Hello there. Long time no see.
Between going to work on Friday night and eating an unphotographable lunch via food lab, it was just too difficult to blog yesterday. But apparently it was quite easy for me to stay up until 1:30 am watching tv with the husband. (Sidenote – how freaking off-the-charts fabulous was the newest “Bones” episode?!?!) I was the walking dead all day today.
My morning actually had an early start because I had an 8:30 am volunteering commitment. I had to pick up a friend on the way there, and shower before I faced the public, so my alarm felt super early. But I was done and picking the husband up for a fun lunch date before I knew it.
Necessary back story ahead: A classmate’s family owns a great local restaurant (Romeo and Juliet’s). Their restaurant generously provided the cookies and bread that we sold as sides during the Chili Sale. The bread was mini rolls made of panettone dough and it was completely fabulous. The taste was like a very elevated King’s Hawaiian Roll. Adam loves Hawaiian Rolls. After we all raved about the rolls, our classmate told us that R&J’s also makes them for a local restaurant that centers their sandwiches around that bread. There were leftovers after the sale and we all were thrilled to take some home. On Thursday I brought home 10 mini rolls. Adam got home around 4pm that day. By 5pm all 10 rolls were gone. Last night, when Adam picked me up from work he brought me a cannoli. “Because [he] knew [I] wanted to try one.” Upon further pressing, I found out that the cannoli was from R&J’s. Because he went to see if they had more rolls. (They did not.)
So long story long, today we dined at the restaurant that centers its sandwiches around R&J’s epic buns.
SoHo Bar had this funky, industrial vibe to it that we loved.
I took Adam as a surprise and while he was excited to be getting a lunch date, he had no idea why we were there.
(e) Read the menu.
(a) The salads look good.
(e) Look at the burgers.
(a) The meat is provided by Johnny’s Meats?
Sometime I think it’s a good thing he’s so book smart! But once I pointed out the only sentence on the menu he had yet to read aloud, he was thrilled.
Adam went with a classic burger on an amazing bun, and I got a #4 combo so we could try multiple menu categories.
I had the turkey burger, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and red onion.
Plus I requested some cranberry chutney to add on too.
The sour of the chutney and pickles went so well with the sweetness of the bun.
Adam and I split my fries, which came in an adorable mini fryer basket.
And finally we split a spiked shake (2/3 to 1/3, his favor).
We went with a Kentucky Caramel, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, vanilla ice cream, caramel ice cream, caramel sauce.
The bourbon-caramel combo was pairing perfection.
We continued our date with a long walk around the mall and it was the perfect afternoon. At 2:30 I had to go to work but it was a short 2-hour shift that flew by quickly. Plus, I was the ‘top earner’ yesterday and I went home today with a $5 gift card!
My $ was promptly spent on snacks for the husband. I carried a jumbo tub of movie-butter popcorn for many aisles through Target before I decided I’d probably ultimately be happier not consuming 5-bazillion calories before dinner. Instead I ate the 2nd serving of Chia “Rice” Pudding.
Still tasty, but calorically dwarfed by the popcorn and packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
It was delicious straight out of the fridge, topped with cinnamon, and I highly recommend trying it yourself.
I don’t recommend dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, the flavors were amazing.
But not 60+ minutes in the kitchen amazing.
for 2, quickly written but slowly cooked
- Place 3 oz prepared whole-wheat spaghetti in the bottom of two bowls (6oz total, 3oz each).
- In a large pan, working in three separate batches, use chicken broth to steam 6 oz fresh spinach, 1 small graffiti eggplant, and 22 large frozen shrimp. Split between bowls. Use the same pan for every step in the recipe to allow the flavors to build.
- Cook 2 slices Applegate Farms Turkey Bacon. Chop and set aside.
- Heat 2 tsp evoo in the pan over medium heat. Add 2 chopped shallots and 3 chopped cloves of garlic. Cook until translucent.
- Add 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour and cook 1 minute.
- Stir in 1/4 cup chicken broth. Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup light cream and continue to stir.
- Return chopped bacon to pan. Add 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese and cook until melted. Pour sauce on top of veggies and pasta.
The sauce was fantasmic but I needed a bigger pan because cooking each layer separately took up waaaaay too much time. My favorite part was the bacon, which I stole a slice of during prep.
And I must smell like bacon, because look at how the dog has insisted on sitting all evening -
It’s sort of making my life. Plus we watched “Crazy/Beautiful” while we ate and it’s one of my favorite movies so I’m pretty blissed out in general. Hope everyone else is having a good weekend!