IMG_0340 so we decided that for one glorious mid-week night...healthy, homemade food be darned! it is october, after all. and that calls for a fest. when menu planning for the week, ben tossed out the idea of a little trip to brat haüs to celebrate all things beer and pretzels and sauerkraut and sausage. you can imagine his surprise when i replied with a, "sure, lets do it!" i think i scored some MAJOR points there.

i mean, it wasn't a completely altruistic move on my part. they have duck fat fries. so, naturally...i am game.

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after a cloudy and rainy day here in the AZ, the weather was simply delightful and made for the perfect scene for our feast fest. we grabbed a table and enjoyed the cool breeze. splendid.

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and would you look at that little face? the tongue. the total anticipation. just poring over that menu. she is so our kid.

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elinor did some major people watching while she waited for the pretzel goodness to arrive. and ben and i chit-chatted and took a load off. oh yes, and ben got a big ol' brew fit for a german king. he was pretty darn happy. and can we talk about the pretzel? i have a major crush on pretzels. elinor does too, but mostly as a vessel for all the dips. she was a cheese dip and honey mustard monster. she even got in on the spicy mustard stuff.

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see what i meant about elinor being our kid? every single picture of us from the meal was essentially a drool-fest. me and my beloved pretzel. ben and his sausage with root beer onions. give us some food i tell ya...we are a happy bunch. pleased as punch.

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and then there is this. my new favorite picture for a couple reasons: 1) elinor's mid-sentence face and instinctual hand reach when she saw those fries arrive and 2) those crispy and salty fries with tasty dips. i want to eat those all day long. right? hey, when will duck fat fries with truffle aioli finally be recognized as they superfoods that they are?

it was a great evening.