Morning, all! Hope you're doing well. Man, is it REALLY Monday already?? I feel like most of last night was spent BEGGING Scott to tell me it really wasn't Sunday night and my weekend with him was a wrap already. GRRRRRRRR....how do those 2 days go so fast???? Well, time always flies when you're having fun and we had enough of it packed into 2 days.
First up was a Saturday morning trip to the CIRCUS! Katie's first show, so we were really excited to see how she'd fare.
Favorites included ALLTHEANIMALS & the popcornJ
And on the food front, we had a couple splurges on tap...
Including a serious craving for Bricco pizza and their PHENOMENAL Cesar salad (WITH charred bread pieces). Cesar salad being another random FAVTHINGEVER these last 8 months...
....and their PERFECT tomato pie. And I totally stole inspiration from fellow diners and when I saw this ricotta & meatball topped pie at someone's table as we made our way to our seats, I knew it was a MUST try.
The ricotta was creamy & fresh, their tomatoes are SUPER tangy and plentiful and the meatball is freshly ground and smoked. Basically it was heaven on a pan.
And Bricco's is never skimpy on the coal oven CHAR. Anyone who doesn't think this is a ART form is obviously not from the north eastJ We live for thisJ
And since it was one of the first VERY WARM Saturday nights, I just kinda insisted that ice cream be included with the night's menu. AND, another requirement: It had to be from an old-school ice cream stand. I was just FEELIN this one. And I found my match in near-by Maple Shade at this little number...
And on top of being completely adorable and EXACTLY what I was envisioning, their soft serve custard was hands down some of the best I EVER tasted. EVER. EVER EVER. It was suuuuuuuuuuper rich & VERY creamy. Like heaven on a spoon.
My only regret was not going with my first instinct of a VERY SMALL cup with jimmies. I heard their non-fat ice cream was just as good as the regular and I think that woulda satisfied me plenty. Instead I got influenced from ordering Katie a 'flurry' mixed with Swedish Fish (HER FAV!) and ordered myself up a SMALL (yes, THAT'S a small) flurry with peanut butter cups. The first few bites were DELICIOUS and the CHUNKS of peanut butter cups were a FAB mix-in. But a quarter of the way in, it became WAY too rich and found myself eating a few more bites 'just cause it was there' and I was PAST 'the point.' I'll know for next time to keep it together and not go under the influence of KatieJ hahahahahahaha
And I was especially bummed I overindulged cause I knew another of our fav splurges was on tap for Sunday, when we made our one-hour drive north to Rahway for our niece's Sweet 16 birthday request: Kim's in the Mix.
We started with our traditional cheesy hush puppies (Scott talks about these at least once every few monthsJ) And our sweet waitress, Miss Andre's, recommendation of the fried cornbread...
OMG....sweet, crisp and buttery, as if cornbread needed anything to be more yummy. It was drop-dead delicious.
And then I couldn't pass up having their chicken & waffles with a side of mac & cheese and fried apples again. It was as fabulous as I remember. Just divine, especially the herb-crisp chicken. Swoon. We were so full, we didn't even get to sample our desserts...but we ALL took home one, cause ya just CAN'T pass up the selections!!!
But after THIS weekend, I was EXTREMELY ready to get back to a bit of normal. Where last weekend's splurges felt worth it and no guilt, this week's fared to the side of 'too much' and I'm ready to move on from it...with about 37 gallons of waterJ
We DID have a few 'pull it together meals' in the mix, including my Sunday morning 'liquid breakfast' of coffee, water & some fresh roasted beet/watermelon juice from my friends at EdoFoods...
As well as quenching my latest yogurt OBSESSION with THIS little number aka-love at first sight...
And also some leaner lunches of kale salad & a light dinner of spaghetti squash & pesto. But I'm ready for the next few days to be 100% LEAN. Onto Bikini Series: Week 6! A very welcome to this week, I might add!
Alright, off to get this healthy week started. Hope you have a great Monday....well, as good as a Monday CAN beJ