This year, more than ever, was really quite a good year. I don’t mean that in the traditional sense per se. We did have our ups and downs, and there were moments where we both kind of felt more than a little disappointed. What I mean is that in terms of the relationships with the people in our lives this was an especially good year.

Our friendships especially blossomed this year. Over the past couple of years we’ve been getting to know a couple of groups of friends together, and I think over the past 12 months those friendships have become even more important to us. We’ve gotten to know everyone a little bit better, and we have allowed everyone to get to know us, the way we really are. We’ve laughed together; we’ve worked together; we’ve vented together over long dinners, breakfast and lunches; we’ve made plans together; and despite some hesitation on the part of some (LOL), we’ve even played games together. I’m serious. Like charades with a full on white board, markers and lots of yelling.

We really have made some great memories together. So when our friend Frida suggested a potluck get together to close out the year together, we were all for it. A couple of days later Pollo Tropical sent us an email and asked us if we were interested in working with them. Things just kind of worked out that way. This past weekend we all came together for our Christmas/end of year get together and enjoyed lots of delicious treats from Pollo Tropical. Everyone raved about how good all of the delicious food was. And they sent so much of it that there was enough for everyone to take home leftovers.

The Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept restaurant had told us they were catering for 15 people, but as one of our friends put it, “we weren’t sure if it was catering for 15 or catering for 15 Latinos,” jajaja! It turns out it was the latter and then some. I’m telling you there was a lot of food!

The other great thing that came out of our collaboration too is that we get to giveaway two of these catering packages to two lucky winners on the blog. We are really excited about that!

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What comes in the catering package for 15 are the following menu items:

– Grilled chicken
– Rice and beans
– Salad rolls 
– Pollo Tropical sauces
– Some dessert options

For your chance to win, just leave a comment here on the blog before 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, December 26, 2014. We’ll choose a winner and let you know if you have won one of the two catering packages before the New Year.

In case you’re wondering if Pollo Tropical has a location near you, here are their locations in Texas:

Houston area:
21441 Tomball Parkway in Tomball
11400 Broadway Street in Pearland
6522 Westheimer Road (opened today – Dec. 19)

DFW area:
5290 Belt Line Road in Addison
11440 N. Dallas Tollway and 9055 John Hickman Parkway in Frisco
2220 South Loop 288 in Denton
2601 North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth
102 S. Central Expressway in Allen (opening Jan. 16, 2014)

San Antonio:
838  E. Bitters Road
6819 N. Loop 1604 W.

Now here’s to friendship! Enjoy our photos from our little end of year gathering.

We’re very lucky to have all of these great people in our lives.

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