WHAT a fun night!! Unfortunately, I overdid it, but that’s why I eat healthy most of the time! Yay for squiggly lines 🙂
Our night started at Under the Grape Wine Bar – a favorite of ours! We’ve known the owners since the bar opened a mile from our old apartment a few years ago and we were within walking distance of a plethora of fabulous wines by the glass. They have free tastings every Saturday and we try to go as often as we can.
Well, we met our friends Maran and Joe for a glass before dinner tonight and were greeted by Barb, the wine store’s owner, who poured us all complementary glasses of a fabulous red, Atteca. THEN, she brought over ANOTHER open bottle on the house! Wow!! We didn’t want to drink 1.5 bottles before dinner so we left some for the next loyal customers, but it was so nice of her! I probably had 7-8 oz of wine?
Here’s Maran and me drinking to friendship!
On to dinner at Jade, an Asian restaurant in Ballantyne Village, a hip shopping center/destination in South Charlotte.
I ordered a glass of Riesling, although I totally did not need more wine. But it would have been too sad to just get water.
The husband and I wanted to try as many flavors as we could, so we ordered a number of appetizers.
Steamed Gyoza Dumplings with Chicken (I had two)
Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mushroom, Pepper, Tofu and Pine Nuts – (I had two)
And Lemongrass-Vodka Shrimp – MMMMMMMMMMM! (I had two!)
For my “dinner” I just got the seaweed salad (which was heavy on the sesame oil) and the Seafood Miso Soup (which was disappointingly NOT heavy on the seafood!)
We also tried a piece Maran and Joe’s sushi 🙂 And I ate a few generous bites of the husband’s beef + noodle dish.
OH YEAH – And I ran into ALLY at dinner!!! I looked over and there she was on a date!!!! I hope I didn’t embarrass you Ally 😉 She even said in her snack post that she couldn’t post dinner because she was going out. I do have to say that her date was pretty cute!!
Sweet Tooth Takes Over
But after dinner is when the real trouble started. Maran and I wanted to split the simple green tea ice cream but our waiter said to go to Kilwin’s across the street (if you haven’t heard of Kilwin’s, it’s a really expensive chocolate, fudge and ice cream shop). I haven’t had REAL ice cream in SO long that I got a double scoop of fudge brownie and rum raisin. It was FABULOUS!! The rum raisin was just like egg nog – a wonderful unexpected surprise since it’s not a flavor I would ever order.
So on top of the big creamy ice cream, i had about 3 servings of this delicious dark chocolate fudge. I am well aware of how many calories per ounce real ice cream and fudge are yet I really enjoyed them tonight like I would have as a child. Tomorrow I will remember it for the fun experience it was and will be back to my normal habits.
It was a SWEET night, see you tomorrow!
Oh yeah, speaking of sweet things, I want to make scones. The crumbly English kind. But I want to make them healthy enough so I can enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack without feeling like I’m eating butter and heavy cream. I’d like to use Smart Balance and whole wheat pastry flour, if possible. Any ideas or recommendations!?