Speaking Of Spanish…

September 11, 2009

After more work, a 30 minute walk to the grocery store and back for veggie + hummus platter ingredients, and getting dressed, we set out for our evening excursion.

First stop: the running store. I came home with the Asiacs. The guy was NOT happy that I ran on dirt with my shoes :( Hopefully all of my nerves survive this pair!

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After our grocery store walk, I was starving and had an ota.bar in the car up to tide me until dinner. PB + Banana were delish!

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We arrived as Las Ramblas 30 minutes too early and decided to get a drink at the bar (a walk was debated but we were walked out and drinks were preferred)

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This is my new favorite Charlotte restaurant!!!!!! Awesome menu, cool decor  good service!

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I ordered a glass of the Atteca Zin, which I’ve had before and loved. My first glass was a bit on the old side and while I hate to do it, I told the bartender and asked for a fresh glass. She was happy to open a new bottled and comped our drinks, so we were totally impressed!

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The fresh glass rocked ;)

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Matt, of course, got a brew.

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The Sweetwater from ATL

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Then Larbs and her friends arrived!

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More wine was served

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I ordered the Spinach + Arugula salad with Fried Goat Cheese to start. The salad was pretty small for eight whole dollars, but at least the goat cheese was awesome.

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Matt and I shared a pizza for our main course, which was also small, but what we were expecting. It had smoked salmon, chorizo, olives, and cheese, among other delights. And it was delicious.

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I had another splash of wine, which put me from tipsy to drunk in 5 minutes! GAH I can’t handle more than a large glass anymore!!! 1.5 glasses is my demise.

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We were planning to meet our friends at the Annual Greek Festival, but I discovered that Matt has to get up in 6 hours for work, so I said we should just go home.

I’m pretty tired too. ‘Twas a long day! Nighty night!

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1 haya September 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

that’s super nice that they let you switch shoes!! i heart asics. hope your feet like them tooooo

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2 Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm

You are a determined customer today. I don’t feel bad about doing things like sending back a drink, I always do it politely and I figure – I paid for it right?!?!

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3 Jenna September 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’m exhausted also, almost sleepy time for this g’ma.

I love Greek food! Gahh! There is a Greek festival here in Minneapolis tomorrow, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to go, because the GOPHERS ARE PLAYING!! :)

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4 Meghan@traveleatlove September 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Mmm yummy looking restaurant. I love Las Ramblas in Barcelona!

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5 Katie September 11, 2009 at 9:34 pm

You look great in those pics! I love your shirt and belt!

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6 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

that place looks fun! good call on getting home, although i wonder what the greek festival would be like?

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7 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Those shoes look great. Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

What a neat restaurant! It has such a cute decor and sounds like a wonderful menu. :)

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8 Run Sarah September 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm

What an fun looking restaurant, the ambiance looks great!

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9 Mara @ What's for Dinner? September 11, 2009 at 10:26 pm

¡Que fabuloso! Spanish food is the way to go! Tapas is one of my favorite ways to eat…especially when goat cheese is involved. Glad you had a great night!

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10 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm

That decor reminds me of the flamenco bar my friends and I frequented while studying in Sevilla Spain. I get giddy every time I see the Spanish flag.

Glad you had a blast and got new shoes too!

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11 AnnQ September 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Looks like a super cool place…the chandeliers are awesome :-)

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12 angieinatlanta September 11, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Looks like a fun dinner!

And FRIED goat cheese!? HOLY YUM!

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13 Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 11, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I’m with you. If a wine is oxidized, it goes back. No questions asked. if it smells like wet dog, dirty gym back or wet rags…sayanara and they have to open a new bottle. This is especially true with cheaper wines- they oxidize much faster (like within a day without proper preserving systems!). But of course they usually only offer the cheaper wine by the glass, so it’s a catch-22!! Argh! Anyway, you did the right thing!

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14 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

I love the decor in that restaurant. Glad you got everything with your shoes straightened out, fingers crossed that this pair works out well for you!

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15 Biz September 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm

You had me at fried goat cheese!

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16 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans September 11, 2009 at 11:37 pm

fried goat cheese?! swooooooon….

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17 Angharad (Eating for England) September 11, 2009 at 11:40 pm

That’s ace that they comped your drinks happily – nothing worse than old red wine! Pizza and salad sounds perfect right now…I’ll have to wait til tomorrow night for that!

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18 Jenna September 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

looks like sucha cool restaurant!

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19 BroccoliHut September 12, 2009 at 12:19 am

Love the decor–that is one awesome chandelier!

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20 Krissy (Single Serving) September 12, 2009 at 12:22 am

I just bought the same shoes. They fit me like slippers. So comfortable. Hope you feel the same way about them after the last pair!

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21 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) September 12, 2009 at 2:28 am

I wish we had restaurants like that closer to us. :( That goat cheese ball looks sooo good, I bet the cheese oozed out! The pizza looks awesome, too. Yummmm

Jenn

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22 Katharina September 12, 2009 at 3:03 am

The little porcupine is adorable! The fried goat cheese sounds incredible. Have you ever tried fried manchego? It’s awesome! Especially served with a mango coulis – Just reminiscing :p

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23 Julia September 12, 2009 at 3:42 am

I love fried goat cheese!

have a great weekend! xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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24 Alison September 12, 2009 at 6:14 am

Your meal looks quite tasty; the fried goat cheese, especially. My sister lives in Charlotte and raves about Las Ramblas.

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25 Rebecca September 12, 2009 at 6:47 am

That place looks like fun! That’s awesome that the bartender comped your drinks. The salad is tiny for $8! I’m glad it was good.

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26 Emily, homecookedem September 12, 2009 at 7:46 am

Sweetwater!! Nice call Matt!! Which one did he get? Kath, you should try Sweetwater Blue! It’s a blueberry beer!! It’s probably my favorite beer!! Ya’ll should come down to Atlanta and visit the brewery… it’s so much fun there!!!!

That pizza looks great!

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27 Jenna September 12, 2009 at 7:55 am

this looks like such a fun restaurant! I need to visit charolotte!! It seems like you have so many fun restaurants there.

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28 CaSaundra September 12, 2009 at 7:58 am

That restaurant does have some cool decor–love it :-)

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29 Lauren September 12, 2009 at 8:16 am

Oh my gosh, I wouldn’t feel bad at all about asking the bartender for a fresh glass. Seriously, when you are paying $10 or more for a glass of good wine, you want it to be good, not just “drinkable!”

Looks like a great restaraunt and a great night with good friends.

Have a lovely Saturday!

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30 Regina September 12, 2009 at 8:29 am

I have those same exact Asics and they are the best, comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned!

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31 skinnyrunner September 12, 2009 at 8:30 am

what a fun restaurant and cute pictures! i love fried goat cheese, yum. i had some at emeril’s restaurant in las vegas in the same type of salad, best part of the meal hands down.

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32 Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) September 12, 2009 at 9:06 am

I LOVE the hedgie in all your pics! Never fails to make me smile =)

Dinner looks fab, sounds like a great night!

xo
K

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33 Kath September 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

Katie,
Thanks!!

Emily,
The 420 I believe??

K

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34 Caroline September 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I’ve been running in those Asics since June and don’t love them nearly as much as the pair I switched them out for. I had been running in the same model that was 2 or 3 years older. Now my shins are giving me trouble… It’s been too long to try to swap the shoes out at the running store and I can’t afford more until I get some Christmas money. I hope you have better luck with them!

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35 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? September 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Love my Asics, nothing beats them!!!!!!!! I totally would have spoken up about the wine too. I hate it when they give the dregs of an old bottle that has been sitting around for ages. Yuk

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