Thanks so much for the anniversary well wishes yesterday!
I swear, we had plans for a somewhat-classy evening. But, well…
Here’s what happened. We had planned to partake in some bubbly and appetizers at home, pre-dinner. (This is a common tactic around here, both a strategy for lowering dinner costs and extending our evening out. If you go to dinner totally starving and stone-cold-sober, you’re more likely to overindulge. It’s pretty much the grown-up version of pre-gaming before a kegger.)
Anyway. As the hubs walked in the door last night, I was casually preparing some tasteful goodies for us to munch: sliced pears and plums, goat cheese drizzled with honey and rosemary, crackers…classy, right?
Just as I was presenting my pretty plate of fruit and fromage, I hear the hubs rooting around in the fridge. And then: “Hey, we have bacon!”
Um, well…yes, I picked up a small package of thick-cut bacon from the store last week, with a decadent weekend brunch in mind.
Hubs: “We should have bacon with our appetizers.”
Say what? I love bacon as much as the next girl, but I hadn’t exactly envisioned munching on bacon strips as part of our classy h’ors d’oeuvres.
Before I could object, it was too late. Hubs had the frying pan out and was cooking up a bacon feast. But my favorite part about the whole thing? Was when we got home from dinner to an apartment that absolutely reeked of bacon. And sayeth the hubs:
“Wow. That smells amazing.”
And it still smells like bacon in here!
(Also, in the spirit of plans going astray, I must sadly report that we did not eat at Minetta Tavern for dinner. Two steps in the door of that place and we saw that it was an absolute tool factory. Seriously, packed with dozens of douchy guys who looked like they were all on the same expense account. Ugh. So we wandered down to SoHo and had a lovely dinner at Shorty’s 32, which was probably better than the stupid Black Label Burger anyway. Hrmph.)
Today’s EAT: That eating out budget? Way blown this week. Time for a Friday night dinner at home, which isn’t a bad thing.
A super simple – and healthy – pasta with shrimp. So easy. Boil whole wheat noodles. Melt 1 TBSP butter and 1 TBSP olive oil in a pan. Cook 1 TSP minced garlic and a few sundried tomatoes for a couple of minutes. Add shrimp and cover until cooked through. Drain pasta and toss into shrimp mixture along with dried basil and oregano. Less than 20 minutes total!
Today’s DRINK: I am a cheap wine fiend. But occasionally I get to drink non-cheap wine and I must admit that there is a difference.
This 2007 Lucky Star Zin comes courtesy of my mom and her husband, who awesomely sent us a little wine-anniversary gift pack! So I have no idea about the price point of this, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s a step up from my usual $8 Trader Joe’s cheapies. Thanks, mom and J!
Today’s RUN: Confession: I have really struggled with getting quality workouts in this week.
I’m not sure if I’m just tired from last week’s spike in mileage (47 miles!) or mentally burned out or what. But every time I’ve run, I’d had to drag myself out the door. Today was no exception.
Even if this week is a little disappointing overall – low miles, zero strength training – I’m a big believer in listening to your body. And this week, my body was saying phooey. Hopefully I’ll feel rested and ready to run long and hard again next week!
Today’s QUESTION: Bacon – delicious or disgusting? I have to admit that I love bacon and am constantly drawn to recipes that feature it. And although I’ve tried to cut back since I’ve been cooking healthier, I do appreciate that in spite of its high fat content, bacon can add a ton of flavor to a dish with just a slice or two!