Sunday, January 22, 2012


This weekend included: restaurant week, a good friend visiting, Saturday brunch at our house, and a dinner celebrating my Poppa's 87th birthday.

The weekend started with Thursday night at EVO (Extra Virgin Oven) for restaurant week.  I went with the restaurant week menu 3 for $20 and Andy went with the seasonal menu.

strawberry and beet salad

farmers salad

The special pizza had butternut squash, cider braised cabbage, speck and mozzarella cheese

Andy had the famous pistachio pesto
{pistachio pesto, goat cheese, creme fraiche, house mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano and sea salt}
With the recommendation from the waitress we will try this with arugula and sausage at our next visit

The not so simple duo of local chocolate
dark chocolate and caramel with sea salt/peanut butter and chocolate fudge

This is the same thing as the chocolate heart from the previous picture but we had to buy some more to take home
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Even though there is no photographic evidence, Andy, Leigh and I went to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at Cinnebarre. This was my first experience at Cinnebarre where there motto is Eat.Drink.Watch Movies.  I was not sure what to think of the concept, but we enjoyed some appetizers, a chicken sandwich and some beer and wine all while watching the movie.  I will also add the movie was well worth the money to see in theaters.  Very intense. 

Andy suggested brunch Saturday morning...(but I'm still convinced he just wanted me to clean the house and  he knows inviting people over is usually the only way it happens)

Before--Uncle John's biscuits and gravy
Before--huevos rancheros

Andy working hard

The girls caught up in the newly painted dining room...

while the boys held it down outside.

While we had good intentions Saturday night of heading downtown Charleston to take advantage of restaurant week, that did not happen.  It started raining and the temperature was quickly dropping.  We decided to stay close and head to a local Italian restaurant and end the night at a local beer cafe.
Andy and I always enjoy a visit from Leigh--Thanks Leigh for making the trip down to Charleston.

My Poppa Bob is celebrating his 87th birthday this week so we had a little get together (20 people) at my parent's house to celebrate.  Between three houses/ovens we were able to cook 12 slabs of ribs Sunday morning. I enjoyed spending time with cousins and listening to Poppa tell some of his favorite stories.

And the weekend is over.
Andy has made it safely to Chicago for his meeting tomorrow and I am preparing for a full work week.


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