Super Sports (and Food) Weekend

What a weekend! While we usually spend Friday nights at 169 Bar or at home, this weekend was chock full of new things. After work on Friday, Harry and I headed down to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch the Thunder stomp the tar out of the Brooklyn Nets. They got up about 20 points and stayed that way for the rest of the game, and though we had seats pretty high up, we still had a great time. Plus, Bill Clinton was there, so that was exciting!

IMG_20140131_191843You know how I know Harry likes me? He grew up in Manhattan and still wore a Thunder shirt, gamely cheering for my team. He’s the best.

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Like I said, the Thunder wound up wiping the floor with the Nets, but we stayed the whole time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The best part about going to events in New York is that once you’re out of the arena, you can jump on public transportation and be home in a normal time, instead of sitting in your car for two hours. It’s really great.

Plus, neither of us had been to a sporting event at Barclays yet, so we had a fantastic time at the rust-colored sports spaceship.

Saturday we lounged around, as per usual, ending the night with Melissa McCarthy’s great SNL episode (minus that yikes-racist monologue), and mostly we got ready for Super Bowl Sunday.

Most of my friends here are at least casual sports fans who can enjoy most games, but have at least one team or sport they’re particularly passionate about. For me, it’s college football. For Harry, it’s NHL hockey. For roommate Michelle, it’s Seattle sports (which sometimes causes a clash on the Sonics/Thunder debacle), so we all went in for the Seahawks in SB48. That turned out to be a good choice, since the ‘Hawks whomped the Broncos the entire game. Pretty embarrassing!

I didn’t take any pics of us sitting around watching TV, but we did manage to throw together a pretty comprehensive spread for the most important sports meal of the year. We had Korean soy garlic wings, twice-baked potatoes, garlic pull-apart bread, pigs in a blanket, and some spicy fries–that’s all you need, right? I made some cookies that got a little too crisp, but we still had a bite and they weren’t too bad.

This bread, though–yum. We adapted it from a Smitten Kitchen recipe, throwing in extra herbs as well as some leftover chopped bacon and jalapeno slices in a few parts. Our local grocery had run out of sourdough loaves, too, so we got a couple of baguettes and a garlic loaf. The best part about this bread, though, is that we melted butter and garlic, and then just poured it into the bread. If you’re going to tell me that you think that sounds like too much garlic, you’re wrong, because that doesn’t exist.

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Literally you just cut the bread, pour all the stuff in, cover it with foil and throw it in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes, and then it will change your life forever. Seriously, so good.

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Here are those yummy twice-baked potatoes I was talking about, paired nicely with some 2005 napkins we found at Harry’s parents’ apartment in the city. I made these with any basic recipe–bake the potatoes at 350 for an hour, scoop out the insides and mix with all your toppings, then stuff it back in and bake for another half hour. Top with cheese and more bacon, and you’re good to go.

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I keep forgetting to get pictures of us actually making or eating the food, usually because I’m making and/or eating the food. Someday! I hope your weekend was as fun, if not as sports-filled, as mine!

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