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As the Hus and I stepped out for dinner and drinks, my neighbor stopped us and remarked, “You guys are going out?!  Good for you!”


I think that means we should get out more.  Heh.


Luckily, we had grand plans at Soul Gatrolounge a swanky little bar with awesome music and delicious eats.  If a gastropub is a bar with gourmet food, a gastrolounge is a club with gourmet food.


We actually met up with our former Realtor, Scott (who I HIGHLY recommend if you live in the area), and his girlfriend for dinner.  See?  Something good came out of our failed house hunt!  A new friendship!


We started off with drinks.  As the sweat drip-dropped down my back, all I could think about was a cool, refreshing, minty mojito. 


Hello, summertime.  My name is Caitlin.  Nice to drink you.


Eats involved lots of small plates…  like fried goat cheese bruschetta – OMG.   So delicious.


Grape leaves stuffed with Mediterranean-inspired goodness:


And, for my entrée, a falafel.  It was wonderful falafel.  Sometimes, they just slap ingredients onto the pita, but you could tell each parsley leaf was added with care – very, very good.


And then I had another mojito, and now I can’t feel my face. 


Don’t worry, I didn’t drive home.  Keepin’ it responsible!


On that note – BED!



  • allpointswhole July 23, 2011, 10:39 pm That food looks delicious!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales July 23, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Such a fun place! That Mediterranean wrap sounds delish. BTW, i used to live on that street! Great area 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) July 23, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Haha, I can’t feel my face after one or two drinks too. 😉

    Looks like a fun and delicious night! 🙂

  • katy {of} katy loves. July 23, 2011, 10:47 pm

    Apparently you guys should’ve come over tonight. Sounds like it would have been a phenomenal time. 😉 See you toooomorrow!

  • Kim July 23, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Minty mojitos! Yum. If you mix with soda water, your face won’t be as numb next time.

  • Baking N Books July 23, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Are your neighbors keeping tabs on you?!! Do they go out often?

    Hmm…interesting pub name…kind of makes me queasy though 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 23, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Haha fun!

    I love LOVE falafel. YUMM.

  • Jenny July 23, 2011, 10:54 pm

    the meal looks exceptional, especially the fried goat cheese!
    My mom has a thing against realtors.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:53 am

      bawhahah they aren’t all bad!

  • Ann @ Day by Day July 23, 2011, 11:01 pm

    So funny that your neighbors commented on your going out habits. Anyone that was keeping tabs on me would be astonished at my grandma-like bedtimes and early mornings. And I pretty rarely leave at night, but I love my nights in!

    • Tricia July 23, 2011, 11:29 pm

      Me too! I go to bed at 9 because I have to be up super early for work and I require my 8 hrs!

      • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:54 am

        Me three.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 23, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Hahahaha. Drunk blogging. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 23, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Mojitos are the ultimate summer drink. So refreshing!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) July 23, 2011, 11:10 pm

    hey look, i’m drommenting! 🙂 happy saturday, looking forward to your recovery bfast

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) July 23, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Falafel is my FAVORITE! 🙂 Fried goat cheese brings a happy tear to my eye.

  • Rachel @ Eats, Sweats, Peas July 23, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Ahaha, you’re not alone… I can’t feel my face after two drinks either. 😛

  • katie @ KatieDid July 23, 2011, 11:34 pm

    hahahah too funny. Stuffed grape leaves are my top 5 favorite foods. And fried goat cheese might be too if I were given the chance to try it.

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies July 23, 2011, 11:37 pm

    You are the 2nd mojito lover I’ve run into in the blogsphere today!! I am totally obsessed! On 4th of July I showed all the ladies at our bbq how to make them. Definitely a winner! Love the word “drogging” btw! I think we’ve all been guilty at one point or another. 🙂

    • Jen July 23, 2011, 11:43 pm

      I think it’s hilarious that you were teaching people how to make Cuba’s drink on the 4th of July, lol!

  • Jen July 23, 2011, 11:42 pm

    Mmm, I do love me a mojito! Have you ever tried a caipirinha? It’s the Brazilian answer to a mojito..if you haven’t tried one, you need to! Seriously delicious. Looks like a fun night out with new friends…hope you get the feeling back in your face soon 🙂

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:55 am

      No! I need to look into that.

