Friendly fare

30 Dec

I had a fabulous night!

I met up with Andrea, Mindy and Julia, three ladies I met through my blog and have talked with/gotten to know on Twitter, for dinner and drinks in Grand Rapids, about 40 minutes east of Muskegon.

IMG_3936 (Julia, Andrea, me and Mindy outside the restaurant after dinner and drinks.)

We (everyone but Julia, who’s not running tomorrow) started the evening by picking up our packets for the 4-mile Wolverine Resolution Run at Gazelle Sports. We didn’t spend a lot of time browsing the entire store, but I loved being back in a real running store; I felt so at home (and so broke—most running accoutrements are pretty pricey!) and so tempted to drop a lot of money. I settled for a pair of cushiony wool socks for winter running and a pair of compression calf sleeves to use as half marathon training gets serious (both of which still set me back more than I probably should have spent).

We then headed to Eastown and sat down at The Green Well for a delicious dinner. The restaurant, which bills itself as a gastropub that serves honest food with local fare in a green, neighborhood setting, was awesome. It offered a diverse menu with some pub staples and unique eats. It also boasted a nifty wine and beer list along with some tasty mixed drinks.

I started with the Around the World, a flight of three white wines from around the world.

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DSCN1391 (See Julia in the background? It was really funny to be around other people who take pictures of their food and drinks in a busy restaurant!)

The first wine, the King Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith Wines in Washington state, was my favorite—light, slightly sweet, slightly tart with overwhelming citrusy notes and a hint of spice. The second wine, the Woop Woop Verdelho from Australia, was my least favorite; it was too acidic, too dry, too pungent in the mouth. The third wine, the Mozart Gruner Veltliner from Austria, was my second favorite; it had a nice balance of sweetness, tartness and earthiness.

I ordered the Michigan maple whiskey chicken, a seasoned free-range chicken breast served with a risotto of sweet potatoes, exotic mushrooms and braised greens—all topped with a Michigan maple whiskey jus.

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I die.

The chicken was moist, tender and flavorful with a nice pop of cracked pepper. The risotto was creamy and sweet (because of the maple whiskey sauce) but varied in texture (because of the sweet potatoes, mushrooms and greens).

I ate the entire plate full. Yum!

We raved about the food, and people packed the pub—a sign of a good restaurant, right? We discussed our backgrounds, our lives and blogging, and we got along famously. We also ordered dessert…

We split two desserts, the warm brownie sundae and the peanut butter cookie ice cream sandwich.

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I loved being able to sample the two desserts. The brownie was tops. It was warm, gooey and chocolaty and paired perfectly with the vanilla bean ice cream. The cookie sandwich was good but not great. The cookies were a bit crumbly and hardly tasted like peanut butter.

Julia (and her mom, who joined us for dinner to accompany her daughter on the long drive there and back) and Mindy headed home, but Andi and I headed across the street to Brewery Vivant, a brand-spankin’-new brewpub housed in a former funeral chapel.

The pub takes its inspiration from the ales served in Belgium but puts a local twist on its beers and food (from the looks of the menu, which made mention of Wisconsin cheese).

Andi and I both ordered farmhouse ales, which we loved, and then asked for a sample of the hard cider, which we also loved. We gabbed for quite a while and decided we’ll be getting together for a girls’ night again soon.

All in all, I had a wonderful, wonderful night! I had such a great time putting faces to names and blogs; getting to know three sweet, smart, interesting ladies; and making three new friends. Thank you, girls, for an awesome night! Let’s do it again soon!

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2 Responses to “Friendly fare”

  1. Joslyn @ missfitbliss December 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    That looks like so much fun! I’m hoping to have the chance to meet some bloggies face to face soon:)

    • kaylabee18 January 3, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      It was a great time. I hope you get to meet some soon, too! And I hope — someday — that we have the chance to meet. It would be lovely!

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