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Wow, I am having a hard time believing that not only is November more than half over, Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Originally, we were hoping this weekend would be a little more about resting up and getting ready for our trip to NC, but it ended up being a little more on the side of spending time with friends with a few errands thrown in.
One thing I managed to get done, that was long over due, was dying my hair. To keep the color nice and vibrant, I bleach my light brown roots to blond every other month. It’s actually been more like two months since the last time, and while things looked “fine”, it wasn’t the vibrant color I’ve come to love. It took me a couple of hours, but I managed to not only bleach my roots but freshen up the pink, with two rounds of air drying thrown in to minimize the damage. Things look much better now, but that bit where my hair was blond was really odd for me. I kept looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out if I hated it or loved it… jury is still out. I also received this little surprise in the mail on Saturday. I was a little confused, but I thought my mother-in law had just sent me a some supplies to freshen up my garden come spring. However upon closer inspection, this was what Amazon sent me instead of the nose stud I’d ordered. Tiny to be sure, but lacking the sterling silver filigree and the opal I was expecting. Customer service was thoroughly confused by the mix up and ultimately decided to issue a refund and told me to keep the seeds – they didn’t want them either. Sunday morning Andy caught a little bit of manly down time while I headed out to Basic Bitch Brunch with some friends. We wore our paid and blanket scarves ironically, but were literally out-basic’ed by another group within five minutes of entering the restaurant. There was a bit of laughter and the decision that we’d all just have to try harder next time. If you’re in the Tallahassee area, I whole-heartedly recommend Table 23 for brunch; the food was great, our waiter was fantastic, and the bar staff happily mixed up a round of virgin mimosas and poinsettias for those of us who couldn’t drink. One of the nicest large group dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. If you do decide to try it out, I recommend starting with either the sticky buns or the house made biscuits. The were so good they were divided up and gone before I could get my camera out. Sunday ended as it often does, with me making cupcakes in the kitchen after dinner. The only difference was that these were going to work with me instead of Andy. We had our holiday luncheon on Monday and I signed up to bring Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting. I think they turned out pretty well; I’ll have to write the recipe down next time so I can share it with you guys.
Tonight I am hoping to finish up what trip packing is left over from the weekend. We are driving as far as Savannah Wednesday night, and I’d like to get to the city in time to do dinner in the historic district and maybe the teeniest bit of walking around. That means I’ll have to have the car packed and ready to head out as soon as I leave the office at 2. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
When Andy and I started making our travel plans for the Orange Beach weekend, I decided to do a little bit of recon on the local food scene. True to form, it was a mishmash of creaky old seafood joints, beach-y bars, and large scale chain fast food places. One place that really stood out to me was a brunch spot called Brick & Spoon. With the catch phrase “We’re allergic to boring breakfast” and a menu boasting such items as “Bananas in Pajamas” and “Café Beignets with Seasonal Marmalade”, I knew that this place I wanted to try. Andy and I went by ourselves on Saturday and liked it so much we talked our friends into going back again on Sunday.
Since we went two days in a row, we got to sample a decent number of menu items (Café Beignets, Biscuit Plate w/Strawberry Marmalade, Shrimp & Grits, Oyster Bed, Breakfast Tacos, and Spinach Bacon Cheddar Omelet with Cheese Grits). Everything was awesome, and there wasn’t a single item we wouldn’t happily order again. Our friends had the Brioche French Toast, the Bananas Foster French Toast, Ham & 3 Cheese Omelet, and the Creole Omelet, and other than feeling like they needed stretchy pants, they liked the food too.
I really do wish that this place was closer; I could see myself brunching there regularly. I guess it will have to remain one of those “special” vacation things for now. To commemorate the trip and indulge my inner tourist, I grabbed a coffee mug and a t-shirt on our way out. I regret nothing.
Category: Sunday Brunch