A Date With Dates

December 7, 2011

Matt and I both have meetings downtown this afternoon, so he asked me out on a lunch date to add some excitement to this rainy day. We both walked here in the rain – I refuse to drive downtown when we live so close [with the exception being a massive thunderstorm with sideways rain, in which case I probably would just wait until it was over and then walk.]

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Our destination was Eppies, one of my favorite lunch spots with a menu of healthy comfort foods.

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I alternate between the vegetarian plate (you pick 4 sides plus cornbread!) and the Santa Monica salad that comes with Corn, Spinach, Dates, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and a Champagne dressing. I added some chicken today.

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The best part is the pumpkin loaf that comes on the side!

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Matt got the veggie plate with collards, beans and mac and I was a little jealous, but he shared a few bites and I gave him about a quarter of my chicken

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HIs best part – cornbread here is like cake!

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I’m using the free downtown wifi to work here for a bit – and procrastinate the cold walk home! Perhaps a decaf cappuccino is on the agenda?

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Happy Hump Day!

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1 Emily G. @ from my messy desk December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

THAT SALAD LOOKS AMAZING!!! And the cornbread! Oh yum! I don’t think you can have cornbread without corn..and even better – add a can of rotel, too! Scrumptious!

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2 Amy December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Oh Eppies <3 <3

Now I want their pesto … their cheese tortellini … their turkey meatballs … curry chicken salad …

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3 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Let’s meet here for lunch soon!?

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4 Amy December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

YES!

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5 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Next week or the next? I’m pretty flexible

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6 HRCK December 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I miss Eppie’s so much :)

And I think I would call my ideal cuisine “healthy comfort food.” Sounds so good on a drenched and cold day like today!

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7 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Eppie’s misses you! I love how the food here tastes homemade

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8 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I would eat anything that came with pumpkin bread on the side! What a good idea. I love the little loaf, so cute :)

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9 Chloe (In Fine Feather) December 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

That salad looks awesome, I love fresh corn.

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10 Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. December 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Your meals look so incredibly good! Wow, why don’t we have anything that looks that delicious in california, I surely don’t know!

I would have a hard time deciding between those two meals too!

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11 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That salad looks delicious! I always vow to eat more salads, but when I make them at home they just never taste as good :)

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12 lauren @ spiced plate December 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

What awesome meals! It’s super rainy here too..can’t wait to put on some sweat pants and curl up with a nice nourishing meal with my husband tonight!

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13 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Matt’s lunch looks so perfect for this dreary day!

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Dang that looks like a great comforting lunch! The chicken looks perfect too! Those are huge chunks of real chicken. It’s nasty and pouring in Atlanta today too…just gross out. I think it’s coffee time!

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15 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

that pumpkin loaf looks amazing! and the cornbread… man, i would have a hard time picking out just one thing to order on this menu!

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16 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I want that pumpkin loaf! And free downtown wifi?!?

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17 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Your lunch looks delicious! I wish my salad at lunch would have looked like that!

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18 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money December 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Yum! I love comfort food. I used to live in Jackson, MS and every restuarant had good comfort food. Here is Florida it is hard to come by. I need a trip to the real south soon.

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19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Wow, the food at that restaurant sounds great! That pick-4-sides deal sounds like exactly what I’d need – I can never decide!

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20 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Still haven’t gone there! Must do sometime…

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21 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This restaurant looks amazing! Your lunch looks absolutely delicious. I want that pumpkin loaf! Stay dry :)

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22 Melissa @ HerGreenLife December 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Love that I’m not the only one with places I refuse to drive — and how you would handle extreme weather events :)

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23 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My hubbie and I are having a lunch date on Friday followed by some Christmas shopping. Giddy with excitement! Speaking of ‘dates’ I just finished making my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Date Squares! My sweet indulgence!

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24 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Oh wow–both meals look totally awesome!!

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25 Amanda December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

The little pumpkin loaf is adorable. It’s so nice that the two of you were able to meet for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. :)

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26 Johanna B December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Love home-style healthy comfort foods. Your meals look comforting and tasty.

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27 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I want Eppie’s here! Everything looks homemade and super delicious. Please tell them the Hudson Valley NY would make a great second home. ;)

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28 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That looks SO delicious! My stomach is now growling…

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29 Heather H December 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Pumpkin loaf! Sign me up!

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30 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Seriously, cornbread makes anything about a million times better.

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31 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Cornbread is a great side to anything…especially if it is cake like. Way before I got into nutrition, I used to love making those little boxes of Jiffy corn muffins. Then I read the ingredients. :( Now, I make it from scratch. That means we enjoy them less often. Hmmmm, maybe veggie chili with cornbread on top for dinner…you always inspire!

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32 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

What a cute little pumpkin loaf! Mini food is too cute!

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33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Oh MY all of that looks delicious!!! And cakey cornbread is my favorite!!!!

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34 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I think that would be my favorite lunch spot, too! Yum!

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35 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That food looks delicious! Makes me want to go get a salad for dinner!

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36 Paige December 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Cornbread is my fav-or-ite! I love the sweeter ones. TJ’s has a mix that I actually lick the bowl when making!

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37 Jamie December 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That salad looks awesome! I love Charlottsville..it’s so pretty. My cousins work at South Street Brewery. :)

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38 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

That’s where Matt was heading (he and the magazine sales guy have beer meetings – go figure) to try the new Espresso Porter but he didn’t remember it’s closed mid-afternoon!

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39 Jamie December 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

HAHA!!! That’s so weird! Bummer they were closed! They are lucky to have beer meetings. My cousins are twin bartenders- Katie and Jenny. That place is amazing!!

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40 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Your downtown is beautiful, regardless of the weather. Pumpkin loaf = adorable. So glad you had a good lunch date!

