I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it every week: I love Saturday. Sleeping in, having a leisurely morning, not rushing around… it’s the day of the week that I love the most. It’s also the only morning that Greg and I sit and eat breakfast (and drink coffee!) together, which is most definitely one of life’s simple pleasures. I usually cook us breakfast while he makes coffee- it’s a perfect team effort. I look forward to having a big warm bowl of oatmeal on Saturday mornings, because I haven’t been eating it for breakfast during the week lately. Sometimes I make pancakes or French toast, but this past Saturday I was definitely craving oatmeal.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been making this for Greg:
That’s two pieces of (savory) French toast with melted cheddar, ham and a scrambled egg in between. He then covers it with maple syrup and powdered sugar. God bless him.
I always have a bite of whatever I create for him, but was more than happy to dig into a bowl of perfect oatmeal.
And a lovely cup of coffee…
We ran some errands and did some grocery shopping right after breakfast, followed by a long walk with the dogs. When it was time for lunch, I made myself a wrap using a Tumaro’s Pumpernickel tortilla, some roasted veggies and Beyond Meat “chicken” strips.
I also had a bowl of kale with nutritional yeast “dressing” (nooch, water, garlic salt).
A little later in the afternoon (and after cleaning bathrooms!) I had an apple and a spoonful of Better ‘N Peanut Butter.
This held me over until dinner, which was one that I had been looking forward to for several weeks prior! I made sure to take advantage of Frederick Restaurant Week by choosing one of my favorite restaurants to dine at: The Wine Kitchen. Greg and I were lucky enough to be joined by Gretchen and her boyfriend Sean, who are the perfect foodie double dates.
The restaurant week menu at The Wine Kitchen was different than many others offered around town. They let you choose each course from the regular menu, and a supplemental charge was added for certain entrees.
The Wine Kitchen offers wine by the glass or bottle, but also has about 10 different flights to choose from. Naturally, I chose to order the “Pinot Evil” flight (so did Gretchen!).
We all hemmed and hawed over what to order, but easily agreed that we needed to start with an order of roasted Brussels sprouts (x2!)
We also got an order of the bacon biscuits with maple butter. No explanation needed, right?
After a lot of deliberation (I sound like Patty Stanger here!), I made up my mind as to what I wanted to order for each course.
For my first course, I ordered the local beet salad (red and golden beets, arugula, tangerine, goat cheese, pistachios and a coffee vinaigrette)
This salad was insanely delicious. The beets were probably the best I’ve ever had! My only complaint was the lack of goat cheese. There was a little bit smeared on the bottom of the plate, but not really enough to taste. If you going to advertise that a salad has goat cheese, you’d better deliver!
Three big, fat scallops with two big fat glazed cipollini onions covered in chorizo and apple jam on top of carnival squash puree. I can’t even think of a good description for how this tasted, so I’m just going to go with “party in my mouth.”
And then there was dessert…. Ahhh. Dessert.
A cute little Sweet Potato Mousse Cake. The menu describes it as sweet potato and maple mousse, sponge-cake, walnut tuille and candied currants.
I need to learn how to create sweet potato mousse ASAP.
After dinner, the four of us went over to our friends Zack and Michelle’s house, who live right downtown. Zack happens to be a (very talented!) home brewer and always has multiple beers on tap.
Yes, all six of those pour out different varieties of beer. I plan to do a post on this soon….
And, he’s always more than happy to offer them up! I sampled two of the different varieties the Zack brewed, which were a Whiskey Oaked Milk Stout and an ESB. OH MAN they were good.
And, after my flight of wine (approximately 6 oz total) and my two tastes of beer, I had a hangover the next day. Teaching Spinning class the next morning was really fun.
Live and learn, I guess. Have a delicious Wednesday!
Do you make a special breakfast on weekends? Which do you order more often: wine or beer?