Category Archives: Drinking

The Wine Munchies

Last night I went to Fontaines for dinner with my friends Joan, Sean and Sarah for their half price peel and eat shrimp and snow crab legs that they do on Thursdays.  During the course of the meal, I had two glasses of wine.

Wine favorite

Yes, that’s a real screenshot from what came up on my phone when I entered it into my Weight Watchers app.  When I got home, it was still pretty early, only about 8:30 or so and it was too early to go sleep.  That’s when the wine munchies made their appearance.

This is something that I’ve always struggled with, but when I have any alcohol, that little voice in my head that has been saying, “Eat an apple!” or “Eat some carrots with salsa!” starts telling me to eat something else.

The something else:

Brownie brittle

This brownie brittle is pretty amazing.  And if you eat one serving, which actually ends up being a decent amount, it’s not that bad for you.  But I didn’t eat one serving, the wine munchies made me eat three!

Damn you, wine munchies.  Although, I weighed myself this morning and lost a pound.

Grill Out

We’ve owned our home for a little over two years now and one thing that we’ve realized is with home ownership, the projects never end.  It’s going to take a long time, but one room at a time, we’re making the house nicer.  Yesterday was spent focused on the master bath.  It went like this:

• paint

• watch True Blood (Season 4 finally on DVD) while paint dries

• paint

• watch True Blood

I can’t say it’s a bad way to spend a Saturday.  After a while though, we got tired of paint and vampire kings and focused our attention on dinner.  I’d bought some frozen swordfish at Trader Joe’s the other night and wanted to make skewers for the grill.

My friend Emily texted me around 5 asking what we were doing, so we invited her and her boyfriend Brian over to grill with us.  We had drinks: watermelon mojitos and beer.

Watermelon mojito

Magic hat

And for the main course, swordfish kebabs and chicken and bison burgers for Jason, Brian and Emily.

Swordfish kebabs


Bison burgers

I was getting bitten up, so we moved inside to eat, but then headed back out for dessert: grilled nectarines.  The picture doesn’t really do these any justice; they tasted like pie filling.


Birthday Morning

I know I’m getting old when I voluntarily woke up at 5:50 am on my birthday.  A couple of days ago, Jason and signed up for the Run the River 5K. I did this race last year and it’s become one of my favorites because it’s pretty flat, a rarity in Atlanta.

Run the river

That’s Jason’s, “Why are you making me do this?” face.  The race started at 7:30.  I honestly had no idea what to expect in terms of how I would do.  I knew it was a flatter race and what my time was last year (27:45).  But I also knew that I hadn’t been running much lately.  Even when I don’t think I can set a PR, I still always want to, so the 27:45 number was in my head the whole time.

This was a pretty uneventful race.  It’s an out and back, which I sort of like because you know what you’re in for.  I tried to run at a pace that felt challenging but not one where I would burn out and have to walk. And that’s exactly what it felt like.  It was hard enough, but there were no points where I was feeling too bad.  I ended up crossing the finish line with a clock time of 28:40 which is fine with me.  If it weren’t for the fact that I did it a whole minute faster last year, I would be pretty pleased with that time.  Actually, I still am.

After the race, we went back home and got showered and headed out to Urban Pl8 for brunch.  This has become one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants.  Since it was my birthday and Jason’s last day of work, celebratory Bloody Marys (Bloody Maries?) were in order.

Bloody mary urban pl8

I’m sort of picky about Bloody Marys.  If they have too much…sludge…in them, I don’t like them.  This one was good though.

Drinking bloody mary

I’m actually sitting on the patio of the restaurant even though it looks like I’m in a field somewhere!  For my meal, I chose the Vegan Breakfast.

Vegan breakfast urban pl8

Kale has become one of my favorite foods and I pretty much ordered this because of the braised kale.  The sweet potatoes and bean cake were good too.

Jason had to go to work after brunch and I did what any birthday girl would do; I went shopping and then took a long nap.

Gym Before Tapas

A co-worker and I who belong to the same gym have been going to exercise classes on Thursday nights.  We were going to a spin class for a while, but yesterday we decided to switch it up and go to the gym closest to the office, which offered a boot camp conditioning class.

