WIAW: Celebrating B’s Birthday

Does anyone else feel like last week went by waaaay too fast? Like, wasn’t I just writing a WIAW post? Anyway, this week’s What I Ate Wednesday features food from celebrating B’s birthday. We had a date night and FW’s aunt watched him so we could go out and celebrate!
Breakfast was some egg white oats and a peach and nectarine.  We were so so lucky to have some great peaches this year and these were fresh from the farmers market.

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Lunch was a salad. I had roasted some veggies and added them to some lettuce and other veggies (including avocado!)- it was delish!

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Snacks included an apple and almond butter and some additional spoonfuls of peanut butter (not pictured). 

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Plus tons of hugs and kisses with this guy because this is my last week of maternity leave. I’m going to miss him so much!!

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When Mary came over, it was time for us to go out! We went to a new place near us for drinks and decided to stay for dinner. I had some Rosé and B had a delicious bourbon drink.

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We started off with some appetizers to share. This warm pita and Indian hummus were amazing. 

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We also split some meats and octopus  on sticks (not the actual name or what they called them). 20160914_195315

And then for dinner we split the octopus tacos and the poke tuna “sandwich”.20160914_201526

 Everything was delicious! We ended the meal stuffed and didn’t end up getting dessert or after dinner drinks.

And that sums up my day of eats from Wednesday. Now, some questions for you! 

  • If you had to choose getting an appetizer or dessert, what would you get?
  • What’s your favorite nut butter?  

Tandeming (B’s birthday)

This weekend was B’s birthday! I just love when birthday’s fall on the weekend, don’t you? It’s so much more fun to celebrate on your actual day (AND of course the whole weekend long).

Anyway, since it was B’s birthday, the weekend included anything he wanted – which meant pizza, wine, steak, beer, biking and the Indians. Not too bad!

Some photo highlights from the weekend: (linking up with Her Heartland Soul)

Friday night dinner – B chose Vincenza’s pizza and we also had some red wine (not pictured).

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We also watched Terminator 2. I’d never seen it before and B had been wanting to watch it with me. He says it’s the best out of the Terminator series.

Saturday morning, B had to volunteer at NEOcycle so I baked some cinnamon scones, ran errands, hit up the West Side Market and got in a quick workout.

cinnamon scones!

cinnamon scones!

We also had plans to rent a tandem bike so that I could participate in NEOcycle with B. I don’t know how to ride a bike, but a tandem? Of course I could try that out. We’d ridden a tandem a few years ago and I remember not hating it.

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Sadly, the weather had other plans. It POURED and was super windy all afternoon and into the evening, so the Night Ride was cancelled.

The weather Saturday night

The weather Saturday night

Instead, we spent the evening celebrating B’s birthday out! We started with steak and wine at Hyde Park (they even gave us a birthday dessert!) and then after dinner drinks at Parnell’s.

a candle for his birthday!

a candle for his birthday!

my "steak" (okay it was sea bass)

my “steak” (okay it was sea bass)

after dinner drinks

after dinner drinks

Sunday morning the weather was finally nice so we took the tandem out for a ride around Cleveland! We rode the bike to Ohio City, Tremont, the Flats and to the lake downtown.  We stopped at Rising Star for coffee and scones and Cleveland Tea Revival for their watermelon kombucha.

watermelon kombucha!

watermelon kombucha!

B @ Rising Star

B @ Rising Star

Believe it or not, after I got over my fear, I started to enjoy the ride! Also, I don’t know what it is, but every time we passed people they couldn’t help but smile. Apparently tandem bikes make people smile?

tandem selfie!

tandem selfie!

great view from our ride

great view from our ride

After our ride, it was time for the Indians game! They were playing a double header but we were only able to stay for the first game. And we won!

Indians game

Indians game

For dinner, we enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs with B’s family. Another one of B’s favorite meals. All in all, a successful birthday weekend!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you seen any of the Terminator movies? Which is your fave?
  • What would be your birthday meal?

B is for B’s Birthday!

This weekend was a fun-filled, pre-planned celebratory weekend for B! Why? Because B had a milestone birthday. I’m not going to say how old … but I’m sure you can figure it out 🙂

Anyway, we started off the celebrations somewhat early – Thursday night, I planned a night to Hilarities to see one of B and my’s favorite podcast stars – Pete Correale. I also invited some of B’s friends AND family to join us in the celebration! We had people over before the show for drinks, sliders and pulled pork (thanks to B’s mom!), and some snacks I prepared like buffalo chicken dip, hummus, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and buckeye brownies (recipe is coming soon!).

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After the show, we got a chance to say hi to Pete and even get a picture – he was such a nice guy and none of B’s friends were familiar with him but I’m sure they’re fans now; he put on a great show!

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Friday night I let B decide how he wanted to spend the evening and what he wanted for dinner – so of course, we ended up at Parnells for drinks and then Superior Pho! After dinner we walked around and caught some of the outdoor movie playing downtown – a Cleveland classic, Draft Day. And of course we enjoyed some leftover cupcakes for dessert.

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outdoor movie night!

outdoor movie night!

Saturday was another awesome day where I basically told B that we could do whatever he wanted. Because he’s the best, the day started with him making me breakfast and cleaning the apartment while I worked out (I know – he cleaned our apartment while I got to work out … he knows the way to make me happy). After that, we picked up our CSA and then headed to the Cleveland Flea! I love the Flea and it was a cool fall-like day – perfect for walking around and grabbing a few drinks.

B @ the Flea

B @ the Flea

Then, B chose to hit the driving range. We each hit a bucket of balls – and I didn’t do that bad.

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After the driving range, we went out to the lake. It had started to get cloudy – and windy – and it was fun to see the water so rough. Hard to believe last year on this same day we were on the beach in LA!

For dinner, B decided he was craving buffalo chicken wings. Wings and beer – not too bad for a birthday I suppose. And then after dinner, it was time for the next part of our plans – another comedy show! Jim Jefferies, another comedian I was introduced to from a podcast, was in town after canceling his show in June and playing in one of the local theaters. He was awesome – he put on a nearly TWO HOUR performance and it was so much fun to see him in real life after listening to his cast and watching him on TV (he used to have a show, Legit).

Buff chick salad!

Buff chick salad AND a PUMPKING (aka my favorite fall brew)

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Sunday was another great day – it included watching the Browns WIN their home opener (probably because B was wearing his birthday gift – the Brian Hoyer jersey), some meal prep for the week and a 5 miler with B. Not a bad way to end a birthday weekend – hopefully B agreed!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you watch Sunday football? Who do you root for? Sometimes – I didn’t grow up watching football but if it’s on and I can multi-task (a.k.a. I don’t have to ONLY watch it) I’ll root for the Browns.
  • Meal prepping – do you do it? Yes, if I get a chance to, I love working with my Fresh Fork finds and preparing lunches in advance. It makes my week so much better and there’s something so relaxing about preparing food. I find it therapeutic! 
  • Any favorite comics? Do you like podcasts? Which do you listen to? I like to listen while working out, especially if I’m indoors – I go for the Pete & Sebastian show or Stuff You Should Know.
  • What would your birthday meal of choice be?