Little Pea

November 11, 2011

This evening we a double date – Lauren and her husband Toly are here on a getaway and wanted to spend a dinner with us – how romantic!!


After attempting to get into a few restaurants with 2 hour waits, we settled into a cozy nook at Petit Pois. Matt and I ate here back in 2005 on our own romantic getaway to Charlottesville and we had yet to go since moving here nearly 1.5 years ago!


The dinner was excellent!

I debated spending the money on a starter salad, but I really wanted something to munch before our entrees came and am so glad I went with it – this was one great fru-fru salad! Beets, goat cheese and pine nuts with an excellent grain mustard dressing. Loved the little dressing pitcher!


Matt had a poached egg salad – equally delicious!


My main course was a broth with Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Clams and Calamari. It was really really good (I love seafood medley dishes!), and I loved dipping the toast points into the broth. Matt’s scallop dish, however, was INCREDIBLE! I can’t even describe the flavor – it was almost vanilla-y!? Our server said there was no vanilla involved though. I’d like to go back and eat that again!


The four of us split two desserts to end the meal –

A rich chocolate hazelnut mousse


And an apple crisp! The vanilla ice cream made it.


Both were incredible, but we all said the hazelnut mousse was the winner.

Had a great time with Lauren and Toly! Two couples are better than one.

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1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Lauren is such a sweetheart. I would love to meet her in person and her hubby, too. What a great meetup and the dinner (and desserts) look fab!


2 Greg November 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Just curious…what was the price for dinner for four? Just wondering what you budget for “entertainment” type dinner when guests come into town.


3 KathEats November 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

Our portion was about $100. It goes into our entertainment budget for the month, so maybe next weekend we’d eat somewhere less pricey to balance it out


4 AmyJoGo November 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

$100 for two people? Seems pricey for the meal, but this is a food blog so you’re not eating at Applebee’s or some other chain.


5 Sarah November 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

$100 seems like a bargain for two! Although I live in the SF Bay Area so my view is a bit different. For example, my husband and I went out last weekend and our total was $225 before tip.


6 ilovefetacheese November 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Kath and Matt seem to rarely eat out, so I can understand really splurging on a gourmet meal if you have the budgeted. When you add up wine + salad + entree + dessert -$50 is pretty reasonable.


7 [email protected] November 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm

That’s it, this post made me realize how long it’s been since Glenn & I have gone out on a date. Tomorrow it is. I see dinner and yogurt in my future. No kids.


8 Amanda November 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

I second this! No dinner out is complete without frozen yogurt. :)

Kath – if I’m ever in the area, I will most certainly be looking to your blog for restaurant suggestions. Your meals look great!


9 bobbi November 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I love Lauren! How fun , looks devine!


10 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

What a great Friday night!:) Glad you enjoyed!


11 Erika - The Teenage Taste November 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Aw, sounds like such a great night! Great company, great food, what more could you ask for? :-)


12 Angel7 November 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

All your meals looked mouth-watering!


13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Ooooh, your salads and entrees look delish!! I’m so jealous that you can get a salad with all frisee in it; I LOVE it but can never find it outside of a mixed field greens tub. :( I love seafood medleys, too. Yummy!


14 Khushboo November 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Your main course looks mouth-watering! I had a seafood tagine last night for dinner…love me some calimari!


15 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Lauren and Toly! Can’t believe I still haven’t met her yet.


16 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Seafood or fish is always my choice when dining out. I love trying dishes that I would not normally create at home. Looked like a lovely evening out…good food and good friends…what more could you want…enjoy!


17 Mara @ What's for Dinner? November 12, 2011 at 1:13 am

SO jealous you got to meet Lauren! LOVE that girl!


18 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance November 12, 2011 at 2:26 am

I love desserts served in martini glasses, instantly fancy!


19 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! November 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

The salad looks amazing! I think I might do a version of it for my lunch today :)


20 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 12, 2011 at 6:21 am

The hazenut chocolate mousse does sound delicious!


21 Allyson November 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

Amazing dinner. How do new business owners get to go out to eat all the time? You weren’t too busy!!


22 Christine November 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

I would guess because most bakeries open in the wee hours of the morning and are closed by the dinner hour – good for them for having a balanced life and having fun with friends :)


23 [email protected] Flying ONION November 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

What fun!! 😀


24 Hillary November 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

I would bathe in chocolate hazelnut mousse if that was sanitary and/or socially acceptable. That one looks SO. GOOD.


25 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

I LOVE seafood medley’s! SO delicious!


26 Susan Mc November 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

Wow, your salad=amayzing! It drove me to check out the pea’s menus…totally impressed! Committed to your bountiful local providers AND reasonable prices!! If you ever do a Sunday brunch, please go back…did you SEE that menu??! If/when I get to Cville, they’re now on the list!


27 KathEats November 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

I haven’t – I bet it’s amazing!


28 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

Awww sounds like fun! 😀


29 Heather @ For the Love of Kale November 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

Aww, date nights are the best! Looks like you had an amazing night. :-)


30 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

how fun! i love double date nights… so fun that you were able to see lauren + toly!


31 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

I am craving apple crisp now.. what a great dessert option!


32 Molly @ RDexposed November 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

If there’s not a fried egg on my salad, there better be some goat cheese. Sounds like a good restaurant!


33 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Looks yummy! I’ve had a hankering for seafood lately–not exactly something you can find too easily on a college campus, though. Bummer!


34 Lauren November 13, 2011 at 7:29 am

We had a great time hanging out with you guys and especially over such a fantastic meal! Thanks for being so hospitable and showing us the real CVille. Hope to see you guys again sometime and good luck with everything! I’ll be thinking of you. 😉


35 Mara November 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Nothing is better than a beautiful salad and seafood! You and Matt always seem to enjoy great local restaurants, much like my husband and I.


36 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I love seafood medly dishes as well…looks fantastic!


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