredible.
That night, we got ready for a Mad Men themed fondue party with some of our foodie friends. I went ALL out! (and took a creepy selfie)
We brought the meat and broth fondue, and there were tons of veggies and 2 different cheese options as well.
I also made a curry/yogurt sauce, and there was also a chimichurri sauce. We had a blast!
Tons of wine was tasted, and our hostess showed off her adorable bottle stoppers
We had a blast at this foodie dinner party, and are hosting the next one in just 3 weeks! Yikes!
I hope to get back to regular blogging, but the beginning of the year always has me bogged down for some reason. Trying to lose the holiday weight, staying warm, and planning for LOTS of fun upcoming trips (will share soon!) has kept me super busy!
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Leslie said...

Glad you're feeling better! NYE looks like so much fun and I love the Mad Men party! I'd love to throw one of those sometime.

The Mama Duck Blog said...

I need to bookmark all of these restaurants/dishes!!! They all look divine!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

This post has made me really, really hungry! We are thinking of taking a last minute weekend trip to Cville next weekend and I can't wait to re-visit some of my fave restaurants!