Dinner Date

Durham Restaurants

A rainy weekend made for extra relaxation and lots of couch time. Especially after I had an incredibly productive day on Friday, cleaning like crazy. Due to two weeks of spring break, I hadn’t seen Fuqua friends in quite some time, so we had a fun evening on Friday watching basketball, drinking beer, and eating pizza.

Saturday, Matt and I celebrated new friends with a fantastic dinner! I met Anne when Kath was in town for a frosting feast and we set a dinner date at Guglhuph. After reading her blog for almost a year now (and making her black bean burgers many times!), it was fun to chat and meet her Matt.

We made it to Guglhuph just in time for a massive thunder storm and downpour. Despite the rain, it was a hot night and I wanted nothing more than a cold German riesling – this was a perfect white, not too dry and not too sweet!

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Matt and I weren’t planning to split a meal, but when we found out that we had picked the same entree, I changed my order to the scallops and we agreed to share both picks. The scallops were great – they were pan seared and served with a local kohlrabi puree, sautéed local swiss chard, and oyster mushrooms all in an herb beurre blanc. I especially loved the kohlrabi because it tasted just like mashed potatoes.

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But the other entree stole the show! The market fish was a NC trout that had been pan fried with bacon butter and served with smashed potatoes. I really don’t think you can go wrong with anything having to do with bacon butter. Delish.

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I wasn’t planning on ordering dessert, but our waiter automatically brought the menu and then I remembered that Guglhuph’s claim to fame is their bakery. Matt and I shared the banana napoleon, which was two sheets of puff pastry with seared bananas, chocolate sauce, nuts, and some sort of heavenly cream.

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It was also served with a shot of chocolate mouse!

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The flavor was fabulous and this dessert was surprisingly light.

What a nice evening! It’s too bad Anne + Matt are moving – they are lots of fun!

But I guess we are basically moving too:( Did I tell you that Matt chose the company in Atlanta for the summer? Another adventure begins in June. [edited to add: Matt’s MBA internship is just for 10 weeks in the summer; then we’ll be back]

I’m working an extra day this week to make-up some time missed because of spring break (part-time employees don’t get paid vacation). I’m actually glad because I have so much on my plate that I’ll be able to knock out quite a bit of work with an extra seven hours. Plus, it means no work next week. Woo hoo. Anyway, I’m off to make dinner and possibly indulge in a glass of wine to savor the last minutes of the weekend. See ya.

  • kath
    March 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Those scallops look incredible! The whole meal does. Hi to Anne + Matt!

  • Anne P
    March 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Such fun last night! We should make another date before we all move away – sniff, sniff!

    • Laura
      March 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Yes! We’re wide open the 2nd half of April and maybe we’ll get a warm sunny day next time!

  • Mom
    March 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Dessert looks fab!

  • Ally
    March 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Will you be quitting your school psych job before you move to Atlanta?

    • Laura
      March 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Nope! My school year ends June 8th, so I’ll likely just join Matt once I’m finished.

  • Life's a Bowl
    March 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    May be a silly question, but what is kohlrabi?! Our spring break is next week but I’m taking courses so not much relaxation is gonna happen…

    P.S. Your dessert sounds sinfully delicious 😀

    • Laura
      March 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      I think its a type of parsnip:)