Posts Tagged ‘Happy Hour’

Tonight the fiance and I hit up our favorite restaurant in Boulder for happy hour–Aji–before heading to the Gregory Alan Isakov show at the Fox Theater. It is hard to pick just one favorite restaurant in Boulder, because they are all pretty incredible, but this one is where we went on our first date and where we recently shot some of our engagement photos, so it has become our favorite by default.

Tonight, the weather was great for a mid-late October evening, so we enjoyed happy hour on the patio

I started off with a Aji margarita, while the fiance enjoyed one of his favorite cucumber mojitos.

I was a little jeal jeal of his mojito, so I ended up ordering one of those for round two. We started off with a rock shrimp, aji amarillo, leche de tigre ceviche with plantain chips.

Since I am new to food blogging I find it hard to remember to take a photo before digging in–especially when I’m hungry!! So, you may notice a few bites missing from these photos😉. For my dinner, I ordered a tilapia and beef taquito. Their taquitos are more like a traditional taco than the fried rolled frozen “item” most people think of as a taquito.

And snacked on some of the fiance’s sweet potato fries, which according to this article is going to make me gain a pound in a week.

I think not! We also ordered another pork taquito to share, and at $2 a piece, how could you not?!

Aji’s Latin American menu surely never disappoints! We love it so much we hope to have a Latin inspired menu at our wedding.

We’re off to go see the amazing Gregory Alan Isakov–I am so excited, you have no idea🙂.

Slow cooked steel cut oats coming at you in the morning!

What is your favorite way to spend your Friday evenings? Out on the town? Or cozied up at home with a glass of wine and a movie or a book?

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Last night the fiance and I went out for happy hour at one of our favorite spot on the East End of Pearl Street–Mateo. They have awesome happy hour specials and a house red that never dissapoints. We dined on the patio, because the weather was just perfect.

I had a glass of the house red, a butter lettuce salad with herbs, walnuts, and dijon vinaigrette and the steamed mussels (with no butter).

It was < $20 total for all of that (including tip)! Love that place.

Afterwards, we went to The Boulder Theater to see a new ski movie called Solitaire by Sweetgrass Productions. Our friend worked on the soundtrack and I was blown away by the trailer, so I was excited to see what it had in store. The movie took about two years to film and took place in South America, which has a special place in our hearts since we were down there in March of 2010. The cinematography was phenomenal and the skiing had me on the edge of my seat and excited for the ski season. The coolest part was when they featured an area in Argentina that the fiance and I had actually been to. We weren’t expecting it, so it was an special surprise to see them skiing in this same valley that we visited near Refugio Frey outside of Bariloche, Argentina. It was so neat to see the valley in a different season than when we saw it.

The fiance and I both knew that they were at the same place we visited as soon as we saw the Refugio Frey resident cat.

If you are in to ski movies, like good music, and there is a tour stop in your area I would definitely recommend going to see the film.

On another subject, when I was getting the spices I needed to make my shawarma pizza I picked up some ground cardamom from my local Natrual Grocers/Vitamin Cottage without looking at the price. I got home and scanned my receipt only to find out that the small bag of ground cardamom I bought was over $6!! Just another friendly reminder that I need to watch my grocery store spending habits. I seriously thought about taking it back, but I had already used some, and thought that would be ridiculous. Instead, I decided to try and find ways to use it. So, this morning I made some chai spiced oats with leftover slow cooked steel cut oats.

Chai Spiced Cherry Oats (Serves 1)

  • 1 cup leftover slow cooked steel cut oats
  • 2 ounces cashew milk (or other type of milk)
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/16 (small pinch) teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/16 (small pinch) teaspoon all spice
  • 1/16 (small pinch) teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla brown rice protein powder (or any other)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Justin’s Maple Almond Butter (not optional ;-))
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter (optional)
  1. Heat leftover oats, milk, and water in a small sauce pan breaking up the oats with a wooden spoon until constituted with the milk. Heat until just boiling and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Add spices and simmer until desired consistency is reached, adding more water if necessary. Add frozen cherries and bring to temperature. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in protein powder and serve topped with maple almond, coconut butter, and a splash of milk.

Wowee, was this delicious and it made the condo smell incredible. I think I will be repeating this combo again…and again…until I run out of ground cardamom.

Tonight’s dinner was what I call “wammel”. It is what you have when you’re exhausted from a long week at work and just don’t feel like cooking. I basically went though my fridge, taking anything out that needed to be used, threw it in a pan and sauteed it on medium heat until it came together and topped it with a fried pasture raised egg.

Surprisingly, it turned out pretty good. In the mix: white onion, garlic, shredded potatoes, shawarma seasoning, leftover ground turkey and eggplant spread, 1/2 cup cooked green lentils, chicken broth, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, dried currants, spinach, fresh parsley, fresh mint, and freshly cracked pepper. Hopefully I didn’t forget to mention anything! Friday night dining at its finest.

On the to-do list for the weekend:

  • 7 mile trail run with a friend tomorrow
  • Pick photo and put together engagement announcement for local newspaper
  • Work on the protein lesson plan for the Growe Foundation
  • Dinner with the ‘rents
  • Yoga on Sunday
  • Plan out meals for next week
  • Plan out workouts for next week
  • Blog post updating you on the status of my immune system calming diet
  • Work on setting a grocery/general budget

Do you have any recipes that use ground cardamom? Please share.

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