The Perfect End to the Week

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone has had their coffee and/or is enjoying it at this very moment like I am. So, this weekend was definitely one for the books. My parents and I drove to north of these here parts to celebrate my baby seester’s 22nd birthday! We arrived at our state’s capital city around lunch time and checked into one of my fave hotels, Hotel San Jose. I have mentioned my previous stay there before. This was my Dad’s first stay at the Hotel San Jose, and let’s just say that he is convinced to one day build a family compound on a couple acres of land round’ these here parts that replicates the architecture and layout of the hotel. Fine by me. Anyway, back to what I was saying…we arrived around lunch, and because I am always hungry I needed to grab a bite to eat, A.S.A.P. So, we walked next door to one of my fave Austin lunch spots, Snack Bar. Dad wasn’t very hungry so he sat out side and smoked his lunch, a Cuban cigar. In the meantime, Mom and I enjoyed a delicious light and healthy feast!

For the Momma: Cauliflower Soup, Fruit, and Gluten-Free Millet Bread

For yours truly: Garden Salad with arugula, kale, orange segments, and shaved beets, served with a fruity vinaigrette and Gluten-Free Millet Bread 
Allow me to pause for a moment and really highlight this Gluten-Free Millet Bread. I am sure they make it in house. Oh my bee-jee-zus, it was delicious. It was so rustic, you would have never known that it was gluten-free! Momma and I spread it with fresh strawberry preserves and never looked back.

 I also ordered a side of Steamed Brussel Sprouts with a Homemade Aioli…this little piggy went to town!
Good thing I like to share, momma fell in love with the brussels. They were seasoned with salt and pepper and steamed to perfection! Seriously, every bite was so tender, and buttery. Very rich, without being rich at all. The aioli was the real treat. It was both our first for aioli. Thank goodness we went to the right place for this “french mayo.” Any dipping sauce has my name written all over it. Did I mention aioli is made with garlic? Sold. So was Momma. She said that it was dangerous, even put a little smear on her bread, and said it was “bleeping” ah-mazing. Aioli=Win! All in all, perfect lunch at Snack Bar. Kudos to our waitress and the entire staff who were light-hearted and entertaining, and who provided the best hospitality that can only be expected round’ these here parts. 

After lunch, I got a photo of the parents chilling outside the restaurant. Dad is loving himself the ipad. He is addicted to Craigslist. Seriously. 

The afternoon festivities included the whole fam and was pretty casual, with some light shopping, Whole Foods bar juicing, and more shopping (this time for music).

We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening’s festivities. Seester picked a restaurant none of us had ever been to, Parkside. Let me tell you, she picked a winner. 

Good thing we were all starving!

For appetizer’s, Mom had the Caesar Salad. I am not much of a fan of Caesar Salad, but this one was dressed lightly, something you rarely see at your average restaurant. Good thing Parkside isn’t average. It was perfect. 
 Then came the next appetizer: Chicken Meatballs with Jalapeno and Pineapple. This was my favorite appetizer. I love me some meatballs but seriously, these were epic. You could actually taste the meat, which was perfectly tender and well seasoned…so flavorful. The meatballs also came with a dollop of avocado cream which was the perfect accompaniment. Very California-ish if I may add. Let’s just say Project Chicken Meatball is happening in my kitchen this week. 
 Round three of Appetizer’s: Crab Fritters with Sauce Ravigote (basically a term for sauce that is ah-maze-balls). 
With each bite, you could taste the fresh crab, that was encased in the perfect crunchy shell. Winner, winner, crab fritter dinner!
 For lack of faulty lighting and other camera issues I was unable to get a photo-op of the rest of the dishes. Dad and Mom shared the Grilled Angus Steak with Sunchoke Potato Gratin, Mustard Greens, and Shallot Brown Butter. Seester ordered the same thing, only with a side of veggies for the gluten-free, birthday girl wasn’t feeling the potatoes. Also, it had been 4 years since her last steak. She was very pleased. So proud of my little carnivore! I had the best dish ever! Let me just say if I died today, this would be my last meal. Pan Roasted Farm Chicken with Parsnip Mustard Puree and Petite Glazed Turnips. I have no idea how to describe this meal. I can only say that it was a crispy, tender goodness, and from now on I will only pan roast my chicken. Heaven! Seester’s boyfriend ordered the Pan Roasted Salmon with Bacon Almond Streusel, which he enjoyed very much! For dessert, mom, dad, and I had coffee, seester enjoyed a trio of fruity sorbet. Mom, Dad, and I snuck out after dinner for fro-yo before heading back to the hotel. 

Photo-op: Seester and Boyfriend…so adorable.

Before heading out Sunday, we enjoyed a family breakfast that ended with lots of hugs and kisses. It was the perfect end to a weekend filled with good food and family fun!




  1. Chelsy, what a beautiful post for a beautiful weekend! Such beautiful photos of loved ones and food! Did I mention how beautiful your post is? Yep, it is!

  2. renee Ethridge says:

    Beautiful post Miss Chels and love all the pics – Great memories….

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