Spicy Squid and Mango Salad

Spicy Squid and Mango Salad
Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

We closed on our house last week!!! (I think that deserved more than a single exclamation point) After we did the walk through and signed a gazillion documents, Eric and I went back and had a quiet moment together. There was Prosecco consumed out on the front porch. We got to meet a few of our neighbors, all of whom greeted us warmly. Now we begin the process of moving. We immediately started moving fragile items and the massive amounts of photography props just to make room for more boxes.  Next week, the movers come which, along with hiring a painter, was one of the smartest things we could have done in this whole process. Those cookbooks are heavy!

Despite having no furniture in our house, we managed to throw our first dinner party on Sunday. Ok, so we took in Thai food and ate on the kitchen floor, but it was still a lot of fun. And we drank some delicious wine (thanks to Eric’s brother and sister-in-law). My heart melted a little when our niece came up to me and asked me if this was our new home. Seriously, precious.

This weekend will be spent in NJ hanging with my mom as she turns the big 6-0 (sorry, Mom, I had to share!). For months, she kept telling me that it was crazy to come down in the middle of the move. But celebrating this milestone… well, there’s no way we are missing this.

Spicy Mango and Squid Salad

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  • JoanneApril 3, 2014 - 7:49 am

    I am ABSURDLY happy and excited for you guys!!! It must be so good to feel like you’re HOME. Because you are. :)ReplyCancel

  • TieghanApril 3, 2014 - 9:01 am

    I am so excited for guys! It sounds like you have already made some awesome memories in your new house and I am sure there will be many more to come.
    Have fun celebrating with your mom this weekend! Oh and this salad is so pretty! I love mangos, but have never tried squid. Theres a first time for everything though!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesApril 3, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Absolutely gorgeous salad, and congrats on the house!!ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthApril 3, 2014 - 10:51 am

    such a beautiful looking salad..and im so excited for you both to create new memories in your home now. when i first move into my new apartment, i didnt have any furniture either so we sat on the floor, watched youtube and enjoyed Chinese takeout it was one of the best sleep i ever had after all that tiredness and feeling relief i guess :)ReplyCancel

  • ShainaApril 3, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Such a gorgeous dish. I have been loving mango in everything lately. I am so thrilled for you both on the house purchase, and I can’t wait to see what you do in the space to make it your own.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ The Suburban SoapboxApril 4, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Congratulations on your new home! I hope it’s filled with lots of love, laughter and happiness! Enjoy the birthday celebration and thank you for this salad. It’s gorgeous, I can’t wait to try it…I’m one of the few people I know that loves squid even when it’s not deep fried.ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on your new home and your mom’s birthday! Love everything about this salad – I’ve had squid salad at restaurants but haven’t tried making it at home before.ReplyCancel

  • LirenApril 4, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Brian, I am so so happy for you! Milestone after milestone, keep the prosecco flowing – I’ll be thinking of you as you settle into your home and new neighborhood, and also as you celebrate your mom’s 60th!Cheers!(This salad, by the way, it feels like it was made just for me. All my favorite things!)ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlApril 4, 2014 - 9:17 am

    So happy for you both! This salad is everything I love in one bowl.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceApril 4, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Congratulations on closing the house!! And good luck with the move – good call on hiring the movers. At some point you just have to stop asking friends/family to help, and pay for it instead ;)

    This salad is a beauty! I love all the colors and flavors.ReplyCancel

  • bev @ bevcooksApril 4, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    This is the most BEAUTIFUL plate of food I can’t even breathe or see or sit still.ReplyCancel

  • Greg HenryApril 4, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    I came hoping for pics of your new house, but I’m glad for the info about the closing and (of course) happy to leave with squid salad. GREGReplyCancel

  • FrancescaApril 6, 2014 - 3:33 am

    Congrats on closing out :) It’s a great feeling of closure and excitement, all wrapped up in one. These kind of sweet and savory thai dishes are super awesome, and this looks delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEApril 6, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Congratulations on your new home!! That’s such exciting news. This salad looks so fresh and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Toni | Boulder LocavoreApril 9, 2014 - 10:57 am

    I’m playing a bit of blog post catch up and loved both reading of the latest chapter in your move and this gorgeous dish Brian. Though moving is alot of work I’ve always loved that feeling of beginning ‘a new’ with each place we’ve lived. Change is so exciting. Wishing you the best with the process and fun of settling in.ReplyCancel

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  • Averie @ Averie CooksApril 12, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Your images are always so sharp, clear & stunning! Pinned!

    And congrats on closing on your house. What an amazing feeling and…happy decorating :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrushApril 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Congrats on the new digs! Ah, and now, to find the best light, right?? I love the freshness of this salad, and how much fun is squid to take pics of? All of those curlicues!ReplyCancel

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  • DeniseApril 19, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Brian, this is a great salad, and screams summer. Mango and squid together is perfection in my opinion. By the way … killer bowls!ReplyCancel

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