It was a busy, D.C. weekend and although I traveled to the great state of Maryland for a quick trip to IKEA and to test out a new Mexican joint, for the better part of the weekend, I kept close to home!
In preparation for our Friday night of fun, we dropped the Dog off at Planet Pet for an overnight visit with some of his closest four-legged friends (and a mini-vacay from 7am morning walk duty). We had tickets to the Kennendy Center to see the Washington National Opera's production of Madama Butterfly (Note to self: always take advantage of the ability to pre-order your cocktails for intermission)
After a quick run on the National Mall (the Cherry Blossom 10-miler is literally right around the corner), I grabbed a vanilla latte from Peregrine Espresso, and rushed home to get a few chores done before heading out to VSL in Dupont Circle for a desperately needed cut/color.
Home again. Immediately started prepping for an experimental dinner that thankfully our good friends had unknowingly agreed to. The menu:
Bread with roasted garlic (the recipe calls for rosemary, but I have never used it---)
Artichokes with lemon/caper/greek yogurt dipping sauce
Grilled chicken with a green olive chimichurri sauce
Warm chocolate cake
*the tomato soup, artichokes, and chicken recipe can all be found in this month's Clean Eating Magazine and are unfortunately not available via a handy-dandy link...booo!)
The Guy was in charge of the wine selections, not sure what we started with, but we ended with my new favortie Trader Joe's label Pinot Noir!
Once we bailed the Dog out of puppy jail (I always have immense guilt about boarding him...) we surveyed the cold, rainy weather and made a drive to Maryland to get some design inspiration from IKEA. Which of course led to the Guy doing some research on YELP! trying to find a Mexican food joint. We wrapped up our trip across state lines with $20 worth of tomatoes from Safeway and headed back to the District.
Sunday came to a close with me (the Girl) with making another batch of the amazing tomato soup we had on Saturday and grubbing on healthy tuna paninis (again, from Clean Eating Magazine). I finally crawled into bed and got in a good 30 mins of reading. Finding myself addicted to John Sandford's Rules of Prey, the first in an incredibly lengthy series about Lieutenant Lucas Davenport.