July 13, 2011

After a peachy conference call…


We closed up shop and headed OUT! It was pouring rain, so I left my bike and Matt picked me up in the car. Our destination: A “welcome to Charlottesville” party for Faith’s sister, Cedar!


We enjoyed a few mid-week drinks


And munchin’ appetizers, including bread from GH!


Faith made…some Peruvian drink that I am sorry to say I don’t remember the name of. I SWEAR it was Tequila, but she says no. And that’s all the details I have!


We socialized


And them my camera was hijacked!


These cute kiddos took it for a joy ride (with Matt’s supervision) They came out with some pretty awesome photos!

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I sipped on Basil Beer while I waited for the camera’s return 😉


Soon enough we had fish tacos! Of course the Queen of Condiments did an excellent job filling the buffet with veggies and flavors


First Desert was a few of these:


Second dessert involved Wineberry Tarts, Eileen’s Raspberry Peach Crumble and GH goodies! I had one of each. It was one of those kinda nights.


And some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered salted almonds that won my heart

If only every Wednesday could be this exciting!!

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1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

YUM! Good fish tacos are the best, and those look outstanding!
Ok, I think I’m breaking down and getting the Open Sky deal.. too good to pass up!


2 The Healthy Hipster July 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Those fish tacos look like utter perfection? Do I spot some kind of delicious fruit salsa? My oh my!


3 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Great pics by the kiddos… my faves are the one of Matt, and the half-eaten tomato w/the little girl. Both of them are great. So cute.

Faith’s get-togethers always look amazing. :)



4 kaila @ healthy helper! July 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

what an awesome getaway! I want a welcome wagon like that when I move somewhere! Lol!


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

For a joy ride :)


6 lynn @ the actor's diet July 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

i always feel like a kid when i hijack my husband’s canon 5D!


7 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Looks like a wonderful (and delicious) get together!


8 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Two Desserts?! Why didn’t I think I think of that?


9 Margo @ peanut butter trees July 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Wow those wineberry tarts look so neat! And salty choc almonds sound DIVINE! I’ll have to keep an eye out for those on my next TJs run. Sounds like a fun wednesday, and glad the rain didn’t ruin the party – it poured here in DC too. Some kids have an eye for photography, huh?! :)


10 Laura July 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I bet it was Pisco! Pisco sours! Yum, but deadly!


11 Jackie Smith July 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I was going to say pisco as well. “Deadly” is right (but you’ll go down smiling!).


12 Stef @ Living the HI Life July 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

That’s what I’m thinking, they’ve got to be pisco sours. The danger is in pisco’s mixability, both in the amount of alcohol that can be concealed in one drink and the array of things you can mix it with- gotta love pisco!


13 Elise July 14, 2011 at 12:14 am

with the ice, the liquor — i’m in agreement: pisco sours! sooooooo good, regardless of how deadly they are!


14 erin July 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

yes! i was going to ask if it was pisco. ever since hearing the song atacama disco by the salvadors, i’ve wanted to try it!


15 jffnbv July 14, 2011 at 6:24 am

Definitely pisco! You could also make “Chilcanos” by mixing 1 part Pisco, 2 parts ginger ale (or tonic water) and lemon!


16 Evan July 14, 2011 at 6:47 am

Glad you guys beat me to it! Yup, pisco is definitely fire water. Deeelish!


17 faith July 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Mmmm, Chilcanos….:)


18 KathEats July 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

YES! That’s it!!


19 Sara R. July 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

Oh boy, Pisco Sours are my absolute favorite drink!


20 Katherine July 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

So I totally died laughing at the first photo!


21 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living July 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Adorable pictures from the kids :) Your dinner looked like quite the spread but I have to admit the salted chocolate almonds would have won my heart too


22 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Oof! My favorite fish tacos are the ones at The Cheesecake Factory– BEAST


23 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

What a lovely Wednesday with some adorable pictures! Midweek can always use a little party. ~.^ I love that dinner plate….


24 Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

how delish!


25 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

All of that food looks delicious! And the kids did a great job taking pictures too!


26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I <3 fish tacos! ANd yours look simply delish! Great photos!


27 karin (allpointswhole) July 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm

What a fun looks great!


28 Baking 'n' Books July 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Red looks great on you. Enjoying all foods in moderation, fresh air and staying busy apparently works for ya – your skin just glows! – bottle that and sell it please! :)


29 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

You guys seriously have the best parties! I’ll take a wineberry tart please :)


30 Rachel July 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

What is the recipe for basil beer? My boyfriend has recently started brewing!


31 KathEats July 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

It’s complicated. If you would like to email Matt he might be able to send it to you: mamonson at Gmail dot com.


32 staceyhealthylife July 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Yum what a great mid week dinner. Love the little tarts.


33 Kristen, Sweetly July 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I love weeknight parties. :-) I mean… as long as I still get to bed, and don’t make the next weekday miserable.

Even just grilling outside and sipping red wine feels so decadent mid-week. Happy summer! I love watching the seasons change in Charlottesville!!


34 Molly @ RDexposed July 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Fish tacos are perfect for summer! Almost as perfect as kolsch is for the summer!


35 Taryn @ The Rambling Runner July 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Wow! Those fish tacos look amazing! And I love your dress!


