Labor Day

Hey friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day! I had today off, but The Chef had to work 😦 Before I get too far into today, though, let’s talk about this…

This my friends is Pho. From Pho Quyen, our new go-to Vietnamese place, where we had dinner Sunday night. I’ve had pho once or twice before, but was never really into it. The Chef loves it though. I normally get BBQ Beef on top of Vermicelli, which I love, but this time I really wanted soup. So I decided to join The Chef and ordered pho. Traditionally, you get pho with not only rare slices of beef, but also tendon and all sorts of errie sounding parts. While The Chef is all about this, I just had to go with the slices of beef only 🙂 This was SO good. It’s really all in the broth. Such flavor! And the thai basil is really the most important mix-in. What I love most about these types of dishes is that you add all of your own additional flavors: soy sauce, fish sauce, hoisin, chili paste, siracha…they all go in the pool at our table! I’m so glad I decided to try pho again because now I’m officially a fan.

After dinner we headed to a friend’s for game night. Board games that is! We played a mix of charades and pictionary. What entertainment! Lots of fun with fun people.

Today, my friend had another meetup with her Florida Frugalista’s meetup group. We had brunch at Cassis. It wa sorignally going to be at Red Mesa Cantina, but they ended up being closed 😦 Cassis was wonderful though. It is a bit overpriced, but I still really like the food.

I had the smoked salmon sandwich with bacon and dill sour cream.

Mmm…this was so good! It was huge! I like smoked salmon, but I can only take so much so I actually pulled a few pieces off. And they make their own bread, which takes this sandwich to a whole other level. My sandwich was accompanied by a glass of white sangria. Didn’t get to snap a photo, but it was pretty, light, fruity and yummy!

We had a group of 7 girls and had a great time getting to know one another. I’m really digging these meetups…everyone is so nice! We extended our time together a little more by going down the street to Paciugo for gelato. I actually wasn’t in the mood for gelato and decided on a mango and raspberry sorbet mixture, which was just what I wanted. So light and refreshing.

Once I got home I spent 2 hours cleaning the apartment and then went down to the gym for a run. I’ve been real bad with my work out routines for the past few weeks so I was determined to move today. Earlier in the day I did The Fitnessista’s Cardio Ab burner, so pairing it with an afternoon run made me feel so much better.

When The Chef got home from work (yes, poor thing had to work) I was hoping we’d use up the chicken that’s been sitting in the fridge. But he was tired and didn’t want to cook. We finally decided on picking up Thai, butour fav place was closed! We called one other place that was also closed and then gave up. After a few minutes of pondering The Chef jumped up and got to work on this…

Chicken Piccata! Perfect. I’ve been craving pasta and Italian lately so this was just what I needed.

We always try to make dinner special with candlelight 🙂 And it’s a rule we always turn off the TV and put on music instead. Usually only when we cook…takeout is another story 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I could use another vacation day!

Conversation Starter: Do you dine in front of the TV or at the table?

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