Brett came to visit me and as always we found something new to explore: Kettletown State Park. It was a pretty easy trail for a mile. I haven’t hiked since last fall so it was nice to get out in nature. The weather was 60s and pretty and partly cloudy–perfect hiking weather.
I was delighted to learn I could go about 45 minutes before my brain started to feel fatigued (from the vertigo). Luckily we were near the road and could walk there which is much easier than navigating around tree roots and rocks.
The overcast day made everything seem a little sinister/haunted–which I loved. I may have to write a short story about this place!
The sound of water rushing toward us was invigorating.
Afterward, we found an amazing Thai place nearby in Southbury–Samui. The lunch special was awesome soup & salad and entree for $11!
My Tom Yum soup had two nice shrimp and was packed with flavor.
The Chicken Pad Pik Pao was savory and delicious.
We split the mango and sticky rice. It’s the perfect way to end a meal. Tart and sweet and warm.
We did some belated birthday present opening for Brett and caught up over tea at home.
Then we headed to Ideal Tavern in Southington for dinner. I love this place. It’s got a nice setting and delicious twists on old favorites.
We started with the nachos with steak. And by the time we were finished, we looked at each other and admitted that we were kinda full. Seriously awesome nachos with caramelized onions, spicy-sweet pepper, guacamole, manchego cheese, and delicious steak pieces.
Then came my meal. The reuben with a side salad. Both were delightful. The reuben was packed with meat and the side salad had a pear vinagrette. My taste buds will be thanking me for the next week.
Brett got the mac and cheese, but it was a decadent not-your-mama’s mac and cheese.
We both ended up taking home half our dinners and having them for lunch the next day because we had to try their lemon tart. It had a caramelized marshmallow on the top and a strawberry rhubarb compote. Perfect balance of tart, tangy and super sweet.
We went home to curl up with a good movie and discovered Amazon Prime has a lot of junk. My Netflix was malfunctioning and Prime was our only option.
After 5 false starts–including annoying amateur short films which were bundled in with all the other horror movies–that we quit in 5-10 minutes, we settled on an 80s slasher flick, The House on Sorority Row. It was pretty funny–at least to us. We had a few rewind and rewatch and giggle moments.
Then we talked until we fell asleep.
It’s great to have someone to adventure with, who gets your humor, and enjoys the food you do.
Do you make time for a friend weekend? What are your favorite things to do?