There is probably nothing I like more than going out to dinner. The anticipation, the menu choices, the drinks, the atmosphere, the company. Matt and I just glow through the whole meal.
We discussed over dinner: If time, money and calories were not in consideration, how often would you go out to eat?
I said every other night. Matt said every third. He’s probably right, ’cause I’m darn full right now!
I also had a case of “hot face” this afternoon. Sometimes when I have a hard workout, my face feels like it’s on fire all day. I like to hope it’s my metabolism furnace burning in there. Perhaps so!?
Nevertheless, one of the best parts of Wednesday night date night is biking to the location. Tonight we biked clear across town and straight to…
Because there was a free beer tasting! Appetizers 🙂
We sampled four of Abita’s beers – I LOVED them all!
Also found a new pumpkin ale to get excited about. I love them all!
We were seriously in and out of Beer Run in 5 minutes. Gulp gulp gulp gulp and it was over. We contemplated having a pint while we were there…but it was a Wednesday!
A mile back downtown later…
We arrived at our destination
Back at the end of July, I had an OpenSky promotion where if you bought ANYthing in the store, you got a Restaurant.com coupon for $25 off. Of course I had to buy one – free money! (I bought some coconut butter in the process 🙂 ) Charlottesville had a limited selection, but we chose Camino.
Normally we’d reserve mid-week date nights for more casual restaurants to save a few, but with the coupon, we were feeling casual.
I ordered a juicy Spanish red
And Matt had the Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale. We both LOVED this!
To start, we explored these pork fritters stuffed with cheese and fried – with a side of arugula. They were good, but I could have eaten a lot more arugula!
We were a bit disappointed to be seated in the bar area, because the front of the house was so bright and pretty. But we lucked out and were invited to move halfway through the meal. Very nice!
To eat, we couldn’t decide between two pasta dishes. I ended up with the eggplant in a tomato sauce with basil and ricotta
And Matt with Fuseli with mussels, sausage and saffron.
The meal was delicious and we cleared our plates!
After dinner, on the way to our bikes, we decided to stop into Sweet Frogs for a gift certificate for Karen’s birthday (hope she doesn’t read this!)
Somehow….somehow we came out with this!?!?!
I have no idea how. All I can say is that Sweet Frog is the best texture + flavor of frozen yogurt I’ve ever tried. The oreo actually tasted like oreos. The cheesecake, actually like cheesecake. Not sure what they do differently!
On the bike ride back home, Volcano KERF nearly erupted with fullness. But I survived. LOVE being able to bike home (we have lots of lights on our bikes!) because it really does help with digestion.
Tonight’s dinner was so fun on a boring weeknight. We have plans for dinners in the rest of the week. But something pretty exciting on Saturday daytime!
Off to read – night!