All’s Quiet On The Western Front

October 16, 2009

I took a history class at Davidson called "Settlement of the American West." I’ve encountered little details all afternoon that take me back to the photos and works we read and discussed in the class. I feel like it could be 1872 right now! And this place is so vast and we haven’t even begun to explore the wilderness yet.

After showering and blogging, we set out to explore downtown Bozeman some more. I grabbed the last third of a Glo-bar on my way out to tide me over an hour until dinner. I realized that with the exception of beer, we hadn’t eaten since noon!

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Bozeman was super cute. Very chic, yet rustic at the same time. We walked around for about 45 minutes until it was time to head in for dinner. It sure got chilly once the sun set!

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We checked out the menus at some restaurants. Our version of "window shopping" :)

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And look what we stumbled upon!

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We hope to go back in the AM!

For dinner we met our friend from Davidson, Molly, and her boyfriend, Bert. They live here in Bozeman and it was wonderful to see friendly faces!

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We dined at the Emerson Grill, an artsy restaurant located in the Center for Arts and Culture that focuses on local, organic and sustainable foods.

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We were greeted with some homemade focaccia bread, which had the best salted herb crust! I had a piece throughout the dinner –

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We ordered a bottle of Trentadue Merlot – a winery Matt and I visited on our honeymoon and loved!!

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I had about a glass and a half’s worth throughout the dinner

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As an appetizer, we all split an antipasto platter with cheeses, meats, capers, roasted veggies and hummus.

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And a salad came with my meal – organic greens tossed in a maple-balsamic dressing –

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For dinner I ordered wild Alaskan CoHo salmon with polenta, red pepper coulis and kale.

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But unfortunately they ran out of kale :(

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We expressed our sadness and were brought some "kale" later as a nice surprise, but turns out it was swiss chard!! ‘Twas still tasty though

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Molly and Matt both ordered the chicken + red pepper risotto

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Bert got a steak with a blue cheese gratin

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We were pretty full for dessert, but Matt is now enjoying a sherry night cap while I blog!

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We’ve got a big day ahead tomorrow, and I’m exhausted from the time change and an early morning today.

Off to tuck in the bear…

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1 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 17, 2009 at 12:06 am

looks like fun! i’m in a hotel room too, but in san diego, where it’s HOT.

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2 Julie @savvyeats October 17, 2009 at 12:30 am

I love exploring new little towns! :)

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3 Sues October 17, 2009 at 12:58 am

Looks like you’re having a blast!! Maple balsamic dressing sounds wonderful :)

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4 amber October 17, 2009 at 1:03 am

I love Trentadue! I have tasted there as well ad loved it! Have fun in the Mountains!

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5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 17, 2009 at 1:04 am

I love your vacay pics!! You look like a model, Kath! Have a great day tomorrow.

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6 callinae October 17, 2009 at 1:12 am

Yum yum yum! Looks delish, and so pretty! :)

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7 maria October 17, 2009 at 1:18 am

The little town looks so cute! :)

Hope you get to head back to Great Harvest tomorrow!!!

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8 Diana October 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

That food looks so good :)

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9 Jac October 17, 2009 at 2:18 am

food looks delish.. nice shots of yourself!!

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10 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 17, 2009 at 3:08 am

I love small towns! They are so cozy and charming. :) The salmon looks delish.

Jenn

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11 Ellen October 17, 2009 at 4:05 am

i love Bozeman! and the name of that theater ;)

swiss chard is a totally acceptable exchange for kale, in my opinion. dinner looks delicious! enjoy your trip!

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12 christie @ honoring health October 17, 2009 at 5:37 am

Wow, looks like you found a great place to eat for such a small town! Everything looks delicious!

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13 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 17, 2009 at 5:42 am

What great pictures! Looking to forward to the rest of your trip!

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14 Julie October 17, 2009 at 6:12 am

Looks like a blast! I love the picture of the main street and movie theatre, sights like that make me want to move there! A quiet main road, rinky dink movie theatre and a backdrop or mountains…perfect.
Have a great day!!!

