Hello friends and Happy Martin Luther King Day.  Hoping you are enjoying your three day weekend!  In light of everything our country has been through the past year and whats to come I think it’s important to remember one of MLK’s messages today.  One of my favorite quotes, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK  Now lets get to all the Weekend Highlights.  Friday night I had a hair appointment, went to Target for a few necceseties, and then ended the night with some Turkey Tacos and Vanderpump Rules on the couch.  Crazy Friday night I know. Saturday morning I was up early and did a Treadmill Interval Workout and this Ab Circuit along with a few extra exercise with weights.  These weighted jackknives are one of my new favorite moves.

After my workout I came home, drank a shake, cleaned up house, and got ready to head out to run a few errands with Tom.  We went up to the mall and both ended up purchasing a new pants for work.  I am especially loving these Underarmour Joggers I purchased in grey and Tom got a similar pair in black, matching power couple 😉 We also went into Home Goods to look at decor for our new corner bookshelf, but no luck.  Anyone have tips on styling a bookshelf? When we got home I headed to the grocery store for the weeks worth of groceries.  We have yummy meals planned this week like Smoked Chicken, Pizza Spaghetti Squash Pie, and Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls.  YUM! For dinner we decided to try a new Korean BBQ place recently opened near us called Spoons.  I had a pear cucumber margarita  to drink and we snacked on BBQ pork hush puppies before our meals. Tom went for the traditional BBQ and ordered ribs and I had the Korean Bibimbap with Bulgogi Beef.  The food was EXCELLENT.  However we were pretty disappointed about the service.  Workers just didn’t look eager or willing to work and while they didn’t seem extremely busy our food took awhile.  On the way home we discussed that we would like to return to try other items on the menu, but the poor service was a major disappointment. For the remainder of Saturday evening we curled up on the couch and watched The Girl on the Train On Demand.  Neither of us had read the book, so we were constantly guessing and creating theories throughout the entire movie.  It was good and definitely slightly similar to Gone Girl, both I highly suggest.

Sunday morning I made us some yummy bacon, egg, cheese, and avocado sandwiches with the Dave’s Killer bread I mentioned in my Friday Favorites.  It was the perfect way to start our Sunday. After breakfast I decided to do some yoga and then got right to the laundry and a little meal prepping before the Football games started.  Tom prepped and started smoking some chicken leg quarters and thighs for us this week.  I also made these Jalapeño Bacon Loaded Potatoes to go with the chicken and football watching. Oh and how could I forget dessert?!?  The day I don’t leave you all with something sweet you should be worried!  I had been having serious chocolate and peanut butter cravings, so I made these Peanut Butter Blondies and added some extra chocolate chips.  Delicious! Enjoying my day off today by trying a new workout class and grabbing lunch with my sister.  Follow along on Instagram. Thanks to Katie and Meghan for today’s Weekend Highlights.  You can check out other Weekend Highlights Here. [bctt tweet=”Shopping, BBQ, Workouts, and other Weekend Highlights #MIMM” username=”sweetandstrong_”] What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s something delicious you ate recently? Every have a bad service, but delicious food experience?

21 Comments on Shopping, BBQ, Workouts, and other Weekend Highlights

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    January 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I hate when you love the food and hate the service! Do they have a take-out option instead? haha!
    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend–I read The Girl on the Train but haven’t seen the movie yet.

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes we would definitely only do take out if we go back, but poor service up front makes me nervous about what’s going on in the kitchen….

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    January 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing that Martin Luther King quote… it’s one my my favorites. 🙂

    So jealous of the Korean BBQ! I had the best place in Atlanta, but have yet to find a good one in San Diego.

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm (6 years ago)

      It was my first time having it, so good!

  3. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    January 17, 2017 at 12:06 am (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. Great reminder and I hope you’re enjoying the day.

    I drool over all your delicious eats every week and now I’m craving something sweet to go with my dinner. Care to send me one of those blondies?

