The Friday Five, 12/7/18: 5 things I've been up to this week

I was feeling much better this week until I got a flu shot yesterday, and then today I woke up with a 99.9 fever and was feeling super sweaty. Yay ... back to Tylenol ...

Pizza at Pasquale's, Royal Oak, MI
What I've been up to this week:
  1. Hanging out with friends. Last Saturday, a friend hosted a game night at her house, which was a lot of fun—we played Sushi Go, Cards Against Humanity, and The Cat Game, which is kind of like Pictionary but with cat pictures. Yesterday, a different friend and I went to Pasquale's in Royal Oak for dinner, because it's permanently closing sometime soon (not sure when, but either this month or February/March, I've heard). Their pizza is among the best in the area, and I finally tried out their pasta, too.
  2. Seeing movies. I saw Green Book by myself last Friday, which was excellent—I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars—and my boyfriend and I saw Instant Family on Wednesday, which was cute but uneven; I'd give it 3.25 out of 5 stars. I'm hoping to see something this weekend but may have to trek to AMC Livonia or the AMC Forum, because I am running out of movies to see at my local theater, AMC John R! 
  3. Cooking. I finished up a Dinnerly box last week, and I have Hello Fresh this week. Dinnerly included a turkey burger with pesto mayo and homemade fries, plus shu mai pork meatballs with sushi rice and green beans. I made a Hello Fresh maple pork dish with couscous and an apple salad this week—the apple salad was tossed in white wine vinegar and mayo, which sounds weird but was actually quite good. I still have a Hello Fresh steak dish and some pork carnitas tacos to make this weekend, too. 
  4. Work bake sale. One of my favorite days of the year is our work bake sale, because people bring in delicious baked goods and all of the funds raised goes towards Gleaners—our CEOs match the funds, too, and this year we raised over $750 apparently. I usually get a plate of desserts for about $4 or 5—this year I chose a champagne cupcake, a Kit-Kat brownie, some "puppy chow" (yum!), and another small brownie. 
  5. Trying out a new restaurant. "New" being a relative term here, because we went to Bobcat Bonnie's in Ferndale on Wednesday before the movie, and I had been to its Corktown (Detroit) location before (and previously just for brunch). Bobcat Bonnie's is pretty tasty—they do an awesome happy hour, with most appetizers being $5, so we kind of made ourselves a meal out of that. Cocktails are $5 during happy hour as well. They also have a "make your own coffee" bar, and during brunch on weekends they have a "make your own" Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, for only $3 each. You can read my Yelp review about Bobcat Bonnie's here
Hello Fresh maple pork chops with apple salad and couscous


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