So splurge dinner came a little early this week. I had some Houston Entree vouchers that were about to expire so we decided to use them up in one glorious night.
I started the day with a protein shake: almond milk, Jay Robb vanilla protein, and some Pb2.
Then I was pretty much on the road the rest of the day. Needed a hair trimming and Rachel was meeting some friends at the mall plus a trip to the grocery store plus rush hour traffic.
While I was running the roads I made a stop for some gas and also got a small bag of beef jerky and a SF Rock Star. Lunch of champions. Not really.
OK, first stop was to Julia's Bistro. Nice, trendy place that just happened to be having a party/fundraiser going on.
Chuck chilling out while the party's going on behind him.
Ahhhh. No kids menus.
Oh look! A mojito. Very refreshing.
When we go out, I get to choose the wine. This is a French Malbec. More tannins than the Argentina variety but I like the boldness of a Bordeaux so this was just perfect.
Our voucher was for two prix fixe dinners. Chuck and I decided to get one of each so we could sample each other's food.
Pork belly. Was much better than I thought. Chuck ordered this.
I got the amazing snapper croquettes. Wow these are packed with flavor.
Chuck got the gazpacho. I'm not a huge fan of raw tomatoes but it did have a good flavor.
They had a replacement for the jicama salad. This was spinach, goat cheese, pine nuts, sliced peaches and vinaigrette.
I had the most excellent cod. I couldn't even finish it all but Chuck helped me out. I don't care for mushrooms much but these were fantastic.
Chuck got the chicken dish.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Complimentary valet parking is behind the restaurant. Definitely a place I'd like to visit again.
We were in Rachel's car because Vincent Van Go (my minivan) was still in the shop getting damage from the wreck fixed. It was a perfect night to put the top down and listen to some Depeche Mode while cruising to our next destination.
We arrive at Royal Oak Bar & Grill on Westheimer in the Montrose area. Valet parking and this place must have been the place to be. Packed. There are two stories plus an outdoor seating area. Here's a little video of the bottom floor.
Some girls in matching tiny dresses brought over a free sample of something called Red Stag. Yum!!
I sipped on a ginger julep that was perfect.
For our voucher we ordered some spring rolls with a sweet chili sauce.
And some jalapenos stuffed with a bacon and cheese mixture.
We really weren't hungry so we just enjoyed the nightspot atmosphere and nibbled a little on the food. Just wanted to try it and see if it was someplace we'd like to visit again.
Got home before midnight and watched a movie and finally went to bed around 3am. When will I learn that I can't stay up all night like that?
It was quite a splurge evening and this morning I'm sipping on my protein shake. After all of that rich food I need something bland for my poor tummy. Believe it or not, the scale was actually down some this morning. I'm expecting it to reflect my dinner in a couple of days.
And guess who came home this morning?! Vincent Van Go!!!!! I know I bash him verbally from time to time but it is a sweet ride. Outside it's pretty meh but inside it's nice and it's so much smoother than the convertible. Welcome home, Vincent. :)
Now to get packed to go visit my parents for the weekend. Charlie will be 11 on Monday so we're going there to celebrate with his cousins.
Have a great weekend! See ya Monday.