Couldn’t wait for our date tonight all day! Good weather, out to dinner, spring concert!
Things got done before I left – bean salad making for tomorrow night’s picnic
And yeah mom, I finally polished the silver
At 6 Matt and I headed downtown for dinner. The song “I love this town” came to mind when I found about 1,000 other people dining al fresco on a Thursday night!
When I walked to the podcast this morning, I was handed a free poem sponsored by our library!
I didn’t get a photo then, but I enjoyed a Shakespeare sonnet and a child’s poem about the blue sky by Anon.
They were still out there this evening so we got some more poems to read at dinner!
This one was particularly appropriate for a nice spring day
And this one pulled out some conversation on its meaning that ultimately led to “analysis of Meeting and Passing” being Googled. I kind of miss English class…
Our dining spot was a new restaurant – The Whiskey Jar! We actually debated if we would like the place as much if it had a more generic name like “Christopher’s” or “Bar On Main” and we decided that the “whiskey” and “jar” absolutely made our dining experience more pleasurable. Names are important!
I’ve been avoiding it because it makes me sad that I can’t partake in the delicious bourbon delights, but I will be back in the fall. First for a Mint Julep, then for a Manhattan then for the local Virginia whiskey flight!
I did get a little creative with my mocktail. They had lemonade on the menu and I asked if they could mix it 50/50 with club soda (sure) and “Could you pretty please throw in some of that minty julep mint?!” – Another sure!
Mine was alllllmost as good as Matt’s real deal – so he does declare!
The Whiskey Jar has a nice menu of bar favorites, Southern specials, salads and local ingredients.
To start we shared a basket of hushpuppies and sweet potato biscuits with a sorghum butter and apple butter. I’m not quiteeee sure what the sorghum butter was, but it tasted awesome! The hushpuppies were a bit too onion-y for me, but I ate them anyways due to my love for thick, sweet cornmeal. The biscuits were such a fun pairing and were especially good with the spreads!
At our podcast today, the producer David was describing the catfish sandwich and said it was mouth wateringly good, so I was drawn to it immediately (I also love me a fish sandwich!) The fish was more herby than blackened, but the sandwich, filled with greens, cucs and green tomatoes, was totally awesome!!!
I also loved the side salad + its dijony dressing
Matt went all Southern on the local chicken with collard greens. GREAT meal!
Our final stop for the night was the Pavilion for the Rodrigo y Gabriela concert! Our friends at the radio station where we advertise hooked us up with tickets yesterday. Thanks Garrett!
R y G have been one of Matt’s favorite bands for a long time, and it took me forever to learn their names. I often would just say ‘Enrique y Iglesias’ and he’d know who I meant
The show was awesome. So much talent under one roof fabric! This was one of those performances where it is nearly impossible not to tap your toes or bob your head to the music!
We actually had to take a while between dinner and the show because “cameras with lenses” were not allowed!! As someone who needs my camera to breathe, this came as a bit of a shock. I had no where to put it but to walk it back home! I thought it was kind of a dumb rule since everyone there was taking photos and videos on phones, and phone photo quality is just about as good as my starter DSLR, but oh well.
When we returned, my mouth celebrated with a wonderful popsicle made from fresh Virginia strawberries by Pantheon! This was the best popsicle I’ve ever had! Seeds, fruit and all.
Tomorrow I’m going to Blue Ridge Dietetics Association meeting, so you might not see me till lunch, although I’m sure I’ll put up a phone post to say good morning : )