Weekend Eats: Dads Visit, Pho, and Sunday BBQ
Today I am sharing days 12-14 of eats with you from my January #31DaysofEats Challenge. If you’d like to share your eats along with me post them on Instagram (in your feed or story) and use the hashtag above. Make sure to tag @paigeschmidt so I can see/share your post and regram it in my story!
I’m doing this challenge for myself in a simple effort to share more daily intuitive/non-diet eats with all of you. These post are my *most* requested and the *most* missed when I don’t share them.
Before we dive in, I want to remind us all that these posts are not for comparison. Rather, these posts are here to provide you with inspiration for food ideas and to give YOU the freedom and permission to listen to YOUR BODY as I listen to mine, apart from food rules or dieting.
Thank you so much for being here and I hope you enjoy! Leave a comment when you finish reading!
Friday morning started off with quiet time, writing my last post (daily eats) to all of you and breakfast: two eggs on sourdough toast. Simple!
I worked through the morning and took a break for lunch with Marco around 1:00 PM. We walked to Urbane Cafe and ordered a SoCal chicken sandwich for him, Cafe salad for me (this salad is so good!). In the salad: spring mix, chicken, avocado, pears, goat cheese, pecans and balsamic dressing (bread on the side).
I got dressed on Friday (still going strong putting on real clothes!) super casually – threw my hair up and my Nikes on. Comfort wins on Fridays always. Does anyone have a most tired day of the week? Mine is always Friday when I’m wrapping up my workweek.
After lunch I got back to work until about 6:00 PM. Fridays are usually half days for me, but it’s been busy around here (like I mentioned in the last post). At 6:00 PM I wrapped up email, turned on an away message and deleted Gmai/Instagram from my phone for the weekend.
Every so often I like to do this so that I’m just totally unplugged. Whenever I do this I always feel more refreshed come Monday. Like, I’ve just spent a few days really in my life and not concerned with what’s going on with everyone else. Anybody like to do this? Or want to?
Marco and I watched Moana Friday night and made popcorn. I snacked on a little bit of this and then wrapped the rest up in a Ziploc bag (it saves pretty well). To make the popcorn I use organic kernels from Trader Joe’s, cook it in coconut oil with sea-salt and toss it with a bit of olive oil once it’s popped. Yum!
Moana was SO GOOD. I want to watch it again… I loved the underlying messages of it all and I LOVE the soundtrack.
About 2/3 of the way through the movie (Marco had already fallen asleep by this point – ha!) I got hungry and made Roy Choi’s Instant ramen recipe. I’d heard about it but had never tried it and oh my gosh. It was so rich and good. I couldn’t finish it all because it was so rich, but seriously… so worth a try! Fun to make.
Check out the recipe here (I used less cheese than he recommends). Who knew you could ever make fancy instant ramen? Ha!
Late Friday night my dad got into town. I got him all settled and then went to bed around 9:00 PM.
I set my alarm for 5:40 AM on Saturday because I knew I wanted some down/reading time before my dad and Marco woke up. Ah, it was so nice to have a couple of hours to lounge and read with no phone, no distractions.
Around 8:30 I made us all breakfast: eggs and toast. After breakfast my dad and I went for a walk while Marco went to the gym. I love walking around San Luis Obispo with family when they visit – there are so many pretty sights to see.
After our walk my dad and I went grocery shopping for ingredients to make Pho, which we were going to make together that night. On our way home I called in an order to pick up a High Street Deli sandwich to share (we shared this).
When we got home we ate, I made tea, showered and got dressed. We relaxed for a few minutes before we walked downtown to look at jackets for my dad and watch some football. My dad and I watched football for 45 or so and Marco stayed for a while longer while dad and I cooked at home.
It was so fun making Pho with my dad. I made us ginger tea, we turned on music (The June Echo, which is my brothers band) and got cookin’. Look at those toppings!
The Pho was so good. Honestly, easy too. There wasn’t much to it! Basically we just soaked rice noodles and chopped veggie toppings (photo above) while the broth cooked. The broth was made of mostly beef broth with this Pho flavoring my dad bought at a market in Ventura.
Sunday morning I woke up early again (5:40) and had some coffee and quiet time reading before Marco and dad woke up. When they woke up we had coffee together, talked and then had breakfast. I had leftover sandwich from the day before. I could eat these all day, err-day.
After breakfast I showered and got dressed for Church. My friend Bry, dad, and Marco all came with. So fun! It was a great service centered on purpose. I was so happy to have my people with me 🙂
After Church we came home, packed up my dad and he headed off on his next adventure. He’s sorta nomad living right now through AirBnB. It’s pretty cool! He’s gotten to see most of the United States.
Once my dad left Marco and I ran to the grocery store to grab food for a friends BBQ. We snagged some Sour Patch Kids to share, too.
After the store we packed up our stuff and walked to our favorite bar, Marston’s, downtown. We had a drink (gin and fresh lime, shaken, for me!) and then had an Uber pick us up to take us to Pismo Beach.
In Pismo we went to our friends house for a BBQ. The BBQ was great – the boys played flip cup and beer pong. We listened to music, talked and I played with a little girl also named Paige (love this!) who was 8 months old (baby fever).
The food was awesome as well! We had salad, chicken, shrimp, steak, mac ‘n cheese, garlic bread and taquitos. Just fun BBQ food. I had two drinks while we were there: a vodka/ginger ale and a vodka/lemonade. It was so relaxing and fun.
We ended the evening around a fire and then Marco and I Uber’d back home for an early bedtime (all BBQ’s should start at 1:00 PM like this one – it’s so nice to go out during the day and go to bed early!).
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That’s a wrap for this weekends eats! Thank you for being here! What did you do this weekend? Have you ever made Pho? Do you enjoy (or want to enjoy more often) unplugging on the weekends too? How do you unplug? Leave a comment below and share with me!