Girl’s Weekend Begins

My mom and sister arrived in Orlando at the exact same time that I was walking up to our apartment after work. Talk about good timing!

I loved seeing their smiling faces. What a great way to start the weekend!

After bringing their bags into my apartment and catching up for an hour or so, we headed out to dinner at Taste, a local tapas restaurant located in College Park.

The minute we saw sangria on the drink menu we each ordered a glass.


Ladies + Drinks

Sangria is one of my favorite drinks. I love the fruity flavor.

I think our glasses of sangria made us all giggly because we were laughing up a storm by the time our tapas were served.

While we ordered, we enjoyed a platter of herbed goat cheese with some fried crispies.

Goat Cheese Appetizer

The goat cheese appetizer was good, but I think we were all hoping for a warm goat cheese spread. It was a little hard to dip the little fried crispies into the hard block of goat cheese.

Luckily, our next tapas were more to our liking.

Menu Selection

We each selected an mini plate to share. I chose the seared deep sea scallops which were wonderful.

Seared Scallops

I ate two and my mom and sister each enjoyed one.

We also shared steak skewers and asparagus tossed in olive oil and served with a creamy lemon sauce.

Steak Skewers


We all loved the asparagus, but agreed that the steak skewers could’ve been better. We like our meat medium rare and the skewers were cooked a little much for our liking. That didn’t stop us from clearing our plates though!

After finishing our tapas, we were still feeling a little hungry and decided to order a large entrée to share.

My mom selected the cranberry chipotle sticky pork ribs with crispy onions and homemade mashed potatoes.

Sticky Pork Ribs

Great choice, Mama! I dominated the crispy onions and mashed potatoes and ate one of the ribs.

The meat was moist and practically fell off the bone while the potatoes were oh-so-creamy.

Naturally we all had room for dessert and opted for the Over the Top Chocolate Bread Pudding. It was served warm and bathed in a vanilla bean sauce.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

All I can say is wow-zaa! The bread pudding tasted a lot more like molten chocolate lava cake than bread pudding which was fine by me! Oh how I love dessert.

Birthday Celebration

When we arrived home after dinner, it was time to enjoy angel food cupcakes in honor of my mom’s birthday. Her birthday was on July 20, but we’re celebrating this weekend since my sister and I were not able to be home on her actual day.

Birthday Decor

Birthday Girl

Happy birthday, Mama!

Now we’re hanging out and talking about all things wedding! We started making a to-do list of little things we can do within the next couple weeks and it kept growing and growing and growing… Lots to do!

I hope to hop in bed soon because we have a fun and busy day ahead of us tomorrow.

Nighty night!

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