May 022016
 

Uncle Andy came to visit!

It’s been like a year and a half since I saw my brother and sister-in-law (they came to visit for our wedding) so I was super excited when they came out to the west coast from Philly to meet Logan.

The night they came into Portland we went to Mike’s Drive In for dinner–the first time we’ve gone to a restaurant with the baby. I had no idea how it would go but he did great and slept through most of it. I ate a little too fast because you just never know–will you be able to finish your meal in time before he wakes up crying?? Thankfully He slept the whole time.

The next day Michael was at work and so I fixed us breakfast and then we went downtown. I dropped them off at Powell’s Books while I took Logan in to work to show him off. 🙂 It was kind of weird to be back in the office after a month off but it was also good to go in and see everyone and kind of be back in “the real world” even if it was a short visit.

After that we all met Michael at the food carts for lunch. I thought it was the best option with the baby and there’s so many food carts to choose from I knew our guests would enjoy picking something out they’d never had before.

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They all got thai food from E-San and I got a grilled cheese sandwich (with pesto) from The Grilled Cheese Grill.

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We walked over to the nearby park and ate lunch while a guy played violin for everyone. It was a nice outing and Logan did great! He did super great the whole time until he was hungry and I fed him in the car before we went to the carts. It was kind of a chilly, overcast day but at least it didn’t rain on us.

After lunch we went home and Andy and his wife went to the store to get supplies for him to cook us dinner! I was really excited for that because my brother is an excellent and adventurous cook and I knew whatever he was going to create was going to be awesome.

He chose to make this recipe: Chicken With Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice. It smelled amazing as he cooked it. He also made baba ganoush from scratch (which I’d never had before) and it was SO GOOD!

I watched him make dinner and even though it looked pretty involved, I think it would be easy enough to make on our own.

It was such a nice treat and even better that there were leftovers. We ate so much but it was really nice. We watched a movie and called it a night. It was a long day for me and I was especially exhausted (doing a lot of stuff still takes it out of me) but it was so much fun I was glad I did it all.

Mar 212016
 

Think they’re ready?? 😉

Saturday was such a nice day in Portland! 65 and sunny! It was so nice out and I was feeling a bit stir crazy and sick of laying on the couch watching Netflix…Michael suggested we go check out the new food cart pod in Happy Valley so we went there for lunch. There were a bunch of different carts and several looked appealing. I definitely want to go back and try some others. I ended up going to the Hot Box BBQ cart and it was SO GOOD!

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I got the pulled pork sliders–2 of them. The Classic was pulled pork with pineapple, BBQ sauce and coleslaw on it. So delicious. The other slider I got was the Volcano–my FAVORITE! It came with homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, crispy onions, and sriracha mayo sauce that was to die for. It was just the right amount of spice and I absolutely loved it. So yummy.

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Just the right size, too. Loved the buns and they were slightly crispy. I can’t wait to go back and get another one of those Volcano sandwiches! Michael went to a different cart and got a rice, black bean, chicken and avocado bowl that came with homemade tortilla chips (they were great). We sat outside with Bella and ate our delicious lunches.

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After lunch we went out to Powell Butte for a nice long walk in the sunshine. It was my idea. Michael kept asking if I was up to it. But I was ok, just slow. The weather was perfect and even though I’m not in “hiking” condition right now I knew it would be an easy enough one to do because it’s not too steep, part of it is paved and it’s close to home. Bella was SO EXCITED!

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I feel bad — the weather has been so terrible all winter long and then towards the end of the pregnancy I was just not feeling myself physically and was really limited in what I could do so hiking was one of the first things we stopped doing. Which sucks because Bella loves it so much. I’m really looking forward to doing more of it this spring/summer.

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We did a very slow stroll around Powell Butte park and took a few breaks. Bella got to run around and sniff everything and there were tons of dogs and people out enjoying the nice sunny day. It just felt really good to be outside getting some Vitamin D.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles in one hour. I burned a little over 200 calories. That was my workout for the day!

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The rest of the day was kind of uneventful. Laundry, House of Cards on Netflix and then a spontaneous invite from friends to go out for Thai food. I didn’t really feel like hanging around the house so I agreed to the dinner date, even though I probably should be taking it “easy” and staying close to home!

We went to Siri Thai and it was a really nice place. The food was good, the service was good and there wasn’t a huge wait for a Saturday night.

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It was really nice to go out with our friends and their kids, eat good food and get out of the house! 🙂