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We recently realized that we are becoming homebodies.  And not in a good way.  We’re overworked, exhausted homebodies who are happier to pull on sweatpants and watch Private Practice on a Friday night than actually, you know, do something.  We are trying to remedy this situation and be more social.  We know so many nice people in Charlotte – we just need to make an effort!


That’s how we ended up on a double date at 300 East with our friends Jen and Jeff.  It was perfect and so much better than a overdramatized medical show.


I started of with the tortilla soup, which was loaded with veggies and beans.


For my entrée, I had the Fall Salad.  It was a combination of mixed greens, port-soaked cherries, goat cheese, pine nuts, and creamy balsamic.  So good I dived in without snapping a photo.


Everyone else passed on dessert, but I couldn’t say no to this pumpkin cheesecake.  I offered to share, but no one else took me up on the offer, so I had the filling all to myself.  Which worked out just fine because it was AMAZING.


At the end of our meal, a man at a nearby table got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in front of the entire restaurant.  Aww.


Mission:  Be social… Accomplished.  Hope you had an excellent Friday, as well!



  • Christine @ BookishlyB February 10, 2012, 10:23 pm

    You better socialize as much as possible before you have the baby, because then you’ll never have time. You know, it’s the same as sleep, taking a shower, and sex. Just kidding. I don’t have kids and my husband and I already hear that crap from people.

    I think it’s so easy to fall into a stay-at-home rut when you actually enjoy spending time with your significant other!

    • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 5:22 pm

      Haha that is our plan. Gotta get it out of our systems now.

  • Katie February 10, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Being more social is something that I’m working on too. And until I got sick the other day, I had plans to work on that this weekend. Now, I’ll be spending my friday night and saturday in bed and resting. :-/

    • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 5:23 pm

      I hope you feel better!

  • Rebecca February 10, 2012, 10:40 pm

    I’m a complete introvert. I’m not a social person, unless it’s one-on-one with someone I know and am comfortable with.
    My roommate’s cousin is over tonight, though, and we’re watching Harry Potter. Social enough for me. 🙂

  • Maren February 10, 2012, 10:41 pm

    We went to Mabel Murphy’s pub and shared nachos and drank beer. Healthy? Not really for the body, but yes for the soul! We enjoyed chatting about the week and seeing acquaintances while we were there!

  • Nina February 10, 2012, 10:45 pm

    When my now-husband and I were still long distance and trading flights, he used to tell me about this restaurant and how wonderful it was. He was a mover at the time and I was an office assistant, and after buying plane tickets from California to Charlotte, we were always broke. He scrimped and saved his pennies for a month and took me here on one of my visits. That night was the first night I met my future in-laws (his mom took about seven pictures before we left the house) and it was one of our more romantic dates. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for 300 East.

    • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 5:23 pm

      Yay! What a sweet story

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 10, 2012, 10:48 pm

    I can’t decide which sounds sweeter–the cheesecake or the proposal!

  • Sana February 10, 2012, 11:05 pm

    I actually like to stay in on a Friday, I am exhausted and I love over dramatized medical shows!

  • Kath February 10, 2012, 11:10 pm

    omg…I need cheesecake right now!!

  • j3nn February 10, 2012, 11:14 pm

    That soup sounds so interesting. Gotta love getting a dessert all to yourself to enjoy the parts you want most!

  • Tiffany February 10, 2012, 11:17 pm

    yum to the pumpkin cheesecake!

    By the way do know that some dishes at restaurants which contain beans are boiled in beef broth? I always ask to make sure because I’m vegetarian too…just thought I’d let you know. 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

    • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 5:24 pm

      Yes! I always ask. Lots of vegetable soups are made with meat broth. 🙁

  • Claire February 10, 2012, 11:27 pm

    Did she say yes?????????

