Thursday, May 10, 2012

Date Night

Hey guys!

How’s everyone doing today? I’m well and back in Traverse City, and it’s absolutely gorgeous up here:

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I just got back from Grand Rapids and I’m actually taking the day off work. I was originally supposed to work from 10-6, but I didn’t get back until almost 2:00 today and I have so much to do between now and tomorrow. I was planning on leaving early this morning in order to make it to work on time, but then I ended up having to take a last minute CPR re-certification class at 7 am before I left and after that I had to pack up the rest of my Grand Rapids apartment, so I didn’t get on the road until 11:30. Luckily I’m sort of an extra on the schedule right now so it worked out okay.


Alright, let’s rewind back to yesterday! I had some grad intern training to complete for work that lasted until about 3:30, and then afterwards I had some fun plans in Grand Rapids for the remainder of the evening. I sort of went on a little date with a pretty cool guy, maybe you guys remember seeing him on the blog before?

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I’ve mentioned him once or twice Winking smile.


After getting TONS of blog comments, emails, and Facebook comments from you all about him, I figured you might be particularly interested in hearing about us spending a little quality time together Smile.

Our evening began with dinner at Bistro Bella Vita. I’ve eaten there once before and was very impressed so I was looking forward to giving it another go. When we arrived I promptly ordered a glass of my favorite Late Harvest Riesling, just like last time.

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Eric ordered the beer special (can’t remember what it was), but it didn’t look very appealing to me. At some point in time I turned into more of a wine drinker, which is funny because I never used to go near the stuff. I’m not really sure how or when that happened, but beer just makes my belly feel so full and uncomfortable so I don’t drink it very often anymore.

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For an appetizer, we ordered a plate of the calamari and it was seriously out of this world.

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“Marinated in pesto served over pomodoro sauce with lemon and garlic aioli.” Um, YUM!

We were also served bread and olive oil, but I passed on it and chose to enjoy my portion of the calamari guilt-free Winking smile.

As much I loved the pizzas the last time I ate here, there were actually quite a few other items on the menu that I wanted to try out. It was a toss-up between a couple of dishes, but eventually I decided on the pork tenderloin.

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The risotto was what sold me on it. It contained sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale and was absolutely delicious.

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I ate about half of the pork but all of the risotto – it was that good!


After dinner, we decided to walk down to The B.O.B. and grab another drink since it was right down the road. I know I was just there last week, but we love that place!

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Remember how I wrote about my newfound love for Shuffleboard last time I went there? Well, after I showed it to Eric it didn’t take much convincing before he started up a game!

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Of course, we had to play a bit differently than last time since there were only two of us (come to think of it, I don’t actually know if the correct number of players is two or four..anyone know?) but it was still fun. Unfortunately he beat me 19-15. Lame.

After our game of Shuffleboard we moved right on down to the pool tables where he was determined to once again kick my butt. I tried, I really tried!

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But unfortunately I lost, miserably. He has his own pool table back at his parent’s house in Iron Mountain though so he gets a lot of practice. I think that’s sort of cheating Winking smile.

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Despite all of my pathetic attempts at beating him in various games, it was still a really fun night. I’m excited that I’ll be seeing him a lot more this summer now that he’ll be living in Lansing. Even it’s still three hours away, it’s a lot closer than Marquette! Perhaps we’ll have another date night in the future Open-mouthed smile.


I’m planning on spending the rest of the afternoon sorting through all of my things that I brought home from the apartment in Grand Rapids as well as getting ready for my week-long trip downstate I’m leaving for tomorrow night. I’m also hoping to squeeze a workout in as well. Have a wonderful day everyone!

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