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It’s Official: We Are Getting Old (Weekend Recap)

You want to know how you know that you are getting older and looking older?

Three people come up to you before noon to offer a “Happy Father’s Day.” To be fair, Alex was kind of dressed like a dad and getting groceries and cat food with his wife on Sunday morning, but still, how hilarious is that? I will say that I totally wanted to ask the people who told him Happy Father’s Day where the hell they thought the kids were… but I wasn’t with him for the first two, so that could explain that. And the one I was with him for was offered by a totally crazy woman who was saying things to every person who passed by. 

Another way that you know you are getting old? You and your husband wake up at 6 and 7, respectively, on a Sunday and then spend the morning taking the dog out for a long walk, working out, grocery shopping, cleaning the apartment, and doing laundry. 

Oh, and you are still tired from being up at 1 the night before, so you (me) take 2 naps…. one early and one before lunch. Also, I would like to make it known that I do not remember finishing my snack and falling asleep on the couch last night after work. But that is where I woke up this morning!

Next up in the “we are old” checklist? We joined a CSA and got our first box this weekend! 

We received: lettuce, pac choi (aka bok choi), pea shoots, radishes, kale, cilantro, green onion, and garlic scapes (omg they are so strong).

I’ve already tried the pac/bok choi sauteed and roasted, made kale chips, made awesome salads from the lettuces… 

The only fly in the ointment is the fact that Aunt Peggy is here this week, and we are going to be going out a lot, so I’m hoping that the veggies will keep. Anyone have any tips for making the lettuces last? 

Speaking of food, I never updated you all on the Boka dinner. It. Was. One of the best meals I’ve had, from start to finish. Nearly every bite (with one exception) was perfect. Here’s a run down of what we had (lighting was dim, so no pictures, really):

  • Sabayon with daikon radish and crab roe served in an egg shell (Amuse Bouche) basically delicious liquid butter with delicious things inside
  • Honey wheat roll and pretzel roll with salted butter OMG amazing bread but a bit out of place with what was served and the atmosphere. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t eat every crumb
  • Cured Fluke beautiful and fresh and delicate
  • Heirloom rainbow carrots peanut and yogurt sauces with peanut crumble that will change your life

  • Ricotta Gnudi light as a cloud and light in flavor, the big moment was the sweet onion broth at the bottom
  • Charcoal Grilled Beets one of the most surprising first bites I’ve ever had. The gentle smoke, crunchy buckwheat crumble, yogurt, and sauce were amazing. I could eat this for the rest of my life.
  • Aged Short Rib you guys, I can’t even. The best short rib I have ever ever ever had. Tender, juicy, and the most amazing flavor
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with ice cream and infused fruit the cake was great, but I was obsessed with the fruit!
  • Dark Milk Chocolate This was so amazing, and I ate every bite: earl grey ice cream atop Japanese citrus with a milk chocolate mouse spiral that wound around the ice cream. One of the best deserts I’ve ever had.
  • Parting treat: coconut cream chocolate truffle + pineapple cake bite. the best part of these were honestly the cacao nibs that they sat atop!

There was hardly a bite left from any of our plates after the courses (Alex and I  shared, he got 4 courses, I got 3). Something that I was so impressed by was the portion sizing–it was the perfect amount for a complete meal that built on itself, but rather than going bonkers with portions, they actually used restraint. I was happy with each bite, and ready for the next course, but not tired of the current course. A spectacular meal, and I heartily recommend Boka if you have a special occasion!

This week I am continuing to cut back on hours at the gym, but I have quite a few shifts at the restaurant (so that I could get time off in a few weeks when my family visits), so it will still be busy, especially with Peggy here the first half of the week. But it will also definitely be fun and delicious!

Here are two pics from our first dinner together!

Have a great week, everyone!

Happy Father’s Day to all the papas out there!

Update me on life! Fathers Day things? Plans for the week?

Last “best meal” you had?

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64 Comments

  • Reply Carla

    I don’t mean to embarrass you πŸ™‚ you know I making you realize I’m way way way older than both of you πŸ™‚ I’ve never broken a bone. I’ve never spend anything. I broke a toe this weekend while brushing my teeth!!!!
    #doIwin

    June 19, 2017 at 5:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH NO! I hope it heals quickly! I inflamed my toe just walking. Like, a normal day. But broken is broken, so I’ll give you the point.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Allie

    I feel you on this one but seriously you are both SO YOUNG and I know you probably hate being told that but at 42 I can tell you I get these “older” moments I cannot deny and it’s so sad!! I’m embracing all of it though and seriously looking forward to becoming an old woman πŸ™‚

    June 19, 2017 at 5:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally embrace the getting older moments (and have for years). I just find it hilarious that people seemed to decide this year that Alex and I look like we should have children. WORKING ON IT PEOPLE

      June 19, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    All your dishes sound delicious! I also feel old as I’d rather stay in on a weekends and binge watch Netflix shows opposed to going out.

