date night.

by Janetha on January 15, 2011

in meals

hi guys! thanks for all the nice comments about my wedding photos. i like them, too.

my mister asked me out on a date tonight. just the two of us. what a romantic guy. i happily accepted his invitation and used it as an excuse to skip my workout.

we started things off at the wild grape, which is located downtown SLC on south temple and E street—right next to that einstein’s.

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guess who is a chef at the wild grape?

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drew! you guys might remember him.. i lived at his house for about nine months before i got married. he was a fabulous roomie and i miss him dearly. the cool part about the wild grape is there are a few bar seats that overlook the kitchen, so we got to see drew and the other chefs in action!

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we started with a loaf of warm, crusty sourdough bread that came with herbed butter. drew also threw a plate of mushroom risotto croquettes in front of us.

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they came on a bed of pureed parsnips and a bit of arugula. the mushroom lover in me devoured them immediately. they were delicious.

i had an arugula salad, which consisted of arugula, salt roasted pear, blue cheese, hazelnuts and a vinaigrette.

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for my entrée, i ordered the niman ranch organic chicken, which was stuffed with pancetta and ricotta and served over a bed of cheesy polenta and doused in natural jus. there were also a couple of honey glazed carrots atop the chicken.

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this was amazing! the pancetta added a nice, salty touch to the center of the chicken. it was perfectly seasoned, as well. i need to try to re-create this one at home.

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i really loved the sweet carrots paired with the savory polenta.

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even though we were incredibly full after finishing our entrees, drew insisted we try the pt. reyes blue cheesecake for dessert.

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yes, i said blue cheesecake. it had just a touch of blue cheese in the filling—not too much to be overpowering, but just enough to get that sharp edge that comes from blue cheese. a bit of lemon zest balanced out the cheesecake which was served with blackberries, mint and a pomegranate sauce. delicious.

it was an awesome dinner and i highly recommend the wild grape! i had previously only eaten there for brunch and that was incredible.. now that i have tried their dinner, i can say that this restaurant is easily one of my favorites in the valley.

after dinner, we headed to the theater to check out a flick.

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true grit. we LOVED it. i thought it was the perfect balance of humor and heartfeltness. yes, i just made that word up. two thumbs up from me and the mister! well, i guess that would be four thumbs, wouldn’t it? and if penny and randy were rating it, they would have to give it two paws up, since they don’t have the ever so useful opposable thumb. then again, the pups didn’t actually see the movie. they don’t allow dogs at the theater, you guys. come on.

clearly i need to get some sleep…

hope you all have a nice weekend! i will holler at you again soon.

Qs~

1. last movie you saw in the theater?

2. last meal you ate out at a restaurant?

xo. janetha g.

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Ashley @ 365 things January 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

So glad you liked True Grit. I can’t wait to see it! When it gets to Blockbuster I think we’ll grab it then. My husband and I are huge Jeff Bridges fans. The last movie we saw at the theatre was Tron..with JEFF BRIDGES! lol

Last meal we ate was a delicious burger at 5 Guys, sooooo dang good!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

how about the next time I’m in Utah, we go to the Wild Grape for brunch? done.

No idea what the last movie I saw was…um…maybe Harry Potter?

Last meal at a restaurant – pizza at Mellow Mushroom. mostly so I could get the Ace Pear Cider. You must track it down in utah. Delicious.

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Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

The last movie I saw in the theatre was True Grit too. It was good!

The last meal in a restaurant…sushi i think!?

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ashley January 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Ate at the wild grape this morning. Fabulous. Especially since they had mimosas!

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