Memorial Day Weekend 2012: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Even though I did a bunch of fun things this weekend and REALLY appreciated my day off, I want to take a moment and recognize the real meaning of Memorial Day as well.  To all those men and women who have served our country — thank you. 


Here’s a recap of my weekend!  I get bad blogger points for Friday and Saturday, as I didn’t take a single picture from either day.  Oops.

Friday Night
Tim and I went to Winchester to visit his sister.  We spent the night there, and then headed back early Saturday morning for some beach time.

We spent the day at Winthrop Beach (the same beach I went to last weekend) with our friends Slesh, Will, Mastro, and Steve.  Saturday was expected to be the best beach day of the weekend, but the weather people lied.  It was a fun day, but the sun was going in and out the whole time.  We still got a solid four plus hours in though!

Saturday Night
…was pretty low-key.  Tim and I went for a quick dinner on the Deep Ellum outdoor patio.  I drank sangria, we ordered mussels for an app (I seriously cannot get enough mussels in my life), and I loaded up on greens with the “Green Goddess” salad.  Sidenote:  The name of the salad reminded me of my old high school (and embarrassingly college) AIM screen-name.  GrkGoddess885.  LOSER.  ALERT.  Anyways, the Green Goddess was a tasty mix of arugula, house smoked bacon, asparagus, pickled grapes, chickpeas, tomatoes, and fried egg but it wasn’t anything special.  Tim continued his night out with some friends after our dinner, but I called it a night at 9:30 because I was SO tired.

Tim and I parked over at the Christian Herter Park near Soldiers Field Road and the Charles River and went for a long walk.  We walked all the way from there to Harvard Square, which Google Maps tells me is about a mile and half walk.  We took some pictures of the pretty scenery and enjoyed an outdoor lunch at Charlies Kitchen in their beer garden.  The food was NOT good, but more on that later.  Definitely sticking to only drinks at Charlies from now on!  We walked back along Memorial Drive which was closed to car traffic due to the Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon that took place that morning.  It was nice.


Sunday Night
When we got back to my apartment, we lounged on the porch for a bit.  Had some popsicles, then decided to host an impromptu BBQ on Tim’s deck.  Spent the rest of the night with friends, the grill, lots of laughs, and lots of Sweet Tea Vodka + lemonades + seltzers.  If you haven’t tried this drink, go make yourself one.  I don’t care what time it is.  The BBQ menu consisted of:

Un-pictured:  Red grapes, blue corn chips, and a salad with lettuce, cucumber, and tomato.

Corn salsa + Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Black Bean chips (unreal):

Three different types of containered salads:

Kabobs with grilled chicken, grilled zucchini, grilled mushrooms, and grilled Brussel sprouts:

Cheeseburgers made with this recipe except we used beef instead of ground turkey:

And a return of the hamburger cake (original hamburger cake was EXACTLY one year ago!):

When deciding what to eat, I made sure to think about the “How to Survive Grilling Season” tips I shared with you on Friday.  Since I couldn’t keep my paws out of the Trader Joe’s chips, I decided to go bunless for my burger and I steered clear of the fatty pasta and potato salads.  They just weren’t as important for me to eat as those chips were with Tim’s unbelievable corn salsa.  I did have a sliver of hamburger cake, but just a sliver!!

My plate:

Fun night!!

Confession:  I’m pre-writing this blog post on Tuesday night to have ready to post on Wednesday morning.  I just realized how late it’s getting, so I’m cutting my weekend recap short.  You guys will have to stay tuned for Memorial Day itself.  For now, it’s time for this girl to get some sleep.

Anyone have any fun Memorial Day Weekend stories they’d like to share?  Did anyone practice any of my grilling tips at any BBQs this weekend?  Did anyone else have an embarrassing screen-name back in the day?


Another weekend update


I survived my travels back to Boston!  For breakfast, Colleen and I met early in the hotel for one last Marriott breakfast of oatmeal and fruit.  At the airport we stopped at Itza Wrap Itza Bowl to grab a healthy “to go” option for lunch during our 4 hour flight.  I chose a wheat wrap with turkey, shredded mozzarella cheese, red pepper, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.  The lady behind the counter could NOT get it through her head that I wanted a wrap without bacon or mayo!  She totally judged me.

I didn’t feel like doing anything crazy once I got home.  I took a nap and helped Tim prep his apartment for his post-picnic party on Saturday while he made me a homemade dinner consisting of steak topped with mushrooms and onions, rice, and steamed broccoli.  After dinner we decided to get some drinks locally.  I wanted to try somewhere new and we ended up at Deep Ellum in Allston – really close to both of our apartments!  You would never think it from the looks of the place from the street, but it has a super cute outdoor patio out back.  So we sat over 2 glasses of sangria for me and a few beers for Tim and caught up on our weeks.  It was a much needed night!


Saturday was my work picnic!  My company has this 2 day event every August.  It has free food – SO much free food – so I knew going into it that it wouldn’t be the healthiest day!  They had lobsters, steamers, clam chowder, hot dogs, burgers, sausages, chicken wings, cotton candy, fried dough, salads, ice cream sundaes, corn on the cob, oysters, and probably so much more that I’m probably forgetting!  Oh and they have free beer and wine too, and a huge carnival with rides, games, and activities geared more toward kids.  This was actually the first year I didn’t go on any kid rides!

I ate steamers, clam chowder, and a lobster at the beginning of the picnic – I figured seafood would be a better choice than the fried options.  But then as the day continued I also had a hot dog and an ice cream sundae – vanilla topped with strawberry and walnuts.  I actually didn’t feel overly stuffed like I usually do, so that was good enough for me!

Tim hosted the post-picnic after party at his apartment.  There were a lot of snacks and dips and cookies and brownies.  I think that after all the salads I ate while on the road that I deserved it!  🙂


We made smoothies for breakfast!

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries

A little vanilla frozen yogurt

Mixed in with some strawberry Chobani yogurt

Adding the fruit!

Mixing it up!

Finished product!

For lunch we ate leftover lobsters – yes we were those people that walked out of the picnic with lobsters to go.  Why not!  And dinner was at my aunt’s new condo – we had a little goodbye dinner for my cousin Andrew who is studying abroad in Prague next semester.  We snacked on cheese and crackers to start, and then dinner options included chicken cutlets, noodles, salad, tiropita, and dolmades.  And some cupcakes & oatmeal cookies for dessert.  I tried to limit myself after Saturday’s indulging but that is definitely hard to do when the food is right in front of you!

Sometimes I wish I were two years old and didn’t have to worry about things like indulging in cupcakes.  Layla is so lucky.

Hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