Well… the house hunt continues.  We saw a lot of places today, but nothing that stuck out in the Husband’s and my mind.  Better luck tomorrow?


I snacked on these crackers while we hunted.  They were good, but not as pistachio-ish as I thought they would be.


And then, for dinner, I met up with KERF (Kath) and The Front Burner (Emily) + their husbands for Kath and Matt’s 3 year wedding anniversary dinner at a cute place called Lu Lu.  So sweet that they invited friends to share their joy!


Cheers to the KERFs!


Side note:  Although Kath and I have been friends for 1.5 years or so, I’ve never met Matt – and he’s really funny!  :)  He’s going to teach me to make bread this weekend when we stay with them.


The adult beverages were flowin’!  Kath and Matt brought over this Petite Syrah, which was amazing.


I started things off with this amazing hot goat cheese and cracker salad with delicious lime juice and strawberries.


And for my entree, I decided again to just get side dishes to form my own vegetarian ‘meal.’  So good!


Mashed potatoes:




And a Ratatouille dish with huge chunks of garlic.  Divine!


I felt pretty full towards the end of the meal, but when the waitress announced there was creme brulee, I felt I HAD to get it.  Creme brulee is my favorite dessert!  It did not disappoint… especially the little specks of black vanilla.  Mmm.


Yawn.  I’m BEAT.  Today took a lot out of me mentally.  I think a good, sweaty workout is in order before we get back to searching for a rental tomorrow!


What’s your favorite dessert?



  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 2, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Key lime pie!!!! 🙂

    That salad sounds SO good. I’m glad I’m not the only one that makes side-dish-meals 😉

  • emptynutjar June 2, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Oh that is lovely. I enjoy all 3 of your blogs and think Kath and Matt have such an admirable love.

    Dessert – I suppose anything involving chocolate is always good.

  • Evan Thomas June 2, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Three cheers to Kath, indeed! I think my favorite dessert(as of late, anyway) has been homemade vanilla bean ice cream with organic chocolate chunks. Mmmm, I need to make another batch ASAP!

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight June 2, 2010, 10:07 pm

    I know this might sound simple, but I’m obsessed with ice cream. Specifically Mint Chocolate Chip. I just cant get enough of the stuff. I could eat it all day every day and be one happy lady!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite June 2, 2010, 10:08 pm

    What a fun idea! So glad you all got to celebrate together 🙂

    My favorite desert is Cookies-n-cream ice cream… does that count as dessert?

  • Erin June 2, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Looks like a delicious meal. I LOVE ice cream, any time of the day or night. 😉

  • Sammi June 2, 2010, 10:10 pm

    hey… isn’t kath’s house for sale? 😉 that would be funny!!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 2, 2010, 10:11 pm

    My favorite dessert is raw banana ice cream!! I just put 1 or 2 frozen bananas and a teeny bit of vanilla almond milk in a blender and let it go for about five minutes.
    It’s SOOO creamy, you’d think it was real ice cream! 😀
    Hope you’re enjoying CLT, and keep pressing on with your search! My dad works just outside uptown as a commercial property manager and he says there’s lots of residential rentals available!

  • Krystina June 2, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I think it’s sweet that you guys are all friends.

    My favorite dessert is the s’mores at Cafe 118 in Winter Park, FL. Soooo perfect. But I’m partial to anything with chocolate!

  • Kellie June 2, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I’m pretty impartial when it comes to dessert. I like it all!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 2, 2010, 10:16 pm

    Anything with dark chocolate. Particularly things that are supppper rich and amazingly chocolate-y. I always gravitate toward the chocolate option on the menu! Creme brulee is also one of my favs though.

    When at home, mint chocolate chip fro yo or ice cream has my heart. 🙂

  • Mary June 2, 2010, 10:17 pm

    how nice of you all to get together!
    good luck continuing your search… remember it’ll be OH KAY 🙂

  • Kath June 2, 2010, 10:17 pm


  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 2, 2010, 10:18 pm

    All my fav bloggies are getting together these days!

    That food looks amazing.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 2, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Looks like such a fun celebration! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 2, 2010, 10:19 pm

    What a great time with friends! Looks like everybody had a blast! Good luck on the search tomorrow!

  • Ellen Collis June 2, 2010, 10:23 pm

    So fun! Hope you have better luck tomorrow!

    Hmm…my favorite dessert? You’re really making me choose one? Alright, I’d say a hot brownie fudge sundae. OR a Dairy Queen ice cream cake—I haven’t had one in YEARS, but I was ob-sessed as a kid! Oh lordy, now I want one…


  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 2, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Can you believe that I’ve never had creme brulee?!? I know! I’m on a mission now, to save room for dessert when creme brulee is on the menu.

