Sunday, August 9, 2009

Afternoon Date, Delicious Meal & Some Uninterrupted Reading Time

You may remember that just two weeks ago hubby and I went on our first date since the toddler was born almost two years ago. Yesterday, we were very lucky and got to go on another afternoon date. It was so nice to just walk around and talk without constant interruptions...

We remembered how important it is to have some "only us time." I felt so much younger and carefree. And once we picked up the toddler, we were re-energized and ready for playing, and little tantrums, and hugs, and kisses - all of it! And the toddler had had a great time on his play date and didn't even want to go home...

Now, a date wouldn't be a date without some food... :0) Actually, that's not true, but when you NEVER get to go out to a civilized, peaceful, quiet meal, that's what you do!

We ate around 3:30, so you can either call it a very late lunch or a very early dinner, I guess... Or let's just call it linner. Since we didn't go during "normal" dining hours, we could only order from the bar menu. But it was perfect. Here is what we got (we shared all of these dishes):

Salad with Cherries, Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette & Goat Cheese Fritters - the salad was perfectly dressed with just the right amount of vinaigrette and the goat cheese fritters were nice and crispy on the outside and creamy and slightly tangy in the middle.
Ahi Tuna Poke, with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Japanese 7 Spice & Seasoned Seaweed. Okay, here is my confession. Remember how I said we shared all the dishes. Well, I will admit I ate about 90% of this dish. But only because hubby usually doesn't really care for raw fish. But this tuna was so tender and flavorful that he wanted more after I had eaten it all...
Oh, I almost forgot... We also split a burger and some fries... :o)
And we ended the meal with Artisan Goat Cheese with Apricots, Walnut Bread & Red Wine Caramel Sauce - the cheese was possibly the smallest portion of cheese I have ever seen! But the combination of the walnut bread, the pleasantly sweet sauce & the cheese was perfect. And it was just enough as we were quite full from the other food.
What a satisfying meal! And as an added bonus most of our dishes, as well as our drinks, were cheaper because it was Happy Hour, and we ate in the bar area. We had a perfect little table and could do some people watching, which I love...

After we finished our meal, we walked around a bit and ended up in a bookstore. I found Carol Alt's book Eating in the Raw. I got to read it for about 40 minutes, without interruptions. Yes, I realize that reading the book was a bit ironic after our linner choices...
Questions: What did you do this weekend? What book(s) are you currently reading?

Be well,


  1. so glad you got some quality time in with your honey - i babysit for couples a lot and they always seem so happy when they come home!

  2. I'm so glad you got to get out the house with your husband and enjoy a very delicious looking linner! I know I need to start cherishing the fact that Nick and I go on a date at least once a week. For me, that's not enough, but good lord I need to start thinking realistically if I ever want to have children!

    As far as good books, I've been taken away to so many new places this summer! I JUST (literally 10 minutes ago) finished my fifth book of the summer. It was a book by Nicholas Sparks called "The Guardian". If you have read any of his books you know they are all sappy romances, but this was VERY different! I couldn't put it down. I read it in two day :)

  3. Great meal with your hubbie! Esp that cheese course...I could probably eat several plates of that for the main meal! ;-)

    I'm right now reading Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes. As usual, pretty chilling and depressing...but SOOO good!

  4. "Linner" looked really good! As you know, we saw Julie & Julia this weekend and, as far as books go, I'm just starting "Memoirs of a Geisha"--I'm sure it'll be good!

  5. Couple time -- sweet!

    I'm reading "Love the One You're With" by
    Emily Giffin -- she's one of my favorite authors. I'd recommend any of her three other books, too. I also got "I'm So Happy For You" by Lucinda Rosenfeld.

  6. your food pics look AWESOME... WOW! I heart uninterrupted reading time - I read all day Sunday! I'm reading The Time Traveler's Wife, The Undomestic Goddess and HOlly's Inbox!

  7. Wow everything looks so deliciousm I love the pictures!
    I just got done reading The Time Travelor's Wife...SO GOOD!
    I started Julie & Julia

  8. I want some of that Tuna Poke! :) I'm glad you guys had a good time!

  9. How fun you got to have linner together all alone AND that you didn't wait another two years to out together! It's def. important to make time for each other, something we have to remind ourselves of over here too.

  10. Glad to hear you finally had some alone time with hubby. My sister struggles with that with her hubby and 2 year old. I'm trying to be better at babysitting for her.

    I like the word much better than Lupper!

  11. Just finished Natalia Rose's The Raw Food Detox Diet