We walked for over 4 hours today – my feet and legs are absolutely zonked!! The walk to lunch was over 12 blocks, but there was no sense moving the car (because it didn’t make sense to have to re-park and to save the environment and to get exercise but it was a loooooooong walk!) But I am thankful for 3 things:
1) That I carry band aids in my purse
2) That I married a man who enjoys giving foot massages
3) That I have Epsom Salts upstairs
But the walk was worth it because REESE WITHERSPOON and Jake Gyllenhaal were dining at Hominy Grill!!! Reese is my favorite actress, so I was more than starstruck. As much as I wanted to snap a photo for you guys, I resisted being obnoxious, but I did go to the bathroom mid-meal just to look at them again
On to the more boring report, I ordered a grilled vegetable salad for lunch. The Hominy menu was kind of small and very brunchy and this was very appealing in the heat. It came with bleu cheese crumbles, shrimp, some roasted carrots, mushrooms and cauliflower and a sherry vinaigrette.
(For some reason I cannot get this photo to upload. Grrr. Sorry guys. It just looked like mixed greens with shrimp on top).
My salad wasn’t that filling, so we decided to get one of the delicious sounding cakes for dessert. The husband and I shared a Lady Baltimore. The icing was great, but the cake part was meh. I ate about 25% of our piece.
Meredith and Scott ordered Chocolate Pound Cake and Coconut Cake. The pound cake was good, but the coconut cake was by far the best thing I ate all day!! I had a bite of each -
Dinner @ Social
After a few more hours of walking and shopping, we settled for an early dinner at Social Wine Bar + Restaurant. We were starving and exhausted!! Since we were driving back, we didn’t want to eat somewhere formal and heavy but we had a hard time deciding what else we were in the mood for. I swear we are the most indecicive people in the world!!
We initially just went in for a drink at Social around 5 thinking it was just a wine bar but we liked our bartender so much and the menu turned out to be really good, so we decided to stay.
I LOVE restaurants that offer smaller “tastes” of wines instead of full glasses. It’s always more fun to try more kinds and you don’t have to commit to a full glass. I ordered a 2.5 oz pour of the Tretadue Old Patch Red. If you EVER see this winery on a menu, GET IT!! We went there on the honeymoon and loved all of their young and fruity reds.
We started with the Thai Spring Rolls. I had one.
A second taste - white
The bread was so good – and came with a trio of dips. Olive tampenade, whipped butter and the most delicious sun-dried tomatoes I’ve ever had.
I had 2 pieces of bread -
I ordered a spinach salad. It was kind of small, but came with yummy goat cheese balls.
The husband had BBQ Shrimp. I had one. (We can’t go through a dinner without tasting each other’s choices.)
And finally, a Margarita Pizza. It was an “individual size” and thin crusted. I ate every bite!
And I was peer pressured into a third wine taste – which I only had half of and gave the rest to the hub because I was starting to feel dehydrated.
After dinner we decided to go to the candy shop near the Market for a traditional Southern praline bite and found this tempting gelato selection!
I ordered the coconut and praline flavors in a small size and crumbled a praline over top. It was decadant and delicious. It also put me over the top of fullness – not the best for a 3.5 hour drive home
I am exhausted and ready for bed. And my legs most definitely need a day off tomorrow. I bet we covered over 8 miles today on foot!