May 2015: The Month in Tom and Holly

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The big news for this month is that Tom has a new job! Since the weather’s been mostly pleasant, we’ve been going out more, which is a nice change of pace. For Mother’s Day, we went up to Fox Chase to help Tom’s mom plant this year’s vegetable garden.

Mother’s Day gardening

May is the month for Plazapalooza, the only local festival we like going to because it’s small and mellow and not too crowded. We enjoyed a couple pulled pork grilled cheese sandwiches from Vernalicious, as well as some beers, and listened to some music before heading back home.

Plazapalooza 2015
pulled pork grilled cheese from Vernalicious

Farmers Markets

May is one of our favorite months for farmers’ markets, mostly because it’s the month of asparagus! It also marks the return of Headhouse Market, which is one of the better markets in town. We had occasion to go to Headhouse a few times this month when our regular farmers’ markets were canceled, so that was a treat.

Headhouse Farmers’ Market take

Dining In

We did a log of great cooking this month, much of it inspired by all that asparagus. It also helps that I bought a whole bunch of rosé.

One of the highlights was ricotta gnocchi with asparagus and prosciutto:

We had a lot of fun asparagus-related breakfasts, too, including duck eggs over asparagus and bacon on toast:

Dining Out

Tom was out of town at the beginning of May, so I took myself to Rival Bros and tried some of their new cold brewed coffee served on a nitro tap:

nitro cold brewed coffee and toast at Rival Bros

I also had some lovely shakshuka hummus from Dizengoff:

shakshuka hummus from Dizengoff

We also hit up brunch at Jet Wine Bar for some chilaquiles:

chilaquiles at Jet Wine Bar

We got lucky on Tom’s last day of work: SpotBurgers was on campus, and serving lobster rolls!

lobster roll at SpotBurgers

After work on Tom’s last day, we had a date night at Audrey Claire. Despite the fact that we live nearby, it was our first time eating there. It certainly won’t be the last! Everything was delicious, and it was way cheaper than we expected.

Audrey Claire photo by Tom Ipri

Books

I finished reading Stonewielder, book 3 of Ian Cameron Esselmont’s Malazan Empire series. It’s the first Esselmont book I actually liked; there are big improvements in his writing over Night of Knives and Return of the Crimson Guard. It still doesn’t come close to Erikson, but it’s a good addition to the Malazan world. I’m actually looking forward to the next book, which has taken weeks to ship, so I won’t start it until June.

I also read If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth, which is a young adult book about a Tuscarora boy attending an off-reservation junior high school. Wow. If you liked Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you should read this book. If you hated True Diary, you should read this book (I think it’s better than True Diary). Anyway, comparisons aside, If I Ever Get Out of Here was a great story, and I especially enjoyed all the music references.

Another book I read this month was This One Summer, a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki. The art was great, but the story didn’t do it for me.

Finally, I read Nocturnes, a short story collection by Kazuo Isghiguro. It was a quick, easy read, and quite enjoyable. Each of the 5 stories is somehow tied to music, which was the main reason why I picked this out from the used bookstore.

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