First Course: Afternoon Tea –
Tried some of the Sleepytime Vanilla Celestial Seasoning’s sent me along with a packet of Truvia I got from class. I enjoyed both a lot! I rarely sweeten my tea, but if I do, it’s in a mid-afternoon cup. The tea was great – a nice mix of herbals and vanilla smooth.
Next Course: Snack Time
Oikos Blueberry + GoLean Crunch. Probably didn’t need this big of a snack consider I had double dinners coming up, but I was hungry!
Next Course: Me!!
This is self-photography on my new lens. SO CLOSE UP!!! Notice my freckles! Didn’t realize I had those!
Next Course: Monsoon!
On the way to dinner #1
Next course: NEWK’S!
Matt’s friend’s girlfriend invited us to the VIP opening of Newk’s here in Charlotte. I’m always up for a press event, especially now that I have a "big" camera 😉
We were allowed to order anything on the menu –
I got the Newk’s Favorite Salad and Matt got the Shrimp Remoulade, plus we split the Five Cheese Pizza (wish I could have tasted everything!)
They have a big "Round Table" of condiments – Cholula!!! Sriratcha!!! And Capers!!
Hand-tossing a salad –
Honk! (Took 5 tries to get this lens setting right!)
Next Course: Salad
Newk’s Salad. Loved it. Great combo of flavors! My favorite part was that it was a Hugh Jass salad – plenty for me and my big stomach. I got the dressing on the side – a sherry balsamic, which was my very favorite party. My only complaint: I’m not sure I like to see what the inside of a grape looks like! (They were sliced up in the corner there)
Matt’s was great too and I was especially impressed with this remoulade dressing. It was out of this world good. Not even sure what the secret ingredients were!
Next course: Pizza!
5 Cheeses of yum!
I had a small slice. ‘Twas awesome. Liked the thick cheese and chewy crust.
Next Course: Diet Dr. Pepper + H20
Gotta have a straw for my sensitive teeth
Here’s the nibbles I took from my salad. Tried to save room for dinner #2! I’ve got the rest home in a to-go box along with half of the pizza!
Dessert tray. I had a tiny nibble of Matt’s brownie bite, but tis not good manners to have dessert before dinner!
Overall, fun little cafe with my very favorite foods: big salads + pizza!
Next Course: Mama Ricottas
Celebrating Diana‘s birthday!!!
Next Course: Cocktails
Matt got a brew
I got the best liquid in the world
Passed on these hot rolls but they were beautiful to photograph
So were these two!
And the birthday girl!
Next Course: Antipasto + Salad
On the way to Mama Ricottas I decided I was about a hunger level 4 on a 10-point scale. I still needed a little something, but not much to be satisfied for the night. I probably would have been fine without another bite! But I didn’t want to miss out on dinner ambiance, so Matt and I got an antipasto plate and I got a small salad. They ended up being more than enough and I’m quite full now!
I had a few bites of everything – the provolone and parmesan-like cheeses were the best!
I decided on a small salad (more salad!) for dinner: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, olives, garbanzos + gorgonzola. It was one of the best side salads I’ve ever had!
I pretty much ate it all (no dressing needed – )
A "blind" photo take from above because I couldn’t get the whole salad in my lens!
Pasta dishes were tantalizing!
Next Course: Diana!
She was kind and shared a chocolaty bite!
Next Course: After-dinner Mints!!
Ate ’em by the handful!
Next Course: Dreams
[Still have so much to learn about this camera!!!!]