Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday Weekend

I had a nice long 4 day weekend to celebrate my birthday... back to the grind tomorrow :(

On Saturday Matt took me out to dinner to The Melting Pot. He made reservations and we had a table in the back to the restaurant and he had a vase of flowers on the table for me and there was a birthday card from the staff on the table too. I forgot how dark it was inside the restaurant and when the hostess was taking us to our table I was hoping I was following the right person or wouldn't run into anyone! My eyes take a little bit to adjust to the dark :oP

We went with the Big Night Out, which is a four course meal. For the first course we ordered the Fiesta Cheese Fondue, which was cheddar cheese with lager beer, jalapeño peppers and salsa. We normally like things spicy, but went with medium to be on the safe side... we could of went with hot, but it was really good....The apples with the cheese, I think was our favorite combo.

The second course was a salad. Matt ordered the house salad with peppercorn ranch dressing and I ordered the California salad with Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette. I love salads with walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. I was content after I was finished with my salad, but we still had 2 more courses to go.

Third course was our entree. We went with the classic selection of Sesame-Crusted Sushi-Grade Ahi Tuna, Seasoned Choice Angus Sirloin, Herb-Crusted Chicken Breast, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin and Filet mignon, instead of shrimp due to Matt's shellfish allergy :( We did the Coq au vin cooking style, flavors of fresh herbs, mushrooms, garlic, spices and burgundy wine. Our entree was really really good!! My favorite was the Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin with the ginger plum sauce and Matt loved the Angus Sirloin with the Gorgonzola port.

The fourth and final course we went with the Disaronno Meltdown, white chocolate with Disaronno and flambéed tableside.

We also had an amazing waiter, Jason, he was very detailed and did an awesome job! The manager also stopped by our table to wish me a happy birthday.

We walked away so stuffed but it was a great meal. Very relaxing and not rushed at all, which is a big plus in my book.

After dinner we went to the movies and saw The Debt. I was surprised on a Friday night that it was just me and Matt plus 2 other people in the theater. The movie was pretty good, the ending took me by surprise a little.

Yesterday we had a food tasting with Phaturos catering for our wedding. We walked in thinking it would be a little of this and a little of that.... not at all... they served us family style and had a ton of food! Their food was amazing and decided to go with them for the wedding... They also sent us home with the left over food, which was very nice of him to do... I don't think I have to cook the rest of the week!

After the tasting, we went to my mom's house for Birthday cake... She got 4 bar cakes from Oakmont Bakery, an Almond Tort, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet and The Oakmonter. I've never had the red velvet, so I had a piece of that and so did my mom, Grandma R had the almond tort and Matt went with the carrot cake... and we were sent home with the left overs...

Today Matt and I drove around... I was going to get my car washed but the place I bring it to was closed :( So we headed down the road and went to and Italian grocery in Plum... It was more of a Cafe than grocery... We then headed off to Yesterday's Dog House in Lower Burrell. Matt went there when they first opened about 4 years ago.. It's a very small building and you ate outside. They had now added an indoor dining area with 3 tables, very cozy inside. Matt ordered a foot long hot dog with cheese and ketchup and fries and I ordered 2 of their natural casing hot dog with relish, onions, mustard and ketchup. The food came out super quick and the owner was very friendly. When we were getting ready to leave the owner grabbed a candy bowl from the kitchen with mini candy bars and told us to take one for the road for dessert, which I thought was cute.

We decided to go to Ross Park Mall, just for something to do after lunch and now here I am... Just take the night easy and probably be in bed by 9:00pm with the rate things are going now :oP

Overall I had a great weekend with family. It was also a year yesterday that Matt asked me to marry him... Time sure does fly by... and by this time next year, it will be 3 weeks before our wedding! :)

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