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October 7, 2011

Fun First Friday night celebrated with a handful of friends – a night coordinated by a handful of last minute texts: “Hey do you want to do something tonight?”

Stop 1 was the produce drawer for a crisp apple + sunflower butter to tide me till dinner. All summer long I hated apples because every one was mealy. Now I can’t get enough!!


Stop 2 was McGuffy Art Center for a dance performance! Every First Friday there is a 15 minute performance (for about $5-10) where a dance company or dancer performs a short piece. Tonight’s group was from Raleigh and they did 3 short dances inspired by 3 major fashion designers, including Gucci.

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We joined Faith and Tate for the dance, per usual. Really enjoyed it!

Stop 3 was Tempo, a newish restaurant on the downtown mall known by window shoppers for its cowhide booths!


The colors inside were SO hard to photograph – everything from here out is tinted orange, red or green!


Joining us for dinner were Meredith and her new coworker, Emma.


And Sara + Juan, plus their friend Winnie who I did not get to photograph :( She is moving to Hong Kong next week and was a hoot!


I was quite starving by 7:30 when Matt and my appetizer came out – the Duck Empanadas. Hunger is definitely the best sauce – these were incredible!!!!!!


I really wish the restaurant had served bread – so much time passed before our entrees came out (which is totally fine with me if I have bread to keep me from eating my arm!) and I was so very hungry when my Scallops arrived


They were served over a savory rice pudding and lime-scented “air,” which was a foam. I love foams! The portion, however, was really small and desperately needed some veggies somewhere in the dish.


Since I was still hungry from lack of roughage, I ordered dessert!


A Lemon Blueberry Tart with Toasted Marshmallows!! [I admit, the marshmallows sold me!] I was in a lemon mood and this totally hit the spot. Although I admit I Winnie and I traded desserts a bit – her bread pudding is in the background above!


The dessert portion was quite nice – but check out the spoon made for a giant!!!


It’s way past my bedtime for my morning plans tomorrow.

Also, I am sure I have used up my 200 text messages for the month already!

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1 [email protected] October 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Your title will surely make your cell phone bill skyrocket :)


2 Sweet and Savvy October 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

That restaurant looks awesome! I’d love to try out more contemporty restaurants with variety. My hometown is FULL of privately owned Italian places. Though I do love Italian, a switch every now and then would be appreciated.


3 Jessica October 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

That sounds like a wonderful evening!!! And yes, I have been LOVING apples lately. So crisp! Yay Fall!


4 Lauren October 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

That dessert is almost like the birthday cake I had tonight-white chocolate lemon blueberry! Yum :) Also, my grandma made me 2 scrapbooks with “Camp Granny” memories and your bakery was in it. It was a big part of this summer!


5 KathEats October 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

Camp Granny!!! Haha


6 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl October 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

first fridays seem like a of fun! I’m glad you enjoyed dessert…it looked amazing!


7 Meredith October 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Wow, you are the fastest blogger ever. I barely had time to get home, change clothes, open my laptop and here’s your post! Thanks for including us tonight, it was really fun! Have a great weekend!


8 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I sure hope those weren’t real cowhides! I hate it when I’m that hungry, and they didn’t even give you bread. At least the food was good! 😉


9 lynn @ the actor's diet October 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm

i love impromptu nights…


10 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm

You and Matt look so cute and everyone looks so happy.

This would have sold me too “with Toasted Marshmallows!! [I admit, the marshmallows sold me!]”– love marshmallow anything :)

And bread pudding too. I will gladly ingest gluten in the form of bread pudding and pay the price later :)

Have a great weekend, Kath!


11 Claire October 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Ha! I’m TOTALLY over my 200 text messages. I knew it was coming though. If the trend continues I may have to change carriers!


12 Health Bee October 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

Love the great blueberry tart photos!


13 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking October 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

Looks like a great evening!!

That blueberry tart looks simply amazing.


14 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

I almost never text, lol.

Hate when lighting is so bad in restaurants that pics come out poorly. At least the food still looks yummy to eat.

