Last Call

July 17, 2010

Our trip was supposed to end today. We came home a day early to save money on a Saturday night B&B room cost. But a giftcard + restaurant week + a free night, we decided to extend it one more day :mrgreen:

Car snacks – a green apple that I only ate half of and rejected. It was gross.

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And this CCNO bar I bought at the market this morning. It was SO good. Like cookie dough and greens in one! At only $1.50, I thought it was a pretty good bar choice made in Cville!

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A 5 hour drive later (hopefully the second-to-last time we’ll have to make that in the next few months!) we were back in the Queen City. My emotions about Charlotte had definitely changed. I definitely felt homesick for Charlottesville right away, but we’ve settled back in and it is a nice place to live. It’s just missing some kind of connection for me or something. Hard to believe we’re gone in 10 days!

I was feeling really cruddy when we got home. Zero energy. Kind of sick. I think it was just 5 hours in the car. But I had one of those Amazing Grass packets and a side of SYTYCD and was revived!! I really do appreciate these packets. They don’t taste great but they are good at the same time.

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Matt and I put on our fancy clothes and headed uptown in the rain

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To Blue!

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Blue has been a favorite of ours since we moved here. Caitlin and Kristien got us a thank you gift card when we hosted them back in June. Thank you for dinner guys!!!!!

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They dining room was totally full (=restaurant week!!) so we were offered bar seating. Aside from the dark lighting, it was the perfect ambiance. We sat on a velvet couch!

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I wasn’t going to drink tonight. I was planning to order sparkling water so I’d have a drink to slosh around. I’ve had a lot of alcohol in the past few days and based on my personal experience, alcohol makes me gain weight quickly. Especially 2 weeks straight of it!

However, the velvet, my romantic husband and the ambiance convinced me to partake regardless ;) I ordered a glass of the 2006 St Francis Red Blend – a favorite Sonoma winery of ours!

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Blue knows bread. These shared between us were fabulous! Warm and salty!

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Our strategy tonight was light for me, heavy for him but 100% shared. He got a 3 course restaurant week selection (and because Blue’s entrees are nearing $30, this basically meant free app and dessert!) and I just ordered a simple salad.

We shared Matt’s flatbread to start. I had 2 of the doughy delight pieces with prosciutto and herbs

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For entrees, he got the halibut and shared

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And I got a [blurry] Mediterranean salad with quail egg and olives

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh the dessert!!! We chose a Local Peach Tart with almond gelato.

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It was huge and we didn’t intend to eat it all but somehow it’s missing!

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Wonderful romantic evening and I’m thrilled to be home in time to veg on the couch a bit with SYTYCD Part II!!!

Nite!

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1 tanyasdaily July 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

What a great way to end the day at a nice resturant, the desert looks wonderful!

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2 Lara July 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

what was the name of the Inn? Looks fabulous.
I have the same experience with alcohol. instant weight gain if I drink more than 1-2 drinks per week!

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3 Kath July 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

South Street Inn

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4 Jenny July 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I love your date night courtesy of Caitlin! Enjoy your couch!

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5 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I love romantic dinners! Sharing food, and enjoying with a loved one is hands down the best!!!

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6 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I can’t keep it straight, maybe I’m mentally challenged, but you’re moving from Charlotte to Charlottesville? That’s confusing!

mmm – that dessert is right up my alley.

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7 Camille July 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm

That flatbread looks awesome!

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8 Ann Liu July 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

That dessert looks so delicious! I can understand why it went missing :)

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9 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) July 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Wait a minute, you aren’t around UVA! You’re close to Johnson & Wales? . . . I checked out that school too. :) (Or am I totally wrong? I always mix up Charlottesville & Charlotte)

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10 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) July 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm

That restaurant just looks REALLY familiar . . . I’m sure I’ve been there.

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11 Kath July 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Sami,
I live in Charlotte, NC.

I’m moving to Charlottesville, VA. Was there house hunting this week

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12 Meg July 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Oh my goodness, dinner looks DELICIOUS! Woah! What a great ending to an even better weekend :D

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13 Krystina July 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Sounds like a perfect little date. :)

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14 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Dessert always seems to go miss with me as well. I don’t know how it happens!

