The promise of a Friday night – so much potential! We had planned to go downtown and on a date, but unfortunately there was lots of unpredictable rain in the forecast. So instead we decided to take a drive!
A rare occasion to get in the automobile, but it also reminded me how gorgeous the Virginia countryside is – we chugged in the fresh air! It’s good to get out of town sometimes.
We dressed up just a smidge. I went for a walk late this afternoon and got all sweaty, so I took another shower and put on a dress. Mr. Scruffy showered and changed his outfit : )
Post walk snack: cheese, crackers, almonds and a graham cracker.
Our destination was Duners, a famous Ivy restaurant. I went with Karen during the peak of my morning sickness and remember the crabcakes tasting amazing when I was just starting to be able to eat normally again. Matt was out of town? So this was his first visit!
There was a short wait, so we planted ourselves at the bar and got some drinks. Just like being in the wine shop last night, despite not being able to actually consume I still love sitting at bars!! Just goes to show it’s the ambiance and fun of it more than the alcohol itself that makes them fun.
We chowed down on hot, doughy bread- although it was seriously lacking salt!? We both ended up salting our bread.
The menu at Duners is pretty incredible – really long with tons of seafood and gourmet flavor combinations. Definitely one of the best menus in Cville! Check out tonight’s menu here.
We decided given the array of amazing tastes to share a bunch of dishes – starting with apps.
Panko Crusted Fried Oysters with Smoked Paprika Aïoli – quite delicious! I can’t get enough fried oysters this year!
And Slow Roasted Rock Barn Pork Loin over Baguette with Warm Brie and Henley Orchard Peach Compote – This could have been an entrée! The melted brie with the salty pork and sweet peach was a match made in heaven. I would LOVE to repeat this!!!
Although “we can make that at home” was mentioned multiple times, we decided to get the caprese salad: Local Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Baby Arugula Pesto, Balsamic Glaze. It still amazes me how much I love summer tomatoes!
The basic house salad that came with our dinner : ) [Note at this portion of the dinner I started only being able to fit about 20% of the meal – stomach space is seriously lacking these days and the first course and bread were just too good!)
We shared an entrée, but they surprised us and split it onto two places. This could have been one portion in itself – I could only finish half, which I guess was technically 1/4!
Seared Rag Mt. Trout with Roasted Corn Coulis, Red Potato Hash, Baby Arugula – I wasn’t crazy about the coulis, but the trout itself was great (operation eat lots of fish in the last trimester!)
Definitely no room for dessert – only baby room left inside!
We’re cozy back at home and really enjoyed our date night out! 6 weeks until estimated D-day – I think we need 6 date nights as a countdown!