Beer For Dinner, Side Of Salad, Humor For Dessert

February 7, 2009

Gosh, that was the most torturous bike ride ever! While 56* is not cold, I was not dressed for 56*. And I had to use the ladies room the entire hour-long commute home, including the 20 minutes on a bench in the cold waiting for the train (but I refused to wait in long bathroom lines). Ugh!

But it was a beautiful evening before we left!

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Lightrail model

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Our quaint city is not much of a city on the weekends when the business folk are at home. (I was already starting to bundle back up…)

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It was a bummer we had such a late lunch because neither of us was hungry at all for dinner! But somehow we still managed to down a few beers, salad and a small pizza. We chose Brixx, the best wood-fired pizza place ever.

The best part: the beer sampler!

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I got: the Victory Golden Monkey, a Red Oak ( my favorite!) , Newcastle and Terrapin Imperial Oatmeal + Coffee Stout.

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Then came dinner –

I had the famous Spinach Salad with roasted red peppers, pine nuts, a spicy honey dressing and goat cheese. Along with a slice of the husband’s pizza. (I asked for no croutons or bread with my salad to keep it lighter, knowing I wasn’t hungry and there was pizza + beer to be consumed too.)

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He had the Cajun Andouille & Shrimp – a new one! We got it with whole wheat crust and no onions :)

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I had a tiny second slice

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For a second course, he sampled this Cabin Fever, which was so rich and toasty!

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And I drank my stout for dessert. It was just like an espresso beer – I couldn’t finish it it was so strong!

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We had 45 minutes to kill before our show and decided to hit our favorite bar/restaurant: Zink (where we went for New Year’s Eve).

I was just going to stick with a water because even though I’d only had the equiv. of 1 pint, I was more than feeling the effects….

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But turns out beers on draught were only $2!!! Who can resist that!?

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So I got a Blue Moon. I think it was the ambiance urging me on. I only drank about half of it though. Zink always has excellent drink specials!

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He had to finish everything I didn’t! Good think we were lightrailing + biking home :mrgreen:

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Jon Reep was hilarious. I rarely laugh out loud – and if you see me crack a smile that means something is pretty funny. But he had me laughing a number of times. The best thing about him is his delivery. The Comedy Central taping was cool too – look for me if you ever see him on! The audience was not your typical Charlotte theater crew – I think they all came from the small towns surrounding the city to see Jon!

I cannot WAIT to get in bed!!!!!!!!!!! We’re going to watch the first of The Office, Season II! We’re moving through fast.

I could go eat the kitchen now, but I am resisting and sipping warm water.


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1 Chelsea February 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm

And now I want pizza which I also can’t have :( This not eating milk sucks!!!


2 Sarah February 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Sounds like a great night :)



3 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

What a perfect date night! The pizza looks like great fun. And I bet the bike ride killed any chance of a hangover from the beer – BONUS!


4 Maggie February 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

This is such a sweet present – I’m definitely buying tickets for Valentine’s day! Love your beer-y dinner :)


5 fitforfree February 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

AHH season 2 is amazing!! enjoy!


6 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm

What a fun night Kath. I love when a comedian can make me laugh out loud. I’m intrigued by your salad dressing…spicy honey? Sounds delish. Enjoy your warm water, The Office, and your day tomorrow!


7 skinnyrunner February 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm

looks like such a fun night! ive always wanted to go to a comedy show. cheers for beers!


8 Amelia February 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

$2 beers?! That’s an amazing special.

Glad the comedy taping was fun!


9 Sharon February 8, 2009 at 12:27 am

Oh my gosh, awesome! Beer!!


10 thepinkpeppercorn February 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

Beer for dinner!! hehe. Looks like a lot of fun :)


11 Jeremy Blackman February 8, 2009 at 2:35 am

Greetings from the West Coast Kath. My name is Jeremy Blackman, and I wanted to introduce myself. I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and have been inspired to start my own blog recently, after leaving school in pursuit of a culinary arts future (which reminded me of your husband and his journey to baking).
Anyhoo, just wanted to let you know that you have a great site and that you’re inspiring others all across the country to sit down and write down their thoughts and lives. Good on ya!


12 Kailey (SnackFace) February 8, 2009 at 2:54 am

Darling pic of you and Matt! Looks like a fabulous night all in all. Here in Athens, OH, beers are usually $2, which CAN make it hard to turn down, I know how you feel! Haha have a good sleep and I hope you feel fab in the morning!


13 Lisa February 8, 2009 at 3:05 am

That beer sampler is the cutest thing ever. And it’s really sweet that Matt gets his pizzas onion-free so you can share.


14 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 8, 2009 at 3:06 am

How many times DID he say, “I’m from HICK-RY!”???


