The hubby and I only get a few date nights. Some are planned and some are unexpected. I was planning on going to a Barre class, but the hubby got off earlier than expected.
Normally I would stand by my workout class, but since it is summer I am able to workout a lot more than normal. Since school has gotten out, I have already taken many classes and rocked the gym in the last few weeks; HIITT, Bootcamp, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Cardiolaties (trampoline and weights), Hubalates (hullahoop and more), Piloxing (Pilates and boxing), and cardio (walking Brutus, treadmill, StairMaster, and elliptical). I think the Barre can wait until the morning.
So we hit up our favorite sushi place and enjoyed some alone time.
My pick was Tempura Soft Shell Crab
His pick was pan fried dumplings…
Our Sushi lovers for the night…
We also got some eel and salmon unami (not pictured)…
Happy Friday, ya’ll! The kids are having a slumber party with the grandparents on this cold rainy/snowy/icy Georgia night, so the hubby and I decided to spurge on a sushi date night. We don’t get to have these very often; the girls turn up their noses at sushi, and it can get a bit pricey. There are a ton of great sushi places here, but we decided on a casual place less that 5 miles away called the Mori House. We usually get a few plates to share; a couple of rolls and a few appetizers. Great drinks and food every time! Here is how we “rolled” tonight 😉
The rest of the evening? Cracking open a bottle of red and catching up on my DVR’d shows 😉 I get to sleep in tomorrow, so I am super excited to snuggle under the covers for a few extra hours of sleep!
So last night was date night! We wanted to do something different, so we came up with the idea to go out to Korean Barbecue. This place was quite the experience! The atmosphere was amazing, cool Korean music blared, and everyone looked like they were just having a great night of fun, friends, family, and food!
The servers start out by putting some sprouts and kimchi on the cast iron dome skillet. They put out a spread of different sauces (bean paste, spicy chili sauce, pickled jalapenos), some lettuce, and different wraps (daikon radish, rice paper, and lettuce). Then they bring out the meat. We ordered the honey pork, beef steak, and some tofu. It was all so delicious, but I think I liked the steak the best.
The next time I go, I am ordering the whole octopus. I saw a table that got it and I just have to try it!
Happy Friday!!! So earlier in the week when I made my meal plan, I asked the girls if they would rather order pizza or me make something for dinner on Friday night. They wanted to know what I might make, so I took the risk and said pasta with clams. They wanted clams. I even double checked last night to make sure that was still their choice. Yep! So that is what I made tonight for dinner!
Linguine and Clams
1 pound Linguine Pasta
1 tablespoon sea salt
1-2 pounds live Clams
1 tablespoons butter
2 cloves minced Garlic
1 cup White Wine (I used Chardonnay)
Take a large bowl and fill with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and stir to dissolve. Add clams and allow to sit in the refrigerator for as long as possible (30 min up to 2 hours). This will release the silt and sand. Rinse clams and press any open clams closed, if a clam won’t stay closed throw it away.
Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil. Salt water well. Cook pasta in water until 1 minute short of al dente. Reserve 3 cups cooked pasta water for sauce. In a large pan add butter. Heat over medium high heat until melted.
Add garlic. Cook about 2 minutes. Add white wine and reduce about 2 minutes. Add salt and clams, toss to coat. Add pasta and 2 cups reserved pasta water. Cover and cook about 3 to 4 minutes until all the clams have opened, any unopened clams need to be discarded.
The girls’ plate…
Well…I totally forgot to take a pic, so I snagged this one from google. I added fresh parsley to mine, and of course I had wine =) PERFECTION!!!!!
Have a great weekend!!! See ya soon with some yummy dinners this weekend and a new weekly meal plan!
Evening kids! 2nd post of the day! Since the last time we talked, the family, including the dog, went on a nice hike at our local park. We came home and I started cooking this amazing dinner.
Earlier today we all went grocery shopping. I noticed some peeled and deveined shrimp were on sale, so I decided to make shrimp pasta tonight. Then I saw some nice clams and mussels and decided to add them to the mix. The girls were in an especially good mood and promised to try a bite of everything. Verdict? They both LOVED the clams!! Katie loved the shrimp. Becca tried a bite after I promised I would never make her eat another bite of shrimp in her life if she tried it; she just shrugged her shoulders at it. She is just not a fan. They both ate the mussels, but BEGGED for more clams. Next pasta seafood…linguine and clams. Be on the lookout for it =)
Garlic Seafood Pasta
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 cup white wine
Start a pot of salted boiling water.
Melt 1/2 a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a med/large sized dutch oven or heavy pot. Add in onions and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, add in pasta to the boiling water.
Add the wine to your garlic and onions. Add the rest of your butter and olive oil. Mix well.
Add the clams to the garlic butter sauce; they should cook about 10 minutes total. 2 minutes later add your mussels; they should cook about 8 minutes total. In 2 more minutes, add your shrimp. They just need about 6 minutes to cook.
Just when your shrimp are turning pink, add in the pasta and a cup or so of starchy cooking water. Mix well and cook for another couple of minutes. When your pasta is perfect, you are ready to eat!
***do not eat any shellfish that has not opened***