Philippines and Good Food Friday: Short Rib Bolognese

The cheap wine probably hasn't helped.
The cheap wine probably hasn’t helped.

When do I get to that point in my life where I really enjoy red wine?? And I mean, like really enjoy it.  I’ve been binge watching Melissa & Joey on Netflix, and the wine that woman goes through. Honestly.  Not to mention Olivia Pope, and the ladies of Cougartown.

Women like their wine.

I mean I like white wine, but apparently that doesn’t count. I just feel like if I could get to the point of loving the reds, a lot of stress in my life would kind of just … disappear.

I think I might just start mixing my Moscato with gradually larger amounts of red and see where that takes me.

I know, I know.  That’s like wine blasphemy or something.

Get over it, I’m young. I gotta figure it out somehow.

Anyway, I’m starting Good Food Fridays today.  I decided to start with this recipe for Tagliatelle Short Rib Bolognese.

Photo Credit: Kevin Lynch from Closet Cooking
Photo Credit: Kevin Lynch from Closet Cooking

I mean look how beautiful that looks.  And bolognese. Bow-la-Naaaaaase. It just coats your tongue and then rolls right off.  You can imagine how extremely excited I was to try this out.  Food, and new recipes really get me going.

even bought a new enamel coated cast iron dutch oven.  It’s a beautiful deep red and I can’t wait to use it for other recipes soon; I’ve been meaning to get one for awhile, but never just went for it.  I thought my first foodie post on Yvette and Joseph would be the perfect opportunity to make the investment.

Right before a 2 and a half hour simmer.
Right before a 2 and a half hour simmer.

This is the only good picture I got of the bolognese before the sun went down.  We don’t have the best lighting in our kitchen at the moment.  It ended up looking just as delicious as the smell the filled that house. (Smell that filled the house… that doesn’t sound too pleasant does it? But I’m deciding to go with it).

I got a simple salad with butter lettuce, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes set up, and a couple pieces of Texas Toast, because how can you really have pasta without garlic bread, and shared dinner with Michael.

And with my first bite, I was a little more than SERIOUSLY…

Disappointed.

WHAT A BUMMER.

I mean, it wasn’t bad.  It was actually pretty good. Really good. Try out it out for yourself.

It’s totally me. There’s something wrong with me.  Lately most everything I have eaten has not made me as satisfied as I expect.  Except for chips, and cheese fries, because let’s be honest, potatoes are what make the world turn.

I honestly thought this short rib bolognese would light up my life at least a little bit, but the only fun I had was cooking it, which I’m not complaining about.  But there is supposed to be more.

I feel like I’m in that spot in life where my taste buds are changing (they do that, right? I’m pretty sure that’s a thing) again and I have to find new foods to get me excited about eating them again.

SO despite the fact that Good Food Friday had to turn into a life lesson about accepting changes in our lives, I think it’s actually a good thing.  This will help me branch out and challenge myself to try different recipes that I probably wouldn’t give a second look, and Good Food Friday will be even more meaningful.

Maybe along the way I’ll start enjoying red wine.

But since today’s post is kind of lacking in the photography department in terms of the food, I’m going to double it up as my Philippines post as well.  I didn’t realize how many photos I didn’t actually take, but I guess I was too busy having fun to really worry about taking that many pictures.

I did end up getting a few good gems, so check them out below.

-R

After a 16 hour flight from Chicago to Manilla, we got about 6 hours of sleep at my cousin's house before we had to head back to the airport at 8am to leave for Boracay for a few days.  Luckily enough! our 10am flight got delayed until almost 4 o'clock, and this is how happy we were about it. :)
After a 16 hour flight from Chicago to Manilla, we got about 6 hours of sleep at my cousin’s house before we had to head back to the airport at 8am to leave for Boracay for a few days. Luckily enough! our 10am flight got delayed until almost 4 o’clock, and this is how happy we were about it. 🙂
Finally making it into Boracay after a million hour delay.
Finally making it into Boracay after a million hour delay.
Michael and Uriel's first tricycle ride
Michael and Uriel’s first tricycle ride
Breakfast on the beach
Breakfast on the beach
The beach outside our hotel.
The beach outside our hotel.

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Dad doing a little relaxing after breakfast
Dad doing a little relaxing after breakfast

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The men.
The men.

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Sunday Funday: Michael’s 25th Birthday

I know it’s Wednesday and I seem to be a little late for Sunday Funday, but that just means we’re getting two blog posts today.

Sunday, as the title clearly states, was Michael’s birthday! 25th in fact; someone is a 1/4 of a century old!

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I normally go all out for birthdays but we just got back from the Philippines (a post filled with photos will come soon) and I’ve been lazy and exhausted.  So there’s that (Sorry babe!) But, we had a really relaxed and chill day, celebrating by sleeping in until almost noon, getting a late lunch & trying out a new sushi restaurant , and going to see a movie at the new AMC Movie Theater they just built at the mall nearby.

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Here’s my handsome guy with our handsome plate of sushi.  Everything was delicious, EXCEPT for the surf clam (and there was smoked salmon, not a fan) which was 100 percent like eating a dried out tongue.  I do not recommend it whatsoever.  Unless you’re into dried tongues.

We also had a plate of Rainbow Fish Carpaccio for an appetizer, which is basically Sashimi, but with avocado slices, sesame seeds and was drizzled in ponzu sauce. Unfortunately, I was so hungry and ate it way too fast to get even a picture of the empty plate.

Sushi

RECLINING SEATS
RECLINING SEATS

This is our now favourite movie theater, despite the fact that it is a tad bit more expensive than the one we usually go to, and its a bit more of a drive.  It’s totally worth it.

We saw Mad Max: Fury Road, which I wasn’t all that into seeing at first, but I did end up enjoying it.  I was really into the feminist aspect of it and Charlize Theron is a goddess.

Jelly Donut Martini. Sugary and a lot of alcohol.
Jelly Donut Martini. Sugary and a lot of alcohol.

Strawberry Cream

We also ended up going to one of our new favorite bars that’s in a nearby neighborhood.  Mike’s Chicken and Donuts is a little restaurant and donut shop which is attached to a bar that stays open after the kitchen closes, and there is even a Sportsbook and Meatbar upstairs where the best mussels I’ve ever eaten and the biggest tomahawk steaks exist.

Chicken and Donuts make the best donuts (reese’s cyclops and maple bacon and praline donuts, how does it get better??) and my favorite wings, an order of which I got to go for a late, late dinner. But I actually just ended up eating them for breakfast the next day. 🙂  They also have craft sodas that I tend to get with every meal.  Strawberry cream is my favorite so far.

The Sportsbook is only open Thursday-Sunday though, so we haven’t gotten a chance to go back yet since we’ve been home, but that tomahawk steak is definitely on my list.

It was overall a great birthday for him, and I really enjoyed getting to spend the day with him for it.  The weather is also really looking up so I’m looking forward to more days of fun and adventures with my love.

Keep an eye out for that Philippines post coming really soon! A lot of fun pictures will be shared. 🙂

-R