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A Late Anniversary Celebration

by Courtney on January 13, 2013

Yesterday was a really, really great day. Even though I didn’t get my manicure in, I did manage to knock just about everything else off of my list for the day, which was awesome.

The first thing on the agenda? A workout. And it was a good one!


I started out with about 40 minutes of cardio, and then finished up with about 20 minutes of strength, including all sorts of fun stuff like squats, bicep curls, rows, tricep extensions, booty burners. I’m sore today for one of the first times in a long time, and I love it. Like, a lot. Winking smile

I started getting hungry towards the end of my workout, so as soon as I finished, I came up and made a quick yogurt bowl.


Vanilla Chobani, blueberries, banana slices, Special K Protein Plus, and Love Grown Foods granola. So, so good.

As I was finishing up, Cody also decided to come up for some cuddles. Awww, my little bugger loves me.


Yesterday afternoon, I also managed to roast up some of the veggies from my produce bag this week. I peeled and chopped up the kohlrabi and rainbow carrots, tossed them in a little EVOO, Garlic Gold, salt, pepper, and more garlic powder (because really, why not?) and roasted them at 450 degrees for about 35 minutes. Then I took them out, moved them around a bit, sprinkled them with some parmesan cheese, and let them cook an additional 5 minutes.


I wanted them roasted for the week ahead, but I did try a couple small pieces and I was pleasantly surprised at how they turned out. The kohlrabi actually reminds me a bit of broccoli and has a really good flavor.

When it came time for dinner, Jay and I had some pretty fun plans for the evening…


For our anniversary, my in-laws got us a generous gift card for dinner to the same places where we got married, and since we didn’t go on the night of our anniversary this year, we figured why not use it last night?

Our decision to go was sort of last minute, so we were thrilled to be able to get a table without a reservation. It also helped that we had a little $10 off coupon that they send us every year for our anniversary.


Funny story: This year, between the two of us, we wound up getting 5 coupon cards (two were for my birthday). I’m thinking they had a little mix up with the mailings. Winking smile

Shortly after getting a seat, we were served some fresh, warm bread with garlic infused olive oil.


I was famished by the time we sat down, and I’m sure I could have eaten the whole loaf no problem, but I held off with two small pieces.

As an appetizer, Jay and I decided to share the calamari dish, which had to be one of the best dishes of calamari I’ve ever had. Super fresh, topped with some incredible aioli sauce that blew me away.


While we were placing our dinner orders, our waiter totally upsold us on a specialty salad that they were offering, so we wound up having that as our second course. Plus, he offered to split the salad on to two plates, which I thought was cool.


I honestly don’t remember exactly what the salad was, but I remember it had beets and some sort of a citrus grapefruit vinaigrette, or something like that. Whatever it was, it was good.

For my entrée, I went big and ordered the filet mignon, which was super tasty.


By this point in the evening, I was full. No doubt about it. In fact, if we’re being honest, I probably could have called it quits after the salad and felt satisfied.

But then our waiter brought out the dessert menu.

And then, this happened…


and THIS is what is called the Grand Finale, which is a double chocolate homemade brownie, topped with ice cream, cookie crumbles, caramel, and white chocolate sauces.

All I can say is thank goodness it was actually a small portion (it doesn’t really look like it here, but the dessert itself was probably only the size of a fist) because if it was bigger, I probably would have kept eating it.


We both had no problem devouring it. And were then both fantastically STUFFED by the end.

As we were finishing up our dessert, we got talking with our waiter and told him that we were celebrating our anniversary; a few minutes later, he wound up coming over and surprised us with complimentary champagne. Mmmmmm. I haven’t had any alcohol, obviously, since October, but I did decide to enjoy a couple small sips, and boy, did it taste incredibly delicious. However, I kept it to just a taste and then let Jay finish up the rest of my glass, and his. Winking smile

And that, my friends, just about sums up my Saturday. Another good one, indeed, and hopefully yours was just as great!

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1 Sarah @PickyRunner January 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

That dessert looks incredible. Seriously, amazing. Haha I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a wonderful creation in my entire life. Definitely the perfect way to finish off your anniversary celebration :)
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2 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! And looks INCREDIBLY delicious from start to finish!
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3 Lisa January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Wow to the homemade brownie. I’m glad you enjoyed your late anniversary celebration! It sure looks like a fun time. And yay to getting in a workout! It must feel good to be able to move a little bit. I’m so interested to try kohlrabi now, I’ve heard good things about the flavor, but was always nervous to try it out! I guess there’s no harm in trying.
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4 Mer January 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Looks like you had a great night! I love when businesses do stuff like this. It’s great customer relations. I know I recommend places to friends and family when I get treated right. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


5 Julie January 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I love fancy nights out! It’s always fun to have a good reason to celebrate. Happy anniversary!
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6 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well January 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Aww how fun! Like a second anniversary! That dessert looks SERIOUSLY amazing, I’m with you on wanting to devour the whole thing!
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7 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I am loving the looks of those roasted veggies. When it comes to vegetables that you aren’t familiar with, roasting has got to be one of the best cooking methods to go with. After all, pretty much every vegetable tastes extra amazing roasted.

