1. Weeknight dates
Date nights are fun, but they seem to be even better when it’s during the work week. On Monday we went and saw Snow Patrol at Comerica Theatre, and they put on such a good show. I love this band!
We also went to Barrio Queen in Scottsdale yesterday to celebrate our 3 year anniversary!
Barrio Queen is the latest restaurant by chef Silvana Esparza who is also the chef behind Barrio Cafe in Phoenix. Barrio Cafe is fantastic, so we were excited to try her new establishment. The food is definitely on par, and I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu items. They offer appetizers, entrees, items a la carte and family style, a huge tequila selection and dessert. They have a taco menu that is similar to a sushi menu, so you can order different tacos and sample as many or as few as you want.
2. Cooking (and this picture of Charlie)
Cooking has been going full force at my place lately. Shrimp stir fry, sausage and peppers, turkey burgers with goat cheese, cinnamon and cranberries, baked goodies, and cocktails (I have a fun summer cocktail recipe I’m going to share on Friday).
This is Charlie’s spot right outside the kitchen while either of us is cooking. I like to think he has secret dreams of being a chef like the rat in Ratatouille, but it’s more likely that he’s just waiting for food to fall on the floor.
3. Breaking Bad
While I don’t get Mad Men, I think AMC absolutely nails good television programming with Breaking Bad.
Eric and I started with season one late last year and are now onto season three. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this show after the first few episodes because it is so intense, but by the fourth episode I was drawn in by the character development and stellar acting from the cast. It is so well written and interesting, and just like the junkies they sell their meth to, I’m addicted.
This is a great article and interview with Aaron Paul who plays Jesse Pinkman, my favorite actor and character on the show. It was funny to find out that the blue meth on the show is actually cotton candy flavored rock candy!
4. Talenti Gelato
Whoa. Have you tried Talenti Gelato? If not, you are missing out! It is the best gelato and/or ice cream you can buy in a store. I used to be a Ben & Jerry’s gal, but in comparison to Talenti Ben & Jerry’s tastes like fro-yo.
I tried the Sea Salt Caramel last week, and I just bought this gem of a flavor today. The Sea Salt Caramel was simply amazing; rich and delicious, I still can’t get over how good this stuff is.
And the Caramel Cookie Crunch? Good Lord.
What are you loving lately?