The Hunger Games & Weekend Adventures

Hello and happy Sunday!

Matt and I have been having a nice weekend here in Chapel Hill. On Friday night we saw The Hunger Games! We both loved it (and have both read all the books — don’t see the movie before you read the books!) — what did you guys think? I was really impressed with how they translated it all into a movie. Plus, it was filmed in NC — wish I’d been an extra. ;)

Yesterday, Matt and I spent the day at Macy’s working on our wedding registry! Before heading out, we fueled up with a good lunch. Matt hates making lunch but loves making dinners — I’m the opposite! It works out well. :) Here’s what I made us:


I made a variation of this hummus wrap for one of my packed lunches earlier this week and it was so good I had to make it again.


It’s an Ezekiel wrap filled with roasted red pepper hummus, sliced pickles, a ton of sprouts, and some hearty spinach. Great variety of textures and flavors!



To enjoy on the side, I made us both salads with a homemade dressing (just a mix of garlic olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and salt/pepper):


Plus some kiwi hiding in the back of the photo below. :)


Guys crack me up — check out Matt’s version of rolling up his wrap:


Versus mine:


Lol. I made wraps for us again today and wrapped it for him. :)

After running a bunch of errands and finishing our registry at Macy’s, Matt and I headed back out for a fun dinner date. We met up with Laura (aka Larbs, who I met through her sister, Kath) and her boyfriend Matt at one of my favorites, Guglhupf in Durham.



Matt and I have both been to Guglhupf before for brunch, but never for dinner. Laura and Matt live in Durham and said it’s one of their dinner favorites so we were excited to check it out!


They were right — the food was delicious! To start, I enjoyed the roasted pear salad:


And for my entrée, I ordered the scallops with sautéed swiss chard, mushrooms, and pureed kohlrabi.


So good!

For dessert, Matt and I shared the cheese tart — it was topped with a tart lemon layer and was SO amazing. I love desserts like this — not too sweet.


Thanks for the fun night, Laura & Matt!

Time to tackle our to-do lists and then — must. finish. registering!! Today’s plan is Crate & Barrel. :) Have a great day!


  1. 1

    I really liked the movie too! I know sometimes it is tough to jam a whole novel into a movie and important parts are left out but I felt they did a good job and avoided this. I always like the books more than the movies though!

  2. 2

    Where in NC? I heard that the girl from District 10 is a Carolina girl!

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    I loved the movie! Thought covered all the important parts of the book nicely. Want to see the next movie ASAP!

    Your roasted pear salad looks fabulous!

  4. 6

    Ohhh, I love the new format. Being as I am the old fogie reader of your blog, I will just come out and ask. “The Hunger Games”, is that “Harry Potter”. Ha. Sounds like a nice laid back weekend.

  5. 8

    Looks like such a fun weekend… have a good time completing your registry! You’ll feel so great once it’s all done! :)

  6. 9

    Guys named Matt are just so cute!!

    Glad you had a good time!

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    I can’t wait to see the Hunger Games! I read all the books and lived in NC for five years. I was excited to hear they filmed it in NC. BTW, your wraps look really good!

  8. 12

    We really enjoyed dinner with y’all! Hope we can do it again some time soon.

  9. 13

    I absolutely LOVED wedding registry time! :) Sounds like a lovely weekend.

  10. 14

    Crate and Barrel is one of the best places on earth! Enjoy it!

    Love the new look!

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    Allison W says:

    love the new format!! In your comment section the name and headers for the spaces you fill in are missing.

    Can’t wait to see the Hunger Games! Guglhupf rocks for brunch – I went there yesterday!

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    That’s totally how my wrap would look if I rolled it – no patience! ;) Dinner looked fun!

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    Oh Anne, I made an appoint to find out about The Hunger Games, and I decided it isn’t for me. I don’t like this type of story line because I can see it happening in today’s times. Now, all the kids around your age in my family loved it. I guess you have to have lived a little longer to be wary of it.But to each his own.

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      Renie, I was hesitant at first as well – a story about kids killing other kids to survive?? But the story as a whole (character development, plot line, etc.) is very well done through the three books. And yes, it’s written as something that could conceivably happen, but not anytime soon in my opinion. It’s more of a dystopian work like 1984 or The Giver, both of which were excellent novels.

      Also, for those who liked the Hunger Games books, I recommend the City of Ember series. It’s also a young adult series (4 books) but well written and enjoyable for adults too.

      P.S. I haven’t seen the movie yet – hopefully this weekend!

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    Love the first picture, gotta love a meal that’s a symphony in green!! :-)

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