15 BethT February 8, 2009 at 3:24 am

I am totally from Hickory and went to the same high school as Jon Reep (Fred T. Foard, woot woot!).


16 Christina February 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

Looks like fun!


17 Jen February 8, 2009 at 6:21 am

Great pics!!!! Sounds like such a fun time! :)


18 Danielle February 8, 2009 at 6:30 am

Sounds like another fabulous Kerf night. Has anybody ever told you that you two make an adorable couple?

Of course, they have 😉


19 VeggieGirl February 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

Looove the photos of you and Matt!! 😀


20 Nicole February 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

It looks like such a fun date night :) I’m glad you had a great time!


21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 8, 2009 at 8:07 am

so glad u had a fun night kath! the pizza looks spectacular- glad you tasted it! what a cute little city!!!


22 Marisa (trim the fat) February 8, 2009 at 8:14 am

Mmmm…great pizzas! Love the beer tasting! What a fun night!


23 emmy February 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

I am so jealous of these beer samplers! do any nyc readers know of places that do them here?


24 polly February 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

Oh Kath, BRIXX!!!!!!!

Can’t wait to go back someday. mmm. We have a pic of us there on our fridge!! My veggie pizza looks so good in my picture… make me hungry each time I walk by. hehe 😉

Have a wonderful Sunday, friend. XOXO


25 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

What a fun night!


26 Oh She Glows February 8, 2009 at 9:12 am

The beer sampler looks so fun!

I love going to comedy shows so much…it is such a good tension release.



27 Meg February 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

Looks like a fun night! That spinach salad looks delicious!


28 Shelby February 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

Drinking and Biking?! Kath, I think you know better than that. 😉


29 JENNA February 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

Seems like such a FUN nigh!! your weather looked gorgeous as well!!!!


30 Victoria February 8, 2009 at 10:08 am

I love those beer samples! We have a place here that does it. Perfect for people who just want to try a few different ones.


31 Kath February 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

Chelsea ,
Awww sorry :( You’ll be able to again soon enough.

Jeremy Blackman,
Thanks!! Best of luck with your blog.

Sarah (lovINmytummy),
Only once!

BethT ,
Too funny! There were probably many of your classmates in the audience with me :)

Danielle ,
Thanks 😉



32 Sheila | Live Well 360° February 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

Can I tell you that I have a Schrute Farms sweatshirts. YES… I know you are jealous, Kath. :-)

I love date nights. They are the best. It’s nice to get out of the house and have a romantic get away, even if it is just taking a trip into your own city! Looks like you guys had a great time. We actually did something similar a few weeks ago – best pizza/salad restaurant around + comedian (Joel McHale). So fun.



33 Kath February 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

Oh man, I want one of those sweatshirts!!



34 K February 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

What a fabulous night!! You guys look so cute!


35 musicfan February 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

i had a wine yesterday I got a big kick out of called Mommy’s Time Out!!


36 SmA033 February 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

hey kath– what part of charlotte are you guys in that picture of you where you’re “bundling up again?” I’ve been to mccormick & schmicks but only the one near southpark & that area of charlotte looks nice!


37 theoddbod February 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

that guy is so funny! especially in harold and kumar, love that movie


38 Bec February 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I love beer samplers! Looks like you had a great day.


39 Sarah February 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You rarely ever laugh out loud? That’s crazy!! Glad you at least cracked a smile at the show.


40 bobbi February 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm

love the pics of hubby on the train, man I want to go to a comedy show and drink beer!!! looks like you two had a blast!


41 brandi February 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Glad it was a good date night – looks like fun!


42 Diana February 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I love beer samplers! :)


43 Kristie Lynn February 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Yay Cabin Fever! I live 1/2 a block away from the place where it’s made (New Holland Brewery)! If you ever get a chance to try their other flavors, the Full Circle is a really good, lighter beer. :)


44 Kath February 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm

SmA033 ,
The intersection of Tryon and 3rd Street. That M&S’s is just like the others – with worse parking!

Sarah ,
I laugh out loud a lot in general – just not with comedians! I guess that made me sound like an old grump :)

Kristie Lynn,
Half a block from a brewery! Cool! (By the way, I just typed “Half a blog from a brewery, cook!” lol)



45 christine February 8, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Hi Kath

I so love that black jacket of yours…

The beer sampler looks so yummy and fun to do. Do you know where I could buy some of those sampler things. I would love to do a beer sampling night with my friends. I live in a small village so we would have to do our our own beer night at home since we have no bars or resturants here.


46 Kath February 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

christine ,
Sorry, I have no idea where Brixx gets them. Perhaps a restaurant supply kind of store?



47 Jess February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

I could never turn down a $2 Blue Moon.


48 Andrea (Off Her Cork) February 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Love Cabin Fever! Such a very dark awesome beer. 😀


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