I spent the past week in Arizona to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family. Several of my relatives were out of town this year so we had a small Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house before going over to my uncle’s house for a second dinner. My parents roasted a 14 pound turkey so we had plenty of leftovers. On Sunday, my mom and I decided to make turkey pot pie with all of the leftover turkey! The recipe was actually quite simple; lots of turkey, peas, carrots, onions, gravy ( we used the homemade gravy my mom made on Thanksgiving), and a couple potatoes as well! My mom found the recipe in the Peninsula Clarion, an Alaskan newspaper, when my parents were visiting a couple summers ago. You can find the recipe here. We mostly followed the recipe with a few modifications including using turkey instead of chicken.
Lately I’ve been on a total pizza kick! It started when I was living in LA and build your own pizza restaurants starting popping up all over the place including one that was right by my gym. It was amazing! It was like Chipotle but for pizza and it was nice to get exactly what you wanted. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any of those restaurants in Nashville yet, although I have had some great pizza (shout out to 5 Points Pizza and Jets!).
So since I’ve been craving build your own pizza, last time I was in Phoenix I asked about having homemade pizza for dinner. My parents have a pretty awesome pizza stone oven that you use on the grill. You slide the pizza in, rotate it every 45 seconds, and take it out after like 8 minutes. It’s so easy and fun to make.
For my Sunday Funday this past weekend I decided to finally checkout the Nashville Farmers’ Market! The NFM is open almost everyday of the year and has a pretty large area for vendors! Much bigger than the Sunday farmers market I used to go to in LA! The Nashville Farmers’ Market has an indoor area with permanent restaurants and then there are sheds on both sides (one for the farmers’ market and the other side is for crafts/flea market).
With it being towards the end of “growing season” and a rainy Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t a ton of vendors there but there was still plenty of options especially for pumpkins!
I ended up buying a few small pumpkins to decorate the kitchen table and then some apples. It was fun to wander around and see what all the options were.
To finish up my trip in San Francisco I had to have some seafood! We Yelp-ed restaurants by our hotel and found The New England Lobster Market & Eatery. It had great reviews and was close to our hotel so we decided to check it out.
The restaurant was packed when we got there – the line was out the door! The restaurant was really cute. There was picnic table style seating out front as well as additional seating indoors. When you enter the restaurant, the market portion is on the left side – where you can buy live lobster of varying sizes to take home and prepare yourself. The kitchen and order area was all the way to the back. They have a cute chalk board menu with all the options. The menu consists of lobster plates, crab plates, lobster rolls, crab sandwiches, and some appetizers.
Taking a trip to San Francisco had been on my bucket list for awhile and it just so happened work sent me to San Francisco for a training event right before I moved to Nashville. A couple of my close work friends were also going on this trip so we were able to make a fun trip out of it. Nat and I even flew up a day early so that we could go into the city to explore. I finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge!! I had been to San Francisco once before but it was for a Giants game so we didn’t have much time in the city.
Nat and I Yelp-ed a pancake restaurant pretty close to the airport to start the day before taking the BART into the city. The Bart is pretty convenient for getting into the city from the suburbs but it doesn’t seem that great for getting around the actual city – we did a LOT of walking to see everything. We took the BART to the end of the line and then walked along the city to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see the sea lions. I loved watching the sea lions – it’s fun to watch how easily they can jump out of the water onto the dock. I probably could have and stayed and watched them much longer but I could feel the sun starting to burn (I managed to forget my sunscreen and I burn super easily).
In light of me now living in Nashville and it being Thursday, I thought I would do a Throwback Thursday post to when Molly and I went to Jeni’s Ice Cream on our sister trip to Nashville earlier this year! Jeni’s had been on my list for awhile but I always ran out of time on my previous trips. We almost didn’t have time on this trip either but decided to make a quick stop at the 12 South location on the way to the airport. I was definitely glad we stopped- Jeni’s lived up to all the hype!
The line was out the door when we arrived but it actually moved pretty fast and there was plenty of seating inside. While we waited we took goofy pictures and scoped out all the favors. They have this really cute chalkboard menu listing all the flavors and toppings.