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Another Reason To Celebrate

by Courtney on March 15, 2012

Hello! Good morning!

I’m so glad to see that you guys are as psyched about the Technogel Pillow Giveaway as I am. Just a reminder that the giveaway is open until next Tuesday, so be sure to get those entries in!

Alright, so you all know that I’m always up for a reason to celebrate and get together with friends, right? Well last night we got the chance to do it all over again for our friend Andrea’s birthday!

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Her husband, Brook, arranged to have all of us out to dinner at P.F. Chang’s before the two of them arrived so it was a total surprise for her. (I actually almost slipped on yesterday morning’s post, so thank goodness I got my act together and realized it was a surprise. Eek!)

Our group of ten included Brook and Andrea, myself and Jay, Mal and Brian,

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Matt and Christina (<—yes, our super talented friend!), and Sarah and Jeff.

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It was quite the party! Smile

I started things off with a glass of Chardonnay; it’s funny, actually, because I’m pretty sure my taste for wine is changing. I never used to be a chardonnay gal, but I blame it all on Mal; she got me into a Kendall Jackson Chardonnay which is really, really good.

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When it came time to ordering dinner, I was pretty much an absolute wreck. I had absolutely NO idea what I wanted and must have asked the waitress a hundred questions about what she liked, what her favorites were between this and that, and so on. Yeah, I was a real peach.

Eventually, I decided to order the Wonton Soup, which I almost went back on since she said that the only way you could order it was in a big bowl. Well she wasn’t kidding…

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The thing was huge! Jay offered to share it with me, but even still, I was able to get about 2-1/2 cups worth of soup…and it tasted absolutely delicious.

In lieu of ordering an entrée, I decided to just go with the soup and their signature appetizer, the Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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The dish included wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts, and was served over crispy rice sticks. I’d never really ordered a dish like this before but I’m so glad I did. Not only did it have great flavor, but I love how light it was by pairing it with the lettuce cups.

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Good food, great wine, awesome company…definitely a great night out! Smile

I opted to sleep in a bit today (my day off, WOOT!) since I haven’t been getting to bed as early as I should these past few nights, so now it’s about time for me to go make some breakfast. Hmmm, what to have, what to have?

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever eat Chinese food? What’s your favorite dish(es)?

Jay and I barely ever eat Chinese food and I’ve actually never ordered Chinese take-out. Is that weird?

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1 Whitney March 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

I went to Changs last nite too and had the lettuce wraps as my entree too! What are the odds! They are always yummy and love that you don’t feel weighed down afterwards :)

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2 Corey @ Family Fresh Meals March 15, 2012 at 8:54 am

I love good hot and sour soup and ANY veggie dish loaded with garlic :)
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3 Bobbi March 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

Courtney, I’m with you on the KJ Chard! It’s my “splurge” bottle every once in awhile (that probably sounds funny considering it’s only about $13/bottle, but since wine goes like quicksand in my house, we try to buy cheaper bottles most of the time). Have a great rest of your week!

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4 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

Great minds think alike! ;)

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5 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction March 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

I prefer sushi to be honest, but I love Chinese food as well! Wonton soup, gyoza and crab ragoon are my favorite! I always feel rather sluggish the next day though :(

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6 Krista @ Healthy Berg March 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

I have only eaten there once and I ordered the same thing! I love those lettuce wraps.

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7 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

I love PF Changs! Their lettuce wraps are amazing. The steamed vegetable dumplings are really good too! :)
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8 Olivia March 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

Oh yum! We don’t have PF Chang’s in Canada but I wish we did, cause everything you got looks delicious!
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9 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

I can only go for Chinese food if I’m really craving it, otherwise it usually grosses me out… it’s very weird! haha I’ve always wanted to try PF Changs though!
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10 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love Chinese food! In a more traditional setting I almost always order chicken and broccoli. At PF Chang’s though the lettuce wraps are always my go-to choice. They are so good! :-)
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11 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

It’s funny you say Chardonnay is a new like for you, because it’s been one for me too lately. I guess I just never knew what I was missing out on? ;)
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12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

i LOVE chinese food but don’t feel like i have it often enough! i really enjoy lettuce wraps, and i also love orange chicken with brown rice.
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13 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! March 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

We get chinese here and there. Mostly because torrance loves it. I typically just get some sort of veggie/shrimp/chicken stirfry mix thing
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14 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

I never order Chinese take out. I used to have it as a kid, but I always felt horrible after. I think it has to do with the MSG or something??

But PF Changs is completely different from random Chinese take-out! I love it! We usually get their orange chicken and Mongolian beef. :)
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15 khushboo March 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

I love Chinese food but I don’t the greasy, MSG after-effects! Egg fried rice is actually a favorite to make at home- I even have a recipe for Chinese brown rice pancakes which I’m sure you and Jay would love! Let me know if you’d like me to send it to you!

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16 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

Girl, you know I’m always game for a new recipe! That sounds delicious! :)

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17 Khushboo March 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

Here ya go http://kthadani.com/recipes/rice/ :) …hope you enjoy it!
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18 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thanks Khushboo! They sound awesome – and so easy!!

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19 Ciara March 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Was the chicken mixture on the lettuce wraps spicy? I’m such a baby when it comes to spicy foods but that looked really yummy!

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20 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

No, not at all! I actually had to navigate the menu to try and find dishes that weren’t marked with the spicy symbol because I am NOT a fan of spicy food at all, haha.

