Sometimes a Bloody Mary is Good

I did something I don’t normally do this morning at a DELICIOUS brunch with the boy

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Egg white omelet with mushrooms, goat cheese and spinach.  With a side of toast and fruit.  DELISH by the way.

But back to the point. . .

 

 

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I ordered a Bloody Mary.  It’s something that I don’t normally choose to do (drink at brunch)…but for whatever reason a bloody mary sounded good (read: relaxing), and a nice addition to a nice Saturday with the husband.

And you know what, it was.

Quick Question for everyone

As it has been pointed out to me by my BFF, Chocolate Medals fan, and running inspiration, it appears as though I am in a 4 mile rut.

Personally, I enjoy the distance because it’s enough to feel like I’m getting enough of a work out in, but doesn’t cash my legs and allows me to keep up with my “streak” mentality right now.  I do try and integrate second runs periodically — but I want everyone’s opinions?

Stick with 4 miles?  Or do SOME shorter runs, and some longer runs?

Now, if you’ll excuse me.  I am going to get back to my movie.

Something Borrowed :).

 

Chicago LOVE Recap: Brunch Spots

Zach and I love weekend brunches.  Especially in Chicago, it was one of our favorite times of the week.  We’d sleep in, normally get a quick work out in, then head out to a great, slow and leisurely brunch.

Chicago has so many great brunch stops, and when we were thinking about our must-do’s for the weekend, stopping by some of our old neighborhood favorites for brunch was top on the list.

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Birchwood Cafe

Birchwood cafe is a little spot on North Avenue near Oakley/Bell that just screams home.  If you’re going to brunch, there is likely going to be a bit of a wait, but trust me it’s totally worth it.

When you walk in Birchwood, one of the staff (they were the same as when we lived there, tells ya it’s a good place) hands you a menu and lets you know what to expect for wait.

When your table is ready, you actually head up to the counter to place your order, let them know what table number you are, and then they bring you the food.  Super easy, and actually super efficient.

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Zach and I have gone for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and are NEVER disapointed.   I remember the first time I went there with my parents, the owner was chatting with us and once he found out I was new to the neighborhood, FORCED me to take home a piece of their chocolate banana cake.  That’s my kind of place :).

For my brunch this visit, I went with the club and fresh fruit.

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The sandwich was not the huge double decker I’m used to seeing for a club.  It was a well portioned, turkey club with homemade mayo, bacon, bread and veggies.  Seriously, Birchwood uses local ingredients and you can TELL in the quality of their food.

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I couldn’t go to Birchwood without getting a treat, so I picked up a lemon bar to go — best.decision.ever.

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Since the weather was crappy they didn’t have their seating out on their back patio, but we were able to hang out there while we waited.  There have been many date nights spent out on that patio.

Did I mention Birchwood was BYOB also?  Oh yeah…that deck, good food, and a cheap bottle of wine.  My kinda date night.

Please, if your in Chicago, I cannot recommend Birchwood more!

Jane’s

On Sunday  morning, Zach and I met some friends at a spot that has MANY memories for us, Jane’s.

Zach and I were introduced to Jane’s via Groupon, and went back MANY times after.  Unfortunately, since we were with friends this time I didn’t take many pictures, but PLEASE check out their website.

Their food is also locally sourced, HIGH quality, beautiful and perfectly prepared.  Every time we went to Jane’s we felt like we were spoiling ourselves, but without the HUGE price point.

Jane’s also has great specials and deals, including a BYOB night AND half price wine night.

Jane’s is in a refurbished old house, and when you visit them you feel like you are in someone’s home.  It truly is a great experience, and one that we will be sure to make a priority every time we visit Chicago.

Some special nights we’ve spent at Jane’s:

  • multiple birthdays
  • engagement celebrations
  • anniversaries
  • special date nights

My friends, Chicago really does have SUCH an amazing food scene and these are just a few of our favorites.   If you go and check either of them out, please let me know 🙂

Question of the Afternoon:  What’s your favorite brunch spot/meal?

It’s Official! We’re Married (well…kind of)

Did I get you with that title? 🙂

Ok. . . where’d I leave off this morning  . . .

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After Zach and I fueled up with some delicious homemade juice, we hit the road on a very important mission.

To the Denver Court House for our marriage license!

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We hopped on the Free 16th Street Mall ride to keep from struggling with downtown AM traffic and parking.

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Us and about half of the neighborhood!

This was a really good idea on Zach’s part.  The walk to the bus is about 5-10 minutes, 15 minutes in transit, then another 10 minutes walking once you get off.  Not too bad, and no traffic head ache!

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The Cap Hill neighborhood of Denver is one of our favorites, but this was the first time either of us had been to any of the actual government buildings.

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Once we figured out exactly where we needed to be, it was easy peasy!

Well except the security line. . .

First, we didn’t put our stuff on the conveyor belt correctly.

Then Zach’s coffee cup spilt ON the conveyor belt

Then Zach set off the alarm multiple times trying to get through thanks to his phone and hidden pocket gems.

Hysterical.  We never have problems getting through TSA, but we made a mess of a mini security line today!  I guess we were anxious 🙂

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Once we got past all that silliness, it was straight through to the County Clerk.

There were no other people in the waiting area when we got there, so we MUST have picked a good time to go.  Our number was called in less than 3 minutes, which is probably good because I had a SERIOUS case of the giggles.

Once we were called back, we gave Lisa, the nice woman who helped us, our passports and social security cards, then got to work.  She asked us both about

  • Full names
  • Place of birth
  • Current address/phone number
  • Parents full names
  • Parents place of birth

Both Zach and I stumbled on some of these questions, but it wasn’t an issue at all.

Just like that, 30 dollars later, we had paperwork in our hands.

We then held up our right hands, were asked to swear that everything was accurate and that our intentions were to marry, then literally said “I Do” and it was done 🙂

Kind of weird to say I do!  Felt VERY official!

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We now have 35 days to make this party the real deal.  It just needs signed by our ordained official (Zach’s brother and best man), witnesses, and ourselves and we’re done!  Then it’s sent back in to the Courts, it gets recorded, and we get to live happily ever after!

Of course. . . we hadn’t even gotten to the train to head home yet and Zach decorated our license.

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A little spilled coffee doesn’t make it un-official, right?

We are two peas in a pod 🙂

We got home really quickly and decided that we should take a second to celebrate the occasion.

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We love Masterpiece!  It’s our go-to place for fresh, yummie sammies. I’ll have to do a full review the next time we go, it’s amazing.  It’s right at Central and 16th, so be sure to check it out if you’re in the neighborhood!

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A nice brunch to relax and chat about the exciting morning 🙂

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Turkey, swiss cheese and a fried egg on an english muffin for me.  It was delicious and HUGE.  I had to share about 1/4 with Zach.

It was the perfect way to cap off a really happy and exciting morning.

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I look constipated or something with that smile. . . ?

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I don’t even KNOW what he looks like 😉

Obviously, we couldn’t be happier 😉