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November 8, 2011

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Sandwiched between lunch and a few hours of work with Matt at the bakery, we took Cheryl out to Jefferson Vineyards to taste some wine – and pick up a few bottles for a recipe for me!

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I didn’t taste, but it was still fun to be out there on a random Tuesday!

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When I returned to the bakery, I found this amazing tote back that Lindsey had left!! Lindsey is a KERF reader who just got married and she had our cookies as favors in her out of town welcome bags. Coolest tote bag ever!

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Ever tried giraffe meat? It tastes like bread ; )

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While we worked, I had a bowl of soy milk and granola for a snack. So vanilla-y good!

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When dinnertime arrived, we rounded up the troops and walked downtown to C & O!

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This was our second visit [first during Restaurant Week] but our first real dinner there.

We started with rolls and butter – best part of a meal! Probably because you’re always the hungriest when the bread comes : )

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And sipped the Gabrielle Rousse Cab Franc – so Virginia

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I started with a great house salad of bibb lettuce and a mustard dressing. Loved this basic greenness.

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Matt’s dad ordered the smoked dates with mascarpone cheese over celeriac remoulade. Matt and I shared a date – heavenly smoke!! I have to figure out how to make smoked dates at home..

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Matt had an artichoke pate with crackers, pickles, olives and peppers. It was amazing too! Loved how lemony-creamy the pate was atop the salty crackers

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For my main course, I ordered [local] pork – Porchetta – rolled up with spices and served over a bed of red quinoa, caramelized fennel & jicama, and mostarda. It was FAN-tastic! I especially loved the quinoa. I’ve been out of it for months – need to restock! It was perfectly cooked, and I loved the fruity sauce on the side.

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To end our meal, Matt’s dad got a smashing sundae and shared with the table. This made me miss Trader Joe’s toasty almonds. Can’t wait for our TJ’s to open!

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And to explain the opening photo: Mark and Cheryl looooove used bookstores and stumbled upon Daedalus Bookshop today. Daedalus just happens to be owned by Sandy, who used to own C&O [I think!]. After striking a conversation with Mark and Cheryl and finding out what book lovers they are, he wrote the note in the opening photo to send with them to the restaurant.

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We were most definitely taken well care of : ) Great dinner!

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1 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Great bag!!!!

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2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

wow, look at that dinner! I’m totally doing the same tote bag, but Washington DC for my out of town guest :)

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3 Sweet and Savvy November 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Sure looks like a step up from the usual weekday routine! :) looks like a fabulous fall day!

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4 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Dinner sounds amazing! The flavors and textures must have been a culinary delight! I’m with you on the quinoa, I used up mine a few weeks ago and I need to get some soon! Enjoy the rest of you night Kath.

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5 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

your salad does actually look really good, as does that dressing! And I love the giraffe! that’s so cute, what was that for??

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6 Lauren November 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

The C&O definitely has some of my favorite food ever! Have you guy met Dave Simpson yet? Need to introduce you guys…. :) Can i forward this post to him? I know he’ll love to see it! I haven’t had the smoked dates but over restaurant week, they had smoked chickpeas that were out of the world amazing. Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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7 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh cool!! Definitely send it to him!

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8 Molly @ RDexposed November 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Porchetta? Oh boy!

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9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Man oh man, looks like a delicious dinner!! Those smoked dates sound interesting – I’d love to try something like that some time. Glad you had a nice time!

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10 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

WOW – what a delectable looking dinner! I’m in awe. What a fantastic spread of food. Looks delicious!

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11 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Can’t come to your blog without becoming hungry. May your TJ’s open quickly!

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12 lindzjane115 November 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Glad you like the bag :-)

C&O and Jefferson Vineyards are two great choices for showing out of town guests a good time in Charlottesville. What a fun Tuesday!

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13 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

Loved it!

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14 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

what an amazing dinner! especially those stuffed dates.

love all of the fun things you plan for your out-of-town guests. wine tasting is a favorite of mine… unfortunately chicago isn’t crawling with vineyards :)

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15 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Great dinner! And I love the map tote – so unique and cute (including the giraffe!)

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16 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

We have a ti’s coming soon too! This summer :) omggg can’t wait. Good choice staying away from the wine, chica. Twisted Tuesday is not for everyone. ;)

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17 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I want my Tuesdays to be like this, devine! The stuffed dates sound amazing. And dessert.. I could definitely go for that! :)

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18 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

Awesome dinner and time with everyone..looks awesome.

The giraffe…so cute!

And making smoked dates at home sounds like a good project to me :)

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19 Khushboo November 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

Mmm I want that sundae! Love almonds with ice cream!

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20 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living November 9, 2011 at 2:20 am

The giraffe is way cute! :) I just bought red quinoa for the first time and I’m really excited to try it out. T.J.’s is the best

Those smoked dates with mascarpone sound amazing!

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21 Health Bee November 9, 2011 at 2:21 am

What a cool giraffe! :-)

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22 Clare @ sweetnsimple November 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

Woow all that food looks delish.. mmm especially the dessert :) love the giraffe too!

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23 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 9, 2011 at 4:00 am

That food looks amazing and is so imaginative. I do not know what it all is but the idea of smoked dates with mascarpone sounds simply divine!

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24 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

Sounds like you have a lovely day. You always seem to pack so much in. How do you have time to do everything you do and still keep your house as neat and tidy as you do?

You are amazing.

