Why? Weekends!

I feel like we packed a holiday weekend’s worth of fun into this weekend! On Friday, Jeffrey and I met up with friends at The RainForest at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This is always a favorite winter play date location. How can you beat getting to see zoo animals in a temperate 80-degree environment, even in February?! We especially loved watching the new baby orangutan swing and play. He was so active and his parents looked so tired…I guess that sort of feeling really is universal!

Friday evening, I was in the mood for comfort food with a kick, so I whipped up some chorizo and hatch chile mac and cheese. I used this recipe, which doesn’t call for chorizo, but really, isn’t chorizo always a good idea?!

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I paired it with this amazing Straffe Hendrick Belgian Quad, which was recommended to me by the beer guru at my Heinen’s (you can follow him on Insta for craft beer tips here). It was a perfect meal!

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and Matthew had a dad/son morning with friends at another favorite play date spot: the Great Lakes Science Center. From the Polymer Play Area to Build It!, the guys had a blast!

I so often get to share these experiences with Jeffrey, so I loved that Matthew had the chance for some one on one time with him!

Plus, I can’t be mad at how I spent my morning while they were there: with a yoga class at Harmony Studios, followed by a smoothie from their smoothie bar enjoyed in the gorgeous sunshine.

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Later Saturday afternoon, I attended a baby shower for our friends Lane and Nathan, who are getting ready to welcome a baby boy in April.

Everything at the shower was lovely, from the food to the décor to the favors (little daffodils that held as much promise of spring as this weekend’s weather did). I’m so excited for Lane and Nathan!

Sunday was a day of eating! I met up with Alicia and Amanda for brunch at what has become our go-to brunch spot: The Flying Fig.

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I created my brunch entirely out of side dishes, thus confirming my belief that all restaurants should offer the “Boston Market side dish meal.”

I had the taleggio polenta, the smothered breakfast potatoes (because bacon and cheese should never be optional), and the apple crisp. This was honestly the best polenta I’ve ever had: smooth, creamy, and rich. Everything from the food to the service was spot-on and made for a great brunch with two of my favorite ladies!

Sunday evening, we had dinner plans with my parents at Mama Roberto’s, so I somehow made room for more food! I had the tortelloni special, with red pepper pesto and shrimp. It was delicious!

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And Matthew had the veal Roberto, with artichoke hearts, tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

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Both of us chose really well, and ended up with plenty of leftovers to take home (along with a couple of Mama Roberto’s gigantic and legendary cannoli).

It was a really fun weekend, filled with good times with some of our favorite people! How was yours?

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