call me crazy
but i feel SOOOO much better after writing my weekend plans out IN DETAIL!
i definitely do not always do this, but we have a lot going on this weekend [mostly fun stuff], and i’ll enjoy the fun stuff far more if i know that there will be time to get the things i NEED to do done [ie, finish presentation; do the laundry; shop for groceries]. our apartment is also a royal mess [seriously] so i need time for reorganizing.
hopefully my little projects will be successful – i have a major closet overhaul to do [out with any constricting garments] and on sunday i want to bake a pie. it’s possible i may wimp out and do a crisp instead, but we’ll see how the schedule — and my energy level — is going! [ps: if you have a recipe recommendation, i’d love to hear it!]
from the front: not too much action. after clinic yesterday:
from the side:
i think this shirt camouflages a lot –and perhaps i should have taken the shot after dinner. because i think i have more belly action than can be appreciated in this photo. it still looks like i have acquired a hefty beer + nachos habit and nothing like a baby. i’m hoping this changes in a few weeks!
durham restaurant review: l’uva
since moving to downtown durham, josh and i have attempted to eat at as many walking-distance places [rather than driving] as we can! there are still SO many more possibilities . . .and only ~6 months before we never eat out again. heh.
anyway! so on to l’uva. i actually didn’t know that this place existed until i read the review on carpe durham earlier this week. it’s quite new [open just 5 weeks!] but the owners and operators are well-known in the area from sister restaurant revolution, which josh and i both really like.
distance: 0.6 miles
cost: $60 for two
atmosphere: modern and cozy at the same time — similar to revolution, but with a more laid back and homey vibe. they have a great enclosed patio [it was full – we walked in without a reservation] and also some additional seating further outside in the courtyard of the american tobacco area [shops, restaurants, twinkling lights, fake waterways . . . you know]. we elected for the courtyard because the weather was perfect.
cuisine: italian, with an emphasis on wine [sigh] and i would say a lighter touch than most traditional italian venues. we started with some italian beverages. i think you can guess who drank what . . .
with our beverages, we were brought some traditional italian bread with almond-basil pesto. it was delicious and much more fun than just the traditional olive oil.
we ordered two appetizers, because i wanted to try both the eggplant bruschetta and the scallops salad with goat cheese, oranges, and tomatoes.
salad with frisée, goat cheese, 2 seared scallops, oranges, and grape tomatoes
both were excellent and probably my favorite parts of the meal. the bruschetta was on crispy bread and the eggplant was vibrant and fresh-tasting. both had goat cheese on top, which i really hope was pasteurized [i didn’t ask, but on a recent trip to whole foods i noted that ALL of them were, so i felt pretty safe].
for entrées, josh and i both chose pasta. i got a ‘small’ size, which wasn’t very small, but it was nice that the choice was offered.
josh loved his rigatini with tomato, basil, and chicken:
our entrees took a little time to come out, and the manager [who i recognized from revolution] came out and personally apologized and bought us a round of drinks [wine for josh, more sparkling italian H20 for me!]. the service was extremely kind and attentive, which was always our experience at revolution as well.
overall verdict: i would definitely go back. i didn’t LOOOOVE my entrée, but i didn’t dislike it at all, either! the food was not as fabulous as, say, panciuto [best italian in the area in my opinion], but the cost was less than half and we could walk there. next time i just want to save room for some tiramisu!
okay, off to run . . . in the rain. but with a friend so hopefully it will be fun! have a wonderful weekend!