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Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Bliss

For us busy workers, weekend is the best time of the week! Being able to relax and spend our time without hassle is a little piece of heaven that we have to savor for two days. My weekend consisted with sleep, food, music, and movies. Yes, I had errands to run but nothing stressful.

I was craving some good salmon last Saturday night, so I made some for dinner. I did not marinate the fish, but I basted the portions with a mixture of dill, lemon juice, a little bit of butter, salt, pepper, and 2 cloves of garlic using the food processor. I then place 1/2 cup of white wine, swirled with 1 tbsp. each of olive oil and dill herb, and a dash of salt and pepper. I arranged some lemon slices just enough to cover the baking pan, about 2 lemons and delicately placed the salmon portions on top of the lemon slices. I placed the pan in the pre-heated oven of 325 degrees for 30 mins. 
I adjusted the heat to 400 degrees after 30 minutes of cooking for about 3 more minutes to give it a little more color. As I was baking my salmon, I made some yogurt garlic aioli, made some simple couscous, and pan roasted a bunch of asparagus. Dinner was perfect and ready within 45 minutes. My family loved it, and it was better than I expected.

Sunday was fun because we went to my daughter's recital. They held it at a music place where they can perform different instruments such as bass guitar, piano, and etc. They also chose the place because they had cool stuff like komplete audio 6 to record the performances. There were a lot of performers so they had to divide them into three groups. I think they had 19 performers in my daughter's group, and mostly consist of singing performances. It was nice to see the ranges of talents in both vocals and instruments. I am sure they were all nervous but they did great!

After the recital,we went to the local restaurant nearby. It was famous for their expensive steaks, unfortunately, it was nothing but ordinary for me. I ordered a medium rare New York Strip with a side of loaded mashed potato and house salad for $34 and they served it on what they probably thought a hyped platter but it was the most unappealing hospital-like platter I have ever seen. They placed it on a tin looking platter with black rubber border and it looked more like I have been served a hospital dish! It honestly does! Maybe it was just me, but for such an expensive place to eat, you would think they can serve steaks on better looking platter and arranged it deliciously. The steak was a little tough although, it was cooked the way I wanted, but I just couldn't eat the whole thing because aside from its unappealing look, it just didn't taste good to me. It was a waste of $$$.

I heard a piece on NPR about how people's appetite reacts on platings. I think the article was true! If the restaurant serves you steak on hospital platter, it does not matter how expensive the steak is, it is unappetizing! The steak was not as flavorful as I thought it would be and no, the awful plate has nothing to do with it. It was just average, I can cook a better steak issue. I don't know what the hype was all about but Misty's Steakhouse, is not that great for me!

Right after that disappointment, we went to downtown and wanted to hangout at the bookstore/coffee shop that my daughter liked, but the place was closed on Sundays, so we decided to just walk around the area. There were tons of people on that Sunday evening with the weather and all. After walking a couple of blocks,we found The Rabbit Hole Bakery. The place was pretty upscale but very cozy. They had delicious treats on display and tons of games and books to use while you're there. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay longer because it was closing time by the time we got to sit for a little bit. We do like the place and will definitely be back again!

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