I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I think I was a little cocky because this class was hard!  It was a combination of high impact aerobics with a step and weights.  The weight part wasn’t too bad but the aerobics part was difficult.  It’s funny, I can run long distances but get me jumping up and down off a step for five minutes in a row and I’m totally out of breath!  I’m also super uncoordinated.  Everyone will be to the left of the step and I’m to the right.  Everyone will be on the step and I’m on the ground.  I just can’t seem to keep with the beat.  The class was good though.  Maybe I’ll try it again.

Afterward, we balanced out our healthy aerobics class with drinks and tapas from Noche.  We split some hummus and then I had a veggie taco and garlic mushrooms.  If you want to see what it looked like, although I’m sure you don’t really care, it’s the same thing that I had here.

And yes, we wen to the restaurant in our sweaty gym clothes.  It shows that we’re hardcore, right?  Or just smelly.  I just can’t really hang like I used to because let me tell you, I can feel those two glasses of wine this morning.  Welcome to your mid 30s.  I turn 34 tomorrow.

Breakfast was served in appropriate glassware for the date, don’t you think?

Sweetwater smoothie

Dinner Club – Cardamom Hill

Last night was my monthly dinner club.  It was Jason and my turn to choose the restaurant and we picked Cardamom Hill, a newish Indian restaurant.  Honestly, I was kind of frustrated when I first tried to make plans to go here.  They aren’t on open table, but have a reservation button on their website which sends you to a reservation email.  That’s fine, I guess, except that they didn’t email me back.  Being that this was a new restaurant and there were six of us (one couple couldn’t make it) on a Friday night, I really wanted to make sure we could be accommodated.  I called them two days after I emailed them and no one picked up so I left a message.  Two days later, I still hadn’t heard and was about to switch restaurants when I called them one more time and someone picked up and confirmed our reservation.

Other than that, however, Cardamom Hill proved to be a solid choice.  Even though most of my dinner group knows about my blog, I just don’t feel comfortable taking pictures of my food when I’m in a large group.  When I’m with just Jason, it’s fine, but it’s too awkward when I’m in a group.  So no pics.  But I’ll try to paint a picture in your head.  I mean, not that you really care if you don’t live in Atlanta, but whatever.

The restaurant is in a little strip mall.  You might think that’s weird, but it’s actually kind of commonplace around here for some reason.  It’s small and sophisticated looking, with a nice bar as soon as you walk in.  When Jason and I got there, one of the other couples was sitting at the bar waiting, so we had a drink with them there before getting our table.

The food at Cardamom Hill comes from the Kerala region of South India and focuses on Coconut, Seafood and Meat.  It’s definitely different than the chicken tikka masala, pork vindaloo and naan that you’d typically associate with Indian food.  I got the veggie plate which, according to the menu, was avial (potatoes, carrots, green beans, and green plantains in a grated coconut sauce) and Sambhar (lentils with okra, eggplant, tomato) served over vegetable pilau.  Honestly, I couldn’t really identify what I was eating, but I could identify that it was good!

Everyone seemed pleased with the food and this month’s dinner club was a hit!  Afterward, it was still pretty early, so Jason and I decided to go to Holeman & Finch to have another drink.  It was super crowded though.

Holeman & Finch

Sorry for the terrible iphone photo.  That doesn’t really illustrate how crowded it was but you’d have to walk through all those people to get to the bar if that gives you an idea.  So instead of dealing with it, we decided to head back towards home and go to Marlow’s, a bar/restaurant that’s only about 3 miles from our house.
By this point, we were both sort of hungry again.  While the dinner was good, the portions weren’t huge.  Couple that with some wine and yeah, I’m hungry again.
Hummus at marlows
Hummus is always better with feta, right?  There might have been some calamari too.  It happens.  And so does the massive stomachache that I got afterward (from the calamari, not the Indian food, I’m sure!).
avial (potatoes, carrots, green beans, and green plantains in a grated coconut sauce)
-Sambhar (lentils with okra, eggplant, tomato) served over vegetable pilau.
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