date night.

by Janetha on May 21, 2011

in eating out,love and marriage

hello and welcome to saturday! it is finally a glorious, sunshiney day here in the SLC.  i have had a fun morning at an event, but more about that later.

last night, marshall and i had our first date! our first date since i got over my sickness of death, that is.  we had the typical dinner and a movie on the agenda.. but marshall wanted to make a pit stop first.


we drove downtown to bingham cyclery.. where marshall test drove (rode?) a few mountain bikes before ultimately picking out a shiny blue one. turns out impromptu bike buying takes longer than anticipated, and it was too late to catch the flick we had planned (bridesmaids).

instead, we headed to dinner and discussed our movie options.

we ate at the bay leaf café—er, bay leaf bar & grub is apparently the new name, a new-to-us restaurant right in the heart of downtown salt lake city.


it is located on main street between first and second south.


the atmosphere at the bay leaf was casual and definitely comfortable.  the light fixtures were tin cans that created quite the ambiance.


there was amusing and entertaining artwork on the walls, a pool table in the back along with a few video game consoles.


their motto was comfort food, with chicken & waffles right on top of the menu, so i knew to not have healthy mindset going into the meal. i wasn’t trying to be healthy, though.. i hadn’t eaten a real meal since monday! i was so glad to finally actually have an appetite.


marshall had coffee and i couldn’t resist snapping a shot of this adorable tulip mug. i almost stole it, but i am out of cupboard space.


i had unsweetened iced tea, which came in a giant mason jar.


i ordered the BBQ chicken skewers.  the chicken was basted in a tangy filipino barbecue sauce.  it came with rice and assorted veggies (celery, bok choy, carrots) that were swimming in a sauce of something amazing.


my meal was delicious! i think my stomach shrunk this week, though, because i couldn’t finish it. that never happens.

marshall had the meatloaf and this photo does NOT do it justice.


it came highly recommended by our waiter and it did not disappoint. it definitely was one of the best meatloaves i have ever tasted! the cheesy mashed potatoes on the side were the perfect complement to the meatloaf.

another highlight of the meal? the price.


i should also point out that the staff was great. everyone was friendly and we had a great waiter who was courteous, helpful and on the ball.

thanks bay leaf, we will be back. hopefully for breakfast, because i had my eye on the eggs benedict.

after dinner, we headed to the broadway theatre. we had decided to see the greatest movie ever sold.


it was a documentary about product placement. i was GLUED to the movie screen.. i really loved the whole film.

this film is made by morgan spurlock, the same guy who did super size me.  basically, he wanted to show how relevant product placement is in movies and he actually used product placement sponsorships to pay for the whole movie! it was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.



POM wonderful actually spend $1 million on the film to be the leading sponsor.  i have worked with POM a few times in the past and think they are a solid, stand up company.  i actually just received a package from them the other day, so it was fun to take a peek inside their offices and see the CEO negotiate with morgan spurlock.

anyway, i will stop rambling about the film, but if you are at all interested in product placement and movie marketing through products, i highly suggest you check it out.

by the time the movie let out, it was past cold stone’s closing time. what a shame. that didn’t stop me from getting my ice cream, though, i had a bowl of vanilla bean at home waiting for me.  sorry cold stone, maybe next time.

that’s all the time i have for now. tune in next time for a DOG HEAVY post!


1. are you a fan of documentaries or would you rather see a fictional flick?

2. what is your favorite thing to do on a date?

xo. janetha g.

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Stephanie May 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

I actually just bought a copy of “Supersize Me” on eBay a couple of days ago because I have never seen it…I know, I’m slightly late. I will definitely have to check the other one out if I like it!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) May 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

Love me my docu’s. And dinner is a perfect date. We are childish in that when we go to see movies, Derek insists upon seeing 2-3 and sneaking into them! THat’s a hot date right!?

LOVED that movie- my cheeks actually hurt from smiling so much. Saw it with your baby Daddy and Derek.

edenseats May 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

bahahaha!!! I’m the daddy!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

Wow, another example of me learning about what’s going on in the world thru blogs, i.e. hadnt heard of that movie, at all! (digression as to the power of social media!) but yes, would love to see it!!

