Memorial Day & A Memorial Graduate

5.30.2012

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{left: moll and i at the ranch; right: us again enjoying an Italian meal in Houston's Midtown neighborhood} 
I spent my Memorial Day weekend here and there. I babysat my darling nephew Evan on Friday evening and spent the better half of Saturday compiling an album of photos from freshman year which will eventually be composed of pictures throughout college, similar to one I have of high school. After a day's worth of photo labor, I was ready for a good meal. Mollie and I intended to go to one of our favorite spots, Dolce Vita, but our plan was halted by news that it was temporarily closed due to a sudden fire. Fortunately for us, it has two sister restaurants by the same chef, DeMarco and Vinoteca Poscol, so we chose to give the latter a try. The atmosphere wasn't up to DV standards, but the food was equal in excellence. We shared a flatbread topped with arugula and prosciutto and a surprisingly yummy dessert of dates atop a bed of marscapone cheese covered in a red wine reduction (thanks to the waiter's recommendation).

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Sunday was when I enjoyed my stereotypical Memorial Day festivities--grilled burgers,

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chilled watermelon wedges,

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a Mexican trio of salsa, guacamole, and queso (Memorial Day Tejano style),

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and more than one good dessert with my favorite melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies, blueberry cobbler and Texas sheet cake.

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{orange was the color of choice this weekend since Simon will be headed to Texas in the fall, not far from mollie at SMU}
We were celebrating more than one occasion with Simon's (Mollie's boyfriend) graduation from Memorial taking place last weekend also. Family and friends gathered at her ranch house just west of Houston in Belleville, Texas. It was refreshing to enjoy some fresh air, open spaces, poolside conversation, and views of the starlit sky. 

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Mollie and I spent the night out there, and enjoyed a true country breakfast at the local bakery on our way back to the city. Since then, I've been prepping for my next adventure, which is not quite a hop, skip and a jump away like Belleville. My parents and I are headed northeast to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to greet Carolyn and Art upon their stateside arrival. We can barely wait.

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