  • Erin July 24, 2011, 12:39 am

    I’ve never heard of a gastropub or a gastrolounge. CLEARLY I need to get out more. haha 🙂

  • RebekahK July 24, 2011, 1:27 am

    Mmmmmojito! Best summer drink hands down. I wish I had some of that goat cheese bruschetta, looked amazing!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 24, 2011, 1:49 am

    Wowww I don’t usually fancy deep fried cheeses, but goat cheese is really intriguing right now. Hah! Your neighbor’s comment is so interesting~I guess you have an excuse to eat out all the time now?! 😛

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture July 24, 2011, 3:52 am

    Haha ‘and now I can’t feel my face’ 😀 A few too many mojhitos have that effect on me too! They looked delicious though! So did the food!! Hope you had a great night! 🙂

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 24, 2011, 5:00 am

    Mmm.that meal looks deliciious…falafel done good is the best! 🙂 I’ve never actually had a mojito, but i am always intrigued when someone orders one…they look like such pretty drinks! we’re going to a cocktail bar next week so i may have to try one there…you’ve inspired me to drink more, lol! 😉 so glad you two could have a nice meal out with some new friends…yay! xyx

  • Jess July 24, 2011, 5:48 am

    Funny that you said you couldnt feel your face after 2 drinks. A male friend just posted on FB what is it about females that makes their face numb after drinking, guys never experience this.

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:55 am

      Haha it’s just an expression to me now. I don’t actually drink until I can’t feel my face anymore. <-- the rough days.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 24, 2011, 6:01 am

    Looks like a fun evening! 🙂 I’ve never experienced a numb face after drinking ?!

  • Army Amy* July 24, 2011, 6:13 am

    Ever since I went to Germany this summer, I’ve been obsessed with falafels! Yours looks so yummy!*

  • cj weaber @ July 24, 2011, 8:03 am

    those mojitos look amazing…

  • Brittney July 24, 2011, 8:07 am

    Ah, Soul is awesome! I went for the first time a couple weeks ago. I was still pregnant then, so I asked for a mocktail the the bartender actually made me an great mock mojito with grapefruit juice in it that I’m still thinking about!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 24, 2011, 8:12 am

    I’ve never heard of a gastrolounge. Weird.

    Mojitos are my favorite summer drink. They are everything summer should be. Glad you guys got out! Hehe.

  • Hillary July 24, 2011, 8:16 am

    Falafel and mojitos? Sounds like you had my dream night ; )

  • Cari @ Happy Life, Healthy Bites July 24, 2011, 8:20 am

    Looks great! Mojitos are a perfect summer drink.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 24, 2011, 8:45 am

    Love the sunset photo! Love the mojitos too. I don’t drink very often, but when I do…MOJITO!! Can’t believe I only found out about them about 2 years ago! Two of my favorite things…lime and mint…Combined!! What could be better!

    • Caitlin July 24, 2011, 8:56 am

      Agree. SO tasty.

  • *Andrea* July 24, 2011, 10:45 am

    mojitos are the best!! so funny that your neighbor commented on your date night 😉 sounds like u had a great time!

  • Amanda July 24, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I haven’t had the nerve to whip out my camera yet, but I’ve posted 3 operation beautiful notes so far and I realized how good it makes ME feel when I do it! 2 were in public bathrooms, one was in the grocery store on a fashion magazine, and one was in the bookstore in the self-help section! I carry around bright green sticky notes and a turquoise marker in my purse now in case of an “emergency” when I feel low, and use the opportunity to inspire other people! I write the message that I hope someone would tell me at the time…when I write it I start to believe it! Thank you so much for your positive message 🙂

    • Caitlin July 25, 2011, 9:48 am

      So glad you love Operation Beautiful 🙂 Send me your pics!

  • Amber K July 24, 2011, 12:25 pm

    That falafel looks delicious. The best falafel I’ve ever had was at a raw food restaurant. Okay, to be fair, the ONLY falafel I’ve ever had was there, but thinking about it makes me drool over falafel pictures far and wide.

  • Jolene ( July 25, 2011, 1:13 am

    That fried goat cheese bruschetta looks like a perfect dish to me. I can just imagine that melty delicious goat cheese inside that outer crust, and my mouth is watering. I wish that restaurant was much closer to me!

  • Luv What You Do July 27, 2011, 11:24 pm

    We just had the biggest pitcher of mojitos ever last weekend in Door County. They were amazing and I had to post the picture. Do you ever make your own? Never tried, but would love to!

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