Lucky Charlotte!!! We have the most gorgeous fall day here (although it’s still quite hot out…).
After a pretty typical trip to the gym and back on bike (elliptical and lifting), we met some new friends for lunch: Amanda, who lives in Charlotte with her husband Justin, and Jaclyn, who is visiting Amanda from Manhattan. I had planned to wear rain boots today, but we were able to eat out on the patio at Brio and had a beautiful lunch.
Amanda, Me, Jaclyn in good blog photo lighting!
Some delicious crackers (parmesan, flax and rosemary!) plus some good sourdough-ish bread were delivered to the table. I. Love. Bread. I had one more cracker after this
I was really impressed with Brio. The menu was awesome with lots of variety and my favorite, huge salads. I ordered the Grilled Salmon Salad with asparagus, tomatoes and feta. The balsamic dressing on the side was amazing!! I think it had maple in it. (I ate most of the salad and left some lettuce.)
The salmon was perfectly seasoned, but could have been more rare.
My salad came with crispy potatoes on top but I got them on the side to try them first. They were just OK (too oily). I had about 3 pinches.
I had 2 bites of the husband’s panini and really good crispy chips -
And a sip or 2 of his bloody mary. A really good one!
I thought I was through, so I had another small piece of bread for “dessert.” I love having a little bread at the end of a meal.
But then Jaclyn pulled out the most beautiful box of chocolates she brought all the way from NYC!!
Of course we had to try them
I had the classic ganache (and a bite of the PB and chili pepper ones that the husband ate.)
She also brought some dark chocolate almond bark – yum!! (I had a nibble of that as well.)
All in all, a fantastic lunch!! I really enjoyed meeting both ladies and I think the husband and Justin have plans to get together and home-brew some beer (Justin has spent the past year making his own!)
I’ve got to cram in some studying before we head up to the Greek Festival later on.