Monday, February 3, 2014

Friday night book club

Monday, Monday. It was back to work for me today.  I guess some people think the day after the Superbowl should be a holiday.  All I have to say is "I wish." We are currently in what I refer to as the Holiday Dry Spell which is the time after the first of the year till Memorial Day when we have no other holidays.  This is why I need to go on a vacation.  My boss will agree, I'm sure.

On Friday night I traveled up to Katie's for our inaugural meeting of book club.  Katie got the idea for a book club by reading MWF Seeking BFF which I've read in the past for a different book club.  My weekends have been full of plans lately so I haven't had a chance to attend my old book club in quite a while.

photo via Katie
Katie did a wonderful preparing questions that helped foster the discussion about the book and making friends.  It's been so long since I've talked about a book for more than 1 minute and I loved it.  I enjoyed meeting a few new people as well as chatting with a few bloggers I haven't seen in a bit.

The food was delicious.  I made spiced candied walnuts and almonds following this recipe.  They are very addicting.  I ate way too many on Saturday.  I'll try to eat them slowly as snacks for the rest of the week.  I also enjoyed spinach and artichoke dip and Kelly's deep dish Biscoff cookies.

I feel like a lot of people can connect with this book.  Especially if you've ever moved to a new city and faced the struggle of finding friends! I know this was a big issue for me when I moved to Arlington Heights after college.  Interestingly, most of the people I've met and made friends with here have been through blogging.  My mom thinks that weird but hey, it works!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Yelp @ Fire It Up! Tacos

I have exciting news! I'm a member of the Yelp Elite crew for 2014! What does this mean? I get to go to some super special Elite events.  And sometimes I get to bring a +1 so if you suck up to me, you might just get an invite. I'm just kidding you don't need to suck up. Just send cookies.

The first event of the year was taco night at Fire It Up! Tacos in Naperville. This used-to-be food truck has settled down into a brick-and-mortar store and serves up tacos with local ingredients and house-made sauces. 

We started off with smooth guacamole and Parmesan-dusted tortilla chips.


I couldn't resist the signature red sangria. It was delicious.  I love all things wine. 


Our first dish was a shrimp wonton appetizer.  This was possibly my favorite dish of the night!


Then it was all about the tacos. My favorite was the bbq pork taco served with cabbage. 


I also enjoyed the shrimp taco, the steak taco, and the house-special gringo taco.  The gringo was filled with beans and has a fried shell. 


For dessert, the kitchen prepared a brownie wrapped in a wonton and fried. Then covered with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.  It was quite rich!


I had a great time hanging out with some new Yelp friends.  And of course, I didn't leave empty-handed.  I have a new pair of sunglasses, chapstick, a water bottle, and a pair of Yelp socks.  It was a great time. 


If you like tacos, check out Fire It Up! in Naperville.  They serve brunch on Sunday mornings.  Almost everything is made fresh in-house!

p.s. I wrote this while watching the Superbowl. What a boring game! 

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