Appetize Me

December 17, 2011


Tonight we met our friends Sara and Juan for a night on the town. Everything about the night was last minute – up to the restaurant choices. We had planned to meet for pizza + gelato, but our evening turned into a fabulous bar hop!


We started at Blue Light Grill, a swanky seafood-heavy restaurant with a great bar. See our previous visit from a visit to Cville in 2010 here!


I sipped on a Manhattan – my signature drink – straight up. Although I should clarify that I don’t drink 100% classic Manhattans because I like them extra sweet (like my grandfather) but instead of a heavy sweet vermouth pour, I always ask for a little cherry juice. At Blue Light Grill, they only have tart cherries, so instead he added a little homemade pomegranate grenadine – and it was sooo good!


A while later we ordered round #1 of apps – Mussels with Frites


And Fried Oysters! Both were quite delicious on the palate.


Another round of drinks was had (Matt’s beer – sips for me throughout the rest of the night)


Hop #2 landed us at Positively 4th, another restaurant favorite of ours. See previous visits here and here!


Apps here included the Queso Dip


A tall salad with beets, candied nuts and goat cheese fritters


And Black-Eyed Pea Hummus –


Seltzer to drink!

And the climax of the night was our dessert hop where I got that eggnog gelato I’ve been craving all week. Mixed in with the gingerbread flavor, which I loved at first but got too heavy on the ginger in my throat at the end. Luckily the lovely Splendora’s team noticed and offered me a taste of peppermint to clear my palate!



The walk home was cold. Very very cold. In fact, I’m still wearing my down coat as I finish this post!

Pancakes for breakfast!?

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1 [email protected] December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Ooh I gotta go there next time I’m in maybe next month? And eggnog gelato!


2 KathEats December 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

You are so overdue for a visit!


3 [email protected] December 18, 2011 at 12:06 am

I KNOW! I said the exact thing to a friend today.


4 kelsey @ living the gluten free life December 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I love appetizer nights! I had only appetizers for lunch today and it was devine :)


5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

homemade pomegranate grenadine…right there, my night would have been complete.

The queso dip, the salad with beets, candied nuts! and goat cheese fritters…nice.

moving on to eggnog ginger gelato. Cleansed with peppermint.

GREAT eats!


6 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I had mussels tonight too!!!


7 Karlee @ BringingBackBalance December 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Mmmmm queso dip! I call it ‘crack dip’ cuz once I start eating it, I CANNOT STOP!!! Seriously it is cracckkkk!


8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I love nights like that! I’m a big “taster” rather than just wanting one big serving of one thing. Sounds like a fun evening!


9 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

What a great evening! The gelato sounds delicious (even better than my coconut hot chocolate). 😉


10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Gelato – yum! Eggnog – yum! and pancakes for breakfast? Can I join, I’ve been craving them for weeks! 😉


11 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Great eats all night! Pancakes are on our menu tomorrow morning just haven’t decided what kind yet :)


12 Pat December 18, 2011 at 2:32 am

Yummm, think I’ll have some too! Maybe blueberry….


13 Krissy - Shiawase Life December 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

The eggnog froyo at Sweet Frog is super yummy too! Had last week 😀


14 lindsay December 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

What a delish looking night! I dont even like eggnog~ but i think id like it gelato style! YUM!


15 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I love the idea of black-eye pea hummus! Must try that at home sometime!


16 Casi December 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Eggnog+Gingerbread talk about holiday cheer! Sounds delish (and yeah definitely rich) yum.


17 Angel7 December 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

You painted the town red, huh — with that red drink? (LOL)


18 Khushboo December 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I wanted to make pancakes for breakfast but I woke up craving fruit, yogurt and cereal…the stomach wants what it wants!


19 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 18, 2011 at 12:45 am

I hope they still have the eggnog flavor when I get back to Cville! It sounds fantastic. I had eggnog froyo today, which was awesome as well!


20 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 18, 2011 at 1:11 am

Black-eyed pea hummus sounds awesome!


21 Ellen of scrumptiousgruel December 18, 2011 at 2:13 am

Ooooohhhh, eggnog gelato! Sounds so good.


22 Michelle (Peachy Palate) December 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

I just can’t get with the eggnog love…that’s so sweet that they offered you peppermint! Yes, Sunday mornings were made for pancakes!


23 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 18, 2011 at 4:39 am

Eggnog geltao?!? I wonder if they’d send me some…


24 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

Looks like fun! I bet the cold walk was colder after eating gelato!


25 Faith December 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

A night full of appetizers is much more fun than sitting down to just one meal! Those seasonal gelatos sound delicious too!


26 Simply Life December 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

oooh I’m loving all that food- almost like tapas style…my favorite!


27 Hillary December 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

I haven’t craved ice cream all winter—until I read about this eggnog and gingerbread gelato. Yes, please!


28 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

Everything looks delicious! I love dining like that–moving from place to place!


29 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

Wow! Everything looks so delish! Eggnog gelato?! Yes please :)


30 Megan December 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

Oh my gosh! Eggnog gelato sounds like heaven in a dish! We have a place called Yogurtology here in Tampa. It’s a “self serve” place that serves “nutritious” frozen yogurt where you can add a plethora of fresh toppings. For the holiday season, Yogurtology released flavors such as Peppermint Lollypop and Gingerbread. Yummmm…


31 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

All that food looks amazing! I love anything involving tortilla chips!


32 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

Those appetizers all looked so good!


33 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

I’ve never seen mussels severed with fries before–how strange and delicious!


34 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

Mussels…yum! Black eyed pea hummas sounds delish! I could really go for some peppermint gelato! I love everything peppermint! Peppermint hot chocolate warms me up!


35 K. December 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

Those mussels look amazing! One of my favorite dishes to order OR to make. They’re so susprisingly healthy (minus the fries!).


36 [email protected] December 18, 2011 at 11:24 am

Mussels are so underrated! Yum!


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