01.01.12Posted: January 1, 2012
Happy New Year, everyone!
And, more importantly, Happy Birthday to my awesome husband Greg!
Let’s be honest. Being born on New Year’s day is pretty much the worst. Most people are hungover and/or too tired to celebrate, and my humble husband seems okay with that. I always make sure to give try to make his birthday extra special each year, because it’s so easily overshadowed by the other holidays that occurred within the last week.
This will not be a “New Years post” and I won’t talk about any resolutions of “best-of’s” or anything like that. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. Maybe.
Let me rewind to how we spent New Year’s eve. Originally, I had planned to have a small party (just us and 4 other couples) at my house for food and games. Things came up, and people started backing out (for very legitimate reasons) so I just decided to cancel it altogether. Our friends Sara and Will had already gotten a sitter lined up for the night, so they were still up for some fun.
I decided that rather than cooking and cleaning and all that jazz that you need to do when company comes over, that it would be more fun to go out and try a new restaurant. I made us reservations at Market Table Bistro, which is just over the Potomac river in Lovetsville, VA (a pretty short drive from our house). I didn’t know anything about the restaurant, but discovered it on Yelp from typing in “Farm to Table” under the search terms (that’s pretty much what I always type in). The reviews looked good, and the menu looked great- sold!
We went to pick up Will and Sara for dinner and took some photos in their kitchen. This is one of the rare times that you will see me in a dress (and even much more rare- wearing something that low-cut!) except for my PrAna sundresses in the summertime. 🙂
Self-timer group shot!
When we got to the restaurant, there was a little surprise written on Greg’s menu! (I told them it was his birthday when making the reservation.)
The food and beverage menus looked fantastic, and I was so happy to see beer from Avery Brewing Company (my favorite Colorado beer!)- I had to order it. If you are ever in Boulder, visit this brewery!! You won’t be sorry!
We started with a few appetizers, including Liver and Onions (which was chicken liver pate topped with caramelized onions) and White Bean Hummus.
Followed by soup for the boys and salads for the girls (with goat cheese and sugary pecans- who could resist?!).
There was rockfish on the menu- but I actually resisted the urge to order it and got chicken! I never order chicken out at restaurants, but it sounded too good to pass up.
It was served on a bed of spinach and rice… so delicious!
I got a picture of Sara’s pork chop, which was a bit dry, but very flavorful.
The guys continued to focus on the beer list, while Sara and I focused on dessert.There were way too many choices on this menu!!
Neither of our husbands really care for dessert (!!!), but we are both definitely fans of that course. We split the pumpkin creme brulee and a dish of Moorenko’s Creme Fraiche flavored ice cream. The ice cream is made locally and has some of the most amazing flavors I’ve ever had (including Guiness!) I’m not sure if you can get it outside of MD or VA, but if you see it – BUY IT.
When our check came, our server (who was wonderful!) brought us complimentary glasses of champagne. Cheers!
And of course, we took a few more photos, including a group shot by the server, which was way too blurry to try to mess with. 😦
We dropped Will and Sara off back at their house after dinner, so that they could head off to a party downtown. We made a stop at another friends house for a little bit before heading home, and were back to our house by 10:30. And asleep by 11. And I have to say- this is probably the first time I haven’t stayed up until midnight, and I’m not the least bit sad about it! I had a total of 1.5 drinks, so I’m not feeling any lingering effects from alcohol today, either. Hooray for that!
I woke up bright and early to hit the gym for some lifting, followed by spin class that I taught at 8:30. The gym was DEAD. Like, you could hear crickets chirping. There were only a handful of people in my spin class- and that even surprised me! I was halfway thinking that no one would show up. But, I made it a point to praise those that did- good for them! Starting the year off right!
When I came home, I opted for a big gigantic smoothie instead of my usual oatmeal. Or, maybe it was just another excuse to use my beloved Vitamix!
I know it doesn’t look appetizing at all, but it was wonderful.
In the mix was ice, frozen fruit (banana, peach slices, strawberries and blueberries), a handful of kale and spinach, almond milk, silken tofu and a dash of Stevia.
Surprisingly, this was actually pretty filling. I have to pour my smoothie in a bowl and eat it with a spoon (and no, I didn’t learn this from Kath– but was surprised that I’m not the only one who does this!)- maybe that psyched me out to think I was eating more.
I did have room for one more drink though:
My version of a frappe: almond milk, ice + 1 Starbucks via packet. Much cheaper than buying the same drink at Starbucks! And the Vitamix gets it to the perfect consistency.
Greg spent the morning mountain biking, which is exactly how he wanted to spend his birthday morning. We’re hoping to take the dogs on a long walk later, as it’s supposed to be mild weather again (though it just started raining!?) and I’m making him dinner tonight. Grass-fed filet mignon is what he wanted, so we’ll see what I can do!
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year and aren’t too
hungover tired today.
How did you ring in the new year? Did you work out today?