Sunday, July 26, 2009

Date Night & An Interesting Food Choice

Last night hubby and I went out to dinner by ourselves for the first time since the toddler was born - that's almost two years! We had such a good time: talking, walking around, shopping, being silly... The highlight of our date was definitely the leisurely dinner. It was great to actually have time to eat... :o)

We went to a California Bistro that uses local, organic produce as well as organic meats in its dishes. I am usually a bit skeptical about eating out, but I was very comfortable as I felt I knew what I was eating.

As soon as we sat down, we got warm, delicious bread. I only had a bite as I wanted to have room for my entree; hubby LOVED the bread and ate almost all the bread (and almost all the butter!) all by himself...

Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the restaurant has a special three course meal on the menu, and that's what hubby ordered. His meal started with a house salad that was lightly dressed in a simple vinaigrette. The salad also had some cherries in it; it tasted very good and fresh. Hubby shared the salad with me... :o)

Hubby's entree was chicken in a rosemary sauce. I love rosemary, but I find that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Luckily, the rosemary flavor was perfect - very pleasant and not too strong. The chicken came with silky mashed potatoes and very flavorful and perfectly cooked veggies.

And now to my entree. As I was reading the menu, Thai Noodles with veggies and tofu stood out, and I almost ordered them. However, then, all of a sudden, my eyes jumped to the burger. And I REALLY wanted a burger. I didn't know what to make of it. I haven't eaten meat for over a month now, so this sudden urge to eat meat was certainly strange. I felt good about the grass fed, organic, hormone-free meat that the restaurant uses, and so I ordered the burger and decided to see what would happen next. Hubby was pretty shocked when I ordered the burger! Well, hubby, I am full of surprises! ;)

So here it is: my burger. I thought the cherry tomato, olive & pepper on top were very cute! :o)

The burger came with seasoned fries. I haven't eaten fries in a loooong time, and in the past I would have loved them. However, I am eating a lot less processed food and a lot less salt, so these fries were a bit salty for my taste.

I ate half of the burger and actually enjoyed it. I also ate a few fries. I'm not quite sure what I should make of my sudden desire to eat meat? Maybe my body was trying to tell me something? Well, we'll see where I go from here...

Hubby's meal ended with a dessert duo: carrot cake and creme brulee. Unfortunately, we attacked the dessert before I had a chance to take a picture, and the picture I took after we had eaten a good part of the dessert looks disgusting... But the dessert was absolutely fabulous. The carrot cake was really moist and rustic. There were big pieces of carrots and raisins. And the creme brulee had a nice crust and a nice, creamy texture. It was mildly flavored with vanilla, and it was not too sweet. The perfect ending to a perfect date! :o)

Question: When was the last time you enjoyed a special dinner (at home or at a restaurant)? And what did you eat?

Be well,
Andrea

13 comments:

  1. Looks like a beautiful dinner!! What a great date night- glad you had fun!!

    I am looking forward to a special dinner at an amazing local place next weekend, Foothills Milling- they are known for their amazing specialties - can't wait!!

    Happy birthday to your 18-year old too!

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  2. Oh how fun! I'm glad you got to enjoy a nice relaxing night with your husband. The food looks so wonderful, and your meal sounds similar to one Nick and I would have (aka, starts out with Nick eating all the bread!). I gotta say, your burgers looks best. I love the little "kabob" on top, haha. I used to be addicted to fries, but now I can easily go without them. When I get a burger it usually satisfies me just enough, and the fries are an after thought (Nick usually eats those too..). Thanks for sharing your pics!

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  3. I'm glad you had such a fun date night!! Your meals look yummy! Is it bad that I can't think of a special dinner? eek! We eat dinner together every day, which I think is special, and it's mostly at home! When we go out we do seafood - Lobster Bar is a favorite!! I always order grouper, Halibut or snapper (things I don't feel comfortable making at home.)

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  4. Yay for date night!!! Sounds like a fun time with the hubby:)

    Both meals look yummy - good for you on only eating half of the burger and only a FEW fries - you are my hero!!!!

    Hmmm...as for the last time I had a special dinner.... *cricket, cricket* ;P Sad, very sad :(

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  5. aww thats so nice that you and the hubby got a night alone :D
    sounds like a great dinner! those fries look amazing!

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  6. What a great sounding date night!! You know, sometimes there's just nothing better than a burger. I love how they topped it too! And carrot cake is my FAVORITE!!

    Hmmmm, I'm trying to remember the last time I ate out for a special occasion. Probably for some friend's of mys birthday. We ate a Houlihans(love that place). I had a mexican type dish but it was so long ago I forget what it was...

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  7. Hurray for a date night! I can totally understand about taking so long to finally have one sans kids. Sounds like us :-) The burger looked so good and the dessert sounded even better - two of my faves on one plate! If you have a moment, send me a message offline w/ the name of the restaurant ;-) Love the organic meats part especially and we are always looking for good, new places ...

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  8. Awww, date night rulz! Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time. And I can't say I've not done the same thing... started eating something that was sooo good and go "oops! Where's my camera?" right in the middle of it.

    Thanks for your great comment today helping our kids find a balance with healthy eating and "real world" eating. That's what it's all about.

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  9. that's funny you were craving a burger - maybe your body wants more iron?

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  10. What a fun date! Your body might have been craving some sort of nutrient- iron maybe? Or maybe you just wanted it which happens to me all the time! lol

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  11. Aw, a date bwn just you and your hubbie! I'm glad you guys found the time to enjoy yourselves!
    Sometimes, I do crave meat too, though I am more of a veggie-lover. I think it may be because sometimes my body just needs the extra strength.

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  12. I love date nights like that! And TWO YEARS?! You guys definitely deserved it ;) I like the premise of local, organic food, too :) I'm glad you enjoyed that burger!

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  13. The burger looks good! ;)

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