If we were chatting over a cup of tea this morning, I wouldn’t know where to start! Since we returned from our cruise, we haven’t stopped to scratch ourselves. Between getting engaged and the Christmas season, it’s been nuts. I am really looking forward to curling up with a good book at my parents’ home in Halifax for the holidays.
If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d tell you My Other Half had his 31st birthday on December 12th! I took him to The Keg Manor (he’d been asking to go for years). We’re both huge fans of The Keg (although I haven’t been in more than two years) because their steaks are always so consistent. This particular location is so charming – it’s a big, old family home that’s been converted into a restaurant. There are fireplaces and chandeliers and it was really festive. I couldn’t finish my blue cheese steak and twice e-baked potato, but it was just as good the day after! My Other Half loved it and was also super excited about the African drum and over-the-door basketball hoop I got him (for the man cave, of course).
If we were chatting over a cup of tea this morning, I’d tell you that my best friend Kacie was visiting last week! She’s moving back home to Calgary and I’m so happy she made a trip to Ottawa around this time of year. And… some of you photography people might notice that the gorgeous photo of her (above) is taken with my NEW CAMERA! Actually, all of the photos in the post are taken with my brand new Canon Rebel T3, which I got in a Black Friday sale and am so excited about it. I have a lot to learn (such as getting used to the 50 mm 1.8 lens I also bought) but I am hoping my food photography will drastically improve. My Christmas gift to y’all!!!
If we were chatting over a cup of tea, I’d tell you how Kacie’s Ottawa girls finally took her to Union Local 613. As soon as it opened, I knew she’d love it. Kacie’s a bourbon lover and generally a lover of all things southern (she’s got family in Texas) and the menu was right up her alley. We tried duck hearts (which were actually delicious), the fried chicken (a must-have) and the mushroom salad, to name a few. My personal favourites were the bourbon lemonade, the cornbread and the grits – amazing comfort food.
Last but certainly not least, we hosted my cousin Denise and her fiancé Jamie’s engagement party the past weekend. It was a total blast, despite the snow storm brewing outside. I have never seen so much food in my life! When I host, I always worry about not having enough food, but believe it or not, there was so much leftover that I have a full jalapeno popper dip AND buffalo chicken dip in my fridge. Snacks for me and My Other Half this week – yay!