    June 19, 2017 at 5:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s been my life for the past like 10 years.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Once I hit 30 I started to embrace all the things about being older. I really cant handle being up past 9 and am always up around 5am. All your food looks really good!

    June 19, 2017 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then I am already practicing for next year!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply montessoriishmom

    I’ve never been able to fall asleep for naps, but I did go to bed at 9 last night…definitely getting old lol. That restaurant looks incredible!

    June 19, 2017 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m even worse–I consider making it to 9 a victory!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh I feel you!! lol!! The feeling old thing only gets worse!
    That meal looks incredible. On our last night in Switzerland we found this authentic Italian bistro and had an incredible meal. Light, homemade pastas and with seafood… octopus and shrimps…. plus a limoncello (ch?) dessert. It was a ray of light after lots of tradtional swiss food. πŸ™‚

    June 19, 2017 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Now THAT sounds incredible. You know I love octopus!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ok, old timer! Tell me more…

    June 19, 2017 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just love how last year nobody said anything of the sort, but it is like they know Alex is 30 or something now..

      June 19, 2017 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    I WANT THAT DINNER…all 57 courses of it. Also, the Happy Father’s Day thing is hilarious. I want to know how Alex responded…Also, I need more naps in my life. You are my nap guru.

    June 19, 2017 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They had a 7 course tasting menu. I don’t know if I could have handled that, but I want to think I would have been man enough. And I’m just taking a cue from the animals. They are my nap gurus.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    That meal sounds so amazing! Especially the dark milk chocolate, yum. I am trying not to melt this week. Tucson is supposed to be 113 today and tomorrow, which is not a temperature that should exist in weather. Hope you have a great day!

    June 19, 2017 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just eat a spoonful of ice cream every minute. If it doesn’t melt first. That is absurd.

      June 19, 2017 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Cora

    Last night at work my co worker (who I just learned is 19. NINETEEN!!) said something like, “she’s so extra.” I didn’t care about pride at that point so just flat out said, “okay, I’m hearing that everywhere, what the hell does that mean.” And had to get her to explain the lingo that all them young kids are using. CRUSH to the heart. Ugh.

    Not so much lettuces, but more fibrous greens like kale and bok choy you can lightly blanche, squeeze out excess moisture, stuff in a plastic bag and freeze. I do this all the time when I have to go away. It can then be taken out and used in hot dishes or smoothies etc. SO jealous you are pat of a co op now. That is in my top 5 dreams I have for when I have my own house/income/stableness….

    Keep taking care of yourself. I’m digging this vibe I’m getting.

    June 19, 2017 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s so extra????? WTF? WHY CAN’T PEOPLE SPEAK IN REAL PHRASES ANYMORE???
      Ooooo that is an excellent idea re: the kale and bok choi. I am totally going to try that…

      June 19, 2017 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    Uh I feel you on the we’re getting old moments. And omg that meal sounds absolutely amazing. I love getting small plates at restaurants so you can pick and try a bunch of things. And hey Alex is a dog dad, so totally had a reason to celebrate Father’s day πŸ˜‰

    June 19, 2017 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree! That’s what I told him. It was still hilarious!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    I’m 34 and I really enjoy nothing more than a good nap after a long run or an early bedtime, lol

    June 19, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Emily

    I LOVE the getting old moments; I so relate to all of them. And I’m 23. πŸ˜€ That CSA box looks so beautiful; it’s exciting that you get to try all those veggies. And I absolutely love meals with lots of courses and smaller portions. It’s fun to try all of those different foods.

    For Father’s Day, we went to church, did some fellowship with some families from church, and my dad who loves to teach, taught a Bible study in the evening. <3

    June 19, 2017 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds like a lovely way to spend Father’s Day, for you and so many other families!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Awe, you guys are so young still! We had a good Father’s Day–Andrew’s parents babysat Callum and we went to an Irish pub for dinner. When we picked Callum up, his mom told us that he fell asleep for an hour. F*CK. Because then instead of going to bed at 7, he was up until 10pm. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED. Oh well. Yesterday wasn’t about me. SIGH

    June 19, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lawd. Give him a Guinness–that should do it ;D

      June 19, 2017 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Blunders and Absurdities

    I’ve heard it helps to throw a paper towel in with a bag of greens to absorb moisture. Have a great week!

    June 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s what I am doing! Good to know I’m on the right track, thanks!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    To quote Henry Fonda in “on Golden Pond”–“you’re old, I’m ancient”

    Wrong!

