After cleaning up the house this afternoon, Matt and I set out on DATE NIGHT! We don’t go out on solo dates very often because we always have fun friends to play with, but we decided when we went out for my birthday that we would try to do one fun dinner out together per month (although I’m not sure we’ve been out together solo since!?!). We are in our element at a restaurant ooging over the food!
Let’s go to the movies!! We just started to get hungry before it was time to leave for our movie so we packed up a lunch to eat in the theater:
Brie + Crofter’s Spread mini sandwiches on High Five Fiber
Carrots, green peppers and apples
A mini Artisana jar packed with some PB for the veggies
And some Beemster cheese. MMM!
It was a little hard to fumble through in the dark, but we started eating during the previews so it was gone soon enough to concentrate on the movie.
After reading so much good feedback about AVATAR we wanted to see it 3D in the theaters. We both agreed that we were a little disappointed.
- The 3D was really cool – and guessing by the previews it’s now the mainstream way to watch movies!
- I LOVE fantastical lands and I thought they did a FABULOUS job with the land of Pandora. So many clever and intrigue details.
- Similarly, the special effects, computer effects and basically all effects were awesome
- The plot was soooo predictable and rather dull. I don’t to spoil the ending or anything, but the fighting scenes really dragged on towards the end just as all movies with fighting scenes do (the reason I hate most fighting and sports movies)
- I dislike movies with machine guns in them. I do not like watching violence at all!
- The characters were pretty flat (IMO) and the dialogue wasn’t very clever
So that’s my feedback!!
We actually conveniently watched the movie next to Caitlin + Jason, who were going to see the same show!!
3D glasses are the new style. Obviously.
After the movie we made our way to M5, one of my favorite Charlotte establishments! We had a GIFT CARD that Larbs + Matt gave us for Christmas!!!!!!!
It’s one of my favorite restaurant atmospheres in CLT. Very modern.
Both of us didn’t feel like going all out tonight (= alcohol on both sides, entrees, etc) We just wanted to enjoy a nice dinner prepared by someone else that would still be the amount we would eat at home. So we decided to order lightly and share most of the meal and it turned out to be one fabulous dinner!
M5 was still having their restaurant week menu (prolonged due to last weekend’s snow) so we decided to order the 3 courses for $30 for Matt and a wine pairing (three 2-oz pours) and I ordered a simple Spinach + Goat Cheese salad.
I found the menus online! How convenient 🙂
We chose the Fig + Prosciutto Flatbread, the Scallops and the Marshmallow
And the wines!
The first course was the bread basket 🙂 M5 has great doughy lightly herby crusty crust bread. We each enjoyed slices dipped in a really fruity olive oil.
We split it down the middle. The figs were out of this world!
Scallops! Matt handed over 1 of the 4 scallops. But the best part were the ricotta gnocchi!!
My salad. I skipped the dressing because it was shalloty, but the goat cheese was awesome and the salad was just what I wanted.
I do not really care for panna cotta but this was AWESOME. The texture was indeed slightly marshmallowy – thicker than usual slimy panna cotta. And the vanilla flavor was spot on fresh.
Even the guy who claims he doesn’t like desserts made a significant dent!
We loved our cozy booth and sat side by side and I had plenty of room for my camera bag and we could see the restaurant. So what I’m trying to say was that not only was the food great, but our whole experience was great 🙂
Looking forward to a lovely hour of bedtime reading. And excited about tomorrow’s run and Super Bowl festivities!!