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21 Mallory @ Have your cake March 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

i rarely order chinese food. when i do, i love general tso’s chicken (so bad for you) and chicken lo mein from this place in my hometown. general tso’s chicken is usually just breading but this stuff is GOOD – crispy on the outside, tons of chicken on the inside, and just enough of that sweet sauce. yummy!
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22 Faith @ For the Health of It March 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

Funny how wine tastes change over the years. I always was a merlot fan until I realized I had started drinking it to impress a guy I dated in college. Turns out I didn’t actually like it, and now I’m a riesling girl through and through!

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23 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

The Chinese food around here is less than stellar but I LOVE good Chinese food! …. What a way to celebrate. I used to hate Chardonnay but after going wine tasting in Sonoma- I learned *so* much and learned what I like and what I don’t like. Kendall Jackson Chardonnay is GREAT!
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24 Carolyn March 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

I love Chinese food. We don’t get take out too often but every now and then it is a great treat!
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25 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love their lettuce wraps. They’re the best. Their honey shrimp is pretty good, too.
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26 Heather @ For the Love of Kale March 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

What a great night with friends, Courtney! There’s nothing like it. :-) I love chinese food once in awhile. I’m a fan of vegetable moo shi! I love the cabbage and mushroom combo!

P.S. – I watched your Party Rock wedding dance. Awesome.
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27 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

LOL…glad you liked the dance! But I totally just read your comment above and thought you were moo-ing and swearing at me. ;)

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28 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

Fun! And those lettuce wraps look great. I looooove Chinese food. What I order depends on how healthy I want to be.
Healthy – steamer bowl with shrimp
Medium – cashew chicken
Sinfully Delicious – sesame chicken (the fried goodness, haha)
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29 Yellow Haired Girl March 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

That looks delish!!! A little jealous, I can’t lie to you. And of course I love Chinese food – although I don’t eat is as much anymore, I’m more likely to go for sushi. But ginger beef was always one of my faves as a kid.
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30 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love their lettuce wraps! I’ve actually made my own version at home a bunch of times since the closest PF Changs is almost an hour away. So delicious :)
And yes, I do think it’s weird you’ve never ordered take out Chinese! How did you get through college without that experience!? haha
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31 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

Pizza, LOL ;-)

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32 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

I love lettuce wraps but I usually don’t order them when I’m out because they are SO easy to make at home!
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33 Jolynn March 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

We hardly ever eat Chinese and the few times we’ve had take out we just get General Tso’s chicken. Boringgg LOL
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34 Elizabeth @ Southern Color March 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are the best – looks like a yummy dinner! I’m totally with you on my changing taste in wine, I used to despise red wine, but lately that’s all I’ve been drinking. Go figure!
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35 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

I crave Chinese every once in a while.. I like to get just veggies and brown rice. It sounds so simple but it’s SO GOOD! And Chinese donuts?! Basically just fried puffs of dough covered in sugar. I die.
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36 Paige @ Running Around Normal March 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

What a fun night, Courtney!
And yeah – a wee bit weird that you’ve never gotten Chinese takeout! Shane and I get it about once every week or two! :)
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37 Erin March 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

I always get shrimp and broccoli. I love the sauce but then like 2 hours later I can’t drink enough water!

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38 Morgan March 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I LOVE their lettuce wraps!

I don’t blame you for never having take-out, most Chinese place have really shady meat that is in greasy sauces. My favorite place is a tiny local restaurant that makes your meal from fresh ingredients so the chicken is never questionable. Nothing is better than homemade chicken and broccoli that you don’t actually have to cook!

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39 Shannon March 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Really? I always pictured you as a person who absolutely loves Chinese food. Guess I was wrong.

I love sesame chicken from the Plum Blossom. The waiter recommended it the first (and only) time I have gone, and he wasn’t wrong. It was the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten. :) I really hope my family and I are going back there very soon!
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40 Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I LOVE Chinese food! Whenever my grandparents would come to town they would always take me to my favorite Chinese Restaurant- it was always a special treat!
Mandarin Chicken is by far the best part too! :)
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41 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Love chinese food, but the sodium is so bad for you, I just make my own and my favorite is chicken and vegetables with a spicy sauce.
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42 MeghanJ March 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I LOVEEEE beef with broccoli! its my go to comfort food!

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43 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love a spicy shrimp dinner with broccoli! Plus I love eggrolls
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44 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

The vegetarian lettuce wraps are just as delicious!
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45 Allie March 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I’m a college student and sleep is pretty unorganized. I have to sleep with at least 3 pillows in order to be comfortable at night. Big fluffy pillows are my absolute fave! The anatomic pillow would be awesome to lay and watch movies comfortably!

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46 Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls March 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I absolutely LOVE Chinese food and P.F. Chang’s. I used to always order the lemon chicken but they took it off the menu.

My boyfriend and I went recently and I got the honey glazed chicken which was sweet and crunchy and delicious :D
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47 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com March 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I have only been to PF CHangs once but was totally overwhelmed by their menu! My husband and I actually really like asian food so we do sushi and or chinese probably once every two weeks. I always go with a simple steamed shrimp and veggies and then put my own Sricha and low sodium soy-sauce. I love chinese but am sooo not a fan of the bloat!!
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48 Sam March 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I tried Moo-shu chicken (or vegetables) a few years back. It’s a chicken/veggie mixture that you spoon onto a thin pancake (not a sweet one though) and a delicious salty sauce. It’s kind of like a Chinese fajita. PF Changs has good ones. Don’t tell your mom I posted on this one… she’ll end up teasing me :)

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49 Courtney March 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

LOL, I won’t say a word ;)
P.S. – I almost got that entree last night…good to know for next time!

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50 Sherri March 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

I love your earrings! Where did you get them?

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51 Courtney March 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks! I got them at Claire’s, where I buy probably 99% of my earrings, haha. Buy 2, get 1 free, baby! :)

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52 Sherri March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Awesome thanks Court :)

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