weekend recap

A Different Kind of Sunday Steak Night

My weekend was pretty fantastic. From the Date Night on Friday, to spending Saturday essentially doing nothing…It was a nice time. Sunday was pretty good too. I slept in a little bit, laid in bed watching “Father of the Bride” (a classic!) and then I went to the pool. I had my lane all to myself and it was a relaxing morning.

After that, I met Michael at a house his friend is thinking of buying. We walked through the house and analyzed every nook and cranny. It was a cool old house but had more cons than pros and needed a lot of work. But it was a fun time looking and fantasizing! I always loved House Hunting.

Since we were already out and about and it was lunch time, we went to Hopworks for a Liquid Lunch. 🙂

Okay–so that wasn’t all we had for lunch. They had an $8 special for lunch: salad, a slice, a beer. Perfect.

I got the Capicola pizza and a garden salad with vinaigrette dressing. It was the perfect portion for lunch.

The rest of the day was spent doing typical Sunday chores plus I worked on my Running Playlist for my ipod.

Sunday dinners are typically steak. This time, we did a different kind of steak: Ahi Tuna Steak. We’d picked up some from New Seasons.

Michael blackened the Ahi tuna and I made a salad.

I was at a loss as to what kind of wine to have with the tuna. Red or white? It’s not actually STEAK so I figured red wouldn’t go with it….I could be totally wrong. And it came down to the fact that we had half a bottle of white wine in the fridge. 🙂

We also had crabcakes with the tuna steak. They weren’t as good as the ones we had a few weeks ago, but still had good flavor. I think they just weren’t made right because they fell apart really easily.

After dinner we watched an episode of “True Blood” (the season finally got good with last week’s episode!) and “Top Chef.” I won’t spoil it for people that haven’t seen it yet, but let’s just say I am SOOO glad the person that was sent home was picked. Do not like that person!

I slept great last night and when I was walking to work this morning I saw a GNOME. Yes, I said a gnome!
I see a lot of really really weird things working downtown. But this was by far, the coolest “weird” thing I’ve seen.

QUESTION: What was the best part of your weekend?

Holiday Eats

This weekend was full of eating. I struggled to make good choices ordering Bar Food, I was crippled from gardening, and drank more than I had wanted to. We had a fun time with my cousins visiting from Washington, a BBQ with friends, and the good news…we bought kitchen tiles yesterday!

We’ve been remodeling the kitchen for about 2 years now. Michael was unsure of what kind of tile to get so that slowed down the process. Do we get light beige and go neutral? Or go for super modern black tile? We finally found something we both liked. The picture doesn’t really show the rich browns in the tile but it will look great with our cherry wood cabinets. I’m excited to be closer to a finished kitchen!

A finished kitchen = more cooking and baking. I got Michael a book on how to make bread for Christmas 2 years ago. Bread making is something we both want to try.

I slept in a bit on Monday. It was nice to have the day off! Breakfast was some Oikos Vanilla Greek yogurt with some fresh fruit:

We ran a bunch of errands (tile shopping was one of them) and we worked up QUITE the appetite moving 17 50 pound boxes of tiles into the house! For lunch we grabbed slices at Pizzacato in Sellwood.

Lunch

I got the Verdi Salad: red leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, red onions and vinaigrette dressing. The slice of Puttanesca pizza was to die for! Fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, feta, garlic, olive oil and basil. It was delicious!

Puttanesca

The guy working at Pizzacato is a runner and he saw my Nike+ on my shoe. He told me that I shouldn’t wear it all the time because it wears out the battery! I had no idea. FYI. He also said he’s doing the Helvetia Half Marathon soon and training for the Portland Marathon.

Michael and I both decided yesterday that it SUCKS being adults. We spent the three day weekend doing responsible, adult things like errands and chores. BOO.

We finally finished errands and chores and were able to finish up “Parenthood”. We walked around the nearby track for over an hour before dinner too. It was a nice stroll.

Dinner last night was Ahi Tuna steaks. Ahi is like eating a thick steak. It’s the same texture. Michael blackened the Tuna.

Blackening Spice

Check out how thick it is! I honestly prefer the Ahi to be a tad thinner. But it’s good. He flipped the steak over and applied the Blackening Spice to the other side and seared it. Searing only takes a few minutes and the point is to not cook it 100%.

Here’s the steak seared:

I steamed a bunch of veggies as our side.

It’s a big meal to be honest. Neither of us could eat the whole thing. Leftovers!

Dessert was a few scoops of Vanilla ice cream, a few chocolate chips and Lite syrup.

Dessert

Yesterday I took a much needed Rest Day. My hamstrings were tight and sore to the touch. The Foam Roller was brutal!

QUESTION: Have you ever eaten Ahi tuna? What did you think?