Breaking out some new-to-the-group board games. Longshot was a surprisingly decent horse-racing/horse-betting game. Mechanisms seemed a little odd at first but made sense as all the actions started to add up.
Flamecraft was a store/resource game where artists (dragons) shop for resources, took a bit longer to play than expected, but seemed also to be pretty well done.
Cat In the Box was a token placement, card-driven game. More simple than the first two, it involved initial simplicity combined with some player-driven choices/restrictions. Again, kind of fun, and less to keep track of than the first two-- much more streamlined mechanics.
Final game of the night was Picture Perfect. Decidedly different than the first three, it involved semi-hidden placement requirements for guests at a party, placed around a dinner table, for a picture. The entirely different mechanic was fun but seemed like the least favorite of the group; not sure if it was due to the mechanics being unfamiliar or if it was due to the mechanics being less appealing.
Few days later, caught Jupiter and Venus high in the night sky on the way to a local taco stand. Buche and al pastor remain delicious highlights there, especially in burrito and quesadilla forms. Carne asada isn't bad, neither is the chicken, but the chicken is definitely the least interesting of the options.
Wrapped up a busy few days with Mom and Dad's home cooking. Their visit overlapped with some college friends also in town, so they ended up cooking for everyone-- thanks Mom and Dad!