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

      I literally live for indulging in delicious eats on the weekend. We shared with some friends and now the blondies are all gone! Desserts don’t last long in our house, hehe.

  4. Ellie Pell
    January 17, 2017 at 12:57 am (6 years ago)

    Whenever I have a bad waiter experience, I try to put myself in their shoes and be understanding. This comes from experience working in food service. Some days, we just don’t have it together :-/
    The best thing I’ve eaten recently is a BBQ tempeh sandwich from my work. It hit all the right spots!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes I try to do the same Ellie since I was a waitress for yearssss. But I don’t think I ever seemed annoyed or too lazy to work. They were just very unprofessional.

  5. Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    January 17, 2017 at 7:44 am (6 years ago)

    Oooooh I really fancy watching girl on the train. I keep telling myself I want to read the book first but if I am honest I don’t think I ever will!
    It always sucks when you have good food and bad service. That’s when I always go on to Yelp and write a truly honest review!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s a good idea to write a yelp review, I more so want to owners to know their management needs to step up their game. And def see the movie, I said I would read the book first as well, but we all know that won’t happen for awhile.

  6. Cora
    January 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Diddo Jen – I’ve never read the book but I kind of want to still see Girl on the Train. You’d say its okay to watch it and skip the book, then??
    I’ve also never been to a Korean BBQ place but I’m quite curious. Its on my foodie bucketlist of things to experience. What a loaded weekend with a perfect balance of movement, relaxation and good food! You always do weekends sooo right.

    • sweetandstrong
      January 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes you definitely don’t have to of read the book, it kept us guessing the entire time. And you must try Korean BBQ, it was one of my first experiences and so yummy!

  7. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    January 19, 2017 at 3:08 am (6 years ago)

    Literally the best chicken and waffles I have ever had was at a place with THE WORST service. I could physically see people just standing around, the place was dead, and I had to ask 3 times to even get a glass of water. I really should see if they’re still open & try it again. But I can’t handle service like that when it’s not a rush time. But damn was that food good.

    Those hush puppies do sound amazing though!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm (6 years ago)

      I just don’t understand why people are in customer service if they aren’t willing to work!

  8. Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 19, 2017 at 4:17 am (6 years ago)

    Those PB blondes look so yummy! I could go for one right about now. And I’ve been wanting to see The Girl on the Train!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm (6 years ago)

      The blondes were so good! I’m so sad we already ate them all. Nothing beats chocolate and PB!

  9. Meliss
    January 19, 2017 at 11:04 am (6 years ago)

    I’m so jealous you had the day off! It was a slow day in the office but I would’ve loved to have slept in. Also, those blondies look so so good!!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh you didn’t! Such a bummer, monday’s off and three day weekends are THE BEST! Hoping you get one soon!

  10. Julie@Consumerion
    February 1, 2017 at 6:40 am (6 years ago)

    I love good Korean food! Bibimpap, Gimbap (Korean rice roll), and the Samgyeopsal! YUM! Too bad that the Korean restaurant has poor service.. I had a lunch out with my husband a few days ago, we ate at a Japanese restaurant, and the food was amazing, we had California market, Giza, katsudon, and gyudon! The next day, I had to burn all the carbs, I’ve eaten. 🙂 By the way, your grilled chicken looks delicious! Do you marinate it before grilling it? Can you share me your recipes? Thanks so much!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh Japanese sounds so good, I’ve been craving good sushi! And my husband does the chicken, I think he just makes a BBQ rub mix and then actually cooks it in a smoker. Makes it so tender and delicious!

  11. Julia Walters
    March 17, 2017 at 4:32 am (6 years ago)

    I love the recipes you shared here. My favorite is jalapeno bacon loaded potatoes. Thanks for sharing those wonderful recipes. I will be trying to make the jalapeno bacon loaded potato first for my family to enjoy. By the way, what’s a good substitute to paprika, do you know any?