Since we ate dinner for lunch (soup/sweet potato) and our fridge was void of veggies, the choices were:
- Go out to dinner (!!!)
- Eat pantry staples 🙁
- Walk to the grocery store for vegetables in the freezing cold…
We chose option 1! Plus, the new job needed to be celebrated!
But if you knew how long it took us to pick a restaurant………
After debating atmosphere, alcohol, tastes, moods, calories, cuisine, cost, and more, we finally decided on Arooji’s – a favorite local Italian restaurant that we like that opened a new location closer to our new house. We’ve been there for wine, but not for dinner, so Italian it was! (Somehow Asian and American seemed too “cold” on this frigid night and Italian seemed warm..)
I have never been an Italian fan – pasta just isn’t my splurge of choice, but tonight it was perfect!
We decided to get a bottle of wine – to celebrate the job and because it was most cost effective. I probably drank more than I should have but it was super fun 🙂
I did well resisting the bread, which is only worth it if it’s better than the husband’s. This bread was good, but it was just plain ciabatta so I had a tiny piece to take the toothpaste out of my wine enjoyment!
I started with a house salad with lemon-gorgonzola vinegarette. Yum! I ate ALL of the salad (tomatoes, cucs, carrots, lettuce, capers, and olives) and about 1 tsp of the dressing – fork dipped. I also had 2 bites of the husband’s wedding soup!
I NEVER order pasta in restaurants, but the seafood was expensive and the salads were small, so I got the Eggplant Parmesan. I didn’t know that’s what I was ordering until I got home and looked up the menu for you all. Nothing on the menu said fried – I quote “Layers of eggplant, marinara, provolone and basil with a side of spaghetti” but I could taste the “friedness” at the first bite. And oh my gosh was it good!!
Plus a shrimp from the husband’s –
Here’s what I had left. The eggplant was the best I’ve ever had, but the spaghetti reminded me of elementary school. I should have left more! I could have totally eaten this whole plate, but I was trying to be mindful of portions. Honestly, I’m not even full. But I am satisfied and I suppose that’s what my goal is.
Here’s the husband’s shrimp + jalopeno spaghetti – it was A. Mazing!!!!!
And here he is after clearing his plate!
I would MUCH rather go out to dinner twice a month and get dessert than go out once a week and not. So tiramisu it was!! This guy was very light and fluffy. I would like to think it wasn’t very caloric, but I’d be dreaming. I almost wish we’d gotten a heavier dessert, but this tiramisu was delicious. I ate half, at least!
We also ordered 1 glass of prosecco but we were served two by accident!! Too much alcohol! I didn’t finish mine (it wasn’t the best wine/dessert pairing I’ve had…) and shared it with the hub.
So all in all, a WONDERFUL meal. I’m guessing close to 1,200-1,400 calories? Yes we had all the courses, but this is exactly why I think going out to eat is one of the most derailing parts of a healthy diet. Yet SO common! Restaurant food is just so caloric – and who wants to go to a restaurant and just eat a salad with minimal dressing!? Tomorrow night we have plans for a very creative-but-healthy dinner to balance out the weekend.
This afternoon I had hot tea around 4:00
And a mixture of pumpkin, splenda, cinnamon, and pineapple all heated through around 4:30. Very filling and delicious combo!
I have to give shout outs to KellyL and RachelD for the fun packages that arrived in my mailbox today!!!
KellyL sent me this cute magnet and a notepad to keep my lists organized!
So true about cooking with wine. Do you really think I added a whole mini bottle to the Coq au Vin without taking a swig from the bottle?!!?
And Rachel and I did a book swap – Eat, Pray, Love for 2 books I enjoyed. Thanks again girls!!!!
Off to take a bath to warm up, drink some water, and enjoy a good night’s sleep 🙂