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15 MelissaNibbles October 17, 2009 at 6:15 am

Great pictures! Good luck on your trip!

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16 Mom October 17, 2009 at 6:39 am

So glad you are having fun but remembering a college class, too!

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17 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 17, 2009 at 6:51 am

Have a great Saturday there! I’m sure it will be a blast!

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18 Lizzy October 17, 2009 at 6:56 am

ah this makes me want to visit a small town. I love small towns because they have so much culture! Big cities are fun, but its chain after chain and gets old sometimes ya know ?!

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19 Susan October 17, 2009 at 7:13 am

Ha, looking at menus is my version of window shopping too!

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20 Lauren October 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

Your comment on “window shopping” made me laugh. That is exactly my version of the phrase too! I could probably spend an hour browsing the menus until I make my decision. Hey, when you are paying for your dinner, you want to make sure its enjoyable.

Have a great trip Kath!

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21 Andee (Runtolive) October 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

When my boyfriend and I went to SF last summer, I probably spent 30 minutes just looking at menus from all these different restaurants in Little Italy until I finally settled on one! Dinner looks lovely

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22 Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

Looks like a great meal!

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23 Jana October 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

All the food looks amazing! I am not going to lie, I think I would have went with the steak :-) I may have to try kale sometime after hearing everyone talk about how good (and good for you) it is!

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24 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 17, 2009 at 8:35 am

What a lovely evening! The city looks so pretty!

Aww, sorry about the kale, but the dinner still sounds fabulous. :)

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25 AmandaD October 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

Your comments about “Settlement of the American West” reminded me of my small liberal arts college course called “History of the American West”. I’ll bet those two classes were pretty similar. I really enjoyed mine because the whole focus was on this part of history that in most high school history textbooks wouldn’t get a lead role. Mostly growing up, American H.S. students education revolves around Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, & WWII. I got so much out of my college course about Native Americans and the types of people that came out West-we read a pioneer woman’s diary, which was very interesting.
OK-that’s enough of being a history nerd! Have a great trip and good luck at your interview!

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26 Stacey October 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

Haha :) Glad to see I am not the only person in the world that ‘window shops’ that way! Luckily, my boyfriend likes to look at menus too. Get some sleep!

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27 laura October 17, 2009 at 8:59 am

What a small world!! My husband Kash is friends with Bert and I almost fell out of my chair when I saw his picture!! Bozeman is great……we hope to move there eventually :)

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28 Tina October 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

Oh man, I love salmon. Reminds me so much of home!

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29 mary ann October 17, 2009 at 9:54 am

suggestion: jcrew model? Yes Kath, you’d be PERF!!

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30 Christine October 17, 2009 at 10:26 am

hey Kath, where did you get that jacket? I’ve been having trouble finding something similar here in CA but I’m hoping I might get lucky by asking :) thanks and have a great trip!

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31 Jenna October 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

glad you had a nice night out with friends!
jenna

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32 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

Restaurant window shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I love being able to get an idea of what I might like for dinner. Hunni and I do it when we explore little towns :-)

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33 Lynna October 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm

It’s so fun to see your travels. Good luck with the GH interview :)

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34 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Everything looks great–especially the antipasto platter! Mmmm!

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35 Lindsay October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I love exploring new towns! I especially love checking out restaurant menus and finding little places I would love to try.

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36 Leah @ L4L October 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm

You are so photogenic!

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37 Ellen October 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Hi Kath!

You look so pretty in all of these pictures! That’s a great haircut for you.

I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and I love it. It is the first blog that I ever got into–I googled oatmeal one day and found it….and I’ve become an oatmeal fanatic! I’m a college student and t’s now my breakfast staple. It got me through studying (and taking!) my MCATs, final exams……the works. Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks!

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38 Kath October 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

laura,
Ah! No way!

mary ann,
LOL. Can I get free clothes in exchange!?

Christine,
Target. It was $17.

Kath

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39 Laura September 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

What a fun day! You look so relaxed and happy in every photo :)

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