Thursday, April 28, 2011


I wish I had some pictures to share, but the detox ended tonight (21 days!) and the fiance and I had an excellent biking date after work. I didn't bring my camera and my crackberry pics sucked, so I'm doing my best for the recap.

First, we went rode our bikes ~2 miles to Olde Main brewing company for dinner.

Somehow, we thought the special tonight was $4.00 pitchers, but evidently that was Tuesday and we missed it. Still, we got a pitcher of their scottish ale and their seasonal - a bourbon cask pilsner. They bottle and sell the scottie, which is super good and has this excellent insignia.
Cute, eh? We also got the nachos as an appetizer. After three weeks without fried food, these tasted AMAZING. The chicken was simple and grilled and the nachos were topped with fresh onions and had salsa on the side.

For dinner, I got the Seafood Salad, which I've had before. It's really good. Greens, pickled red peppers and onions, shrimps and scallops, and a lemon vinaigrette. Super simple. Very delicious. I also got some Potato Soup. I ordered a cup, but the fiance changed the order to a bowl so that we could split it.

The desserts at that restaurant are usually lackluster, so we decided to bike across town (~4 miles) to another restaurant, The Cafe.


The Cafe has an excellent, local menu. They are really known for their desserts and coffee, which are always amazing. We had the panna cotta and the lemon marscapone cake, and I had a glass of Sauvingnon Blanc (not local - IA wines are terrible). Both were really, really delicious, though I let the fiance finish both because they got a bit heavy after all that alcohol.

Then, we biked the long way home (~2 miles) and are safely on our couch enjoying eachother's company. The fiance announced that that was the 'best date ever', which is super sweet coming from him. He really liked biking around and getting to sample so many foods. Plus, the sun was out for the first time in weeks...though it was still really cold.

Ok, the fiance's dad is in town this weekend and I have a race, so I'll probably post on Sunday or Monday. Coming up: Detox recap, plus a definition of toxins from a science perspective, and a re-evaluation of my summer goals.

What is your favorite night out?


  1. I love nachos!

    Lately the boyfriend and I have been taking late-night walks and they're pretty great :)

  2. Thanks for following my blog! :)

    I would love to hear your challenges for the summer! :D That sounds pretty great. I was thinking of trying the 100 push up challenge, because my arms are weak, as is my core, so that sounded quite good.

  3. Your posts always make me long for visiting Ames! The Local was also another favorite place to visit when I visited my sister. Sooooo good!

    I agree with Iowa wines - not many are great. There are some that we have found to be pretty good. The H and I like Arden Creek wines, and the "Norton" wine at Whispering Pines is another favorite.

  4. Thanks for the tips, we'll check them out. And actually, you reminded me that the fiance and I did find a sour cherry wine we really liked last summer. It was like 5% alcohol and super tart, but really refreshing served ice cold. I'm going to go track some of that down...

  5. Hey Sis sorry I haven't commented much recently. I am glad you had fun on your date, but I am confused how you get the fiance to bike that far. I mean seriously that takes skill.