Why? Weekends!

This weekend was as low-key of a weekend as Matthew and I have had in awhile, which was so nice! On Friday afternoon, I met up with Mom for lunch at The Oak Barrel. Yes, I was just there, but Mom really wanted to check it out and there is still a lot on the menu I want to try!

We started with the spicy bar nuts, a mix of almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews with spicy seasoning. Served piping hot, these were a great way to warm up on a cold day. For lunch, I chose the Boston lobster roll.

photoThis sandwich reminded me of summertime! It is absolutely packed with huge chunks of lobster, not too heavy on the mayonnaise. The micro greens, celery salt, and radishes add texture and freshness. And the buttery toasted roll can barely hold all the seafood goodness.

Friday evening, I met up with my friend Melissa at Wine Bar Rocky RIver for happy hour. The happy hour deals are great, with select glasses of wine only $4 and half-off select appetizers. We split the “Wino” fries and the risotto arancini.


For dessert, we split the lemongrass creme brulee topped with crystallized ginger, which was a sweet ending to a great evening of catching up. What’s even better is that each of our tabs only came to $20 with tip. That’s a great happy hour deal for quality wine and food!

On Saturday evening, Matthew and I met up with yoga pals Jeff and Erin for dinner at Pranzo in downtown Willoughby. The restaurant is BYOB. Any place I can walk into with a bottle of wine in my purse and not get funny looks is OK with me!

We started with splitting a margherita flatbread. The flatbread pizzas at Pranzo are perfect for an appetizer for a table of four: they are very thin crust, so you don’t get too filled up before your entree.


For my entree, I chose the braciole, which was beef rolled with cheese, egg, and herbs and served over pasta. It was tender and flavorful, but I could have used a bit more of the stuffing. Matthew had the lobster pappardelle, which not only had langostino meat in the sauce, but a huge lobster tail on top. The homemade, tender pasta really made this dish.


Erin chose the shrimp linguine, with huge scampi, a light cream sauce, and fresh rosemary. Jeff had the Norwegian salmon. All of us enjoyed our meal and the company. Three hours, 2 bottles of wine, and all this food later, we still weren’t done chatting and grabbed a nightcap at Erie Street Wine Market right across the street. What a fun evening!

The other parts of the weekend were spent practicing yoga, running errands, and generally relaxing. How was your weekend?


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