bloomsbury bistro, a place we have been talking about trying for a very, very long time, and it was FABULOUS. a bit pricier than our beloved frazier's, but also the only place we have been to lately that is on par with it. really wonderful food: we shared an excellent started plate with sunflower pumpkin bread, country-style paté, a mission fig and blackberry chutney, and a potted rabbit crostini, and then i had rabbit wrapped in priciutto with braised pears and a wild rice risotto with english peas and sweet potatoes, while the hippie had a stuffed pork loin chop with crawfish and garlic cheese grits. i think he would have been happy with just the crawfish and grits part.
last week, i got an email newsletter from the north carolina symphony, from which i learned that they were having a concert this weekend called big band blast with guest conductor jeff tyzik, and i immediately got tickets. it was just wonderful--all these great old songs from the duke ellington band, the count basie orchestra, doc severinsen, and the like. things you just never hear performed live anymore! the hardest part was not getting up and dancing in the aisles. and bonus--the hippie LOVED IT!!! so i am calling my secret date a resounding sucess.
the only dark spot was a hellacious onset of cramps, mid-symphony, that kept us from going out for a post-performance martini as originally planned. still--it was a wonderful evening out. the hippie and i haven't had a good date night in a while--we were overdue. :)
then sunday, we actually scored a bonus date. harry and jenn traded babysitting with a friend of ours, and then invited us along on THEIR date night. after errand running (yay target!!!) and spending a little quality time in one of our favortie local coffee shops, we went with jenn and harry to see aeon flux at the buck-fifty theater, and then to dinner at porter's--always a favorite. this movie didn't get the greatest reviews, but it's right up our alley--the four of us really enjoyed it!
add in that i was motivated to clean and straighten up the house, and that i completed the grocery store shopping necessary for healthy eating during the week, and i am declaring this weekend one of the best i have had in a long while, cramps notwithstanding.