As soon as I got home from work on Friday, I put my bag down and picked up my Kindle. I was so close to finishing The Girl on the Train that I had to start before the weekend and other priorities took over. And guess what? I finished it! I enjoyed the book, but Gone Girl (what people are comparing it to) was ten times better. Certain parts really grabbed my attention and kept it while others…not so much. It definitely ebbed and flowed for me. I also found the ending to be quite predictable. I’d give The Girl on the Train 3 out of 5 stars.
After finishing the book, I quickly showered and got ready for dinner. Vishnu and I drove up to Fort Lauderdale to meet our friends Khusbu and Adam at Royal Pig Pub.
While we were waiting for our table, we ordered drinks at the bar. Khusbu and I both went with a signature cocktail (cucumber and mint berry lemonade) while the boys ordered margaritas. I LOVED our cocktail. It was so refreshing and light with just the right amount of sweetness. I don’t make drinks at home
too often, but this is one I want to recreate for sure. It was perfection in a glass.
For dinner, I ordered the kale salad (minus the parmesan) and a side of corn bread. The salad was pretty much what you’d expect, however, the cornbread was finger licking good. There were pieces of corn throughout the loaf and the drizzle of honey on top perfectly complemented the slightly salty bread. YUM!
Instead of immediately jumping out of bed after waking up, Vishnu and I spent 30 minute just talking and laughing about silly things. It was nice to spend time together without any distractions (i.e. no iPhones, no TV…nothing)!
An hour or so later I got ready for my day date – yoga class and the farmer’s market – with my friend Shannon.
This particular yoga class was extra special because it was taught by the studio’s founder (in case any local readers are interested we went to Rina Yoga in the Gables). Shannon speaks very highly about Rina, so I was super excited to take her class.
The class was challenging but just what I needed – lots of repeated flows (not sure of the technical yoga term) and strength based moves. When I woke up the next day, my quads and triceps were feeling it!
We then drove through what felt like a hurricane to get to the farmer’s market. I can’t even explain how scary the weather was on Saturday. Apparently, many parts of South Florida can’t support that much rainfall, so we saw and found ourselves in the middle of multiple flooded streets as we made our way north.
Anyway, when we finally made it to the market, we walked around for a bit before deciding on lunch – Greek food for Shannon and Spanish food for me. You guys. It was so good and so satisfying. I have to admit though…Shannon’s veggie platter trumped my meal. I now know exactly what I’m going to get the next time I’m there!
Aside from eating and sampling different foods, we bought lots of fruits and vegetables. So much good stuff for so little money! I’m hoping to make shopping here a twice a month kind of thing.
Later that night, Vishnu and I walked over to the American Airlines Arena to see the Miami Heat play the Atlanta Hawks!
While we didn’t have courtside seats, we still had a blast. I told Vishnu that I was going to stay neutral on the cheering front because while the Hawks are from my hometown, I’ve always loved the Heat. And Dwayne Wade is one of my favorites (I may or may not have pinched Vishnu when D Wade stepped onto the court!!!).
You know who wasn’t neutral? The lady sitting two rows behind us. She literally screamed the entire game. And to make matters worse, she sounded like Howard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory. I’m not going to lie, she was annoying. But you have to give her credit for supporting her team. Loud and proud!
Sunday was by far the most relaxing day of the three. We woke up, made breakfast and green juice, cleaned, and grocery shopped.
Later in the day, we headed to our friends Nazia and Aman’s apartment to celebrate Aman’s birthday!
There was quite a spread waiting for us when we arrived, including nuts/hummus/pita chips, guac, veggie sliders, and pizza. I stuck to my dairy-free way of eating and didn’t eat the pizza, but it smelled delicious. Our contribution to dinner was my vegan bean dip and chips. By the time we left, both Vishnu and I were absolutely stuffed!
All in all, I would say we had a great Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Now on to the work week…