I’ve mentioned once or twice that I strive for a 90/10 balance between healthy choices (the former) and going a little of the splurging deep end (that latter). Well, my friends, Saturday was the 10%.
It was Hubbs’ birthday this weekend and I surprised him by getting all fancied up for an overnight extravaganza in Charlotte.
I felt so fortunate that my parents had agreed (and by agreed, I really mean jumped at the opportunity, because they’re awesome like that) to come stay and play with their grandbaby.
Knowing that my munchkin was in safe and loving hands, I had no problems getting excited for our night out… which started with a cruddy picture of a FABulous Belvedere dirty martini. 3 olives. And the perfect twist.
We hit up a new restaurant in Charlotte called Bernardin’s at Ratcliffe. It is located in the spot of an old favorite of ours, Ratcliffe on the Green and offers a wide variety of delicious classics, like steak and seafood, and also includes more unique options like duck, bison and ostrich.
As you can see, my iphone wasn’t exactly great at capturing the moment or elegance of the meal, so I’ll refrain from showing you mediocre pictures of exceptional food, starting with the tuna tartar, David’s lamb shank and the creamy, dreamy crème brulee. However…
BAM. I can’t not show off a perfectly done scallop, because it happens so rarely that I hesitate to order them, but these were exceptional. And the risotto? Creamy heaven that had me googling recipes for risotto to make at home because I‘ve declared it my new favorite food.
I’ll stop short of sharing every detail of our wild night out, but after a vodka redbull to end dinner with (we’re class-ay like that), the night might have included a piano bar, ‘crashing’ a reception only to find it to be an office party…with people we knew, a little more dancing…
…and ending the night with what might possibly be the world’s most delicious $25 cheeseburger, eaten on our hotel bed.
Healthy living be damned.
Actually, scratch that. That, my friends, is balance. Because after that night out, I couldn’t wait to get home and do this:
all. day. long. It was cloudy and cold, so my little family snuggled by a fire all day and I planned what healthy recipes I wanted to make for the week.
Because sometimes a little 10% is all you need to get excited about getting back in line with the 90%.
Was your weekend more about the 90%… or the 10%?