Monday, February 13, 2012

Charley’s Crab

Last night, I went out to dinner at a new-to-me restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids that I’ve been wanting to go to for over a year now: Charley's Crab.

It’s a nice restaurant and a little on the pricey side, which is why I haven’t gone yet. However, after my dining experience last night I know that the food is worth the money!

Unfortunately, the lighting didn’t make for very good pictures throughout dinner (and I didn’t want to keep trying out of respect for my dining neighbors) but I did my best. I went with my friends Aimee and Gina


and we all ordered drinks to start.


I ordered one of the specials of the night, which was a spiced apple cider. It was warm apple cider spiced with Captain Morgan, and it was delicious!


I loved the cinnamon stick at the bottom of the glass.

Our meal started out with an assorted bread basket, which was quite tasty.


I actually had trouble deciding on a main dish since not very many of them featured shrimp and that’s what I was in the mood for. So, instead of choosing an entrée, I opted for the Shrimp Cocktail appetizer and the Sensational Goat Cheese Salad.




The shrimp were good, but my salad stole the show.


The warm goat cheese medallion was absolutely incredible, and I loved that it was large enough to cut off a piece to include in every single bite. I can guarantee that if I go back to Charley’s before I move, I will be ordering this salad again.

When we finished with our meals, the waiter strategically placed open dessert menus right in front of us, and after giving it a quick glance, there was no way we were going to turn it down.


Gina ordered the crème brûlée, and Aimee and I split a chocolate truffle cake that was topped with vanilla ice cream and toffee bits.


Obviously, the picture absolutely does not do it justice, but it was outstanding and we practically licked our plates clean.

All in all, it was a fantastic meal with great friends.

Side note: one thing I learned last night is that I really need to learn how to master the different settings on my camera. When my pictures weren’t turning out well, I tried using the twilight portrait setting and my pictures looked like this:


Any tips for taking decent pictures in places with very dim lighting?

I’m off to rotation for the day, but I did manage squeeze in a quick cardio workout this morning (20 minutes Stairmaster/20 minutes stationary bike). It was just what I needed to get my stiff muscles moving; my legs are sore from yesterday’s workout! Breakfast was sort of a random assortment of food:


Eggs and peanut butter toast


and a pear.


Have a great day!


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