I hear nothing but good things about Hong Kong as of lately; good for Winnie! :)


15 Khushboo October 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

‘”hunger is the best sauce”–> couldn’t have said it better myself!


16 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee October 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

I just dont eat apples in the summer, but they’re one of my favorite fruits. :) That dance show looks like so much fun, I wish we had that here!!


17 Cait's Plate October 8, 2011 at 6:20 am

Oh my gosh – I don’t even like duck but those empanadas look AMAZING!!

I (luckily) have unlimited text messages. I think I would be in big trouble if I didn’t!! Haha


18 Jennifer October 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

You live in such a cool little city! Never a lack of things to do. :) That restaurant looked interesting. I love the plates.


19 [email protected] and spice October 8, 2011 at 6:35 am

That last dessert looks especially tasty! What a fun night


20 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 8, 2011 at 6:36 am

What an interesting meal!!! I love all the different flavor profiles!


21 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

Sounds like a fun night!! Haha I always used to go over my monthy texting quota…I had to switch it to unlimited :)


22 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

Oh my god I want that pudding! Id have to eat it with a teeny spoon though to make it last longer!!!


23 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

I love the cowhide booths! So neat.


24 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

“Hunger is definitely the best sauce” –> So true! When I’m starving, almost anything will taste good to me, even if it’s only a mediocre meal. This dinner looks far from mediocre though. The dessert especially looks amazing!


25 [email protected] Flying ONION October 8, 2011 at 7:22 am

You guys always choose the nicest restaurants. Beautiful! The food looks delish. 😀


26 Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) October 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

Ben & I cut our talking minutes to the bare minimum and changed our texts to unlimited! I thi we use up 200 texts within the first week every month!


27 Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) October 8, 2011 at 7:42 am



28 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

Haha I would be starving too! I always debate whether to order a salad with my dinner because a lot of places don’t give you much veggies. I should have last night since my dinner entree was a tilapia filet and 5 pieces of asparagus! Lol I felt like I was on a diet!


29 Liz October 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

I would have a huge bill if I didn’t have unlimited texting – yay for Verizon unlimited texting/data! 😀


30 Jo October 8, 2011 at 8:17 am

Stating the obvious here, but I’ll say it anyway: apples in the summer are either last year’s stock or from somewhere far away, so yeah, they won’t be in season and won’t taste good. I never eat apples till fall’s new crop of apples is available. Then, go nuts!


31 Dione October 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

Wow, only 200 texts? I’m sure on my last bill it was well over 1000 for me.:) I got rid of my home phone ages ago though, and mainly text, since I hate talking on the phone. I have an unlimited talk and text MY5 plan with my cell phone company anyways, so it only works out to 46 dollars a month (including call display voice mail and call waiting). When I get an iphone though it will go up since I will have to have a data plan.


32 Michaela October 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

that spoon is gigantic!!!
I hate it when there are veggies missing in a dish :( makes me want to munch on some carrots upon returing home.


33 Angel7 October 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

The scallops look really good!

I really like that giant spoon!



34 Annie October 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

Did you really pay $10 to watch someone dance for 15 minutes?


35 D October 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

supporting the arts 😀 it is a beautiful thing!


36 Annie October 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’m a huge supporter of the arts, and I live in a large city so am familiar with high ticket prices. But that seems ridiculous to me.


37 KathEats October 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

It was $5 but I would have paid 10. It’s once a month and goes to a good cause


38 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

what a fun night! love impromptu get togethers… always end up being such a blast!


39 Molly @ RDexposed October 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Good snack choice! Yesterday afternoon I cut up a honey crisp and scooped out sun flower butter and passed it around to the nurses and dietitians for an afternoon snack. My popularity points increased for sure!


40 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

“Hunger is the best sauce” <– haha, so true! That's a great way of phrasing it…I just might have to steal that from you 😀


41 Libby D. October 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Sunflower butter??? interesting… Willing to try it. I do Looooove Sunflower seeds…. Any brand preference?


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