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With that out of the way, on to more fun things.

I gave a few sneak peaks at some of the happenings while my parents were visiting. So since it is time for  What I Ate Wednesday, I thought I would put a little twist on things and do a little feature of:

What I Ate When My Parents Were In Town.

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family

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If you don’t remember, my parents drove out here to bring me my late grandmother’s car. Although I would much rather still have my grandma in my life, one blessing was having the opportunity to inherit her car.  My car was on it’s last leg, so things just seemed to fall into place.  My grandma was always so giving and has continued even though she is physically no longer with us.  It was also so nice that my parents were able to make the trip out here and we were able to have the opportunity to spend some time together. If you’ve followed my blog you may know that my parents and I went through a very rough patch when I first started my recovery, but have since started to build a relationship again and it’s been great. So having them out here on a more casual leisurely visit was great for us.

( and if you guys want to know where I get my dorky-ness from, this is a big clue…)

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A little explanation. When I was younger my grandma would come over every Sunday.  We typically would take a trip to the mall, or some sort of car ride.  For some reason she always called this “Sneakers“. Kind of like we were sneaking around and doing fun stuff without my parents. So I thought it was so cute that my mom put this on the car.

See. We’re all just one big family of dorks.

But even though getting a new to me car is super exciting, let’s get on to more exciting things.

All the delicious food.

My parents actually got in a day earlier than planned. I had to work that day, which kind of worked out because they took the evening to get settled in their hotel and relax a bit.  We did however want to meet up for a bit that night, so what did I suggest?

Frozen Yogurt.

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froyo

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It was only right to introduce them to my latest obsession.

We chatted and caught up a bit and made plans for the next day.

I actually had a doctors appointment and a few errands to run and Matt had some work to do so during the day my parents window shopped and explored the town a bit.  They were still a little tired from the long drive in and being out all day, so they ended up heading back to their hotel to take naps, but we made plans to meet up later for dinner.   We also were going to meet a family friend who happens to live out here and met half way at one of our outdoor shopping centers.
We met up, shopped around a bit, then headed to dinner at one of Matt and I’s favorite pubs, The Thirsty Lion.

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I love this place because they have the most amazing ahi tuna salad.

They also have 40+ beers on tap.

Dinner was delicious and it was great that we were able to catch up with some old family friends.  After dinner we were all pretty beat so we headed our separate ways for the night.

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The next day was a busy day of switching all of the car information from my parents to me. Everything went smoothly, but I swear is the DMV ever not insanely busy?

After all the car stuff was taken care of, we headed to another outdoor shopping center; we did a little more shopping and worked up quite an appetite for lunch.

I had never eaten at any of the restaurants in this shopping area, but we chose a place called TK’s Urban Tavern.

It did not disappoint.

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It was a very cozy restaurant and the food, wine and service were excellent.  I ended up ordering a salmon salad with honey vinaigrette.
The salmon was cooked to perfection.

My parents wanted to head back to the hotel and relax and freshen up before dinner, as did Matt and I so we parted ways for a few hours.

Dinner was at a local favorite Mexican restaurant as per my parents request.  I love taking people who visit to smaller, family owned restaurants, and really when it comes to Mexican food, those are always the best.

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Mexican food however typically does not photograph as well.  But when doesn’t guacamole look amazing? I’m pretty sure I ate about half the bowl. I can’t control myself when it comes to guacamole.

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For the last day’s adventure we headed to a local winery that we had taken my parents too the first time they came out to visit. When I had asked my parents if they had anything specific they wanted to do on their visit, this was their one request.

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wine tasting

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It turned out to be such a beautiful day.

Good wine. Good company. Good conversation.

Since they had to fly out early the next morning we did a very low key dinner for our last night together.

They found a great pizza place close to their hotel called Boston’s that Matt and I had never been too.

We will for sure be going back.

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The pizza was seriously some of the best I have had. Perfect crust, not too thick, not too thin and the sauce and toppings were amazing.

Pizza and beer, a perfect way to end our visit and time together.

Overall the visit with my parents was great.  It is so nice to be able to build a new relationship with them, forgive and forget the rocky past.

Oh and to end on a sweet note. Like I could go a week without getting frozen yogurt twice…

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I mean really who would I be?

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Do you tend to eat our more on weekends?
What’s your favorite type of food to go out for? It’s always so hard for me. I love everything! Sushi, Mexican, Thai…