    As for my favorite dessert? I’m a sucker for a pizookie or pizza cookie, right out of the oven warm with ice cream on top. Swoon.

  • Lisa June 2, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Cheesecake. By far my favorite dessert! Any flavor, doesn’t matter. 🙂

  • Jennie June 2, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Creme Brulee is my favorite “treat” dessert. I only have it once per year probably.

    BTW, that first picture made me sigh. I want to live on that street!! Where are you? North Carolina? I want to move this weekend. 🙂

    I live in Arizona, nothing but dirt and cactus. 🙁

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 2, 2010, 10:58 pm

    oooh my favourite would have to be baked vanilla cheesecake with fresh berries 🙂 So tasty!

  • Sarah for Real June 2, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Yes get some rest! House hunting is a lot of work. Have all the houses started to blend together yet? That happened to me when I was house hunting. Especially being new to an area and not too familiar with neighborhoods.

    I do have to say though, moving to a new place is super exciting and I’m so jealous. I’ve been slightly cyber-stalking to see if you’ll post photos of potential contenders!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com June 2, 2010, 11:09 pm

    My favorite dessert is chocoalte lava cake with vanilla ice cream!

  • Mindy June 2, 2010, 11:14 pm

    Cheesecake. Or, tiramisu. Or, red velvet cake. Or, key lime pie. Or, creme brulee.

    Who am I kidding…I just like dessert…

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 2, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I love tiramisu and (used to) order it all the time. But the cracking sound of breaking the creme brulee crust brings back great memories of my grandma and sharing dessert.

  • Camille June 2, 2010, 11:25 pm

    All the food is gorgeous!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) June 2, 2010, 11:32 pm

    That’s a great idea: ordering sides to build YOUR perfect and healthy meal. I love ALL dessert…name it and i’ll love it..but I can’t get my mind off of carrot cake, red velvet cake, or BREAD PUDDINGGG

  • ida June 2, 2010, 11:33 pm

    I hope apt hunting goes better tomorrow. Banana’s foster is my favorite special desert.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 2, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Good luck with the house hunting! The ratatouille dish looks spectacular.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 2, 2010, 11:55 pm

    that question isn’t even fair 🙂 i love cheesecake…any form or fashion 🙂

  • Jessica Lee June 3, 2010, 12:23 am

    warm apple pie or a brownie or cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. i just LOVE the hot/cold mix.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 3, 2010, 12:33 am

    chocolate!! 🙂 Good luck tomorrow, house hunting ain’t easy but I’m sure you’ll find your perfect place! How cute that Kath invited friends to join in on their fun.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 3, 2010, 12:35 am

    That is salad is so unique. YUMMO! Better luck tmrw, love.

  • Wei-Wei June 3, 2010, 12:46 am

    Hrmmm, we don’t usually order dessert in restaurants, and I really don’t know what I would choose if I had to pick from any dessert in the world. Usually after dinner I’ll have a square of dark chocolate. I’m a simple person (not much of a sweet tooth ;))

    I hope you have better luck with house hunting tomorrow! 🙂


  • Helen June 3, 2010, 2:10 am

    How sweet that Kath celebrated with her friends. It sound like adult beverages were just what you needed – house hunting is so stressful!
    Even if I’m full in a restaurant I always find room for any sort of chocolate dessert or my favourite, lemon desserts! Good luck tomorrow, there’s a house out there for you!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 3, 2010, 3:49 am

    Those garlic chunks! That is definetly my kind of meal, I have a slight garlic obsession 😛
    It’s so cool seeing you and Kath cross over on the same blog! Love it:)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 3, 2010, 7:50 am

    Anything. But more specifically bread pudding. With Bourbon sauce it’s so good!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 3, 2010, 7:51 am

    I love anything with ice cream (like fruit crumbles!)! But I am also partial to cookies, brownies and carrot/strawbery shortcakes. What acn I say? I love dessert 😀


  • Janelle June 3, 2010, 7:55 am

    Sticky Date Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream = pure heaven.

    May the right house find you!

  • Marieke June 3, 2010, 8:01 am

    Yum yum creme brulee.. It is one of the best desserts indeed! Regarding the vanilla specks, someone told me once that they threw out a pint of vanilla ice cream as they thought it was off because of the black specs. Can you believe it??

  • Di June 3, 2010, 8:03 am

    That looks like it was a delicious meal!

    My favorites are cannoli and tiramisu. Oh, and chocolate cupcakes. I can’t pick just one. I may have a dessert problem.

