Heyyyy friends! How’s the rest of your weekend going? Hopefully you had a fun one rounded out with a day of relaxation today 🙂
Yesterday turned out to be quite a fun day in these parts!
After playing camera, Shane and I got down the bikes and rode into town for some lunch.
After a quick 20 minute ride, we were in downtown Normal, picking a place to eat.
I love downtown Normal. There’s something for everyone! Like a vegetarian cafe for me, and a sandwich shoppe for Shane!
We parked it at a table between the two, and dined al fresco.
I’ve never had tebouli before (and I’m still not 100% sure what it is) so I ordered it on a whim.
It came in a chewy whole wheat pita with hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, and some kind of sauce.
They literally STUFFED the pita with tebouli. It was realllly good!
With full bellies, the ride home was a little bit more difficult. Full belly + uphill = a slower ride home.
Plus, we made a detour through my Alma Mater’s quad:
Pretty ISU flowers.
The college kids are moving in soon, and I always get SO nostalgic around this time. Oh, college…
A little closer to home, we were riding past our favorite ice cream shoppe, and before I knew it, we were making a turn for it!
Shane got a vanilla cone, but I was still too full from lunch! I got some water – riding back was a workout!
Besides, I may or may not have bought a vegan chocolate chip cookie at the coffeehouse for dessert ; )
Unfortunately it was just “meh.” It’s the kind of cookie that gives vegan baked goods a not so good name. Hopefully I just got a dud!
Once home and showered, the adventures continued. We were planning on going to an anniversary party in Peoria that night, and wanted to get a nice bottle of wine for the couple. Where else to go but Friar Tuck?
Friar Tuck is a Midwest liquor store that is absolutely HUMUNGOUS. The beer and wine selection there is outrageous. Plus, they have tastings on Saturday afternoons 😀
They sold me on the Apricot beer and one of the bottles of wine, heh heh.
Three bottles of wine, one 6 pack of beer, and $80 later and we were on our way to Peoria.
Before we headed to the party, we got some Qudoba.
That was a not-so-stellar burrito bowl of black beans, a little rice, guac, a squash mix, and cheese – the works.
But what I was looking forward to was seeing these lovely girls!
Some of my best friends from home. LOVE love love. Recognize one sunny sista in that group?? 😉
We stayed for a few hours, but had to head back that night, so we kept it low key. Shane played bags – an inevitable game when we get together we old friends.
And I played flippy cup with water. No, really. I’m that crazy! Obviously I can’t turn down a game of flippy cup, but I also wasn’t sure if I was driving or not – and didn’t want to be hungover this morning. Playing flippy cup also makes me nostalgic for college! So I downed my cup of water, flipped it, and helped the girls’ team beat the guys’ teams’ booties 😉
When we got home, I probably had a couple handfuls of chocolate covered banana chips. Probably.
What a fun Saturday! Bike rides + good eats + wine tastings + friends? Sounds like the perfect summer Saturday to me!
Do you get any sort of nostalgia around this time of year? Whenever August comes around, not only do I get nostalgic about college, but I also get nostalgic about summer! Summer is my favorite season, and I every August I wish the next month were May again. It would be May through August (ok maybe April through September) year round in my perfect world!