Fave thing to do on a date…go on one! haha! I posted the other day about how we’ve been married 10 yrs and I am not one of those women who goes on dates with her husband and has date night…but it would be fun to start again :)

cbrady3 May 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

I was curious about that movie and definitely want to see it now! Bridesmaids is first though – tomorrow afternoon!

Amy May 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

I love when places serve their beverages in Mason Jars! I have been searching for ones with a handle online and in-stores for my house but have come up empty.

I am dying to see bridesmaids! It seriously looks so funny, but I am not too choosy in my movie preference.

Lindsey May 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I live in Indiana so it may partially be a regional thing, but I always see tons of handled mason jar-style glasses at goodwill!

cleaneatingchelsey May 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

That restaurant looks awesome! I love quaint places!

jessiker May 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

Cute. Yeah that movie looks good I want to check it out. I love it when you and Marshall go on dates. <3 You two are soul mates.

lifttorun May 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love documentaries. In fact, I have made four. Sometimes they are so much better than other fictional movies.

clare May 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

sounds like a great date night! i’m a fan on documentaries, although i haven’t seen a good one in a while. i didn’t realize morgan spurlock has a new one out, we’ll definitely see it! my favorite thing to do for date night is just go out to dinner. i love trying new restaurants or even new dishes at our favorite places.

Katie May 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

yay for date nights! Especially fun laid back ones!

I never even heard of that movie, life has been so crazy, I do not notice anything, too focused on wedding stuff! ha!

Love you! Hope you guys have a great Saturday night!


lindsay May 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

i love those kind of date nights. So laid back and fun. What a great documentary, totally up my alley!
I’m sure we’ll get a morning recap here soon, eh?
Glad you are back to normal.

Annette @EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I love dinner, movie, and fro yo dates. Perfection :) Looks like a fun evening was had!

Katie May 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

So glad you’re feeling better and that you got to go out with the hubs to celebrate! I want to see that movie now…

stuffedsillysarah May 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Oh I love Cold Stone! Can’t wait to hit the nearest store when we arrive in Washington DC next… for now we are also enjoying the sunshine in London UK :) Our date night tonight is snuggling on the sofa in front of the boxing x x

Errign May 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I love documentaries, but I’m not sure if I would like one in a theater. At the theater, I usually go for comedies or Harry Potter, hahaha.

Date night awesomeness = dinner, amusement parks, something active/outdoorsy, or ice cream cones & walks!

Lauren May 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a great restaurant find. Sometimes those local little spots are the best! Glad you are feeling better hun!

MelissaNibbles May 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I love documentaries and saw this the week it came out. I thought it was very interesting and I liked it a lot more than SuperSize Me.

Erica May 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Fun date night! I love when restaurants serve drinks in mason jars!! And your chicken dish looks yummy- unique bbq sauces rock! I usually prefer fictional movies. Favorite dates? Yogurt! Cooking and relaxing at home with the pup

balancejoyanddelicias May 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

what a great date night. I usually like a date with movie and good meal, dressed up just for my hubby.

I like all kinds of movie, well, almost all kind, except the total fictional stories.

Ashley May 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Favorite thing to do on a date?

Usually comes after the date….

I’ll just stop right now. Hah.

Michelle May 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I’ve never heard of that movie but it sounds interesting! I really liked Supersize Me. I’m going to have to check this one out.

Glad to hear you’re feeling better :-) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I actually just took a course last semester about advertising, the marketing industry, and product placement! I have yet to see this film, but I would guess it was pretty similar. The class taught about the subtle ways products are seen in everyday life and their influence on a range of age groups, including children.
I am glad to hear you are a bit better, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

1970kikiproject May 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

i just totally want to chat movies, ok?
you HAVE TO go see bridesmaids with marshall. i saw it last eve and it’s SOOO funny. not a typical chic flick, so marshall need not worry. it’s hilarious but also raunchy, so be warned! not for the straightlaced set!
i went to see the morgan spurlock last saturday eve and loved it. docs truly are my favourite type of movie. i kept thinking about how the movie related to the blog world while i was watching – wish we could have a blogger round-table discussion!
glad your appetite is back! have a great eve, j!

