Well hello there!
Did you have a good long weekend? For those of you that celebrated, how was your Easter? When I left you on Friday, I was about to make the trek to see my mum and extended family. As you’re about to see, there was plenty of church-going, visiting, eating, nice weather (well, minus a bit of rain), and tulips!
When I arrived on Friday afternoon, we went to Good Friday mass, then over to my grandparents’ Golf & Country club for a fish dinner. Remember on Friday when I said I had a feeling there was going to be ham as part of the Easter meal, but I’d rather have salmon? Well, I was pleasantly surprised – sort of. No ham here, but no salmon either. This wasn’t too upsetting though, because the menu featured pretty much every other type of fish, including monkfish (coincidence?), halibut, perch, and one of my all-time faves (next to salmon), seared ahi tuna!! Clearly, I was rollin’ with that.
I was about 2 bites in before I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of this glorious dish. It. Was. Delicious. Underneath there was some broccolini and forbidden red rice (not sure how it gets its name… might Google it), and the tuna was topped with a mango and cilantro salsa. Nommy nom noms.
On Saturday I headed to the gym for a quick workout, then my cousin and I drove over to the States for a little bit of shopping and lunch action. We ate at a restaurant I’ve heard all about but never visited…
…and no, I did not have pizza at California Pizza Kitchen because that would be far too predictable. The menu is enormous, and after much deliberation, I opted for the Moroccan Chicken Salad.
Moroccan-spiced chicken breast with crisp Romaine lettuce, roasted butternut squash, Medjool dates, fresh avocado, fresh beets, chopped egg, carrots, dried cranberries and red bell peppers. Tossed with our homemade champagne vinaigrette. Toasted almonds added upon request.
It was a little heavy on the avocado for my liking but on the whole, a sizable salad beast and a great meal! After lunch, we did some shopping. Things didn’t get too out of control. We were actually very sensible. I managed to stay away from Williams Sonoma. And Crate and Barrel. But I might have bought a pair of shoes.
And maybe a few other things too. But that’s ok, because I had a big week last week and made it out alive, so celebrations were in order anyway. There. 100% rationalized.
Sunday was another church-and-eating kind of day. After church round 2, we went back to my aunt’s house for a delicious Easter brunch. My aunt always goes all-out with her entertaining and this time was no exception. The spread included mimosas, scrambled eggs, raisin toast, pastries, fresh fruit….
…and my aunt’s signature “nests”.
And although the mean age of the cousins in attendance at this function is probably close to about 23, the E.B. still paid a visit.
Unfortunately I had to miss out on the Easter dinner last night in order to get on the road and get home for work today, but we had a lovely visit and I’ve got a large enough chocolate supply to last me until approximately Christmas.
Alright, I suppose I should hop to it! (Ha. Ha. Ha. Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Have a great Monday!
Questions for today:
- Do you have any Easter traditions in your family?
- If you don’t celebrate Easter, what was the best part of your weekend?