Chocolate and Cheeseburgers

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Summer Weekend

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So a few months ago, Matt and I decided that we would have a “date day” once a month.  This would be a day that we would try to spend doing new things (try a new restaurant, activity, etc.)  This month, we started the day off with lunch at Q’ero in Encinitas. We have been to Q’ero before, but since it is on the expensive side, we decided it qualified as “special” enough for date day.  The food at Q’ero is AMAZING!  They serve South American and Peruvian dishes that are out of this world. I would say that it is currently my favorite restaurant. Everything has a ton of flavor and they use a lot of rich spices.

We started out with some sangria and the Antojitos, which are plaintain chips with roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese, served with the most delicious Peruvian hot-pepper sauce. They actually sell the sauce bottled at the restaurant and we had to buy some!

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For our main course, Matt got the Pobre (a skirt steak sandwich with carmelized onions and goat cheese) and I got the Pachamanca ( a sandwich of slow-braised marinated pork). Both were delicious!  We also got a side of sweet potato fries and platano relleno (plaintain cakes filled with black beans and topped with sour cream and scallions).  Yum!

To burn all those calories, we headed down to Balboa Park and played about a half a round of frisbee golf.  Neither of us had ever played before, and we were a little intimidated by some of the guys with their professional bags of 10 or so discs and their ability to launch a frisbee. We were terrible and I was a little embarassed for myself (the par for each hole was 3-4 and I averaged about an 8), but it was good to do something different.

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dsc_0159We finished up date day with an international beer party with a bunch of Matt’s coworkers. Everyone brought a beer from a different country and we learned that beers taste pretty much the same, no matter where they’re made.

On Sunday, my neices came over for one of the last few swims in the condo complex pool (we move to our house in less than 2 weeks!!!).  The girls were super excited and had all their pool gear ready to go!

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Everyone was having a good time, until I stepped on a bee!  My left foot got stung and proceeded to swell. It wasn’t too bad though, and the swelling is getting better and better although it is still not back to normal. In the first picture, you can see a the bump about midway down my foot, and in the second picture, you can see my left foot is still bigger than the right.

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All in all, it was a good weekend, bee sting and all!!

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June 8th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

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