Date With Kate + Nate

September 5, 2011

We have visitors!! Remember our friends Kate + Nate from Charlotte!? They’re passing through on a road trip from New York and are spending tonight with us. We finally got to meet their baby, Liam! The last time I saw Kate she was 8 months pregnant!


We had a great time tonight and took them downtown – despite the rain the fact that nearly all of the downtown restaurants were closed!

We ended up at Rapture, which was a serendipitous event that ended in a pretty fabulous meal


I had a Cornbread Panzanella Salad and a Shrimp + Grits appetizer. The perfect combo of two small plates to make a meal.


These shrimp were AWESOME!! And the grits – made with gruyere!


Liams Eats Real Food – grilled cheese + oranges!


Kate and Nate brought me biscoff!! And the SPREAD!! Haven’t had it in ages – this stuff is so darn good! Had a few of these smothered in spread for dessert ; )


Pre-guest snack – a really great pear!


I think Matt is a wee bit freaked out about all the stuff that comes along with traveling with a baby. Hopefully Liam’s charm will win him over!


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1 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Liam is a cutie-pie! I agree that there can be a lot of stuff when traveling with a baby (I don’t have kids, but I am the eldest child in my family), but I think it’s all what you make it to be :-)


2 Amy* September 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Liam is so cute! I want one!*


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Biscoff spread is the BEST! I was gifted with a jar and made dough balls out of it – you HAVE to try it. So. Good.


4 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Oh wow!! Is the recipe on your blog?


5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It is! Link:

Hope you like them too! I keep a stash in the freezer for a quick snack/sweet bite. :)


6 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm



7 Molly @ RDexposed September 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I’ve only had biscoff cookies on a plane..never even heard of a spread!


8 Sweet and Savvy September 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Liam is a cutie pie! :) SO adorable.

I have never even seen biscoff spread. It looks wonderful!


9 sarah (the SHU box) September 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

i really want to minimize the ‘stuff’ but we’ll see what actually ends up happening :)


10 Emily Malone September 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Ahhhh I love the Romances!! Sounds like a fun evening – wish we could have been there! :)


11 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

We talked about you!! (In a ‘miss her’ way :) )


12 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I’ve never heard of biscoff spread?!? Very interesting – and Liam is adorable!


13 Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I think his charm will work. He’s a cutie.


14 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Oh goodness does it take a lot of “STUFF” hope Matt is doing well! ….What a healthy eater and a CUTIE! :) Have fun!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

What a cutie! Enjoy your guests Kath. It’s always fun catching up with old friends!


16 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Haha I love the freaked-out look on Matt’s face– SO what my hubby would look like with a baby in his hands.

Dinner looked awesome– describe your salad! There was cornbread in it??


17 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Yup!! It was great


18 [email protected] September 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Aww I’ve missed Kate + Nate!!! LOVE that last photo :)


19 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Haha Liam is super cute! Loved the last pic :)


20 katie @KatieDid September 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

hahah the photo of Matt made me laugh!!


21 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. September 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Liam is too precious!!! I love the first pic of him and his big bright eyes!! Too cute :)


22 Jen September 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Restaurants were closed from the rain?

Is Biscoff like peanut butter? That baby is too cute!


23 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

No for the holiday I think.

Yes, like peanut butter texture


24 [email protected] September 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Babies are a HUGE hassle. Unless their yours. Then every lost minute of sleep, every moment lugging around all their necessities, all the time spent catering to them somehow makes you the happiest person on earth.


25 Alison September 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Awww, The Blogstalker! Miss his hilarious posts – so fun you got hang out with them!


26 Hilary September 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Don’t freak out Matt! Kids can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. Everyone is different! Just because they had a lot of stuff doesn’t mean YOU have to!


27 Bridget September 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Yeah, don’t sweat the baby gear thing. I’ve got three kids, and have travelled with less and less stuff for each of them as babies, having learned along the way that what they really “need” is very little, albeit what they do need is likely more unwieldy than anything YOU need.

If you go to Belgium you should try the Biscoff/Speculoos version of Jenever, a liquor from which gin was later derived. Yum.


28 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Agreed, Bridget. I went as gearless as possible with mine. Less is more. Mainstream baby magazines and people in general make you want to believe you have to have all this “stuff” to have a baby or to travel with one. When really, you don’t. Keep it simple, Kath, whenever the time comes for you guys!


29 Lorin September 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I have yet to try Biscoff spread. Definitely need to try sometime.


30 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I smell baby fever…coming. :)

Biscoff cookies…amazing. I fly Delta just for those. Kidding. Kind of :)

I haven’t had the spread yet, though. What am I waiting for.

So glad that you had time with your friends!


31 Janelle September 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Travelling with a baby doesn’t have to be that complicated – I promise. With the first one, you carry everything (including the kitchen sink) with you. By the second one, you pare it right down to the necessities…and I promise, they are worth every darn bag/stroller/pack-n-play!


32 Eileen September 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Ha ha, I was just going to say what Janelle and Bridget said. More kids = less gear. You realize that all they really need is mama. (OK, and a diaper.)


