Yesterday was delightful. The other intern and practicum students at work were kind enough to bring in lots of treats in celebration of my birthday (and the other fall birthdays at work). I didn’t try everything (because of soy lecithin), but these pumpkin cookies (made by Lauren) were awesome and almost cake-like.
I also had some homemade apple crisp made with apples picked over the weekend!
I felt a little lost after work because I didn’t know if I should pretend it was a normal day and go to the gym, or just go home and lounge around until dinner time. I ended up going to the gym. Seventeen minutes into my time on the elliptical I realized that I really should be reading blogs and eating apricots on my couch, so I left at that very moment.
It felt like forever before Matt finally arrived home to take me out!
On our way to the restaurant, we made a pit-stop for one of my absolute favorite things in life:
I had the Troegs Java Head, a sweet and surprisingly thin coffee stout that went down like water.
Then we made our way to our dinner destination - Oleana is an intimate mediterranean restaurant in Inman Square in Cambridge, and let me tell you, it is an absolute GEM.
This bread alone would have satisfied me. This focaccia was perfect, especially dipped in the spiced olive oil it came with. I also had a tasty glass of mysterious red wine. The waiter recommended it and I’d never heard of the style before, so I cannot remember what it was.
We ordered the whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers to start. Bliss.
My entrée was totally unique: roasted halibut & brussels spouts with pomegranate, green olive, walnut, and lentils. Loved that the portion was large and came in a deep bowl. Delish.
I have to admit, I liked Matt’s meal even more than mine. He was generous with bites though:) This was the Azuluna Pork Saganaki with potato, leeks, chanterrelles, wild green herbs, and kasseri cheese. Basically, that means incredible shredded pork, seasoned to perfection, and covered with thick, salty, cheese.
The whole meal was awesome and quite romantic. Now I’m really in the mood to visit the Mediterranean!
But the highlight of the night was waiting at home. Isn’t she a beauty?
When people in my family order cakes, we say, “could you just put whatever decoration will result in the most icing on top of the cake?”
This cake is the definition of close-your-eyes delicious.
I went back for a second piece and then was so full I couldn’t move, but it was ok because I put on pajama pants and went straight to bed with a smile. Afterall, I was born to eat cake.