Sunday, January 18, 2009

REM overload

sunday snooze
woooahhh. i slept too late this morning. it was fantastic while it was happening, but now fitting my long run in is going to be a struggle. that's okay, though -- i didn't really want to go outside in 20 degree weather, anyway. this way (depending on what the weather decides to do), i may end up hitting the gym instead, and honestly, that's fine with me.

plans for the day
☑ finish the episode of grey's that i started on friday
☑ lunch at vivace in raleigh with my sister & josh
☑ a stop at brooks brothers at crabtree valley mall (for josh)
☑ possibly some more josh-centered shopping?
☑ 10 mile long run + yoga
☑ grocery store run
☑ make pumpkin chicken enchiladas
☑ sleeeeeeep by 8:30 pm . . . because i'm on call tomorrow!

i know i mentioned shopping before, but i think this trip is going to be josh-focused only. with my j.crew package already on its way, i think i've been nice enough to myself lately! now it's his turn.

bonne soiree
our restaurant date last night at bonne soiree was very nice. i would have pictures to post, but i chickened out about bringing my camera, and then was relieved because the menu actually specifically asked guests not to use cell phones or cameras in the restaurant! the place definitely goes for a quiet, classy atmosphere and i guess frequent flashes (and obnoxious ringtones) would take away from that, so i can see where they are coming from. if i had a serious food blog, though, i'd definitely be sad!

we started off with a class of french champagne, the name of which i could not tell you because they never brought over the wine list (despite the fact that we asked for it twice). it was delicious, and went very nicely with the freshly baked rolls and butter that was served at the start. we both ordered salads for appetizers -- i got a mixed-greens version with pears and blue cheese, and josh had a classic caesar. i didn't try his, but mine was very nice, with a mild dressing that complemented the sweet pears and tangy cheese.

the main course was probably the highlight -- i ordered scallops with leeks and potatoes, and they were wonderful. perfectly seared, with a delicious savory sauce. josh's lamb dish had a great hint of fennel and was melt-in-your-mouth goodness. the entrees at bonne soiree do not tend towards the exotic, but they are always pure perfection. we each got a second glass of wine with this course -- i had a light cote du rhone and josh a cabernet sauvignon. i was a little sad that we didn't get as much attention from the sommelier as many of the other tables seemed to. i basically had to listen in on what they were saying to the table next to us in order to get recommendations on a good pairing for my scallops!

finally, we split a walnut tart with almond cream for dessert. in order to eat my half of this, i was forced to ignore signals from my stomach that it was already in overload mode, but seriously, it was worth it. the warm, soft pastry crust with flavorful walnut filling was just my style and i loved it.

so overall -- i give the food an A and the service a B-minus. for some reason, it felt like we didn't get the same attention and interest that the other diners did. while josh and i were at the younger end of the spectrum of the various diners at the restaurant last night, we don't exactly look like kids anymore, either, and we were dressed nicely. and it's not like we waltzed in and asked to split one appetizer and sat there all night.

we still had a great night and a lovely dinner, though. going on dates is the best.



workout: 5 miles easy (8:57/mi, 0.5% incline) + 20 minutes weights
- pushups, 2 x 12
- bent over rows, 15 lbs, 2 x 12
- bicep curls, 12 lbs, 2 x 12
- double lunges, 8 lb weights, 2 x 10
- lateral/forward raises, 6 lb weights, 2 x 10
- abs: 2 x 15 regular crunches, 2 x 15 bicycles

reading: 20 minutes on status epilepticus

flossing: after bonne soiree? oui!


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I need to get outside and run today. Hopefully, it won't rain on me. I love reading your reviews of restaurants. I have a list of places that Matt and I have to try out.

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