33 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Biscoff spread is the best! I don’t know if I’ve ever had the cookies, but the spread… my god! SO GOOD!


34 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

i love combining small plates to make a meal. so many different tastes!

ahhhh! such a cute little baby… i have major baby fever and all of these cute pics around the blog world are not helping!!


35 Angel7 September 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

The Biscoff Spread looks really creamy and good!


36 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

It’s true, kids have so much STUFF! haha
I just made a cornbread panzanella, it was delish :)


37 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Awww what a cutie!
I’ve never heard of Biscoff…


38 Emily September 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The picture of Matt and Liam is priceless, love it! Looks like a fun night! I saw biscoff at the grocery store today and thought of you :)


39 Ashley @ Cooking for John September 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

That picture of Matt and Liam is hilarious!!


40 Ashley September 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Haha, LERF!! Love it..he is so cute! :) Those grits look completely amazing.


41 Katie September 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Liam is super adorable!!

When I was flying back from the Healthy Living Summit, my snack on the plane was Biscoff. I debated asking for more!! I don’t remember them being so good but they were DELICIOUS! :)


42 Jill September 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

So funny-Matt looks likes he doesn’t know what to do with the baby.


43 Cait's Plate September 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

BISCOFF SPREAD!?! That is absolutely amazing.

And haha – that last picture of Matt with Liam literally cracked me up. His face is priceless :)


44 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

That pictures of Matt and Liam cracked me up!! Too funny!


45 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I had cheesy grits for the first time last year at a Bobby Flay restaurant in Vegas. It was fantastic and I can just imagine how perfect Gruyere would taste with it. Yummy!


46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I still can’t find Biscoff spread! I will buy out a store’s stock when I come across it, lol.

Liam is SO cute! I didn’t know Kate of Kate and Nate was pregnant! They used to be KERF regulars. Nice to see them make a cameo appearance, hehe. So cute. :)


47 Hannah September 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I wonder if anyone would ever make a sweet Biscoff grits dish… It’d be just like your oatmeals? 😀


48 Khushboo September 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

For an indulgent breakfast, what about some biscoff and choc chips stirred in- oooh i can taste it now: melty bananas with caramel and choc!


49 lynn @ the actor's diet September 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

my sister in law just brought me some biscoff from her delta flight – i wish it was the spread – a.k.a. speculooos!


50 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 6, 2011 at 3:46 am

Ha I love the expression on Matt’s face! :)


51 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East September 6, 2011 at 4:07 am

Liam is so adorable! Babies make everything more fun!


52 Liz September 6, 2011 at 4:23 am

That pic of Matt & Liam is so adorable – and funny! 😉


53 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 6, 2011 at 4:48 am

Liam is SUPER cute!

I love the idea of ordering two appetizers. I always forget to consider that option! I am all about having a bunch of different “tastes” at a restaurant and this is a great way to accomplish this!


54 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews September 6, 2011 at 6:04 am

That shrimp and grits looks amazing! And what a cute baby : )


55 Hillary September 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

Oh, my goodness. What a cutie!

I’ve been going through Biscoffs like it’s my job this week. And the spread keeps staring me in the face every time I go grocery shopping! I have yet to try it, thought!


56 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

Biscoff Spread?! Delicious! I’ve never tried that but I do enjoy the occasional Biscoff!


57 Lisa September 6, 2011 at 6:37 am

Love the Biscoff spread! It tastes just like the cookies only smooth. You keep expecting a crunch but it never comes.

I bought my first jar this past week and dipped my spoon in the jar the second I got home. :)

There is a $1.00 off coupon on their site right now.

Saving money=Win!


58 Joanne September 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

Great way to spend a day, with good friends.
Watch out – Matt looks like a natural with the Babe. 😉


59 Kelly September 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

What a stinkin adorable little boy! :] those grits look so creammmy!


60 Jenny September 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

You’ve converted me to the Biscoff biscuits – I’m afraid to try the spread.

Looks like a Three Philosphers beer next to the spread? Good stuff!

On a totally random note, I know you are SUPER busy with the move but are you still planning on Home Clean Home Part II (with the cleaning schedule)?


61 KathEats September 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

Probably…but I don’t really follow a schedule so it’s been hard. I will have to see how I do in the new house first


62 Jenny September 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

Makes sense – I have a lot of trouble building routines around cleaning, so any guidance would be helpful!

Good luck with the move!


63 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hahahaa I love Matt’s face in the picture with the baby! Priceless!


64 Shelby September 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I LOVE biscoff!!!! I thought I was the only person who looked forward to the biscoff cookies every time I flew somewhere. It wasn’t until recently that I saw it in our local grocery store. I also discovered the spread but haven’t had a chance to try it!


65 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Liam is adorable – and that meal looks wonderful!


66 Amanda September 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks to reading you talk up Biscoff spread I spotted some this weekend and bought it without thinking twice. Big mistake. That stuff is incredible. I am in trouble!!


67 Anna September 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I’ve never had Biscoff spread, but I am very intrigued by it.

Priceless shot of Matt and Liam :)


68 Kate September 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My boyfriend’s name is Nate!! :)


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