Dinner with Maran and Joe was so fun!! They are fun and easy going, and we had lots to talk about (lots of man-to-man cooking discussions since Joe worked as a sous chef for many years).
I started to get pretty hungry around 5:30 and at the same moment I got a blog comment about the pumpkin cake – which reminded me I had pumpkin in the fridge!! I made some with Kashi Heart to Heart on top and a little maple syrup. Thanks for the suggestion, readers!
Dinner @ M5
We had dinner at M5, a Mediterranean restaurant that opened in SouthPark this summer. The menu has SO many appealing options (and lots of small plate type offerings) and the husband and I literally took 20 whole minutes to weigh our options. We finally decided on….
Wine – A fruity, medium bodied grenache.
And a piece of bread, which probably wasn’t worth it..
I had a poached pear salad with frisee, walnuts and bleu cheese. I gave 1 pear and some bites to the husband and didn’t have any dressing. (Does this plate look familiar!?! It’s the same one we have from Crate and Barrel!)
The husband got potato gnocchi with mushrooms (and BUTTER). I had 3 gnocchi and a mushroom.
For our entree we split a whole yellow snapper cooked with chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, chorizo, and piquillo peppers. I’m so glad we split it because it was the perfect portion! We do this a lot in restaurants so we can try more things from the first course menus, and save money and calories while we’re at it. I ate the whole dish – the fish was on top of a pile of tomatoes and beans, so it’s not quite as thick as it looks. I tried to avoid the delicious butter that was all around the edges, but I inevitably ate some.
Happy Birthday Maran!! This used to have a little molten chocolate cake that was instantly devoured. I had two bites and the strawberry!
Once home, we invited them in for decaf cappuccinos – it was a nice ending.
What’s sad is that I’m not really even full! I’m sure this meal was around 1,000 calories, which puts me between 2,000 and 2,200ish kcal today. Not bad for a Saturday out, but you can see how restaurant food is just waaaaay over oiled and buttered for the portions, which weren’t really that filling. But it was delicious and we had a great time!!
Cheers – it’s past my bedtime!