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Friday Finds: 8.18.17

Happy Friday friends! Mike and I are gearing up for the eclipse – we booked a campsite on the path of totality last year and I recently ordered some eclipse glasses, so we are ready to rock. It's my first ever total eclipse and excited is an understatement. I've been having the best summer with our crazy road trip adventures and this is the icing on the cake. Are you guys planning on seeing the eclipse? It's one of the few times you'll be able to see a total eclipse from North America, so I hope you guys catch a peek of it.

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The Summer Salad You Should Make Right Now: Peach Melon Basil and Burrata

We're in Colorado! Well, wait, we're not exactly in Colorado anymore, but we were and I made a stunning peach, cantaloupe, basil, and burrata salad. Before this trip I knew nothing about Colorado, except that it's kind of sort of in the middle of the US. But, as I learned, and as Mike told me, Colorado is a big deal. They're known for mountains (and all the mountain sports that go with), craft beer, the invention of the cheeseburger (disputed), legalized weed, green chili, lamb, and most importantly, fruits and veggies!

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Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe

Do you guys ever get a craving for pizza but the 30 minutes it takes for delivery to arrive just seems way too long? I have the answer, my friends! Pizza grilled cheese! All the goodness of pizza, minus the pizza crust because who has pizza crust just hanging out in the fridge at home? Oh wait, you do? Can we be friends?!

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Lollapalooza 2017

I recently found out that Steph used to be a major club girl before we dated. This came as a bit of a shock to me because I had a pretty hard time imagining my chill mostly non-drinking wife partying it up at a club. I’d always thought restaurants were more her thing; for a fraction of a second it even rocked my world a little bit. Just a little bit until she further explained that she did it for the dancing, and more importantly, loud music. The conversation went like this: Me: You? Clubbing? You? You don’t even drink! Her: I just like dancing to loud music! Me: Why not concerts then? Her: I love going to concerts! Me: But you never want to go to any, I’m always the one buying tickets. Her: I know, they seem so expensive. So, being the problem solver that I naturally am, I suggested we solve this by going to more music festivals where we could enjoy many concerts for the price of only 2. Amortization! Lollapalooza happened to line up perfectly with our plans so this year for the first time, we went to Lollapalooza and hung with the cool kids. Now, Steph and I both did not exactly have sheltered upbringings, but for some reason neither of us had been to a major music festival before, so we looked forward to it like a bunch of giggly teenagers. Being the adults that we are though, we booked a nice hotel with valet parking. The first day, we rushed out to the festival, ate all the foods, bought all the merch, and saw one of my fave bands: A R I Z O N A. We watched Wiz Khalifa’s excellent show and danced away to Young, Wild, and Free, teared up when everyone sang along to See You Again, and laughed at his giant inflatable blunt on stage. Lorde closed out the night in the rain. She told her audience that the rain was perfect and suiting for the way she felt these days. She probably has a tempest or hurricane going on in her head because it ended up storming so hard it closed down her set. All 400,000 of us evacuated Grant Park in the gorgeous rain slicked streets. I don’t think anyone minded hearing only 3 songs. We capped our first night off with some legit ramen at Ramen San, chosen mainly because it was within walking distance and open late, but it exceeded all our expectations and blew me personally away with their Japanese Scotch list. The next day, we camped out on the railing of the main stage to watch the killers. We’d both concluded that the killers were so popular that it wasn’t enough just to see the show ahead of theirs, so we needed to be there for the show before the show before. Armed with zero water and ready to hold out bathroom-wise, we sat on the railing for almost 6 hours. It was worth it. We were right next to the VIP walk and saw tons of barely recognizable, probably B-list celebrities walk by. Everyone in the crowd seemed to know them though, except me and Steph who looked at each other in confusion. This redheaded dude walked by and all the girls around us wide-eyed. Some googling later between sets led Steph to figure out he was Shaun White, and he was there because he was dating half of the first act (Phantogram). We met Matt, Chance’s ASL rapper, and Elijah, his bodyguard, who claimed to do psyops as a paratrooper in the army (I did not believe this one bit). Run the Jewels was the next act and their live show was just bomb. I’ve never seen three dudes look like they had so much fun on stage, and their fanbase was similarly impressive. At first, we overheard everyone around us chatting along these lines: “You know this band?” “No, I’m here for the Killers” But mid-set, they recognized a long time fan and got him up on stage, and he was able to rap along to their songs perfectly, even while carried over someone’s shoulder. The main act though, the killers, were they worth waiting for 6 hours with no exit? Hell fucking yes. The Killers, if you are not familiar with their live shows, put on a fantastic live performance filled with a lot of Brandon Flowers posing and a light and laser show befitting an old school 80s rock band. They had 6 guys suspended above manually manning the lights from 60 feet up. I’ll never forget the look of joy and gratitude Brandon Flowers had when he played the first bar of When You Were Young and the crowd took over. What a feeling that must be for an artist. Now to the meat of the matter: the food at Lollapalooza. It blew me away - in particular, the lobster corn dog is a thing at Lolla and we had it and it was an amazing thing. We’ve spent most of the past few weeks in New England, so you’d think by now we’d be tired of lobster anything, but it’s not true. Steph and I go to fairs just to get those little donuts. This corn dog is so good you should go to the festival just to get it. One of the things we tried at Lolla was Tank Noodle’s sriracha fries. They were not good enough to talk about here, but made us interested enough that I did some research and found out that there is an incredible Chicago Vietnamese food scene. This was our first time in Chicago with a car, so it was serendipitously perfect. We drove out to the north end and feasted on some incredible pho just before making it back for the XX. All in all, one of, if not the best, trips we’ve had to Chicago. Lollapalooza, we’re coming for you next year! Where we ate (that was good and you should to): Purple pig Pho 777 Shake Shack Ramen San Lollapalooza foods

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Friday Finds: 8.18.17

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The Summer Salad You Should Make Right Now: Peach Melon Basil and Burrata

A summer salad full of Colorado's sweetest fruits: melons and...

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Pizza Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Lollapalooza 2017

I recently found out that Steph used to be a major club girl before we dated. This came as a bit of a shock to me because I had a pretty hard time imagining my chill mostly non-drinking wife...

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Cheesy Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

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My Favorite Blueberry Pancake Recipe

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Chow Town: What to Eat at Lollapalooza 2017

Going to Lollapalooza? Here's what should look forward to eating! Headed to Lollapalooza to dance to all the beats and eat ALL the things!...

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Sweet, spicy, addictive charred meat on a stick, popped into a soft bun with cucumbers, cilantro, and a squeeze of...

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Camping the Grasslands of Saskatchewan and falling alseep under the most beautiful night sky I've ever...

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Crispy Vietnamese Roasted Salt Garlic Prawns Recipe

Crispy deep fried prawns, Vietnamese style, with roasted salt and pepper, chili, and green...

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How to Make the Easiest Ramen Eggs

Creamy dreamy marinated Japanese soy sauce eggs, like the kind you find in...

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