Well hello, Monday. It’s nice to see you too …said no one ever. I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was so much fun, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! We’ve got a lot to cover this morning, so let’s jump right in!
On Friday afternoon, I left work early to start my journey up to New York. My friend Megan scooped me up from the office around 12:30, and from there we picked up our friends Andy and Cullen in Baltimore. Then we were on our way!
We made excellent time for the first portion of the trip, but once we got to New York it took us almost two hours to get from the Lincoln Tunnel over to Astoria, in Queens. I knew we shouldn’t have taken that route, but Cullen was driving and we used his GPS, so I wasn’t really paying attention to where we were going. Oh well. Lesson learned.
As soon as we arrived at my friend Catrina’s house where we were staying, we downed a glass of wine, tidied ourselves up a bit, and then headed into the city for my pre-birthday dinner celebration! (My birthday is this coming Saturday.)
We wound up going to Dos Caminos, a delicious Mexican restuarant in midtown Manhattan.
Once we arrived, we joined up with the rest of my friends who had joined us for the occasion 🙂
This is a group made up with mostly college friends, plus a few high school friends as well. I was so happy to be surrounded by so many of my favorite people!
The dinner was absolutely delicious! We started off with margaritas, chips, and guacamole, and for my entree I ordered the surf & turf tacos. I also swapped one of my tacos out for Megan’s mahi mahi one, and I thought both tacos were incredibly tasty (though I should warn any potential diners that some of the other tacos were really spicy!)
At some point when I was away from the table, my friends told the waitress it was my birthday, so naturally she brought out a piece of the most delicious tres leches cake to surprise me. My friends then broke out into a round of happy birthday, which is always embarrassing but sort of nice. Thanks, guys!
Mmm that cake was so good.
My friends also announced that they purchased a few “electronic gifts” for my birthday. They then made me guess what they were (which was incredibly difficult after the margaritas) and eventually I figured out that I’d be getting a subscription to Birch Box and Blue Apron! Woohoo! My friends know me so well 🙂 What fun gifts!
Overall it was the perfect way to spend a Friday night with my friends – birthday or no birthday – and I was one happy camper.
After dinner we went back to Catrina’s where we drank some more wine and spent time catching up.
Catrina is moving to San Diego in less than a week (AHHH!!!) which was the main purpose of our trip up to New York. To send her off in style, my friends and I put together a little going away gift for her that was centered around her new soon-to-be beach life. We gave her a giant teal beach bag (her favorite color), stuffed with a framed photo of all of us at the beach and an Amazon gift card for her to use on Kindle books. We surprised her with the gift while we were all catching up over wine, and I think she really liked it. 😀
Such a fun night all around!
Upon waking up on Saturday morning we were ready for just one thing – New York bagels!
I wound up eating half an onion bagel with bacon, egg, and cheese, and half of a whole wheat everything bagel with light veggie cream cheese. These came from Brooklyn Bagels in Astoria and were possibly the best bagels I’ve ever had. SO GOOD.
After breakfast we made ourselves presentable for the day and then headed over to the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden of Astoria for Catrina’s going away party!
The beer garden was a lovely outdoor space with plenty of trees and greenery, with giant picnic tables for sitting. There was great music playing, and the place just had a really fun atmosphere. The weather was perfect too!
Throughout the day Catrina’s friends trickled in to celebrate her big cross-country move, and at one point I think we had about 30 people around our picnic table. It was so much fun drinking beer and spending time with close friends.
We also wound up playing a number of fun games including Kings, and a game called Heads Up that you can download on your smart phone. It was a blast!
One of the Megans (there are two) works at Buzzfeed, so we had some fun playing around with her Buzzfeed stickers that said things like Fail, OMG, Cute, Trashy, etc.
They even made their way into our game!
Eventually we got hungry again and enjoyed some traditional German food, including kielbasa and bratwurst. Not healthy by any means, but that was a-ok with me.
The beer garden was so much fun, and it was the perfect way to spend time with friends, and celebrate this next step in Catrina’s life.
The fun didn’t stop there, and after the beer garden we headed to Astoria Brewhouse to keep the fun going. We spent the evening laughing, dancing, and just having a great time with great people.
This day will stay with me for a long time, and I will always remember how much fun I had. I’m so sad it’s over!
Good luck in San Diego, Treen! I’ll miss you a ton, but I can’t wait to come visit!!
After staying up way too late on Saturday, and eating and drinking way too much, a nice hearty brunch was in order.
We wound up waling over to MexiBBQ, where I got the most epic eggs Benedict of my life.
A slice of jalepeno goat cheese cornbread was topped with sweet BBQ beef brisket, which was then topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg. Phe-nomenal.
Delicious home fries were served on the side, and a fresh salsa in the middle pulled it all together.
WOW. This meal was exactly what I needed after a day of drinking.
After brunch, Megan, Andy, Cullen and I piled back in the car and made our drive back down to Baltimore and DC. It was a fairly uneventful trip, and I arrived back home around 6:00 pm. I was totally wiped from the weekend, but thrilled to be back with my boys. (I missed them!!)
All in all it was a perfect weekend, and I couldn’t have wished for anything more. Of course a run or a couple salads or something at least a little healthy would have been nice, but honestly it wasn’t a top priority. Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and enjoy your time with friends, without worrying about how it’s going to affect a number on the scale. There is plenty of time to get your diet back into shape or workout more later, but these weekends with friends only come around every once in a while.
Questions of the day: Is there something you like eating after a day or night of too much drinking?