Friday night found me at Rivertowne on the North Shore for drinks with Shaun & his co-workers after a long week of work. Our friends were in from Canada for the weekend and it was great catching up over some beers before heading to the Monterey Pub in the Mexican War Streets for dinner. If you live in the 'burgh and have never ventured to the Monterey Pub, it's a must do. The charm of the Mexican War Streets and the tiny, original pub booths make it the perfect place to be on a snowy evening. Nestled in the city :)
Saturday morning we woke up...and boy, were we surprised to see SNOW on the ground. Enter cancellation of our trip to Fallingwater and enter this:
After the park we took the girls to my parents' house for baths, but that didn't happen as they were having new granite counters installed in the kitchen (!!!) and had all the water turned off. Coaly - 1; Shaun, Julie, Gramma Bean + The Tub - 0.
We hung around for a bit before heading off to try the newly-renovated New Dragon Express. We all decided on lunch specials and I had hot & sour soup with the yellow curry chicken. It was really good, and as usual, there was plenty left for another meal. A great thing about the menu here was the number of options for types of food. Shaun loves to eat Chinese food and I can't help but think BLEH -- the large portions and thoughts of fried, dripping-with-oil food get in the way for me most of the time. But this menu featured Chinese, Thai and really fresh-looking Sushi to boot. For $6 lunch specials, I'd go back again and try something else!
The afternoon was spent catching up on life, and for once, I was absolutely OK with that. That night, my mom and I drove out to Crate & Barrel to do some shopping and just hang out. Dinner took us to California Pizza Kitchen since my mom has never been there before and we're not sure my dad would jump at it - my poor mom, this is the story of her life :) We snagged seats at the bar/kitchen counter and enjoyed salads, drinks and girl talk!
I didn't modify the recipe at all except for substituting in gluten-free flour and baking these in muffin tins. Oh, and smearing the tops with more nutella. (Of course I did that, because you can never have too much nutella, and I'd also like to use it so that I don't have to see it every time I open my kitchen pantry door!) Twenty minutes at 350 degrees will do the trick, and waaaaaa-la! Delish!
It's hard to beat these muffins but the Steelers giving it to the Patriots totally did just that. Is it bad that all I wanted to do following that game was write 'SUCK IT NEW ENGLAND!' on my FB page?! Probably. And maturity won. Boooo.
So now that I've watched some great football, eaten WAY too many muffins (although I am NOT complaining about that!) and have written this blog post, I'm off to cuddle with the pups and Shaun upstairs for our Sunday night Mad Men marathon. Enjoy the rest of your evening and talk to you tomorrow :)