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15 Wei-Wei July 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm

What a wonderful date :D That flatbread just looks amazing! Blue looks like a great restaurant :)

Wei-Wei

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16 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Sounds like a nice evening out.

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17 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

So funny how your mind changes about where “home” is so quickly. Home is where you want to be.

That flat bread looks great. I love date nights and it looks like you had a great one :-)

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18 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That restaurant looks awesome. The dessert looks even better!

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19 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

The dessert looks divine! :) I love something baked with ice cream or gelato on top.

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20 Sarah R July 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

A velvet couch? How romantic!

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21 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I love the atmosphere of that restaurant!!! And the food looks pretty amazing too. :D

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22 Erin July 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm

That flatbread looks awesome–I can never turn down a little bread before dinner. ;)

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23 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

i’m so glad you got to stay another night! i think the fact that y’all had a strategy is AWESOME! :)

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24 Heather July 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

looks like a swanky place!

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25 Chelsey July 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

That restaurant looks awesome! I love the swanky red velvet couch :)

Somehow, desserts + me + FH = domination.. all of the time. We always just want “one bite” – Yeah right..

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26 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Good for you extending the fun! Looks like a perfect ending to the weekend!

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27 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

oooh that red velvet couch looks heavenly! like it was made to be lounged on, eating dessert…

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28 Hannah July 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

It’s not surprising that Charlotte doesn’t feel quite right anymore – you’ve already disassociated from it in your mind, and Charlottesville truly is a wonderful place. Maybe start thinking of Charlotte more as a holiday place? :)

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29 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 18, 2010 at 1:37 am

Mmm I don’t blame you for feeling a bit rough – 5hrs in a car would definetly do that! I hope you feel better now :)

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30 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 18, 2010 at 3:51 am

Five hours in the car is a long time so I’m not surpirsed you felt a bit rubbish afterwards. I’m also not keen on green apples and rarely get them. Looks like you had a good night though!

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31 Simply Life July 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

sounds like a wonderful dinner!

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32 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 18, 2010 at 6:28 am

Restaurant Week rocks!

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33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 18, 2010 at 9:06 am

Oh wow, that meal looks SO good! Especially the dessert!

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34 Jo July 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

love this post extra today. GREAT photos!

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35 The Wife of a Dairyman July 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

Glad you felt better to go out to a fun restaurant. The halibut looked delicious. And we drink St. Francis also…love their wine:)

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36 Emilie July 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

Sometimes going out to dinner is kind of like being on vacation…you know, getting all dressed up and such.
or maybe I just don’t get out much! LOL

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37 Jenn@slim-shoppin July 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

I agree about the amazing grass, it doesn’t taste good AT ALL! I love the dinner on the velvet couch! That’s fun and different!

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38 Laura July 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Sounds like a lovely meal actually:) Car rides are never fun :( xx

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39 Chelsea July 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Love love love the blog, especially the running posts (makes me want to get up and run) The dessert looks awesome, making me super hungry right now :) glad you had fun!

-Chelsea <3

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40 Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries July 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Hi Kath! I just discovered your blog a few days ago and absolutely love it! I was really excited when I saw that you live in Charlotte (I live here too!) but see that you’re moving now. :( I hope Charlottesville will be awesome for you though! Anyhoo, I’m sure your life is incredibly hectic right now with the move coming up, but I would love to get a chance to meet you before you go! Shoot me an email if you have time and maybe we can do lunch?! :D Talk soon!

Andrea

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41 Kath July 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Hey Andrea,
Sorry we just missed each other! I don’t think I’ll have time before we go :( Maybe when we come back sometime to visit

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42 Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries July 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm

That would be great! Just let me know! Good luck in your new home! I’ll be sure to keep reading and see how things are going for you! :)

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43 Julia @ www.britbride.com July 19, 2010 at 5:18 am

Sounds divine. Future hubby and I need more date nights!! J x

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44 Susan July 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I love St. Francis wine and I love being able to bike there!

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