Back from Monterey with the BF, and also an overnight in Stinson Beach to see friends on Saturday before our trip. We had raclette in Stinson, which was to die for, and other snacky things, and much bubbles, including a bottle of Veuve that went too fast. BF and I had dinner out in Monterey - maybe best NYE meal we’ve had (usually don’t expect much on that holiday for dinners). I had duck and he had short rib, and both were excellent. Rang in the new year at a dive bar - our fave. New Year’s Day we went to the Aquarium and ogled the jellies (the best) and the otters too, then on to Carmel for more beauty ogling and a cocktail at Clint’s Hog’s Breath Inn. Dinner that night was great - In-and-Out burgers in the room (with a fantastic view - we were right on the beach) and bubbles for me, tequila for him. We drove home the next day and the BF insisted vacay wasn’t over yet, so we went out to dinner to our local Argentine steakhouse but in an effort to be more cost-conscious after the weekend, we split a burger with fries AND yuca frites, and a salad. Cocktails/wine because vacay.
Before we went out, though, I prepped tonight’s dinner - Peruvian chicken and made fresh aji verde. when i got home tonight i grill-panned the thighs and finished them in the oven, and made a mexi-american rice with garlic, fresh poblanos and corn (instead of the canned that most recipes call for), tons of cilantro and scallions, sour cream and jack cheese. turned out so good I think I can never make it again.
bought some artichokes from a farm stand on our trip, so those will be part of dinner tomorrow night.
And thank you for joining me in this caloric extravaganza! (I’m not even showing you the bfasts we had.) I’d like to say I’m going to pare down in 2019, but really, who am I kidding?
And life’s too damned short, so if I make it a bit shorter even, by living deliciously… eh, why not?
Happy New Year, all!