Before the weekend started we knew we would be celebrating, what we didn’t know was that we would be having a very foodie weekend.
What are we celebrating? A few things.
1. I hit a milestone number of views for this little blog. yay!
2. We finished the Whole30 – and stuck with it a few extra days until the weekend. #Whole33
3. Friday night we found out that Whole30 shared my results photo on their Facebook Page and Instagram which caused a surge in traffic to my blog, a ton of new Instagram followers, and a scabillion likes and positive comments on my hard work. I am going to post a recap of our Whole30 challenge later this week (it takes a lot of work to sum up how we – Ben is going to write some too – felt about the challenge) but to have so many strangers congratulating me, liking my photos, and telling me what an inspiration I was to them – well that was certainly cause for celebration.
Now on to the weekend!
Saturday morning I
got to sleep in was awoken by the sound of a work truck outside our house at 8am. Seriously? Who does construction work at 8am on a Saturday?! I continued to lay in bed until 9:30, you know just in case the noise stopped. No such luck. I rolled out of bed and hopped in the kitchen to make paleo blueberry pancakes from my favorite cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen.
Before I could even enjoy a pancake I was running a bath for myself and soaking. I have a really bad problem with my sciatic nerve and when it stars to act up it’s the worst! I don’t know how long I was in there, but long enough to empty and refill the bath, twice. I probably should have started reading Gone Girl, but instead I just read blogs and soaked – heaven. Breakfast, and an episode of Boardwalk Empire later it was 3:30pm – where did the day go?!?
Ben and I spent the afternoon
chatting quizzing each other on American history… and let me tell ya, nothing is funnier than a born and raised Aussie trying to answer guess American history. Please don’t quiz me on Australian history – the only answer I will give you is Ned Kelly. the end.
Saturday night we went on our first non-whole 30/non-paleo date night!!!
While these burgers are not whole-30, and not paleo, they are healthy… but I’ll get into that more on Wednesday is the next WIAW post. Until then, we were like kids on Christmas ready to devour our burgers and all their goodness.
Following dinner we decided to take a walk through town. We ended up passing this little store, 2BowerBirds, and I fell in love from the outside. Next time we are in the junction I am making a point of checking this place out….
Which might be soon because across the street is a new spot, The Hood Milk Bar, which has a Southern Cali inspired menu (and a watermelon burger – I must try this!) Ben and I meticulously looked over the menu, and were tempted by the ice cream, and are planning to make this our next date night.
As we walked back to the car we passed a few shops with Christmas decorations up in the windows. Now, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s WAY too early for all that. I know this country doesn’t really have Halloween, and there is certainly no Thanksgiving, but I think mid October is just too early for Christmas regardless.
We got home and continued our foodie weekend by making a paleo chocolate cake, and watching Chef. If you haven’t seen Chef and you love food, watch this movie! I have seen it twice now, I would watch it again!
We attempted to eat the cake during the movie, still warm out of the oven. Rookie mistake. We have never done a paleo cake before and this came out like a warm jello/pudding in cake form. It was weird and tasted strange. We stuck that baby in the fridge to save it for another day.
We went on a breakfast date Sunday morning to the Paleo Café – which has become our favorite spot to eat since we started the Whole30 challenge. There were things on the menu we couldn’t eat before because of the challenge, but they have always been so accommodating to our needs. This time we were able to eat EVERY THING on the menu… but we limited ourselves to the Banana Bread French Toast and a yummy juice.
After breakfast we went to the Regal Cinema for a movie. The Regal is a small, one screen, historic theatre that shows independent, foreign, and critically acclaimed movies (sometimes months after their release), for between $5 and $7 a film. I loved it from the moment we walked in (and not because the man who owns it is American, and noticed my accent right away), but because of the vibe you get there. It’s classy, historical, and just feels special. We bought our tickets and were directed into the theatre. To our right was a coffee/tea self serve area, bowls of fun size candy bars, and naan bread (we were seeing an Indian movie). As we sat down we were offered orange juice, champagne, and brandy. Yes, complimentary, at a movie…. at 11:30am.
Before the movie started the owner and his dog sat on the stage and introduced the movie we were about the see, The Lunchbox, and told us why he liked this movie so much. How the characters made him feel, how the movie was filmed, and that the movie made you question things. He said it was a movie that once you see it you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Let me tell you, Ben and I have not stopped talking about this movie since we saw it. I had never heard of The Lunchbox prior to being back in Australia, and my family in Florida hadn’t heard of it either. Look it up, find it near you, rent it, it’s that good!! You will not stop talking about it, and I need someone to talk to about it, so watch it (and then email me so we can chat.)
After the movie Ben and I swung by the mall so he could get a hair cut, and while he was getting that done, I of course, wandered the mall. My first stop was Bed Bath n’ Table (sound similar to a big American store??), because I knew they were having a sale. I saw this duvet cover (Aussie Slang: Doona) a few months ago and fell in love. It was on sale, we didn’t buy it, when we went to buy it wasn’t on sale anymore. When I walked in I saw the same doona cover, in blue, I loved it too!
When we move and set up our own place within the next few months we are planning on having a beachy vibe to our home as the town we are moving to is on the beach, and this would fit right in. The quilt reminds me on my mom (who is a quilter, and makes gorgeous patchwork quilts), and I love that the doona can be removed so it’s only a quilt – perfect since it’s approaching summer and we have no air conditioning.
I dragged Ben in after his cut, and he liked it! But we haven’t purchased yet. I think he needs more convincing.
We stopped by the grocery store on the way out of the mall (most malls I’ve found in Australia have grocery stores on the bottom floor), and the highlight of shopping was that the store is decorated for Halloween, AND there were big carving pumpkins on sale. I think next weekend I’ll convince the boys we need to carve pumpkins. I am trying to incorporate American traditions into their lives as much as possible.
For dinner we grilled outside, made our celebratory cocktails, and enjoyed dinner under the stars.
After dinner we planned on watching Hundred Foot Journey to continue our foodie weekend, unfortunately, Blockbuster was closed (yes – we still have Blockbuster video stores, and walking through aisles of movies is the most amazing feeling!) We borrowed 22 Jump Street from our housemate Andy and laughed all night long… in addition we tried that paleo cake… which was so much better cold! It had the texture of pudding, slightly baked to hold it’s shape. Sounds weird. It was.
Tell me what you think:
Is mid-October too early for Christmas decorations (in a country that doesn’t celebrate any holidays within the two months before it)?
What do you think about that blue doona? Go for it?
Do you have any rockstar paleo cake recipes? I’d love to have cake that doesn’t taste like pudding.
Oh, and if you have seen the Lunchbox drop me an email. I would love to chat about it.