So my birthday isn’t actually until this Friday (I’ll be the big 2-9 … yikes!), but this past weekend, Brandon and I had a few days of pre-celebration.
Up first …
… a Saturday morning hike at Lake Lanier!
This gorgeous location is only about a 10-minute drive from our house, and yet we hadn’t visited it until just recently.
We had a great time exploring the hiking trails, skipping rocks on the lake (no shocker … Brandon was a great rock-skipper, while I was not. ), and checking out the beautiful scenery.
And speaking of Saturday … let’s talk about my Saturday eats.
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This has been my go-to breakfast recently. A bowl of cereal with some 1% milk, and I’m a happy lady!
This lunch was a throwback to childhood! Grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup. Yum!
I made my BBQ chicken again, but this time, we actually had propane so we were able to cook the chicken on the grill!
Cooking it on the grill was even better than in the oven, because the skin got nice and crispy and the chicken had a great smoky flavor.
But I seriously love that BBQ sauce. I think I could bathe in it.
(OK, not really … that would just be gross.)
I also ate a ton of chips with fresh salsa throughout the day, but I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy stuffing my face and watching college football.
On Sunday, Brandon and I drove down to Atlanta in the morning for church, as usual. Then in the afternoon, we braved the crowds at IKEA to find ourselves a new desk.
(I’ll eventually show pictures, but it will probably take weeks for us to take the time to put the silly thing together!)
That evening, we had reservations to try a new (to us) restaurant.
Two Urban Licks is a funky, midtown restaurant with some really great reviews.
The restaurant is located in an old warehouse building with high ceilings and an open kitchen placed right smack in the middle of the room.
The one “con” of the restaurant is that because they have a fire pit in the middle of the open kitchen, you leave smelling of smoke.
But it’s a small price to pay for the awesome food we were served!
First up, warm and crusty ciabatta bread, served with a mixture of chili oil and balsamic vinegar.
For an appetizer, Brandon and I shared the Empanadas, which were filled with smoked brisket and topped with a garlic aioli, pico de gallo, and feta cheese.
I picked off the feta because I’m not a fan, but the Empanadas were incredibly flavorful and delicious!
For dinner, Brandon chose the Bistro Steak …
… which was served with herb whipped potatoes, roasted peppers, yellow corn, and a chimichurri sauce.
For my dinner, I chose the Bronzed Scallops …
… which were served with gouda grits, pico de gallo, and a smoked tomato broth.
I always love scallops, and these ones did not disappoint. I also loved the pairing of the heavy gouda grits with the light tomato broth!
And of course, since we were celebrating my birthday, we had to get dessert!
We chose the peach bread pudding with a caramel swirl ice cream. I absolutely loved it, but it could have used even more peach chunks in it. Regardless, the warm bread pudding with the cold ice cream was delicious!
Sunday night, we used some of our hotel points to stay at a hotel downtown. We slept in on Monday morning, before eventually waking up and walking to a local Dunkin’ Donuts.
Ice cold milk and a crème-filled Long John, served in my plush hotel room bed? Happy Birthday to me!
Question for ya …
What did you do over the long weekend?
Best thing you’ve eaten this week?
Would you have gone for the steak or the scallops?