Night Out.

January 6, 2012

It was a beautiful night to be out and about!! Much improvement from the teens we experienced earlier this week. Still l.o.v.i.n.g our new house’s location – just a quick brisk walk and I’m in the thick of things!

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Tonight I met up with beautiful Hilary for some gallery crawling!

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And while it appears we were caught in a beautiful snow flurry, I promise it was not snowing ; )

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Our first stop was my favorite gallery, the Second Street Gallery, where we viewed two awesome exhibitions exploring texture, color, paper and words: Rachel Hellmann’s Chromatic Boundaries and Scott Hazard’s Typographic Cultivations. I didn’t want to take photos, but you can see snippets here!

We nibbled on a pretty fancy spread of catered appetizers

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Including bacon-wrapped dates!! And this beautiful cheese spread

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Some nibbles!

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We went to a few more galleries and browsed through Urban Outfitters before meeting up with Faith and Tate – completely accidentally – when we both walked into Vita Nova pizza! It was the shock of the week to find them already in there!

I had a Margherita slice – with extra cheese!

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It was wonderful. And Matt joined us just in time!!

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We three kings girls and Matt headed down to Sweet Frog to end the night. The weather was finally warm enough to even think about eating something frozen!

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Coconut, Mint Chocolate, Cake Batter topped with candy bar crumbles. I always think I’m going to go light with fruit and then always end up with candy. It’s just so much better!

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Matt and I called it a night early since we’re both tired from a restless night last night. Hoping to get some good reading in in 5…4…3…2…

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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Ugh, gorgeous girl! Look at those LIGHTS. C-ville is so cute, I’m convinced I’m going to visit all of you down there and eat bread. All day.

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2 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Love the ‘snowy’ photos! I bet it was beautiful on the downtown mall tonight. Candy makes everything better.

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3 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

hahaha! I was like, “how is it snowing there?” What a fun night!

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4 Mindy Lord @ clueless nut January 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Had fro-yo this afternoon on this beautiful day(outside!!!), too. I always tell myself I will get all fruit but the heath bar bits and cookie dough crumbles are just too tempting! Happy Friday :)

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5 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes January 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

That’s the most exciting swirl in your cup I’ve ever seen :) It’s perfect.

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6 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

That looks like a wonderful evening!

Oh yeah, I did a mix like yours this morning with what I had on hand. Pretty good and held me for quite a while!

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7 hillary b January 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for a fun night, pal! I’m so glad you got me out of the house (I think I had a riveting night of project runway + daily show reruns planned). Let’s do it again next month!

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8 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal January 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My, this is one of your early evening post. We are turning in early here as well.

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9 Cait's Plate January 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I LOVE your outfit!!!

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10 Jen January 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hilary is beautiful! I love your jacket too Kath – cute. You are so photogenic, I’m jealous! Oh, what book did you end up choosing to finish? I saw a trailer for The Hunger Games last night – can’t wait till it comes out!

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11 KathEats January 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Working on She’s Come Undone – HG next!

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12 Jessie January 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

She’s Come Undone is one of my favorite books. So thoughtfully written and laugh-out-loud funny.

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13 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I like “heavy” froyo too better than froyo with fruit. :)

I bet someday when you have a preteen they will love to walk right down town.

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Awwww, what a great night. Sounds like you have the perfect ending for it too! Enjoy your book and sleep well!

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15 Megan January 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

The yogurt looks delicious!

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16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

A night out with the ladies, gallery crawling, a pit stop in U.O., fancy appetizers and cheese…sounds like the PERFECT way to spend Friday evening!

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17 Maria January 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Waving hello to you guys. We couldn’t believe the beautiful weather here in Fairfax either! Looks like a fab night, Kath!

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18 lynn @ the actor's diet January 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

love that all the lights are still out…esp. since i took my xmas decorations yesterday, i miss the twinkle!

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19 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I love gallery hopping! I don’t do it enough, but I’m glad you had fun, especially with a friend. ;)

Happy Friday!

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20 Cheryl @ eatplayluvblog January 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Those pictures are awesome!

Mmmm froyo. I have been having mad cravings. I was going to go alone last night to get some (and blog about how cool that makes me, obviously) but luckily I found some friends who were willing to come. Too bad I am STILL craving it! I snuck a taste of the cake batter flavour myself…but it wasn’t my thing. More power to ya!

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21 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I wish we had more fro yo places around! The flavors you all get always sounds so amazing!!!

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22 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The twinkly lights are gorgeous! As are you and Hilary!
The best froyo combo I ever had was gingerbread and dark chocolate groups with pretzels on top! If you ever see gingerbread froyo, I highly recommend this combo!

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23 Sarah January 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I end up with candy froyo everytime too!! My intentions are always fruity, candy always wins!

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24 kristen @ verbs and vignettes January 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

very cute night out! i’m blowing off my entire to-do list again in favor of getting some sleep. i like the sound of the early night.

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25 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

that must be so nice to just walk right into town from your home! haha your froyo comment made me chuckle a bit because i always do the same thing… i usually have the intent to go with fruit toppings but somehow it often comes out with chocolate/candy toppings. oops! ;)

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26 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm

The lights behind you guys in the first pictures are so pretty! Looks like a winter wonderland :)

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27 Angel7 January 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

That pizza looks delicious! I almost had my husband order some pizza tonight, but we ended up making our own pasta instead.

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28 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl January 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

Dessert looks SO good! Damn wish I got one after my night out with sushi. Well, I did inhale some green tea ice cream. ;)

I am jealous of your close city house location and its awesome gallery exhibits and cool restaurants. Definitely a good place to call home.

