Surprise!

G U Y S. We had the brain fart to end all brain farts. For the past several months of quarantining and thus experimenting with all kinds of foodventures, Meghan kept thinking “It would be so nice if I had a place to write out all these recipes!” 7 MONTHS LATER, WE REMEMBERED WE HAD THIS FOOD BLOG. As you can see we very quickly ditched this blog and moved all our food updates to Instagram, which is #amazing, but makes it difficult for us to write out recipes.

SO ANYWAYS, 3.5 solid years later, here we are. Also we’re married now 😉 How nice would it have been if we remembered this, I don’t know, like 7 months ago when we had nothing to do but sit at home and try recipes?

Us enjoying a classic quarantine date night in our 1-bedroom apartment.

New-ish in New Canaan

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A Horatio Welcome

Friends, it is time. Time for the desperately-anticipated Part 2 of Meal’s weekend in New Canaan, from Neal’s second ever day in this illustrious town (hence, “new-ish”). Day 2 in the NC also happened to be Meghan’s birthday, which gave us all the perfect excuse to celebrate with unnecessary amounts of food.

Meghan has the best friends in the entire world, objectively speaking, and they assembled a beautiful birthday brunch bonanza.

After this truly delightful morning, a Birthday Meal had to become Meal on Wheels again and drive back to Boston to reluctantly embrace the reality of work Monday morning. Luckily for me(ghan), Neal had the brilliant idea to end this birthday day with an ice cream trip to Toscanini’s. I got a FREE BIRTHDAY TOPPING, which I maintain should have been an entirely free ice cream, but, as in life, I took what I could get.

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ToscaMeal

All in all, it was a deeply successful weekend that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of this blog: great food and greater friends.

New to New Canaan

Hi there, friends. This weekend, mealswithMeal became mealsonwheels. Meal drove to Meghan’s hometown, the illustrious New Canaan, to hang with Meggo’s friends (& parents) during her birthday weekend. The weekend swiftly turned into one big eating adventure, to the point where we need to separate this blog post by the day. Trust us, you’d be overwhelmed if we tried to fit all our foodventures in one post.

On Saturday, Meal met up with one of Meghan’s soulmate friends, Hilarie. (Atlernative text to read here: On Saturday, Hilarie and Meghan met up with Meghan’s boyfriend, Neal). We first stopped by Le Pain Quotidien, where Neal silently decided to start referring to Hilarie as Hilarie “the Bruncher” Bininski.

It was a pure delight to combine all these friends and all this food. We took a group selfie no more than 20 minutes into the inital meeting of Hilarie and Neal, which felt so right.

After lunch, we were very full but simply could not NOT pop into the illustrious “New Canaan Olive Oil” (everything is illustrious there) for some samples and some browsing. Meghan here, and I’ll be honest: my initial plan in going here was to marvel at how a store could possibly stay in business selling nothin’ but olive oil. Well, friends, joke’s on me. Turns out I really enjoy tasting olive oil and trying to figure out if I could afford fancy honey (spoiler alert: I couldn’t).

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Olive you.

All in all, it was a deeply successful day of food and friends. We’ll keep you posted on part 2.

Pre-Meal Cocktail

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Coolest umbrellas you’ll ever see

Well, friends, it’s been quite the day for Meal, taste-wise. Last night, we settled in for an evening of PnR and had a single Judge, Jr. apiece. This was the classiest beverage we’ve ever had together, so the occasion called for some tiny drink umbrellas that almost reached the liquid surface.

The next morning, Neal made yet another round of his now-infamous french toast before Meghan traipsed off to do stuff. Then, in a stroke of inspiration, he scrambled up the remaining French toast egg batter situation into sweetly scrambled cinnamon eggs. [See why I like him? – Meghan].

#TBT, or “A Meal in Two Flavors”

Throw back to yesterday, because the best meal is a recent Meal.

Allow us to set the stage:

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Ice Cream
    • Ben & Jerry’s
      • Strawberry Cheescake
      • Mint Chocolate Cookie
  • Two spoons
  • Meal

The only other thing you need to know is that Anne and Chris skipped town and by the end of that episode we were very happy we had some pre-cry IC in our systems.

Jellin with Meal

Hello world! It is us, Meal, checking in for our VERY FIRST BLOG POST.

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A Meal in the wild.

This morning, it was our sheer pleasure to welcome some of our favorite people and featured guests, Jellin (Jenn+Collin), into Meghan’s home for brunch.

The menu:

  • French toast for which Neal made HOMEMADE BREAD
  • Bacon (MEAT)
  • Berries of various persuasions, provided by Jellin
  • Tea (for a brunch tea party)

Hope you enjoyed your first meal with Meal as much as we did.