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) June 3, 2010, 8:10 am

    I love DQ blizzards, and most things chocolate. so good!
    GL on the house hunt today!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 3, 2010, 8:19 am

    What a fun time! That creme brulee looks awesome. Better luck today on the house hunt!

  • Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit June 3, 2010, 8:26 am

    My fave dessert is any kind of cupcake! Mmmm! That ratatouille and the creme brulee look amazing.

    Good luck on the house hunting – I know it can be rough!

  • Liz June 3, 2010, 8:32 am

    I understand how house hunting is stressful – but in my experience a great place will sneak up when you least expect it. Good luck and remember it will all work out 🙂

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries June 3, 2010, 8:37 am

    Pecan pie! But, try living in Massachusetts. It barely exists up here 🙁

  • jenny June 3, 2010, 8:37 am

    favorite dessert is a toughy… i love them all! Probably top three are chocolate mousse, apple pie and strawberry rhubarb pie

  • brandi June 3, 2010, 8:43 am

    good luck with the search! You guys should have bought Kath + Matt’s house 🙂 We’re house hunting, too – it’s crazy and totally overwhelming!

    dinner looks like so much fun!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 3, 2010, 8:55 am

    My favorite dessert to order out is definitely Apple Crisp…sheer joy! 🙂

  • Little Bookworm June 3, 2010, 8:56 am

    Sounds like a great evening. 🙂 For dessert I love chocolate desserts or crumbles. Good luck with house hunting!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 3, 2010, 9:04 am

    Ordering sides at a restaurant with minimal/no vegetarian options is a great idea! I did this a couple of weeks ago at a steakhouse (what was a vegetarian doing at a steakhouse? Your guess is as good as mine! lol).

    My favourite dessert is carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I always wondered about the thought process behind it. Like who was the first person to think, “I am going to bake a cake and I am going to put CARROTS in it!”.

  • Catherine June 3, 2010, 9:15 am

    Hmm I’d have to say chocolate pudding or york peppermint patties. Huge weakness for those guys, although I try not to eat them because I like to avoid dairy whenever possible.

  • Therese June 3, 2010, 9:23 am

    Favourite dessert? I’m a simple gal, cheesecake! Any and all types but preferably strawberry!

  • Marissa June 3, 2010, 9:40 am

    Nothing’s better than a good workout to make the world ten shades brighter! My favorite dessert would have to be ice cream. Definately. Or maybe warm peach cobbler… WITH melty vanilla ice cream, hahah.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 3, 2010, 10:09 am

    my fave dessert is definitely canoli. i adoreeeee that sweet cream! 🙂

  • Kelly June 3, 2010, 10:29 am

    Those mashed potatoes just made my stomach growl. Yum!

  • Joanne June 3, 2010, 10:41 am

    I can never refuse a salad which includes goat cheese. What a great night you had.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 3, 2010, 10:48 am

    Ice cream is the best dessert there ever was. But it has to be with something else. Fruit or almond slivers, or something! The best is crushed Oreos, but I try not to eat too much of that! lol

    I love when all of my fave bloggers get together! Makes you seem like celebrities! You may all star in different “movies”, but you hang out. Oh the fun of being in my brain sometimes. =P

  • Emily @ The Front Burner Blog June 3, 2010, 10:52 am

    so fun to finally meet in person! good luck today 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 3, 2010, 11:02 am

    I’m a huge fan of cheesecake! Especially peanut butter or chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. I also love icecream…any flavor, but preferrably one with chocolate and coconut. :mrgreen:

    Looks like you guys had fun tonight! 😀

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble June 3, 2010, 12:23 pm

    I’m a huge creme brulee fan too! Dessert is something that is usually really easy for me to turn down, unlike an extra handful of fries, but when there is creme brulee on the menu I just can’t say no!

  • Katie June 3, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Thanks for all the Charlotte pictures! I used to live there and now live in the southwest, and miss it terribly! Especially all of those trees 🙂 Was that first picture taken in Myer’s Park on Selwyn Ave or Queens Road West? It was my old neighborhood and I loved walking/jogging through there.

  • jassy June 3, 2010, 8:58 pm

    a chocolate cake or ice cream or just pure chocolate=)

    and also leche flan…i don’t know if they have it there, but it’s made up of egg, milk and sugar=)

  • MelanieF June 3, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Key lime pie!!! Being from Quebec, Canada, we don’t really have it here other than if I make it. But, we’ve been to Orlando twice now (Disney and all) and I always eat a fare share of Key lime pies during our trip! 🙂

  • Nicole, RD June 4, 2010, 12:51 pm

    How fun that you got to meet up with Kath for dinner. The creme brule looks so good! I think toffee is my favorite dessert 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 5, 2010, 11:03 am

    I like a homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert.

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