It looks like you had a fabulous anniversary dinner. And that dessert….wow is all that I have to say to that! ;)
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8 Lauren January 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your anniversary. Toly and I enjoyed a romantic dinner out last night too- my going away dinner before we part for a few months. :(
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9 Courtney January 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

My gosh, I feel like it’s coming up so quickly!!


10 Michelle@Peachy Palate January 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Awesome looking meal! I can never pass up dessert; I usually dip out of appetizers in order to save room! :)
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11 Stephanie @ Steph's Miles January 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Sounds like a romantic evening and the perfect way to spend a Saturday! That bread and olive oil looks fresh and yummy!
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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

That looks like a delicious dinner! Glad you guys had a fun dinner.


13 My Neon Running Shoes January 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Happy Belated Anniversary! Glad you got to celebrate! Um I NEED a grand finale in my life. That thing looks to die for. Literally.
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14 Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes January 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

That looks like a great dinner! It’s okay to treat yourself!
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15 Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills January 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

That dessert looks like a great way to end the night! Hope you had a great time!
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16 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

That dinner sounds amazing!! It’s making me hungry!
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17 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm

That dessert! OMG.
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18 Katie @ skinnyminniemoves January 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Looks like you guys had a great dinner! The olive oil and bread dish gets me every darn time lol
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19 Madison January 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Sounds like an awesome day and an awesome anniversary! p.s. that brownie looks amaaazing too!
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20 Lindsay January 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Great post and Happy Belated Anniversary! Getting totally stuffed at dinner is a good sign – it was delicious!! :)
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21 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Seriously, you choose the best restaurant desserts. They always look so good!
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22 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Oh my, this post has me drooling. Calamari is one of my favorite appetizers. Glad you had a good anniversary part two :)
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23 Running In Heels January 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

All of that food has me drooling.. what a fun and delicious dinner!!
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24 Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I love those super productive days – I managed to cross a lot of things off my to-do list yesterday as well, but unfortunately my day didn’t end with a delicious brownie and champagne. Glad you and Jay had a good anniversary :)
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25 Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Mmm are those mashed potatoes I see?! I’m kind of wanting mashed taters now. And I love it when I can get in a restaurant with no reservation, it’s seriously such a blessing especially if it’s for a special occasion. :) And I bet you were so stuffed especially since baby tooth is taking some room in your tummy, hehe.
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26 Danica @ It's Progression January 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I love dinner dates like this! Glad you had fun :)
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27 coco January 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

happy anniversary! dinner looks fantastic, especially the dessert, love the name! :)


28 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Sounds like a wonderful night! And that dessert – oh my goodness! Looks heavenly.
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29 Stephanie @ StephSnacks January 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

What a nice and delicious dinner! That dessert looks to die for!
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30 Allison January 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

That salad looks amazing! You and Jay are such a sweet couple :)
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31 Leena January 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Love Cody! My neighbor has a similar looking cat and how much ever I try I end up calling her cat Cody. (Much to my neighbors annoyance)
On other note I did not know if you know this but avoid handling litter box and anything to do with it since you are pregnant, it is not suppose to be good for the baby.


32 Courtney January 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

Oh yes…that’s totally hubby’s job now ;)


33 Khushboo January 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Love days like those which are both enjoyable & productive- dinner sounds great, especially dessert. Go big or go home right ;)!
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34 Ashlee January 14, 2013 at 10:08 am

Happy anniversary! We’re celebrating ours tonight :-)
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35 Sami January 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

happy anniversary! :) looks like a wonderful celebration.
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36 Holly January 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Mmmmm everything looks SO good! What a great little anniversary celebration- I have a feeling you just may have talked about your little one the whole time ;) At least I know when Craig & I celebrated our one year (& I was pregnant with G) all we could talk about was the little lady. SUCH exciting times ahead & I’m DYING to know if it’s a boy or girl :D
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37 Bek @ Crave January 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

What a fantastic anniversary dinner! Oh my, that dessert- I would have kept going too ;)
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