Summer, summer, summertime…

by Holly on June 27, 2010

in Asian,breakfast,dinner,eating out,happiness,lunch,Vietnamese

Every once in a summer’s while, the stars align, the fates agree and world is telling you – demanding you! – to just go with the flow and LIVE YO’ LIFE.

For me, that karmic day was June 26, 2010.

I woke up yesterday with a slight wine hangover. No shame. One glass of wine has a tendency to do that to me – much less the four glasses I consumed on Friday night with my gal pals.

The remedy? Carbs + coffee.

That would be a PB+J Banana Dog, for the record.

Now, if only carbs + coffee were the answer to some of life’s other problems – like a dirty apartment, a gigantic undone to-do list or men.

I got myself together (think: read blogs, washed face, brushed teeth + checked bank account), threw on my swimsuit and headed off to enjoy the sunny, 80-degree weather at the park.

Lunch + H2O + the new Women’s Health + laying out at the park = pure weekend bliss.

Here is where my day took its fateful turn in a completely unexpected direction: Brett texted me and asked if I wanted to watch the U.S. play Ghana in the World Cup.

Before I knew it, I was back at one of my old college stomping grounds…

State Street Brats – proud provider of belligerently drunken weekends out for Wisconsin college kids everywhere and home of the city’s only outdoor patio with TV where drinking beer is mandatory.

I felt incredibly old.

No lie.

But I really didn’t care.

I had a Miller Lite in one hand, my fist pumping for #5 on the U.S. team (my fave, even though they didn’t play him) and cute sandals on my feet…

That’s all a gal really needs, no?

And people watching…ALWAYS people watching.

In fact, this was my reaction to the creepy looking fellow sporting a Michael Jordan jersey who proceeded to approach Brett, our other friend Tony and I and tell us his three top sports idols are Michael Jordan, Brett Favre and Tiger Woods.

I asked him how his moral compass felt having chosen two people who had both cheated on their wives, lied about it and were later found out in a media firestorm of attention.

He stayed away from our table the rest of the afternoon.

Score: Holly – 1, Drunken Dumb Boy – 0.

Then, we met up with Ilsa for food.

Good food.

We found said food at The Haze – a local Asian/American fusion BBQ place.

I had one of my favorites, which I have not had in forever: banh mi sandwich.

This Vietnamese wonder is just that: wonderful.

It’s a wheat/rice baguette filled with pickled carrots/daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapenos, pate, mayonnaise and in my case, chicken.

Served with grilled asparagus + a side salad and finished off with Monkey Bread Pudding (yes, it DOES exist!), this whole meal was amazing.

Especially since we topped it off with more beer.

Why not?

When in Madison with fabulous, funny friends and hotter-than-Hades summer weather…

…go dancing and drinking.

Don’t worry about calories, to-do-lists, getting to bed early, being healthy, staying productive or keeping to your budget – which, I admittedly at some point in the day, worried about each of those things.

Something I should always worry about: having the most fun time catching up with friends, laughing about inappropriate things, dancing the night away and living my life to the fullest.

Notice how I rocked the same bathing suit top, make-up-less face, white v-neck shirt and messy bun all day?

That’s right.

From 11am to 2:30am, I was not home or behind a computer for even one minute.

That IS karmic bliss.


Matt June 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

This post totally gave me a kick in the ass to live my life to the fullest. Thanks for the wake up call :)

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

That monkey bread pudding looks UNREAL.

claire June 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

That does sound like some karmic bliss right there…way to live it up this weekend and detach from your computa!

Jennifer June 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Blogs are a funny thing seeing as my last post was completely opposite of yours. My looming deadlines got the best of me today and instead of unplugging and enjoying the day, I remained glued to my computer. #FAIL. But, your day, however, looked like oodles of (beer filled) fun! I wish I could have done the same!

Erica June 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I feel coffee answers a lot of lifes questions ;) What a fun day! A great breakfast- I need to try this mix up. I love Big 10 schools- you can totally go out dressed comfortably! I can’t imagine going to a school where you need to dress up all the time!! Hope the rest of your Sunday is wonderful

jenna June 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

glad you enjoyed the weekend!

runnerforever June 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I want that monkey bread, oooooohhh yuum! What a fun weekend!

Katie June 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

First, I love your banana hot dog. Second, I want some monkey bread pudding. Third, you rock. I want ot spend a day partying in my swimsuit.

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries June 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I have those shoes!! If they’re from Target.. and if not, then I just have a very very similar pair! I NEED to have a day (or.. many days) like this: “Don’t worry about calories, to-do-lists, getting to bed early, being healthy, staying productive or keeping to your budget.” You are always so inspirational :)

Kate June 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

oh! for some reason this post reminded of the “rule” my girlfriends and I had a few summers back; never refuse invitations to go to the lake, eat ice cream, drink on a patio or dance your ass off. i very much needed to reminded of that today. thank you very much!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Haha sounds like you made the most of the weekend! There were definitely alot of drunk college folks out watching that game….I swear I saw the reincarnation of the high five. Which is sad because I truly believe that it should be dead.