36 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman July 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Looks like a perfect Wednesday evening! And love the T.J.’s chocolate covered almonds too!


37 Kiran @ July 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Summers are awesome way to spend outdoor, eating and sipping with loved ones. Here’s hoping the weather wouldn’t deteriorate further in Florida. It’s scorching!


38 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Looks like a great time! I’m a little jealous…


39 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

HA. Peachy. Look at you making puns!


40 Hannah July 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Ohmygosh, i can’t even identify what’s on your plate!


41 Penny July 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Wow. Nobody touches my camera. NOBODY. My 10 year son is not allowed to breath on it. You are very, very nice.


42 Angel7 July 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Everyone should have a mid-week party of some sort :)


43 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I wish my Wednesday was that exciting! Looks fun :)


44 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

Wineberry tarts? I want that recipe! :)


45 faith July 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

Berry Tarts from the recipe page of :)
They are sugar-free, whole grain DELICIOUS!


46 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thank you!!! They look fantastic!


47 Susan July 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

I LOVE those TJ’s almonds. I always have a container of them at my desk.


48 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

What an awesome meetup/event for you all!

And you are BRAVE to let your camera be hijacked by some kids! Just earlier today I posted that I cannot stand having people touch my stuff, i.e. the movers that moved me in were not allowed to touch my camera or computer! I brought those over in my car in advance!

The food all looks..awesome! and so do all you ladies!


49 Sara July 14, 2011 at 1:22 am

hi kath,
for sure those are pisco sours, a *VERY* potent combination of the liquor pisco and egg whites. it’s the national drink of Chile though (not Peru) — although it’s common across the region.


50 rkbrbg July 14, 2011 at 6:25 am

WTF; it’s totally Peruvian, search Google yo!


51 Sara R. July 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

Apparently both countries lay claim to the pisco sour, but my vote is with Peru since the brandy gets its name from Pisco, Peru where it is made! Either way, every restaurant in Peru serves them and they are delicious!


52 faith July 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

It’s an age old disagreement between the two countries in regards to who gets to claim the origins of Pisco. I first tried it in Chile in 2000 but then I lived in Peru for a year so I think my loyalty lies with the north. :) It’s really a silly argument between neighbors, their piscos taste the same and it is totally the national drink of both countries.


53 The Healthy Engineer July 14, 2011 at 1:29 am

Faith and Cedar? Such pretty names!!

I think there should always be two dessert courses 😀


54 Khushboo July 14, 2011 at 2:19 am

The more dessert the merrier…thas all I’m saying 😉


55 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 14, 2011 at 3:22 am

Love your dress! :)


56 tara @ the pleased plate July 14, 2011 at 4:18 am

Kiddos always have a neat photography perspective!


57 Lauren July 14, 2011 at 5:49 am

Such a beautiful backyard dinner party!! We are having friends over this weekend and I was planning on making fish tacos. Love the idea for a dinner party.


58 rumfunandsun July 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

Cedar…what a cool name!!!\

It’s funny because my next post is going to involve pictures my daughter took!


59 Christine @ Burning It Off July 14, 2011 at 5:57 am

Those tarts look amazing. My sister makes similiar looking ones with strawberries and mascarpone cheese… I could eat a whole tray of them, they’re so good 😛


60 Cait's Plate July 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

Those Trader Joe’s almonds are like crack. I can never stop eating them!

This looks like such a fun night and a perfect way to spend a Wednesday – Faith and her sister look SO much alike!!

My nieces have a habit of hijacking my camera but usually it’s pictures of people’s heads cut off and of just blackness so those kids did a way better job, haha.


61 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 14, 2011 at 6:46 am

Cedar, what an AWESOME name. I love it. Also love that taco salad meal of yours… I think I crave spanish food 24/7.


62 sarah (sarah learns) July 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

first dessert/second dessert reminds me of hobbits’ first and second breakfast! :)

looks like a great dinner party!


63 Hope July 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

Wow, what a delicious dinner! Everything looks amazing! Those kids are so cute! :)


64 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

Haha, I love your first dessert and second dessert. It sounds like a hobbit’s way of eating! 😛


65 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

What a fun night! :)


66 Faith @ For the Health July 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

I get tacos for lunch today when I go out with my coworkers – I’m SO excited and your pictures are making me wish x10 that 1 pm would hurry up and get here already!


67 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

My nieces and nephews are always stealing my camera! They end up with the funniest, knee-height, pictures! Cute dress, btw.


68 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

Looks like a fun night!


69 Shanni July 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’ve never had a pisco sour, but my sister (almost a complete non-drinker) had them in Peru and loves them. I’m skeptical.. don’t they include a raw egg?



70 faith July 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

They are usually made with a tiny (1/4 tsp?) bit of egg whites to add a creaminess and frothly top. I skipped the egg last night out of laziness. I was a little skeeved about the egg when I first started drinking them in Peru but I got over it fast, it’s a tiny amount and not that different than eating an over easy egg.


71 Eileen July 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

was definitely the most exciting Wednesday night I’ve had for awhile :)


72 faith July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm
73 Alaina July 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I love fish tacos. Especially when they are made with tilapia. Mmm hmm! 😛


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