    June 19, 2017 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You old coot

      June 19, 2017 at 10:15 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        hahaha

        June 19, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Hooray for CSAs! Lettuces can last for a quite a while in the fridge. And if they get wilty (which is inevitable, let’s be real) fill a salad spinner with cold water (literally, dump some ice cubes in there), and chances are they’ll perk right up! This is especially true for heads of lettuce – I’ve had less luck with loose baby greens. That’s my best CSA tip! And we looove scapes. The best advice I ever got was to, texture-wise, think of them like green beans or asparagus, but obviously they have a garlicky flavor. They’re great roasted! Garlic scape pesto is also relish…
    And OMG your dinner at Boka sounds amazing! Might have to check that out for our anniversary in August…

    June 19, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooooo Garlic Scape pesto? I was thinking of doing something pesto ish with the radish leaves, but I think that one wins!! And girl, we need to talk restaurants for your trip!

      June 19, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Um I’m pretty sure I’m a lot older than you and there’s nothing wrong with getting up early! Have fun with Aunt Peggy.

    June 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But you have things to DO. I do… things?

      June 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    That CSA box looks amazing! Those radishes are just beautiful. I sometimes wonder what it will be like when I start getting older, because I’m 27 and staying up past 10 PM already feels like staying up late.

    June 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally going to be teh 4:30 dinner person.

      June 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    So my kids are constantly telling my husband and I how we are old now. Probably has something to do with the fact that I can’t keep my eyes open past 10 and I am obsessed with the weather. πŸ™‚

    June 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Jo @ Living Mint Green

    I love getting old – I’m all about 9pm bedtimes and never going to parties. Hahaha
    Nick and I were literally in bed at 730pm last night because we were so exhausted from our weekend activities.

    June 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      At least you all have the common decency to get into bed…

      June 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    We have a “we’re getting old” moment on Saturday night when we had tickets (free ones, hence the decision making) to a movie in the city and we were deciding whether or not we’d go for pretty much the entire day and all of the evening and both of us were kind of skating around the fact that we didn’t really have the energy to go – but then we looked at eachother, laughed and said “yeah, we’re not going”.

    We had all the excuses in the world. Too cold. Too crowded. Too much effort… but really we just wanted to stay inside where it was warm in cosy clothes πŸ˜›

    June 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is us every night. Without the free tickets, but sometimes with. Netflix is just too cozy and convenient.

      June 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    When we got our first CSA box I felt more accomplished than I did old…finding time to use it all up really is the hardest part!

    June 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am associating feelings of accomplishment with feeling of oldness currently lol

      June 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    In my experience, CSA lettuce lasts way longer than the stuff from the grocery store. And I’ve stored radishes for at least a month (as long as they’re separated from their greens). The problem comes when you get your next CSA box before you use up this one…it’s a never-ending cycle. But a good problem to have.

    June 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We only have the radishes left! I did work πŸ˜€

      June 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    I’m bad. I just sent my Dad a Fathers Day Card and an Amazon Voucher. He lives 2 hours away so it’s difficult to find the time to get there and back in a day, when I’ve so much I need to pack into the weekend to keep the blog afloat! Anyhoo, I suppose at least I didn’t forget it was Fathers Day (unlike my brother) LOL

    June 20, 2017 at 2:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahah I am sure. But you are right–you still won out over the bro πŸ˜€

      June 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Laura

    How funny that people would offer happy father’s day without seeing any proof of kids! Your weekend sounds similar to ours. And we love the CSA experience! It definitely forces you to cook with a larger variety of veggies that you might not otherwise pick up.

    June 20, 2017 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am looking forward to getting some really fun things to experiment with!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Kat

    My husband and I literally go to bed at 9pm because we are so old. But on the weekends we push it till 10pm – we like to live on the edge a little πŸ˜‰
    Also, I can’t remember the last time I slept past 7 and when I did, I’m sure its because I was sick! Once that sun comes up I like to be up too!

    June 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    I naturally wake up on sundays at 6. Yes. I am with you ! Bring on the naps, dog walks, and more! p.s that place sounds amazing! 4 course perfection indeed

    June 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boka was simply exquisite. I want to go back!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ Whiskers and Weights

    Oh man I totally feel you. I never actually thought that I would get to the day where I looked forward to doing nothing on a Friday so that I could be productive on the weekend! #gettingold Also that food looks amazeballs!

    June 21, 2017 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sadly, I’ve already been there for a long time, lol. I was 20 going on like 70 hahah!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply San

    I feel like people say “Happy Father’s Day” on Father’s Day to EVERYONE (even me!)… so, don’t take it personally as a sign that people are making assumptions about your age… LOL

    June 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But he was dressed like a dad…

      June 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think it’s always a good day when you get to have 2 naps. I call that winning!
    We were in Bulgaria for Father’s Day and spent it drinking wine (not the baby, obvs) and walking the cobbled streets of an old town until baby had a meltdown. Perfect πŸ™‚

    June 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That. sounds. fabulous. I would love to go to Bulgaria!

      June 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Andrea on Vacation

    What did you do with your garlic scapes? I have some for the first time ever and have no clue.

    June 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I used the a few different ways! I sauteed them, roasted the, and then used them with my cilantro for my turkey burgers! I hear they make a great pesto.

      June 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

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