This past weekend was all about relaxation, friends and food. A good friend was home from Philly and a few members of The Boy’s extended family were in town.
On Friday night, The Boy and I got adventurous. We decided to make lobster. Now, one of my previous experiences with lobster had me very excited for this proposal..please reference a trip back in 2007..
But it was time for The Boy and I to have our own experience! After escaping work a bit early on Friday, we made a quick trip to Wholey’s, a mecca of all things fish, located in the Strip District. We were pleasantly surprised to find whole lobsters on sale for $4.98 per pound. Nice! We purchased two lobsters, weighing about 2.5 pounds in total.
The plan was to cut the lobsters in half and then grill them. Little did we know how feisty these guys would be. Please picture me cowering behind the refrigerator and The Boy dancing around and eventually stabbing the lobster in the ‘chest’. Oh dear.
After that production, we seasoned the lobster halves and waited patiently for them to grill up.
To be quite honest, the whole ‘chopping the lobster in half while it was alive and struggling’ was a little much for me. However, I was able to rally and easily enjoy my dinner. Delicious! We also grilled up some potatoes and corn.
This meal was accompanied by prosecco, of course.
On Saturday, I attended a party at the family home of the friend in from Philly. In true ‘burgh style, this party was food filled and included a cookie table! I wished I could have eaten more, but I had dinner plans with The Boy’s family. I did snag a pecan cookie and a little cheesecake square.
‘Dinner plans’ included a reservation at Lidia’s, located in the Strip District. Lidia’s is the restaurant of Lidia Bastianich, the Italian-American chef made famous by her PBS cooking show. I believe Bastianich also has restaurants in Manhattan and Kansas City.
The dinner was certainly relaxing and splendid. I got the pasta tasting, one of my favorites on the Lidia’s menu. We also had some great wine and appetizers. I will do a full review of Lidia’s at a later time. This is definitely a nice fairly upscale but approachable dining choice in Pittsburgh.
On Sunday, The Boy and I took advantage of the hot weather and enjoyed some pool time. The Boy’s extended family was still in town and we had two labs and a golden retriever in the pool at The Boy’s dad’s house. Entertaining for sure 🙂
Sunday evening, The Boy and I did more grilling. On the menu was sea bass, shrimp, zucchini and sweet potato, and some nice crusty bread. This may have been the best sea bass The Boy and I have ever prepared. It was insanely buttery and tender. We picked up the fish at Whole Foods.
Sigh. Summer weekends are dwindling and that makes me sad. I love summer.