Downtown Livin’

Well, I survived my first full week in Grand Rapids and I have to say – I LOVE it here.


I took that picture on Wednesday evening on my way to meet a couple coworkers for dinner. It’s so cool being close to downtown and I love that I am within walking distance of a ton of restaurants and bars. I feel like I am really making the most of living here and I am immersing myself completely in the heart of Grand Rapids.

We ate at one of my favorite places that used to be my go-to spot for sushi when I lived here during pharmacy school – XO.


I ordered a cup of wonton soup and two rolls: A California roll with cream cheese and an Amazing Roll. It goes without saying that both were amazing.


XO brings back a lot of memories for me. If you are a long time reader of my old blog, you may remember that I used to eat there quite a bit when I used to live here. My friend Jenny and I would go there a lot, and my sister always loved to go when she would visit me. Well, not much as changed because she drove down on Friday to see the apartment and stay the night, and I’ll give you one guess as to where we went for dinner 😉

Before our sushi date, Courtney and I spent the entire day shopping and exploring. We hit up some department stores in northern Grand Rapids before making our way to the mall in Grandville and let me just say – we did some serious damage.

Our final stop before heading back to my apartment was the sporting good section at Meijer to pick up an air mattress – aka my guest bed. I only have one bedroom in my apartment but I think this made a pretty good alternative to a guest bed, and after sleeping on it Courtney will vouch for that.


After dropping our bags off at my apartment, we changed and got dolled up for a night on the town.


Obviously, as I already mentioned, our first stop was more sushi at XO.

I ordered the exact same rolls as I did on Wednesday and Courtney ordered a Green Dragon Roll and something called the Hot Girl Roll. I can’t remember what was on that one, but it had a kick to it!


After dinner, I took her a couple of my favorite spots that I knew she would enjoy. First up was Mojo’s – a dueling piano bar that is an all around good time. They have two piano players on stage at a time that are really talented and fantastic entertainers. They take requests, get the audience involved, and have us laughing and having fun the entire time.

After about an hour at Mojo’s we walked a couple blocks to The Back Forty, a country bar that I found out about right before I graduated. They had a live band on Friday night and played some pretty good music! At one point we all jumped on the dance floor for the Cupid Shuffle. Not exactly country, but classic.

We walked back home after that and Courtney left on Saturday morning. She had to be back home in Traverse City for work so it was a short and sweet visit, but it was a blast! We crammed in a lot of the stuff in the 20 hours that she was here 😉

Since I’ve talked about sushi a lot in this blog post, it must be said that another food I love just as much as sushi is Mexican food and I was happy to try a couple local Mexican places this past week too! On Monday I met my friend Mel at Donkey.


They had a very small menu, but everything was delicious! I ordered the flautas:


And my friend got a couple tacos. I can’t remember what was in them, but they looked freakin’ awesome!


I also got Mexican food last night with one of my closest high school friends – Melissa!

She lives about 40 minutes south of Grand Rapids so she drove up for the afternoon and we got pedicures and then met up with her husband, Nick, at Cinco de Mayo for dinner. No pictures from that place but it was goooood. After dinner we hung out at my place for a little bit. Nick took care of some things around my apartment for me that I needed fixed and then made himself comfortable with my electric foot massager and a beer. I guess that was my way of thanking him 😉


(Did anyone else notice Mikey photobombing in the background? Love it.)

Today has been pretty low key and relaxing. I got a workout in this morning (more on that later) and then did some grocery shopping and food prep for the week. I’m about to go make something for dinner and then it’s bedtime for this girl!

Ta ta, friends 🙂