My stomach is full.
My mouth had a party.
But my mind is unsatisfied.
Tonight was a whirlwind!
We decided to go to The Grape a order small plates from their bistro menu. The bistro menu items turned out to be waaaay smaller than we thought and VERY overpriced.
Wine Flight #1 + Antipasto
Since we always try to taste as many wines as possible, we ordered a flight to start. 2.5 oz per glass. All three were absolutely fantastic. I wrote them down:
Oriel Setena Red
I can’t WAIT to order them again!
With the first flight, we ordered the antipasto. It was quite small compared to others we’ve ordered, but ended up being just right! Meats, provolone, olives, caper berries (love those!), sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. I requested the olive oil on the side because these usually come drenched in it. I’m so glad I thought to ask!
I had 3 meat slices, 1.5 mozzarella balls, 4 olives, 3 capers and 1/2 the provolone. And all the basil!
And a piece of cold boring bread that was totally not worth it but worked as a palate cleanser between wines:
Wine Flight #2 + Fig “Pisa”
Flight #2 was 3 reds. They weren’t nearly as impressive. I guess I just chose poorly! I think they were just too heavy for our appetizers and would have been better with a rich entree. So all in all, we both had about 6.5 oz of wine – about 1 glass – but we got to try 6 kinds. That’s how you learn about wine!
Course two was a prosciutto, fig and brie “pisa,” a pita pizza. I would have helped to let us know this was only about 5″ in diameter! It was AMAZING in flavor, but quite small and rather decadent.
So that was supposed to be dinner! But we were obviously not that full at all. There was nothing else on the menu that really jumped out at us though, so we were torn with what to do. All the items were so expensive and we didn’t want to pay $10 more for a piece of smoked salmon or hummus that might not be good. We almost ordered a wrap, but I really don’t like restaurant wraps (just because they are gone quickly and high in calorie) so we made the executive decision to turn the night into a progressive dinner and go down the street to Dean and Deluca for salads for our fullness factor.
Dean and Deluca
On to course #3! While we were ordering, I sample a few dips + crackers around the store. Mindless eating!!!
The husband got a prime rib sandwich. I had a big bite. It was amazing. I got a big vegetable salad with goat cheese. I had some help eating the salad, but I ate most of it – no wonder I’m stuffed – it was a ton of veggies!
At the bottom I found a red onion that snuck in!! I’m SO glad I found this with my eyes and not my tongue!
If you’ve ever been to Dean + Deluca, you know the kind of desserts they have. We decided to get something small – a caramel crunch layer thing and a peanut butter buckeye for the husband. I ate about 1/3 of the mousse and one tiny bite of the buckeye.
So while I ate a lot of variety tonight, I didn’t really eat that much. But I did!!! I think I’m so full because of my salad and the 12 oz of hot water I drank with it. But regardless of the healthy contributions, I definitely had my share of rich foods tonight. I also feel like I drank a ton of wine, but I really only had 1 large glass. So my brain is just confused.
Hope you guys had fun Saturdays!