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Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

Continuing my weeks of travels, I was in Des Moines for my day job, and thanks to a friendly recommendation for good eats I finally had a chance to stop by Proof. Open only for lunch during the week (and dinner on Fridays), the space is bright, open, and inviting. When I saw the soup of the day was a lettuce bisque, I dove right in. Aside from the addition of cumin (which I consider to be the most overused spice in America), the soup was delicious and velvety and made for quite a pretty picture if I do say so myself.


 

Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

The day after I returned from Des Moines I packed up again and headed to Dallas for my cousin's wedding. The groom's dinner was in my uncle's lovely backyard, and the theme, appropriately, was all things Texas. From the beer (Shiner Bock) to the bread and all the way to dessert (did you know Texas has its own sheet cake of all things?) everything on the table was Texas through and through. Being a good Midwest girl, the sausage was my favorite part, but the Texas Sheet Cake (concocted by my mother, a Texas transplant) was really good.


 

Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

The next evening we partook in lots of fun wedding festivities, and the wedding food was shockingly good. It's hard to complain about a perfectly cooked filet mignon with asparagus. Since my cousin and his new wife are both Nintendo lovers, the bride surprised her new husband by including loads of Mario themes throughout the reception. The grooms cake was definitely the visual highlight of the Mario category, and for the grand march they entered the room rocking the original Mario Brother's theme! I might just have to submit this picture to Cake Wreck's Sunday Sweets


 

Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

Coming back to an unseasonably warm Minnesota spring (and forcing winter to be left behind) I was craving homemade pesto. We made enough to use it two days in a row, first on pasta and on grilled pizzas the day following. I'm usually terrible at eating leftovers, but pesto is one exception to the rule


 

Texas barbeque, Mario wedding cake and pesto pizza

I was so excited when I learned that Simple, Good and Tasty's dinner this month was at Sen Yai Sen Lek. The food and concept are right up my alley, and the restaurant is literally down the street from our house. The delicious Lift Bridge Saison may just have won itself the title as my go-to beer for warm weather and we sampled many delicious dishes I will be sure to order when I get my next hankering for Thai cuisine. More pictures from the evening's event will be available on the Simple, Good and Tasty Facebook page soon!


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