Carbzilla May 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

We love documentaries! That’s usually all we see during the Film Festival. I think that movie’s still playing near us so we’ll have to check it out. (OMG, I never knew that Chris was such a Morgan Spurlock fan until we started watching Fathead which tries to refute his Supersize Me findings. You would have thought Chris was Morgan’s brother he was getting so defensive!)

Your dinner looks PERFECT! Yum!

We had date night last night – we used a coupon at a local sushi place and then we had to take photos of Flat Stanley around town for a friend/relative so we hit up some touristy spots in Ballard. It made me realize we need to act more like tourists in our own town because we’ve lived here 5 years, and there’s things we haven’t done since we visited here in 2004. We’re missing out!

Glad you’re feeling better!

teabagginit May 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

i read a really interesting article about the POM ceo in the new yorker and it was really interesting to get a look behind the scenes of the whole operation.
i like documentaries but when it comes to dropping the big bucks for a movie out, it’s got to be something that’s worth the big screen. (action/sci fi/3-d/porn) :)

i’m glad you’re feeling better!

Heather (Heather's Dish) May 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

i love all movies, but documentaries or based-on-a-true-story movies are great…i can’t NOT watch them :)

edenseats May 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Did you like his POM commercial idea with the stacked boobs?

Yea i totally wanted to say “boobs” on your blog.

Oh and I totally want a pony now and take a bath with it with our baby! And we’ll use Maine and Tail!

Speaking of Date Night….have you seen that movie? with tina fey and steve carrell? hilarious. Deb and I might see a flick before she leaves me to go to the UK. I’m thinking the hangover 2….

Sara May 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

That movie was awesome!! So funny, but also quite informative! Hehe

Shannon May 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

sounds like a movie i’d like to see! i actually went and saw forks over knives on friday… thought-provoking for the general public, but as a scientist I had some issues :)

Anne May 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

Hehe, love the mason jars, and your film enthusiasm…docs? Yes please.

I was an ardent follower of your blog a while back and happily witnessed you and the hubby’s marriage :-) but I had a long spell of tummy trouble (this was what led me to blogs in the first place – I wish I was just interested in healthy food, but I’m actually…ill) and I honestly couldn’t read about healthy, happy eating. I’m a little better and I remembered your wonderful blog, so I’m back! Thanks for still being here ;-)

Best thing to do on a date? Something spontaneous! Not having any any plans, just getting an idea – and doing it! Could be just a cuppa in a new place…btw I went to a cafe recently with the entire fam where they had old plastic dolls’ heads for lamps! with beads hanging down, and hair, and a lightbulb inside. Only slightly creepy – they had the decorating done to match it and my oldest “step” daughter opined that it was the kind of place that pirates go, hahaha…

Well, I’m not an FC (frequent commenter?) but I’m looking forward to having you on my reader again. So glad to see you’re still doing well, still the same and happy and blogging – all the best your way :-)

Paige is Running Around Normal May 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Love that mason jar tea!
I love documentaries – as long as their on a topic that interests me ;)

Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses May 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

We love documentaries. We watch them a lot more often than movies. We LOVE Morgan. He always delves into topics that are RIGHT up our alley.

BroccoliHut May 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love discovering new restaurants in my city! It seems like there is an endless supply of restaurants here in Raleigh, so that happens pretty often.
I LOVE documentaries! I watch them all the time on Netflix.

BrocStar May 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

That film looks interesting. I ALWAYS notice product placement in movies/ tv. Usually what goes through my mind is a snicker followed by, “I wonder how much that company paid for that 2 second shot of their product..” I’ll wait for it to come to dvd.

Holly @ The Runny Egg May 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I am interested in seeing that movie — product placement is something that makes me laugh when I see it (like on The Biggest Loser when they talk about Extra gum and how it fights cravings, etc — and then they’ll show a contestant shove a piece of dessert away and then have a piece of gum instead!).

todayilovemylife May 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

Oh, I saw that restaurant in City Weekly’s Best of. We totally want to try it!

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