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25 The healthy hipster November 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

I am obsessed with that tote bag! So cute!

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26 faith November 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

I met Lindsey on Monday night! She recognized me from KERF/my blog at a dance class. :)
Hey, thought you didn’t like quinoa?

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27 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

I like the red kind ok!

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28 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 9, 2011 at 7:31 am

Those smoked dates sound amazing!.. and the artichoke pate.. looks like a great meal

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29 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

I always thought I didn’t like pork, but now that I’ve recently tried it and liked it, your dinner looks awesome to me!

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30 Amanda November 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

I totally saw the “ever tried giraffe?” line before I scrolled to the picture with the bread. You got me for a quick second! haha

Dinner looks really delicious! I toasted some sliced almonds from TJ’s yesterday (to go on top of a tomato stew recipe I’m working on). I could.not.stop. eating them. So good!

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31 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

I love the giraffe made out of bread!! So cute! :)

That restaurant looks beautiful! Dinner looked amazing and that sundae looked heavenly!

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32 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

That tote bag is too cute! As is the (multigrain) bread giraffe! I just want to bite his little head right off ;-)

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33 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

That all looks sooo wonderful!

“Ever tried giraffe meat? It tastes like bread” I couldn’t stop laughing.

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34 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

All the food looked amazing…I always think you can tell a great restaurant by the bread it serves! Loved the ‘giraffe’ bread! I love a good ‘giggle’ first thing in the morning…

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35 Nicole (soundztastee) November 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

A giraffe loaf, I want one now!

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36 Katie November 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

My kids love giraffes, I better get some bread dough ready because they will be wanting to create that ASAP! BTW, my kids are KERF readers and love oatmeal. Your blog motivated me to start eating oatmeal a few years ago and I now eat it almost every morning. Thanks for being such a positive influence for my family. Your blog is the first one I read every morning. Your dinner looks delicious as usual. I had to google smoked dates and came up with some recipes for smoking them in a smoker or for stuffing them with smoked cheese and/or nuts, wrapping them in smoked bacon, and using smoked paprika. I may be experimenting with these along with the bread giraffe today! Thanks again for the inspiration!

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37 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thanks so much Katie!

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38 Katie November 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

You’re welcome Kath! The kids loved the giraffe. My daughter says you are the second best bread baker ever (the first being me of course). She brought her new stuffed giraffe to breakfast this morning. Now we just need to start our blog, she says it should be called “The Best Cook Ever”. I have been dreaming about if for awhile, now I just need to make it a reality. Any advice on getting started?

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39 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hahah – cute! Start with a regular Wordpress blog – just choose a really sleek and unique theme!

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40 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

It all looks fantastic…and giraffe bread is just way too fun! :)

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41 Cait's Plate November 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the giraffe!! I want to eat him!

Also – C&O looks incredible. It astounds me how many amazing places there are to eat at in Charlottesville!!

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42 Angel7 November 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

That tote is so adorable!

The food looks wonderful! I love quinoa! It is chock full of protein, and a healthy addition to any meal as well.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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43 Larbs November 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

Great idea to use GH cookies in out-of-town guest gifts. I think I’ll do the same (some day!)

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44 leslie November 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

No wine for Kath? Tongues are going to wag about…?

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45 Kimberly November 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Yes! I feel like there have been some hints on here lately…I read HTP and had been noticing for weeks that she made a big deal out of mentioning that drinks she posted didn’t have alcohol or that certain foods were “safe” for her. Wasn’t surprised when she posted on Monday that she’s pregnant! Maybe that’s making me read too much into this, but I would love to see a baby KERFling.

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46 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

Well you’re welcome to wonder, but that was my glass of wine I photographed on the left :) Mark’s hand was just for an artistic shot

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47 Kimberly November 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

aww man, false alarm! I guess I was looking into it too much…so many bloggers having babies lately had me thinking you all had a pregnancy pact!

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48 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Curious what you think my hints are though?!

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49 Kimberly November 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

You had several posts awhile back about going to the gyno and possibly trying for a baby in the fall/winter and you’ve been mentioning a lot of “appointments” lately. Add in the fact that you made a point of pointing out that you didn’t taste the wine and I was getting suspicious! Guess I have to much time on my hands haha…

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50 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Ahhhhhh I didn’t even think about the fact that I didn’t taste at Jefferson! That was just cause I wasn’t in the mood. Hmm..I haven’t been to many appointments – I must be talking about meetings. But you are correct that we said we might start trying this fall/winter!

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51 Cathy November 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

Kath, how can you live without your beer for 9 long months? :0

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52 Addie November 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Maptotes are awesome. I have several! http://www.maptote.com

That dinner looks delish!

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53 Jane November 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I think I missed the Trader Joe’s coming to CVille announcement……when is it due to open? How fantastic!! :)

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54 KathEats November 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I think next summer?

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55 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I always love to find a used book store in a town. You can find such treasures!

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56 Angelea November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I love seeing a restaurant using quinoa! I hope that’s a trend that continues to spread!

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57 Anna November 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Have to share my love for the giraffe…:) What inspired him? Some sort of new Thanksgiving mascot?
And that goblet makes the sundae look extra special. The toastiness of the almonds helps, too…

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58 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I don’t think I’d be able to eat that bread giraffe–too cute!
Oh, who am I kidding…bread is bread. YUMMMM.

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59 robin November 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

No wine…..mmmmmmm?

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