Having my sister over, even if only for two full days, for the three-day weekend was such a treat. I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since we were both exploring Seattle with our friend, but I think it’s never too soon to hang out with family!
I picked up my sister from Union Station on Friday night, and from there we went back to my apartment for dinner and relaxing. Our definition of relaxing was a simple dinner, dessert (a Lenny & Larry’s snickerdoodle cookie—one of my favorite flavors!), watching the Olympic Trials, and figuring out our lunch/movie plans for the next day. I stayed up until 10pm with her, and felt myself get sleepy right when my roommate got home! Good timing?
The next morning, I went for a quick run before my sister and I began the day. I’m so lucky that she works in a lab as well (as an undergrad volunteer), and so she was extra helpful when I asked her to assist me in my morning lab duties. She helped me shave off an hour I would have otherwise spent working on my own, and by the time we were both done, we were starving!
We ended up taking a extremely long bus ride to Westchester, because when I told my sis about a certain restaurant baking up cheesy monkey bread, she just had to have it 😉
Truxton’s American Bistro was in a neighborhood I had yet to visit, but is actually pretty close to the Marina Del Rey/Playa Vista area. When we went inside, I thought we had stepped into an upscale Denny’s!
They have a wide selection of entrees, and of course a weekend brunch menu, with everything served all day. My sister opted for a benedict-based dish while I decided to get the Berkeley Plate.
For our app, we split the warm, golden monkey bread—fresh with marinara, ranch, and olive oil dipping sauces!
The bread was light and fluffy, and had a melt-in-your-mouth type of texture. The ranch sauce was too much of a liquid to my liking (reminding me of the ranch you find with the baby carrot stick lunch packs), so I stuck to the marinara.
My sister’s dish was mouth-watering, but my plate was a 10/10 on presentation. I asked for my side to be steamed veggies, but the other half of the plate was a crisp veggie patty topped with slices avocado, onion, sugarded cranberries and pepitas, all of which was placed on a bed of arugula.
The patty was crisp on the outside, but soft and steaming on the inside. It was seriously a flavorful and filling meal.
After our lunch, we took another bus to Playa Vista, to get to the closest movie theater to watch Finding Dory! We found a Cinemark in a secluded but upscale shopping and dining plaza near the ritzy apartment complexes of Playa Vista, and got ourselves some popcorn and Sour Patch candy to snack on because, #alwayshungry.
The movie was a sweet one, and while I did think it had a slow beginning, I’d say it was worth the money spent…oh, and if only for the short film, which was another sweet story titled “Piper”.
When the movie ended, we made a quick stop at the Whole Foods in the complex to grab some Halo Top. It seems like whenever I am out with my sister all we think/talk about is food, but I’ve been trying to get my sister to try Halo Top ice cream for a while now and this was our chance.
It was almost 8pm by the time we got home, but there was still some sun left. We were able to take the train home, and had a quality conversation throughout the ride. It felt so good to pass the time I usually spend quiet/bored with good company. With Halo Top in our hands and Friends playing in the background, we spent the rest of the night basking in relaxation and then heading off into good rest. It’s amazing how a good day and good company can really impact the quality of your sleep 😉
How did you spend the holiday weekend?© Copyright 2016 P, All rights Reserved. Written For: Will Study for Food