Tapas for Two

Saturday passed by in such a flash! I enjoyed it pretty thoroughly, but was still surprised to look at the clock and have it say 9:00 pm all of the sudden!

I spent the afternoon training clients, pedicuring (heh,) and shopping with a friend. The final stop was at  Fresh Market where I left with a basil plant, an heirloom tomato, and some gelato. You know, staples.

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Why not?

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Once back at the home front, it was still fairly early, but Shane and I were all ready hungry for dinner.

Solution? Tapas for two!

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There were five small plates (on two…very large plates, hm) and it made the perfect light early dinner.

I started off the prep work by making a balsamic reduction.

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Making balsamic reduction could quite possibly be one of the easier tasks I’ve ever completed. Pour some balsamic in a saucepan, let it simmer, and keep an eye on it until it reduces down to a syrup-like consistency. Done!

The balsamic reduction was used for two dishes –

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Honeydew! Just chopped honeydew with balsamic drizzled on top. The balsamic also gets a little sweeter (or is that just my imagination?) when it reduces, so it works wonderfully on fruits like melon or peaches.

And for the second…can you guess?

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Oh you know I dug right into that bad boy.

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It’s poor red cousin pales in comparison.

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Fact: I hate eating regular tomatoes plain. Fact: I could eat an heirloom tomato just like an apple!

However, last night, I ate it a la mozzarella , balsamic reduction, and fresh organic basil:

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No words.

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On the next plate, I had cut up two 6 inch soft pitas into 8 triangular squares, and toasted them at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes. Then, I topped half of them with a crab meat/sour cream/spinach mixture for Shane, and left half nekkid (for skinny hummus dipping) for me.

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(the recipe for the crab mixture can be found in this month’s Clean Eating magazine)

Save the best (and simplest!) for last, raw cheddar + tart jam

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I love this! I want to make raw cheddar and jam sandwiches now!

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Yumberries?

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Who wouldn’t want yumberries?!

But we didn’t stop for long.

After relaxing on the couch and taking a leisurely walk with NIko, we were ready for dessert. The beauty of small plates is it’s tough to get too full for dessert!

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Again, no words

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Just pictures.

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THEN, we were done 🙂

Have a fantastic Sunday, everyone!! I’m off for a 7 miler this morning. Looking forward to it:D

What’s your favorite way to eat a tomato? I love the heirlooms, but as far as regulars go, I’d have to say on a pizza! haha 😛

Reality Bites….and we had Tapas!

Last night we went to this awesome place for dinner and drinks with another couple called, “Reality Bites.” It’s a tapas restaurant, which makes it so much fun to pick and choose mini meals to share.


Their menu is drool-worthy all the way up and down. They had some definitely food blog-worthy items, like ahi tuna, baked goat cheese, cucumber dill salad, and tons more. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of these items, because while you and I might love them, my husband does not, and we think it’s fun to share each item we get. But don’t fear, our tapas almost knocked my head off!

We started off with Bacon Wrapped Dates. See?! Crazy cool, and fun food. Oh my goodness, these things are like little, uhh balls? of heaven. Wow. Here’s Shane feeding me one:


Haha – things got a little goofy after a couple drinks 😉

After we finished, the server brought out our pork tacos. Yeah, pork tacos, what’s the big deal, right? THIS:


These bad boys are TO-DIE-FOR! Loving the guacamole on top, too.

Upon finishing these up, our crab cakes balls were brought out.


Ok, these were hands down the best crab cakes I’ve ever had. Ever. And they came with a chipotle sauce to spice things up a little. Seriously I thought I had a foodgasm.

For our last tapas, we got enchiladas, but alas, they were nothing to write home about. We went with this lovely couple, Doug and Heidi:


They got three different tapas, but I can’t remember all of their choices – I was too consumed in consuming our choices!

Either way, reality certainly did not bite last night – it was freakin’ awesome!

It’s Heidi’s birthday next week, and I’m not sure if I’ll see her on her bday, so I picked up a few mini birthday cakes from the most awesome cake maker in town, Janet:

Mmmm. I got her 2 butter pecan and 2 chocolate chocolate. These cakes are seriously tdf. I got a little box for Shane and I too. I couldn’t help it!

Then, I attempted to go to a local wine/specialty shop, called A-Renees’s, to get her a little something else, however, I couldn’t find anything that I felt suited her. She’s pregnant, so obviously wine wouldn’t work. I didn’t leave empty handed though 😉


Mmm. They were doing a tasting and I fell in love with the Pinot Gris, and then I just got the Rhubarb wine because, well, why not?!

Well now I’m off to make some breakfast before heading to the gym. I’m meeting Heidi for a little sweat session before I try Flow – my gym’s “yoga, pilates, and ti chi” class.

Has anyone ever taken Body Flow before? Thoughts?