Saturday was our 11th wedding anniversary and we decided on a low key celebration of dinner and a movie. We forgot to take a photo before we left for the evening so this was taken shortly after 1 am when we returned. Sorry if we look a little bleary- we were up waaaayyy past our bedtime. We went to Gariddos for tacos and margaritas and then on to the Alamo Drafthouse to see Julie & Julia. I suffered from acute taco deprivation while in France for 5 weeks but slowly, I'm starting to recover. Garrido's pork tacos are an excellent remedy. Non-Texas residents would probably be shocked at the proportion of my diet that tacos make up. Those who are lucky enough to live in a state with such ubiquitous and delicious tacos completely understand, I'm sure.
The movie was cute but the story-line following Julia was more compelling than Julie's.
Julie, in the book, was much more lovable and profane. They really cleaned up her potty mouth for the movie. I guess they wanted a PG rating and the book was very un-PG, language-wise. Meryl was amazing, of course, and she did Julia as well as anyone could. The Alamo runs related shorts prior to the movie so we were cracking up over Dan Aykroyd's Julia impersonation from the Saturday Night Live heydays. Apparently, Julia thought his impersonation was hilarious as well.
On a different note, it's hot as h-e-double hockey sticks in Austin and has been for a while. Today was the 56th day the mercury rose above 100 degrees. Ice cream weather, for sure! I made sweet cream ice cream and am proud to report that at least three-fourths of the base made it into the churn bowl. I love the flavor of the base so much I could drink it strait. Just so the ice cream wouldn't be lonely, I made some fudgy brownies to go with it.
Seriously fudgy- that's a pound of melted chocolate that went into the brownies. I topped the brownies with a nut medley, which is a euphemism that means I mixed all the nuts I had left over from other baking projects. Happily pistachios, pepitos, and chestnuts combine pretty well.