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29 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

Can’t decide which I’m more in the love with–Cville, that cheese plate, or the froyo. Seriously, it’s a toss up :)

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30 Khushboo January 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

Delicious evening..you’ve sparked a HUGE fro yo craving in me!

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31 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife January 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

I LOVE Sweet Frog…I don’t know what it is about that place but it’s my favorite froyo!!!

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32 Baroque Diva January 7, 2012 at 1:15 am

I loved your little Epiphany reference! :) Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas, Kath- love ur bloggie!

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33 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

Mmyum, cake batter fro yo! Perfect end to the evening, sounds like!

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34 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

Oh that Fro-Yo makes me HUNGRY :D

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35 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 7, 2012 at 3:38 am

It amazes me the food those galleries put out! Oh to be in walking distance of a froyo joint, I’d love that. My tummy wouldn’t, but I sure would. :D

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36 Lorin January 7, 2012 at 4:16 am

We have something like a gallery crawl as well in San Luis Obispo. Art studios open up and some provide little snacks. It’s really fun. I also went to Fro yo too, but it’s a new place here and it is so good! Soo many toppings. Mini nutter butters, peanut butter filled pretzels, chocolate covered espresso beans, ect ect. I never get the fruit except banana. I figure I’m getting froyo I want candy not fruit, haha.

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37 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! January 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

Looks so much fun! I wish we had that where I live.

Such great catering too- I had the fruit toasts with seeds all over Christmas- delicious with Stilton/ blue cheeses!

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38 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 7, 2012 at 6:38 am

How beautiful. The twinkling lights just capture the fun of the evening.

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39 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

Something sweet and creamy sounds good. Just found out a frozen yogurt place opened about 3 miles away. I need to go try it!

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40 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

Sounds like the perfect night! I always say I’m getting vanilla yogurt with fruit… Never happens! Somehow reeses cups end up in the mix :)

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41 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

I agree… candyish toppings are so much more appealing than fruit on top of frozen yogurt goodness! I go for the cookie dough and brownie bites each and every time! Looks like a fun night out. Glad you enjoyed yourself!

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42 Clare @ SweetnSimple January 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

Gorgeous night with beautiful-looking food :) Loving the look of that fro yo, I’ve never had anything like it!

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43 Kristine January 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

Beautiful! I am sometimes envious of the life you lead!

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44 lindzjane115 January 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

How funny–I was in the same Sweet Frog just a little later (Coconut and Chocolate FroYo were gone when I got there, sadly!). We frequently almost cross paths…. hopefully one day I’ll catch you in the bakery!

I’ve never had Vita Nova pizza–do you recommend it?

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45 KathEats January 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Haha – it will happen!

It’s a toss up between Vita Nova and Christians – they were about the same. Also VN had little salads!

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46 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

It’s never too cold for frozen yogurt!

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47 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hmmm I haven’t had fro-yo in forever :D

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48 Emily January 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Looks like you ladies (and man) spent a lovely evening! The temperature looks pretty balmy by your cute outfits (I live in Ottawa, ON, Canada and all week it’s been -30ºC…I think that’s -22ºF?), probably will be many, many months before I can go out in a light jacket!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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49 Amanda January 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

What an awesome night! I love the sparkly little lights, and the food looks great too. It’s going to be in the low 50s in Boston today (yes!)…I think that may be just warm enough for fro yo. :)

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50 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

Love mini lights…I miss seeing them on the Christmas Tree already! My mom and sister-in-law have a tree in their kitchens with mini lights they put on all year round…I would attempt it if I had a green thumb…alas indoor plants are not my forte.

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51 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Haha I got Pinkberry with my friend yesterday and we definitely both ended up getting candy! It’s just so much better!

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52 Emily January 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Yum yum. Frozen yogurt!

I should definitely consider checking out some of the art that Cincinnati has to offer, I have been to the museum and the contemporary arts center, but no little galleries like that, and we definitely have some available!

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53 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Good lord- that yogurt looks incredible!! Like, lick the SCREEN incredible!
I just found out that my cousin (technically cousin’s cousin) works at Mono Loco- I think she’s a waitress-her name is Callan. You guys go there sometimes, right?

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54 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

Cool! I haven’t been there in a while, but I will look for her!

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55 Ashley July 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hey Kath! I have been poking around on KERF/BERF and came across this post. I was wondering about the frozen yogurt… I am 10 weeks pregnant and recently signed up for the future moms program through my Anthem health insurance. When I was on the phone with a nurse at Anthem she was going over some safety guidelines and recommendations. She listed several foods to avoid such as unpasteurized cheese, high-mercury fish, and and lunchmeat. I was surprised that soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt were also on the list. And very disappointed since there is a new frozen yogurt place in my area that I’ve been dying to try! She said that sometimes the machines that dispense the FY are not properly cleaned and can harbor listeria. Have you heard the same thing? Or have you been told it is in fact safe? Not at all trying to criticize your choice to indulge! Just curious because I have been avoiding soft serve and have been craving it! : )

-Ashley

p.s. – I have really been enjoying BERF and, thanks to you, am obsessed with Pregtastic! Good luck in the coming weeks – I really believe natural birth is the healthiest option and can’t wait to hear all about your experience. I am not sure I am strong enough to go completely drug-free, but you are an inspiration!

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56 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Hey Ashley,
I have heard the same rumors about listeria and frozen yogurt places, but this seems to be a new guideline – my doctor didn’t mention it at all. If I were you, I would ask the owners of your place (or the managers) how often they clean their machines. If they respond with a system and say they always clean between flavors, then I’d be OK with that, but if they are wishy washy on procedures, maybe find another place to visit.

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