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love February 10, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Same thing me and my husband we both have high demanding jobs in finance in NY we easily work 60hours weeks and sometimes during the weekend we wont even leave the apartment but its nice we cook together, watch movies and catch up!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 11, 2012, 12:06 am

    That’s so neat about the proposal – I’ve never seen one happen in public like that. I think it would be something really fun witness!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 11, 2012, 12:24 am

    I wouldn’t mind having that cheesecake to myself! Looks delicious!!

  • Khushboo February 11, 2012, 12:32 am

    I secretly love it when I offer out bites of my meals and people say no ;)!

  • Emilie February 11, 2012, 2:08 am

    Naww thats cute about the proposal. Also that pumpkin cheesecake looks sooo good!

  • Jen February 11, 2012, 4:39 am

    I once had this incredible dinner out with my hubby (well, boyfriend at the time) that included a singing Santa – yes, it was around Christmas-time – and a SUPER HERO (dressed in cape and all) who swooped in to propose to his sweetheart! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 11, 2012, 8:21 am

    How could they turn down that dessert?! Silly people. 😉

  • Andrea February 11, 2012, 8:28 am

    I sooo know how you feel about not going out…that’s been me all week! And mission be social last night was not accomplished…just watched tv and was in bed by 11:00 🙁

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras February 11, 2012, 8:45 am

    I’ve always wanted to see a public proposal!

  • Amanda February 11, 2012, 8:50 am

    I can very much relate to feeling exhausted by the end of the week. I typically take it easy on Friday night and then make an effort to go out on Saturday when I have more energy.

    That pumpkin cheesecake looks really good! I would have gladly helped you eat that! 😉

  • Maja February 11, 2012, 11:06 am

    Ugh, I’m the same. I love meeting people, but especially now, with these Siberian temps here in Germany, it’s soo hard for me to go out at night and meet friends. But when I do, it’s always so worth it. Although nights on the couch with Gey’s and Private Practice are great too 😉

  • Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 11, 2012, 11:37 am

    I think that kind of public proposal is nice if that’s what you’re into, but I would be embarrassed in a restaurant! It seems awkward to my personal tastes, which I guess are a bit modest.

  • Amber K February 11, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Getting out for a nice time with good friends is always fun. Pumpkin cheesecake just takes it to that next level 😉

  • Katie February 11, 2012, 1:56 pm

    I tend to be an introvert, and both my husband and I are exhausted from our crazy days at work. The combination means that we are also turning into homebodies! (I’m kind of okay with it, though.) I find that usually once I’m out and with friends, we have an absolute blast, but the thought of all that energy is just exhausting!

    Good for you for going out and enjoying your friends–that soup looks delicious too!

  • miss pip kelly February 11, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I feel like this too… Need to DO more in the evenings but it can be such a struggle after work. I’m really looking forward to the lighter evenings, makes it a lot easier!

  • AmandaonMaui February 11, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Oh wow! Is that gluten free pumpkin cheesecake? I haven’t had cheesecake in a long time. I’ve never tried to make it myself, and none of the restaurants here serve it gluten free.

    • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 5:27 pm

      Naw I just skip the crust. It was so good.

      • AmandaonMaui February 11, 2012, 6:35 pm

        Were you not worried about cross contamination? Even the smallest amount of gluten can cause damage to your body.

        • CaitlinHTP February 11, 2012, 6:42 pm

          No, I’m not. I don’t scrape the bottom layer off the filling. Hm?

  • lori February 11, 2012, 6:50 pm

    It’s okay to be a homebody too. Especially after working hard all week and taking care of everything. Sometime,s it is really what you look forward to the most – just relaxing at home in your own space after a full week.

  • Jolene ( February 12, 2012, 10:52 am

    We were homebodies all weekend … but it’s not typical for us.

  • Emily February 15, 2012, 9:49 am

    Goodjob forcing yourself to get out with other people. My husband and I do a decent job of getting out (especially for meals!) but we almost always are on our own with no friends. How does that happen?

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