Posted by Lauren
Let’s have a moment of silence for the San Jose Sharks’ loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Ughhhh.
Tuesday night my friend Sean invited me to last night’s Sharks game at the HP Pavilion. I instantly said yes – any opportunity to see Mr. Logan Couture in real life is one I will not pass up!!!
Let’s back up to Tuesday night, when I picked Kyle up from the airport……
He was in Colorado celebrating Christmas with his family (want to see the cutest pictures of his nephew??). When we arrived at his place, we remembered his car (and keys!) was still at his work. Oops. Our evening plans included dinner at a new-to-us Mexican place on the outskirts of University Ave/downtown Palo Alto. Because I was really really hungry, we decided to get food and then head back for his car…
This quaint restaurant is a few blocks off the main downtown street. I thought the blue icicle lights and canopy added a charming touch.
We were seated quickly (many open tables) and the obligatory chips and salsa arrived shortly. The salsa was completely watery, but had an okay taste. I prefer a middle ground between liquid-thin and chunk-a-saurus salsas, if that makes sense.
The chips also came with a nice slaw that packed heat via sliced jalapenos. We asked for seconds of all three!
The best part about La Morenita was the decor. The wood paneling/tables/chairs made the space very homey. Along with the Mexican sombreros, stained glass decals, and posters, I felt like we were in some dinky Mexican restaurant in Tahoe. Siiiiighhhhh……
Kyle also liked the really large windows, thought I’d add in his two cents. :)
Tacos Frescos ($9) – Two soft tacos made from corn tortillas and a choice of beef, chicken, or pork. (Served with pinto beans)
Kyle’s pick: Combo plate ($?) with a chicken taco and some type of enchilada. He is obsessed with enchilada sauce. True story.
This was my sly attempt to take a photo……
I accidentally had the flash on, so it was a #fail. That’s my sly, not-really-so-sly face.
We liked this place for its authenticity. When it comes to Palo Alto, I would recommend Sancho’s over La Morenita, unless you’re looking for a place to sit. Sancho’s lacks in that respect. There’s also Reposado, but I’ve never been there and it’s $$$ on Yelp. Ha. Maybe we should try Palo Alto Sol on the other downtown….. rambleramble.
After dinner I drove him to his truck and then we rented this Will Ferrell movie from Red Box.
For what it’s worth, I enjoyed this movie. Nicole loves Stranger Than Fiction (another Will F. drama) so I wonder how what she would think of this flick…. Basically Will’s character loses his job and his wife on the same day. He is locked out of his house and all his belongings are on the front yard. Add in the fact that he is a PBR-aholic and you’ve got a pretty entertaining, off-beat movie. Not bad for $1.20.
Oh, shoot. Back it up again…….
Attention: Steve!!! Look away!!!!
Before I picked up Kyle, Nicole and I joined Lauretta, Katie, and the bride-to-be Amy for some wedding dress browsing. SHE. LOOKED. GORGEOUS. in everything. Even the foo-foo ones that weren’t her favorite.
Guess how many times Nicole said “I want to get marrriiiiieeeeed.” Hint: # > 0
Okay… so flip back to Wednesday (if you’re still reading, that is!)
I woke up (around 11:30) and went for a run in Palo Alto after stealing one of Kyle’s waffles. My hamstrings were pretty sore, so I took it easy – stopped often – didn’t text + run. Soon I realized I was actually close to our Great Aunts/Uncles houses!!
Brings back memories….. like this picture of 1-month-old Nicole in her rocker! :)
I ran through more neighborhoods and then veered towards Hoover Tower to bring me into Stanford’s campus.
All in all it was a great leisurely run, my heel didn’t act up, and I totally enjoyed the California sunshine!
I also completed Day 73 (chest/calves) at the gym on my way home. Getting there!!!!! (oh, except for the days 64 – 70, which I skipped heh heh)
Prep for the San Jose Sharks game: Urban Decay palette + thai chili brussels sprouts + curling iron.
I met the boys at Old Wagon (the same place as last time) for a 32 oz. Stella….
Then it was game time! Sean’s seats are AHHHHMAAHHHZZZINNNGG.
Yah, yah, we lost. But Logan scored, so it was a half-win in my books.
Next week Nicole gets our jersey for the game against Columbus Blue Jackets! Can’t wait to attend the game with her!!
Right, so…. at midnight I started to bake. We have a few very important birthdays to celebrate on Friday ;)
Long post, sorry! Happy Thursday!!!