Dinner at Lanie’s Cafe

It’s always nice to have something to look forward to after a long day of work…especially when it’s on a Monday!

Knowing that I had a nice dinner out planned for this evening definitely seemed to make my Monday go a whole heck of a lot smoother. I think I just may have to plan something like this every Monday. 😉

Before dinner, however, comes lunch…and today’s was simple but super yummy!

I started with a delicious fruit + cottage cheese bowl. Whatcha see there is about 3/4 cup of 1% cottage cheese, a delicious diced pear, and a hefty tablespoon of pumpkin butter. Note to Self: I’m really regretting not buying more of this at Trader Joes this weekend. It’s diminishing quickly. Crap. 😳


Lunch also included one of my new Spooky S’mores Clif Z Bars. It was just as good as I had hoped, but I actually think Honey Graham is still tops on my list. 😯


I also included some fresh carrots + grape tomatoes + hommus to round out today’s lunch. Like I said, simple yet satisfying!



Tonight’s special dinner plans brought us to one of my favorite restaurants, Lanie’s Cafe. Jay’s parents had a gift certificate and kindly asked us to join them. :)

So I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t distracted all day long trying to decide what I was going to get for dinner tonight. I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about the amazing meal of salad bar + veggie quesadillas from the last time Jay and I visited:

Absolutely delicious right there. So delicious, in fact that I was pretty positive that tonight was going to be a repeat order; however, last minute I totally changed my mind. I don’t know what happened?!?

I started off with a trip to the salad bar. LOVE their salad bar! They have some of the best homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Yummm. 😛


Then for my dinner, I ordered the Shrimp Ryan: Fresh jumbo shrimp sautéed with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and baby spinach, served in homemade scampi sauce with diced roasted red peppers over pasta.


It was good, but nothing too exciting. I ate all except for one of the shrimp, and most of the veggies. I left most of the pasta behind…looking at my “finished” plate was quite amusing since it appeared as if I hadn’t even made a dent! 😯


After dinner, Jay and I made a quick stop at The Fresh Market to pick up some coffee since we were completely out this morning! We had planned on just picking up some Breakfast Blend…but that was before we tried one of their samples they were offering…and then we ended up buying this:


I know, I know! Christmas Blend?!? Seriously Courtney??? I honestly debated the whole purchase for all of about 15 seconds, solely based on the fact that it said Christmas Blend (it’s still Pumpkin Season folks!). However, I absolutely fell in love with the sample I tried. I was hooked.


And then I saw it packaged with some Caramel Macchiato…and there was no question. I’m psyched! Now I just need to figure out which one to brew for tomorrow morning. 😉

Time to go relax on the couch! Hope everyone had a Magnificent Monday!!

Question for the Evening:

When going out to eat, do you ever scope out menus before going to the restaurant?


  1. says

    I do actually scope out menus online before heading out to a new place. Mainly just to get an idea of how much cash to bring along, but it’s a great way to anticipate a delicious meal too!

    That shrimp plate looks amazingly good!

  2. says

    I always check out menus. I loveeeeeeeeeee it. It’s one of the perks of going out to eat. I’m also the type of person that orders the same thing over and over once I find a dish I like

  3. says

    That pumpkin butter looks delish!
    I have been on the hunt for it. Have not had much luck yet…thinking of making my own perhaps.
    Lovin the quesadilla- looks stuffed FULL of veggies!
    Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask you, where do you get ‘Hommus?’ I can’t find it down here.

  4. says

    I usually check out menus before I go to the restaurant. The worst is when I pick something that I’m dying to try and then get to the restaurant and find that they don’t update their menus online very often and don’t have that particular item. Ugh.

  5. says

    I ALWAYS check out the menu online before I go to a restaurant. It’s also for the benefit of the people dining with me. I would take FOREVER to finally decide on what to order if I didn’t have an idea of what’s being offered.

    Christmas blend coffee?? What’s the flavor like?

  6. Steph says

    I always check the menu too. I like to know if I am going to be uber indulgent at dinner, or even just think about some potential combos ahead of time

  7. says

    If I can find a menu online, I totally scope it out. Being vegetarian, I feel like I have to have some sort of idea of what I may or may not be able to eat. If it’s only a salad, I’ll bring my own protein source like a baggie with beans or tofu. Sometimes I even have the hubs stop by and pick up menus.

  8. Kelly says

    I totally agree that the Honey Graham Zbar is best! Have you tried the apple cinnamon and blueberry….those are good too.

  9. says

    I’m with Jess- I almost always look at menus before I go. I get so excited about going out that I have to check out the menu first! I actually think it’s really smart to do, too, because that way you don’t have to stare at your menu for 10 minutes when you get there instead of socializing.

  10. says

    I”m notorious for looking at menus before I go out. I usually pick a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice AND even pick my wine. If it’s available, I also look up nutritional information., Makes me feel empowered over my choices!

  11. Shayla says

    Oh yes! Totally obsessed with checking out menus beforehand too! I just love reading about all the delicious menu options that it just ups the ante of my excitement to going out and all day long I love to daydream about what delicious sounding option I’ll have! :)

  12. says

    I love scoping out the menu before going, it gets me excited for whats to come, and always helps knowing what the healthy options vs what looks super tasty and worth it, so I don’t end up making a snap decision at the restaurant for something that has page appeal but will end up disappointing.

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