Monday night I met my cousin Anna at American Pinot for Happy Hour. I’ve been wanting to check out this restaurant for awhile now because I walk by it all the time during my lunch break.
She was sipping a glass of the House Red when I arrived. She wasn’t impressed with the wine. I ordered a Syrah and it was delicious: light and not sweet. It was a little bolder than I was expecting for a Syrah too.
I ordered a bowl of French Onion Soup. I wasn’t that impressed with it, honestly. It was a little bland for being French Onion. But maybe I’ve just been spoiled with really, really good versions at Petite Provence or Chez Machin. Maybe all the soup needed was a dash of salt. I’m not sure but it was lacking.
It was good conversation and it was nice to catch up. I got a second glass of wine, a Cherry Hill Pinot that I didn’t like as much, and we split that glass. For a restaurant named after a wine I was surprised that their wine list wasn’t more extensive. The wine list fell short for me as well. I was also disappointed that there wasn’t a Happy Hour price for wines either.
Overall it was a nice night. The service was good, the conversation was nice. Most of the food was delicious. There are a few things that fell short for me with American Pinot and I have a feeling it won’t be in business long, which is a shame.
Anna and I walked 10 blocks or so to the bus stop in the pouring rain. I was drenched to the bone and my shoes were water-logged. I had an enjoyable night despite the short-comings.
I’ve been having anxiety lately about all the restaurant eating I’ve been doing. Eating out with friends, cooking that Four Course Dinner for Michael…I just feel like I’ve been a little out of control of my food and eating in the last few weeks. It’s been hard for me to thoroughly enjoy it because I feel like I’ve been over-indulging too much. I have a few more dinners planned with some friends in the next week or two so I’m going to really try and reign it in. I know how to make healthier choices at restaurants, it’s just a matter of doing it.
I had also planned on working out at Crossfit with my old trainer today but I’m still too sore from the weekend’s yard work. I think I’ll push it to next week and hobble home tonight. My hamstrings are still screaming at me.
QUESTION: Do you like mussels? Have you prepared them at home? How do you get over your restaurant anxiety?