Rosey Rebecca June 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm

LOVE the banana dog. I actually laughed out loud. Glad you had an awesome time! :-)

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas June 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm

The fact that you didn’t change your clothes to go out at night and knock a few back speaks buckets about you…I love it! SO fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

I need that monkey bread pudding, and that banana dog. I’m sensing a theme here…

You’re my hero today.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Any day that involves spending all day in your swimsuit drinking beer is marvelous. Also, you were in my dream last night. We were on an airplane together and you kept trying to get me to help you steal all of the magazines.

crunchy granola gal June 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

drinking and dancing is always the answer. and i totally felt old this weekend when i realized i was out at a bar with dudes 3+ years younger. oops?

your recaps are always fun-filled. we would rock brooklyn. you down?

Maya June 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

WORD. I seriously need to just let loose more often. Summer, summer, summersummersummertime indeed! I love hotter than Hades weather!

katie June 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

haha you are hilarious, love how you just LIVE IT UP!!!
love the PB and J dawggggggg yum!

Molly June 28, 2010 at 12:08 am

that looked like the PERFECT NIGHT! Oooh bringin’ back the college night life. I had a similar run-in Friday night….two days before my race. Always a good decision. Hmmm, maybe not, but fun nonetheless!!!

maxinthegym June 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

Hahah I freaked when I saw the banana in a hot dog bun! So cute! The Monkey Pudding looks just plain amazing. I want one right now!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) June 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

PBJ dog=YES. :D
State St. Brats=very familiar with it ;) (long ago!)
Looks like a great weekend.

samantha June 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

the same THING happened to me! although i didnt’ end up in my ann arbor stomping grounds, i was dirty, wearing my glasses, makeup less, playing soccer barefoot on a roof and drinking too much beer/watching the game. i may or may not have cried when we lost in OT.

i want to marry the weekend.

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh my gosh, looks like such a fun day! I love when the day starts in the morning and the next think you know, its 2am.

k @ ksgoodeats June 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

First of all, LOVE the shoes and shorts. Second of all, everyone should always worry about what you worry about – I think people would be a LOT happier :)

Glad you’re out livin’ the life!!

Susan June 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I’ve seen a PB&J bananadog before, and you just thankfully reminded me of it. Throw a little protein powder in there and I’m in! ;) I never even knew monkey bread pudding existed. That blows my mind. I miss drinking beer and forgetting about calories with you!!! xoxo

Anne @ the doctor takes a wife June 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Good for you for going out and having a good time!! We all need to do that more often :) Love the PB&J + banana dog. I’m going to have to try that very, very soon.

Erica D June 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Monkey bread…and bread pudding…in one?? Gosh I love finding out that these things exist. Your day looks fantastic!

P.S. Holly, I feel like you would understand this frustration….the kitchen staff keeps mocking me for normal foodie combos, including: fruit in my oatmeal (wtf??), honey in my coffee, soy milk in general, salsa on salads, peanut butter and banana sandwiches….the list goes on. No one understaaaaaaaaaaands me :( But hey, at least they let me go crazy with tofu and veggies almost every night. And camp is still camp, in all its summertime glory :)

Faith June 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Lol, Holly you totally crack me up…I love the story about “drunken dumb boy”! :) Bring on the monkey bread pudding!

Kristie June 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

That day sounds like pure amazingness. Kinda feeling for some beer now. Definitely feeling for some dancing. And going to have a spaz attack if I don’t get my hands on that monkey bread pudding. By the way, your sandals are adorable.

Gracie June 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

This past weekend was the first time in a while that I haven’t been glued to the computer screen. And I’m with you…it was GLORIOUS! I actually felt like a normal 23-year-old girl :D

Lynn @ The Actors Diet June 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm

ahhhh bahn mi’s are the best! i seriously feel like they are my favorite food. i can’t believe i never got one when i was in vietnam last year (they wouldn’t let us eat “street food”)

Bekah June 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Guess who’s making a Bahn mi in class tomorrow during “Vietnam day” in my Asias kitchen class?!! MEEE! I have been looking forward to this dish since I arrive to school, and I just happen to be on that station. SO excited.

That pitcher of beer is cracking me up. You crack me up Holly. And btw- i had a weird karmic day on the 27th- I somehow (on a school night, mind you!) ended up in nyc (2 hours away from me) drinking with two girlfriends of mine for about 4 hours, and right before my train back to school consumed nachos at tgi fridays (WHAT! I never go there!) and then an ice cream cone from a city street vendor. but it was SO MUCH FUN. that’s why i love posts like this- because you don’t dwell on these types of days, you don’t even look at is as a bad thing, you accept how much fun you had, and then you move on. :)

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