Weekend Shenanigans: Cocktails, a Trip to Trader Joe's, and a Plateful of Fresh Produce


On Friday evening, D and I met up at 10 Arts Lounge in The Ritz Carlton Hotel to take advantage of their Happy Hour, which offers a select set of glasses of wine for $5, along with other specials. I enjoyed a glass of shiraz while D had a beer, and we both snacked on a complimentary bowl of marinated olives. The setting is fantastic; the lounge is located in a grand room beneath a high dome. The restaurant is run by famed French chef Eric Ripert, and the Chef de Cuisine is Jennifer Carroll of Top Chef fame. I took a look at the dessert menu; I think we'll be returning at some point for dessert if not dinner, too.

As a treat on Saturday afternoon, I threw together a fruit smoothie for D and myself. The smoothie consisted of a handful each of frozen mango chunks, frozen pineapple tidbits, frozen berry mix, and ice cubes, plus about two cups of water. It was super-refreshing on a hot day!

On Saturday night I convinced D to make up a batch of spring rolls for dinner. After spending the latter part of the afternoon working at a cafe, we walked over to Trader Joe's to pick up a few needed ingredients, including some low-fat (vegan) mayonnaise and chili pepper sauce. [As an aside: geez, I love Trader Joe's -- it's slightly unfortunate that it's located far from our neighborhood. That place can definitely be dangerous; I really wanted to add a number of other items to my shopping basket (such good deals!), but given we had to schlep everything back a zillion blocks, I managed to hold back.] Back at home, while D put together the rolls, I whipped up a simple peanut sauce as a dip for the spring rolls which consisted of peanut butter, tamari sauce, fresh lime juice, and brown sugar.

As per usual, on Sunday morning after eating a breakfast of pancakes and scrambled eggs, we leashed up Leroy and headed down to the Headhouse farmers' market. This week we picked up another dozen eggs from Mountain View Poultry Farm; a zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumber from Blooming Glen in Bucks County, and two ears of corn from A. T. Buzby Farm in New Jersey.

Sunday evening dinner consisted of burgers (veggie burger for me, turkey burger for D). Along with a side of sweet potato fries, our dinners also used up a some of the fresh produce from our CSA box and farmers' market purchases, including red butterhead lettuce and yellow onion on the burger and a side salad made of romaine lettuce and sliced cucumber. We're finally making headway with our produce -- hooray!