Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend! I had a lovely weekend here in DC.
On Friday night, Chris and I decided to take it easy. The fridge was pretty bare so I made us a pizza with our last pizza crust and sauce from earlier in the week. I really like the light salami we found at the grocery store! It had a great flavor and wasn’t too greasy.
Chris and I also rented Monsters University, which was really funny!! I don’t really remember the first one, but I really liked this movie! I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a Pixar fan!
On Saturday, I was up early with a day of shopping ahead of me. I made sure to fuel up first with a bowl of whipped banana oats — so good! This might be my favorite weekend breakfast!
After breakfast, I headed to the Annapolis mall to meet up with my mom and her friend Mrs. Lori for some early Christmas shopping! It gets harder for me to find time to shop as we get closer to Christmas because of school, so we decided to shop early. A lot of stores we’re have big Veteran’s Day sales this weekend too, score!! After working up an appetite at a couple stores, we headed to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.
We split the roasted vegetable salad. This is my favorite salad that CPK has on its menu. It is topped with avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted asparagus, corn, eggplant, etc. It is so flavorful!!! We didn’t leave much behind!
For our main dish, we split the Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pizza. This was also really great. It had an understated spice with black beans, corn, and pico de gallo on top. We enjoyed ours on their whole wheat dough. It was a perfect lunch and left me full, but not miserable.
After lunch, we headed out to do some more shopping. Much to our surprise there was a book signing at the mall. Giada De Laurentiis was there signing her new cookbook! We didn’t get to see her, but it was kind of exciting to know that she was there and to see everyone lined up to get copies of her new book signed!
We shopped until we dropped and even headed over to the Annapolis Town Center to hit up Anthropologie and the brand new South Moon Under – two of my favorite stores!
After we finished shopping we were tired and ready for dinner! Unfortunately, everyone else seemed to be as well! We ended up having dinner at The Chop House, which we turned out to be quite pleased about!! (FYI – link is to their Ann Arbor location – I couldn’t find a link for the Annapolis restaurant!)
The Chop House is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant, and the food and service were impeccable!
For dinner, I tried the Steak au Poivre per the waiter’s recommendation. It was a peppercorn encrusted NY Strip topped with an amazing pan sauce! This steak was awesome!!! I could only eat about half and Chris gave the leftovers a big thumbs up!
All of the sides were a la carte, so we decided to split three. First up were the sautéed mushrooms. These were great!! I am really enjoying mushrooms right it, it must be something about the earthy flavor complimenting this warmer weather.
We also had the sautéed spinach, which was probably the best sautéed spinach I’ve had. It was cooked with fresh garlic and garlic oil so it was super flavorful. It was also perfectly cooked. You know sometimes how the flavor of spinach deteriorates when it is cooked to long? That was not the case here!
Finally, we tried the sweet potato casserole. We were going to try the potatoes au gratin, but the waiter talked us into the sweet potatoes. Once again, he did not lead us astray! These were awesome and there wasn’t a bite left to spare! It got me excited for Thanksgiving!!
We were pretty full after dinner, but our trusty waiter talked us into trying the Fried Apple Pie. This was also so good!!! It was shockingly light as well. It was chock full of apples cooked down in brown sugar and spices, and was covered in a light and airy puff pastry. It was served with homemade vanilla gelato and was the perfect end to a fabulous dinner. If you’re in the Annapolis area, I would highly recommend checking out The Chop House!! Ask for Matt, he was a fantastic waiter!!
After dinner, I headed home and climbed into bed shortly after. We certainly had a long and fun day!!
I was up early on Sunday and headed to the gym for a four mile run and some weight training. I needed it after our decadent dinner!! After my workout I got ready for the day and had my standard weekday breakfast of Greek yogurt and sugar-free preserves. I didn’t take a picture since it isn’t too exciting. :)
I got some work done in the morning before heading to a group meeting in the afternoon. Before my meeting, I had a spinach salad with red bell pepper, almonds, and some leftover roasted tofu. I topped it with some balsamic vinegar and enjoyed every bite! It was protein packed and kept me full through the afternoon.
After my meeting I picked up Chris and we headed out for our weekly grocery store trip. I did work for the rest of the afternoon before I made my way into the kitchen to make dinner for Chris and I. I also photographed it for the blog!
On the menu were Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos. This is one of my favorite vegetarian meals and I am excited to share the recipe with you all!
After cleaning up dinner we caught the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Oh my goodness you guys! It was so intense!!! I’m also very nervous about Daryl’s reaction to Rick’s news. Yikes!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!!