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.

Nite!

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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!!!

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2 Sarah February 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Sounds like a great night :)

MMMMM Beer!

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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!

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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 :)

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5 fitforfree February 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

AHH season 2 is amazing!! enjoy!

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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!

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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!

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8 Amelia February 8, 2009 at 12:08 am

$2 beers?! That’s an amazing special.

Glad the comedy taping was fun!

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9 Sharon February 8, 2009 at 12:27 am

Oh my gosh, awesome! Beer!!

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10 thepinkpeppercorn February 8, 2009 at 12:28 am

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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!).

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16 Christina February 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

Looks like fun!

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17 Jen February 8, 2009 at 6:21 am

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

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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 ;)

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19 VeggieGirl February 8, 2009 at 7:30 am

Looove the photos of you and Matt!! :-D

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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!

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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!!!

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

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

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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?

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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

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

What a fun night!

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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.

Angela

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27 Meg February 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

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

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28 Shelby February 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

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

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29 JENNA February 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

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

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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.

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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 ;)

Kath

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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.

Sheila

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33 Kath February 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

Sheila,
Oh man, I want one of those sweatshirts!!

K

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34 K February 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

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

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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!!

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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!

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37 theoddbod February 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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

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38 Bec February 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

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

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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.

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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!

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41 brandi February 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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

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42 Diana February 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I love beer samplers! :)

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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. :)

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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)

K

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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.

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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?

K

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47 Jess February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

I could never turn down a $2 Blue Moon.

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

Love Cabin Fever! Such a very dark awesome beer. :D

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