It was so hard to get out of bed this morning. Curse you DST! I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow and lounge about with Henry.
Last night was a perfectly lovely evening. Jeff and I had plans to dine at Carmelita
, a local vegetarian restaurant. Jeff was supposed to let me take him there for dinner for his birthday two years ago but somehow it never happened. And finally, we scheduled it. So, yay.
I was baking when he showed up about an hour early. So there was much joy and sharing of pre-dinner snickerdoodles and double-chocolate cookies. He sacked out on the couch and we had a nice long talk about frivolous and serious things, both.
He managed to both alarm Henry and enslave him. (Henry is staying with me for most of March while Sarah travels.) When Jeff rubs animals against his beard, they get this slightly drunk, enraptured look. It's hilarious.
And then, off to dinner. It's a really great space, great service. As a hardboiled carnivore, it's not a place I would ever go to without an occasion. Meatlessness aside, the dishes were a little too interesting for me. I have a far less imaginative palette than Jeff for sure. The chef must love sweet pairings, because there was nothing really fully savory on the menu.
The beet tartare was wonderful, it was my favorite dish of the night. We both got pizza. I got the special which was goat cheese, pine nuts, rosemary, and grape, topped with a sunny-side up egg. Jeff got a fig/balsamic reduction with onions and fresh herbs. I liked mine, but the grapes were too sweet for me. The fig pizza was also too sweet for me. Jeff really loved mine, so I gave him many pieces. The crust was amazing and I really liked the goat cheese and pine nuts and rosemary. And even the egg. For dessert we split a pear galette with chestnut cream. I'd wanted to give chestnuts another chance, but I really don't like the flavor.
Despite the above food critique, I had a great time.
At some point I found an intriguing food particle on my side of the table. It looked like a circular shaving of Parmesan that exactly
matched these dots on the table cloth under the glass. I suppose I was a bit, um, fixated on them. I kept playing with it. For, um. Awhile.
Me: *moving it around gleefully* Do you see how it's like it just came through the glass from the print???
Jeff: *leaning in* Here let me see!
Me: *delightedly moving back* Okay!
Jeff: *FLICK* There. PROBLEM SOLVED. HAHAHAHAHA.
I can't believe he did that. Big bully.
Back to my place to re-watch the runway shows for Project Runway and to discuss. ( Spoilers for Project Runway 4 )
And now, thank god it's Friday. Long week. I'm heading out of work early to meet Pete for lunch. I have a doctor's appt later on this afternoon. Then, home. I'll do some work this weekend because I have to pitch a solution for this thing on Tuesday and I'm a little lost at this point as to how to execute what my boss wants. It seems like it's actually something a developer should design, not a writer. But we'll see. I definitely will be picking the brains of Jeff and Pete.
I also totally need to clean and grocery shop and watch some movies (Miss Pettigrew and The Other Boleyn Girl). Also maybe some more baking. I just bought this new book
on baking and I'm dying to try it out.
Okay. Enough chatter, non? Happy Friday, everyone!