I really do not feel like I celebrated Halloween this year, and maybe that is for a good thing. Like my mom said, maybe that will make next years Halloween even more exciting to dress up for and celebrate. We did have a great weekend though; restful and social. The best of both worlds. And I did wear a costume of sorts. In the spur of the moment I dressed as Sandy from Grease to appease my dressed up coworkers at the Capitol Hill station.
But all that effort put me into a lazy and tired stupor after work on Friday. We both rushed home to pass out all of our Halloween candy, only to have one sole trick or treater throughout the entire night. At least we got one. But by 7:30 I was bored of waiting and wanting food so Bryan and I walked to our new favorite neighborhood joint, The Neighbor Lady. This time I needed to try the sweet potato fries so I got their Green Goddess salad with chicken to balance out the meal. Both were exceptional. Possibly the best sweet potato fries I have ever had. Perfectly cooked and perfectly salted. The salad was monstrous and delicious. I got to play Pac Man and we both got a few drinks to waste away a few hours at the bar.
Saturday morning was a slow start. We had a Yelp lunch at Sullivan Steakhouse downtown. With about 200 guest the restaurant treated us to a free drink and then four courses of tastings from their menu. We got to sample:
1st Course: Sriracha shrimp (the best), ahi tuna nacho, and a buffalo grit cake
2nd Course: Salmon crunch salad and slow roasted steak slider
3rd Course: 2oz filet mignon, 2oz seabass, and two bacon wrapped scallops
4th Course: Molten lava cake bite, bananas foster bread pudding bite, and pumpkin cheesecake bite
All in all it was a great meal. We sat at long tables with strangers to get to know and the quality of the food was great. The shrimp, filet and seabass were our favorite bites of the afternoon. We walked to Pike Market afterwards to get some much needed spices (Bryan uses a lot for his rubs) and some flowers for the birthday girl whose party was Saturday. We also stopped at Cash N’Carry which is our new stop for brisket, before returning home to frantically prep the meat, workout, shower, watch the Texas vs. Tech game and head out to the party. Sara’s party was a good time. Wine and spiked cider up the wazoo, cheeses, fruits, and birthday cake.
Sunday was the first time in awhile where we hosted friends over for dinner. Putting the brisket in at 1am the night before it was actually ready at 9:30 in the morning. We took it out, foiled it, and it was still warm and juicy at the 1:30 game time. I got a 6 mile run in during the rare sunshine of the morning before setting to work cleaning and making the sides; cornbread, potatoes, and an orange and cranberry salad. I was still busy working when friends showed up at 12:30. We got all of the food on the table by 2:00pm and we had plenty of food for people to eat. Friends graciously brought salsa, guac, and taco dip to share too. We barely won but thankfully we still got the “W”. Bryan and I were both exhausted Sunday night and fell into a stupor the rest of the night.
Not so much Halloween focused but still a fun and friendly weekend.