I bet you think you’re going to see what I ate on Memorial Day weekend.
Think again! muahaha
All of this food is actually from when I visited the family in Nebraska two weekends ago.
The main reason I traveled down to my home state was that my baby brother had just graduated and was moving to KC to live with his boyfriend. [You may remember something sappy about this in a recent post or on Instagram.] This involved eating for the first time at Rock Bottom Brewery and learning how to swing dance with the Jitterbugs.
I was originally going to run the Girls on the Run Spring 5K (which I was really excited about) and Dave was going to attend a friend’s birthday party in Omaha. Then I found out about brother Josh’s big send off and decided I had better hop in the car with Dave and head to good ol’ Nebraska.
Rock Bottom Brewery
We just barely made it to town in time for dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery in Omaha’s Old Market district. Parking was carazy so I’m glad our plans worked out so that Dave could drop me off downtown and head to his friend’s birthday party.
I ordered the Avocado Chicken Sandwich with a side of broccoli. (There’s that whole semi-healthy thing.) I also may have ordered a tall glass of sugar-filled alcohol by the name of passionfruit Mojito. It was a celebration, afterall.
The chicken was juicy, the broccoli wasn’t drowned in butter (both good things), but I think the sweet drink hurt my tummy a bit.
Brother Josh ordered the 2am burger which came with a fried egg on top.
Overall we had a pleasant experience at the Rock Bottom Brewery. The waitress was great; food was delicious. I loved the open dining room with giant windows where you could watch people walk around downtown and they even had these cool tables with individual taps right on the table. I have no idea how those taps worked..it was debated at our own table whether you would have to pay for the whole keg in order to pour your drinks from it. The prices were similar to that of a Chili’s or Applebees and rightfully so. I’d definitely go back to the one in Omaha or even check out the Rockbottom Brewery near us in Minneapolis.
After dinner it was off for some swing-dancing with the Jitterbugs!
Years back, before Dave and I even started dating (it’s been 6 years as of this month!), I was considering attending school in Michigan. I checked out a private Christian college there one weekend and ended up taking a beginner’s swing-dancing class.
But that was 6 years ago and only one class! I decided to join in with the beginner group where we all learned the basics of swing dancing. It was fairly awkward (to me) because we were in a circle with a partner picked out and then we had to rotate to a new partner basically when we had everything figured out with the current partner. Yes, it was good practice because every partner is different, but still weird to me.
I will admit it was fun when I found a partner that was somewhat good. The traditional role of the male lead means that basically all the gal (or the follower) has to do is keep a beat and pay attention to what the dude (or lead) is doing, therefore a lot of it rests on the lead’s shoulders.
Brother Josh has been dancing with this swing-dancing group for years and is quite the expert, so a lot of his dancer friends came for his send-off. Really it was like he was a celebrity. Everyone had to get a dance in with him and I barely made the cut. It was so fun seeing him in his element and I got all emotional and probably embarrassing taking tons of pictures and video of him dancing.
Other Weekend Eats
Other eats that weekend included a variety of BBQ-esque items when we hung out at Dave’s parent’s house.
Lunch there was followed by a wild afternoon of playing UNO. There were “house rules” that made each game go on for-ev-er. Especially when you have 6 adults playing. One of the crazy house rules is that if someone lays down a draw four, if the next person also has a draw four, he or she may lay that down and make the next person draw 8. Unless that next person also has a draw four, he or she can lay that one down. We all ended up with a pile of cards in our hand at one point or another.
That evening Dave and I had dinner at Village Inn with my mom, sisters and nephew. I always seem to get breakfast when I’m there and this time was no different. Hello french toast and eggs!
And hello stud muffin of a nephew!
Before we knew it, it was Sunday and time to hit the road again! I kind of hate these short trips since there are always so many people I want to see, so hopefully I can take a few days this summer to hang out a little longer in O town.
Have you ever been swing dancing? Did you like it?
What is your favorite adult beverage?
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