A D’Vine Birthday Party

May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Kate!!

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The car ride home from the beach went by pretty quickly, especially because I got to snack on a new Banana Bread Clif Bar! I liked it a lot, and it had lots of chew.

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We got home with exactly enough time to unpack and get dressed for a night out with my girlfriends. We told Kate to be ready at 6pm and picked her up for dinner and drinks at D’Vine Wine Cafe, a new wine bar + restaurant in Ballantyne. It turned out to be the perfect choice!!

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The girls all got white flights that came in these cool chandelier holders, and I decided on a half glass of red. I didn’t have much red all weekend because I always drink wine too fast when I am standing up, so I stuck to more slowly sipped cocktails, but I LOVE RED WINE, so tonight I got a delicious Petit Syrah and sipped it throughout dinner. I wanted another, but after a weekend of partying, I half a glass was plenty.

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The Earthquake from Lodi –

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We decided to choose a bunch of small plates to share for the table, starting with a spinach salad split 5 ways –

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And a cheese plate!

  1. Cotswald Cheddar – England
  2. Manchego – Spain
  3. Ivernia – Ireland

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Which came with pitas + toast

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Followed by a hummus plate with a Red Bean, Edamame and Traditional hummus –

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My Round I plates –

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Next we had Apple and Fig, Toasted bread and melted brie – d’vine!

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Lobster, Crab, and Corn Fritters with warm apple chutney –

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Split 5 ways we each got a half. These were so delicious!

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Seared Scallops in a Thai coconut sauce

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Servings – Kate gave me the lobster claw!

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Last but not least, three sliders: Kobe beef, lobster and crab cake, and seared tuna with a bean salad

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Which also came with some kettle chips! I had the beef plus a bite of the lobster one, a second scallop half and some beans

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What’s a birthday without dessert!? Luckily they had some sharable options – a selection of 3 cheesecakes, which we cut into 4 pieces

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And some Kilwin’s chocolates, also portioned for 5

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Just a taste of each!

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The owner of D’Vine was so nice to us and put the dessert on the house. They have lots of wine tastings and dinners coming up, so we will definitely be back. We were all impressed by the food!

After dinner some were still craving chocolate, so we went to Kilwin’s across the way to oogle at the fudge –

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I tried a sample of a butterscotch kind, but was pretty full, so I brought it home for Matt as a surprise on the kitchen table when he comes home at 4a.

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I am so fooded out!!! All I want are salads and smoothies. Time for the pendulum (and the pit!?) to swing the other way.

Here’s to the end of a fantastically fun yet very tiring weekend

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1 for the love of peanut butter May 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm

“fooded out”—great term! this is yet another example of the squiggly line effect-it all evens out! You have been really getting a lot out of life and you seem to be really enjoying yourself. no reason for that joy to stop-life is short :-)!

<3 Lee


2 Gillian May 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

That wine bar looks fantastic! I love great eating weekends but tend to only want fresh simple foods afterwards. Thank you for all your beautiful, inspiring posts. You truly express my favorite way of enjoying food-everything in moderation.


3 Katharina May 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

All the food looks incredible! Sharing is the best way to go. It’s always hard for me decide on one thing, so if people want to share then I don’t feel like I’m missing out on something that could possibly be delicious!

How was the red bean hummus? and the edamame one too? They sound interesting.


4 Victoria May 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Wow! That’s my idea of a great birthday! Hope Kate had a great time!


5 sonia May 4, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Dessert looks amazing. Sharing is always so much fun.


6 Jen May 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Talk about decadent! I’m swooning over every single dish you guys enjoyed! I totally wish I lived in the area so I could visit this place; it sounds fabulous. :) And I bet Matt’s going to love the early-morning surprise!


7 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm

What a fun celebration!


8 Christine May 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I have made edamame hummus, but red bean hummus??!?! I have red beans in my pantry… I will have to try this one day!!


9 Angie May 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

What a fun night! The food looked great, the wine selections- awesome…I have to agree with you, I’m a red wine girl all the way. Happy birthday to Kate!


10 Renee May 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I just had that Clif bar the other day too- it was VERY good!! =)


11 Run Sarah May 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Wow, what awesome eats…I need to try edamame or red bean hummus, they both look amazing.


12 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Whew – what a great weekend for you! That melted brie toast looks soooo good! Have a great night!


13 Casey May 4, 2009 at 9:37 pm

That is my kind of restaurant!

I love the banana cliff bar!


14 Erin May 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Fudge! I adore fudge.
What a fabulous wine bar and mini plates of food you had.


15 Bec May 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

everything looks great, I’m sure your friend had a blast celebrating with you girls!


16 Sophie May 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Wow. That lobster/crab cake slider looks amazing. I’m a sucker for anything crab so I know it would hit the spot. Gibsons in Chicago (where the Gibson cocktail was created for Matt!) makes some great Tilapia sliders. Mmm mmm.


17 courtney May 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

mmm, manchego. such a good cheese. sounds like a great glad you could enjoy it! and happy birthday to kate!


18 Kara May 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

That hummus + those desserts + that chocolate = serious food porn.


19 Brooke May 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

OMG! Your entry today made my mouth water like crazy! That restaurant seems like it certainly delivered!