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41 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

YUMMY!! Those meals look awesome!

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42 Kelly December 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I almost went there for lunch today but packed a giant salad topped with a no bull burger so had to resist the temptation. I did venture outside for a quick walk to the downtown post office and got back to the office soaking wet :-(

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43 Robyn December 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

no bull burgers…best ever!

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44 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Agreed!! Would have been fun to run into you Kelly!

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45 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Mmmmm lunch looks perfect! And how much, and impromptu lunch date :)

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46 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Yum! Sounds like a great place! The salad looks delish :)

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47 Cait's Plate December 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Aw what a nice way to break up the day :)

Both the pumpkin loaf and cornbread look AMAZING.

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48 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

what a perfect lunch spot!

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49 katie @KatieDid December 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Fun way to break up the week! We’ve been all rain and gloom here also lately, hoping it breaks up soon. I need some vit D in my system.

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50 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

It’s nice to have a little lunch date in the middle of the day! Too bad it was raining. It’s terribly late today here in NJ.

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51 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The cornbread does look like cake! I bet I’d love it.

And that’s great that you two make time for dates. I haven’t been on a date (alone no kiddo) with my husband since maybe when i was pregnant? like 5+ yrs ago! Whoops :) It’s all good though.

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52 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Mmmmm delicious food here! I can’t believe they give you mini pumpkin loaves!! That’s really smart of them to do that.

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53 Laura @ She Eats Well December 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Dates = my heaven on earth. In salads. Stuffed with almond butter. Stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in bacon. Plain. I could go on and on…so delish!

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54 Anna @ On Anna's Plate December 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Yum– what an interesting combo of flavors!! Sounds great!

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55 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I so wish we lived in an area where walking to work/shopping/downtown etc was feasible but it just isn’t so for us. :( Your salad looks awesome and that cornbread is making my mouth water. Have a great Wednesday!

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56 mel December 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I’m in Ohio and the rain stopped yesterday and turned into snow flakes! I’ll take light snow over rain anyday…but I’ll take 60’s and 70’a over that! haha. Lunch looks delicious…like a healthy cracker barrel. Have a great evening

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57 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Wow.. looks beeaautiful :) champagne dressing sounds interesting!? And I looove dates in salads – yum!

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58 RunEatRepeat December 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I am on the search for the perfect corn bread. Meghann and Anne said Bobbie Flay’s restaurant in Vegas had the most epic blue corn bread. I need it.

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59 Jen December 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

That’s a really great picture of the two of you! And that lunch looks delicious.

I wish I had more pumpkin-y things in my life. I only had pumpkin pie at thanksgiving and that was almost two months ago (I’m Canadian).

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60 Anna December 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

That pumpkin loaf is the cutest little cute ever!!!! I’m now going to search for a pan that makes those…

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61 Sarah@The Flying ONION December 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

That pumpkin loaf and cornbread is enough to make me want to move. ;)

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62 Angel7 December 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The cornbread looks amazing–I wish I could have a piece of it right now!!!

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63 Julie December 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I am a new reader of your blog, and I think it’s really great!

I just moved to Charlottesville a few months ago, and have yet to make it to Eppie’s. It’s on my list of places to go. The food looks fantastic!

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64 KathEats December 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Welcome Julie! If you’d like, we should be friends :)

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65 Julie December 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

I’d love that! Still working on the whole ‘new network of friends’ thing in Cville!

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66 Jennifer December 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

That’s such a nice picture of you guys. :) That lunch really is full of comfort foods. Cornbread with actual corn pieces in it is the best!

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67 Paula December 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Only in the south is mac and cheese considered a veggie. I think that is so funny for some reason.

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68 Kel@The Kel Show December 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I love when I can order a salad in a restaurant and it looks as healthy and delicious as something I would put together at home!

Or wait. Maybe I love to put together salads at home that look like those you would get in an amazing restaurant!

I envy your date. You guys are so cute!

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69 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan December 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I totally thought that was some kind of bug on your corn :D I love how healthy you and Matt eat. And I really love being able to comment on blogs right through Reader – thanks for the tip!

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70 Meagan December 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm

His meal looks fab! I love greens like that!!

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71 Andrea @ MainelyVeggies December 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

yummmm, dates are the bees knees :)

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72 Khushboo December 8, 2011 at 1:08 am

I want Matt’s lunch!! Everything looks so delicious..and fresh !

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73 Elisabeth December 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

The chicken on that salad looks delicious! Is it roasted chicken?

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74 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

Yup

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75 modernworkinggirl December 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

Yum! That reminds me of the cafeteria at Whole Foods :)

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76 Kat December 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

I am SO excited to try this salad. I live in Denver and am in C’ville only temporarily for work and this salad looks exactly like one from a great restaurant in Denver. I can’t wait to try it!

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77 Kat December 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

I should add that I’m in C’ville until Jan12th and am loving your website for ideas of things to do and places to eat! Thank you!

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78 Dan Epstein December 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the nice post, Kath. Glad to see you’re such a fan. I hope we cross paths soon.

For the record, Great Harvest’s Sunflower Whole Wheat is definitely one of my favorite breads. I love it with both sweet (honey, jam) and savory (hummus, peanut butter) toppings.

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79 KathEats December 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hey Dan, thanks for stopping by! I’ve already got a lunch date to come back in 2 weeks – getting the veg plate then!

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80 The Healthy Apple December 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Yummy; what a fun meal! You look so pretty in that purple/blue coat. Love it!

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81 Jenny December 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

It’s so cute that you and your younger brother are so close!
You guys look so much alike, how cute! I’m also loving this blog, Kath! And I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

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82 KathEats December 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

Do you mean my husband!?

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