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July 11 breakfast, c/o my bestie’s fiancé.

I’m in Virginia! My bestie from college is getting married later this summer and her bridal shower is this weekend. So I ditched work a little early yesterday and drove up. It’s a pretty long hike but the drive went well! 

I’m working from today. Elliott made everyone delicious smoothies before he left for work. Definitely a keeper, Laura.

Grilled Beef Taco

July 8 dinner, c/o Corner Taqueria in Smyrna.

Ginny, Ashley, Erin, and I got together last night to get geared up for Amanda’s baby shower - so exciting! Both Ashley and Ginny are near the Smyrna Market Village so I suggested Corner Taqueria for dinner.

Dinner was at 7pm, but by 5PM, I was ready to get out of work so Gin and I headed over earlier and everyone slowly trickled in. Lots of chips and dip later, I ate a single taco. I always overdo it when eating Mexican. Damn you, tortilla chips!

As the night wore on, I found myself overwhelmingly tired. Came home, brushed teeth, then bed immediately. Whew - work is taking all the energy out of me. I really look forward to the project I’m working on to be concluded!

Baked Pork Chops with Peaches & Onions

July 7 Dinner, c/o Amanda & Kevin’s house.

Amanda graciously invited me over to dinner at her new home in Smyrna. I was so excited to see her since I haven’t see her all summer - since Cinco di Mayo!! She and Kevin made a yummy baked pork chop dish with peaches. So good! Green beans on the side - very healthy meal!

We sat outside on the back patio - it was a beautiful night in a beautiful space. I love their place!!

Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Asparagus on Sweet Potato

July 6 dinner, c/o my kitchen.

The salmon is leftover from last night’s dinner, so all I had to do was reheat it, which I did in my lil toaster oven at a low 200° for about 10 minutes, then I turned it up to 300° for another 5. What was medium rare yesterday was medium tonight - boom.

Incidentally, the sweet potato was also cooked last night (I followed this recipe), so I reheated it, along with roasting the asparagus (which I coated in herb-de-provence olive oil - thanks Amanda!), in the oven at 400° for 15 minutes.

Dinner was served in 20 minutes, bitches!

Vegetable Scramble with Herbed Goat Cheese

July 6 Brunch, c/o my kitchen.

It’s Sunday on a holiday, but this girl is working. BOOOO. But before I get started: brunch! My scramble this morning included red bell pepper, fresh spinach, heirloom tomato, scallions, green/black olives, and topped with a dollop of herbed goat cheese.

Pan Seared Salmon on Baby Arugula

July 5 Dinner, c/o my kitchen.

I had Dave & Erin over this afternoon to go to the pool. Are any of you pool dwellers? I am not. I’m of great Irish stock, so going to the pool is a foreign concept to me. But my Independence Day weekend was low key, I was thinking of things to do, and POOL…just…popped in there.

So we did that. Then they went away. Then I went to get a much-dreaded manicure (my first non-gel mani in almost two years - my nails look naked and weird!), then I headed over to Whole Foods to grab some things for dinner.

SALMON!

After my amazing dinner at ONE. Midtown Kitchen, I have been dreaming about delicious pan-seared salmon. So I picked up some wild Keta salmon and made a modified version of this recipe. Modifications: no onions, added herbed goat cheese, balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. Such an easy dinner!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th BBQ at Erin & Dave’s.

4th of July! My favorite tweet of the week, c/o @texturl: 

Ok, Atlanta. It’s time for another week-long round of everyone’s favorite game: Fireworks Or Gunshots™.

That’s about right.

I went over to Dave & Erin’s for a BBQ and to watch fireworks. They live close to Marietta Square, so we hung out at their place with prime fireworks seating, sans crowds. And…there were sparklers! What is it about sparklers? They’re intoxicating to me….or maybe it was the Hopsecutioner?

Chicken Thali

July 3 dinner, c/o Chai Pani in Decatur.

Date night with my work wife! The cocktail was a watermelon ricky (so making this at home) and then matchstick okra fries for an appetizer. Dinner was the thali special: curry chicken, served with basmati rice, daal, sabji, raita, roti, kachumber, papadum, and “dessert”. Everything was fantastic!

Happy Canada Day!

July 1 work breakfast.

July 1 was Canada Day. Since we are about to launch our .ca website, and of course because my company loves the Canadians (and maple syrup), we celebrated with waffles. And syrup!

Bigeye Tuna Tacos

June 28 Lunch, c/o Park Tavern.

Yummy tacos. A little heavy on the teriyaki, but definitely worth getting again. Park Tavern has an ongoing special where they serve $1 drafts on rainy days. They announce it at the beginning of the day if rain is in the forecast. While it did sprinkle a bit on Jess and me earlier in the afternoon, it didn’t rain at all while we had lunch. Yay for cheap beer!