20 Sharon May 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Oh wow, what a blast!


21 Diana May 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Fun times! Great recap! :)


22 Heather May 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Such a fun way to celebrate with the girls! I love how you got to try just a bit of everything. That hummus looks so intriguing! Is it just made of red beans and edamame instead of the chickpeas?

A bit off topic 😉 …
I’d like your opinion on Stonyfield yogurt. Do you buy the plain yogurt in fat free or low fat? Do you have a taste preference? Is either really better than the other nutrition-wise, taste-wise, or cooking-wise? Also, how long do those big containers stay good for?

Hope you have a lovely, relaxing week after such an exhausting (but exciting) weekend!


23 Katherine May 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

That looks like such a fun evening!

I feel as though I would have runined it with my gluten intollerance…

Anybody else feel this way when it comes to eating out at fun places with friends? I feel like such a pain in the ass sometimes! haha


24 Christina May 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

those sliders are too cute!


25 Lisa May 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

What a classy place! Looks like you guys had a great time – lots of tasty tidbits!


26 Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I almost feel sorry for you 😉

If Matt doesn’t want that fudge, you can send it to me…


27 Sccop May 4, 2009 at 11:40 pm

All those little plates look very good, but the red bean hummus – truly different. Was it sweet or savory? Red bean is very common in Asian desserts in all shapes and forms from soups to spreads to popsicles…but I’ve never seen it in hummus.


28 Moran (The Running Addict) May 4, 2009 at 11:51 pm

hahahaha “fooded-out”! I


29 Caroline May 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

OMG, I am totally coveting your hummus trio–it’s so appealing to the eye and the stomach;)


30 Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 5, 2009 at 1:28 am

What a great end to a weekend!! It looks like you’ve been having so much fun with friends lately, Kath. Nice to see the good balance!


31 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

what a fun night! Love that you had the opportunity to try all those dishes! yumyumyum 😉


32 Shelby May 5, 2009 at 6:00 am

How fun!!!


33 skinny latte May 5, 2009 at 6:04 am

Wow, that place looks “d’vine”!! What were the hummouses (did I spell that right?!) like? The ice-cream scoop presentation was very cool!


34 Michelle Hisae May 5, 2009 at 6:33 am

Those small plates looked like they filled you guys up! Whenever I go to those types, I’m usually left wanting more…


35 thepinkpeppercorn May 5, 2009 at 7:15 am

Wow! Lots of fun!!!


36 Beadie May 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

Wow! Looks like you had a really amazing weekend!!


37 Jessica May 5, 2009 at 7:28 am

I love all your selections, looks delcious! Diana emailed that you (plus friend) might be joining us this Saturday too, I hope so and can’t wait for a similar tasting night!


38 Sarah May 5, 2009 at 7:38 am

Ah, I love Kilwin’s! I have to drive 4 hours to get to the closest one, so when I do, its always a major treat :) Love the girls night out, those are the best!


39 life coach jen May 5, 2009 at 7:53 am

What a fun and food-filled last few days you’ve had! I bet you are ready for some fruits and veggies at this point, but it’s nice to indulge sometimes, too!


40 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 5, 2009 at 8:10 am

That wine bar looks amazing! I love wine bars! I LOVE the way they presented the food! :-) The cheeses must have been so good with the wine. Great photos! And you can never go wrong with wine. Nothing beats a Girls Night! You have inspired me to start planning one! :-)


41 brandi May 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

what a fun place! looks like you guys had a great weekend overall.

are you wearing headphones while driving?


42 DC May 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

i second that question..headphones while driving? not safe!


43 RK May 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

Thank you so much Kath for giving such a great picture of how to enjoy going out, celebrations with friends, and special events. Your positive and healthy attitude towards food and eating is such an inspiration to me. You really are helping me develop a more healthy attitude towards food and eating.
What a great evening out and such a fabulous idea to share small plates. Everything looks delicious!
Thanks again Kath!


44 JENNA May 5, 2009 at 8:34 am

d’vine looks incredible!! :) Your whole weekend looks incredible :)

Happy Tuesday!


45 Marisa (trim the fat) May 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

Looks like a great time, Kath!


46 skinnyrunner May 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

looks like an amazing meal!
i love manchego cheese… when I studied abroad in Spain, that would be my splurge food, its not cheap but is delish!


47 Ashley May 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

That food looks so good! Inspires me to try making different kinds of hummus.


48 Allison K May 5, 2009 at 9:29 am

looks like a great birthday!


49 Kath May 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

I wrote you back here:


Red Bean Hummus,
I have no idea how they made it, but I imagine it was just pureed red/kidney beans with seasonings. It was savory and delicious.

brandi + DC ,
That would be a hands-free phone headset – no music.




50 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale May 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

I love Petit Syrah (or Syrah / Shiraz in general!) because they have such a lovely, jammy, desert-y flavor… Plus, they’re perfect for slowly sipping… looks like a great selection!


51 Jess May 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

Man you have been living the party/foodie life lately! Looks like a fantastic restaurant.


52 Kaley May 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Ooops, I totally wear headphones while driving to listen to podcasts. I always fear people telling me it’s “unsafe,” but gosh, I get so bored otherwise.


53 brandi May 6, 2009 at 8:01 am

ha – I was wondering! :) I guess I’ve never seen a head set like that – cool


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