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My Life in Rewind: Restaurant 3 August 4, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town, Food.
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rest 3_1For Casey’s birthday (waaaay back in April), I took him to dinner at Restaurant 3 in Arlington. Neither of us had been there and it seemed like a great place to celebrate his turning 33. I made the reservations on OpenTable (which I LOVE) and mentioned that we were celebrating his 33rd birthday. I really wasn’t thinking about the correlation between the name of the restaurant and his age. Apparently, a lot of folks go there to celebrate 3rd, 30th, and 33rd birthdays, anniversaries, etc. When we were seated, they had even printed up special menus for the occasion.

rest 3_2For starters, they brought out fresh baked bread with butter and tapenade. Oh, not just any tapenade, the BEST tapenade I have ever eaten. Of course, I’m a sucker for olives. Is it wrong to want to lick the little plate?! Casey ordered their bone-in ribeye with creamed spinach and mashed taters (that’s what we call ’em down South). I thought the steak was good, but that creamed spinach was phenomenal! I went with the duck breast. Typically, if it’s on the menu, I order it. If prepared well, it is the most tender and juicy meat you will ever eat…Restaurant 3 did not disappoint. Mine was served over top a sweet potato hash and garnished with a fruit gastrique (that’s just fancy talk for a garnish). Unbelievable. Totally plate-lickin’ worthy!

rest 3_3Dessert was a tough decision. Coffee and doughnuts, Bourbon Pecan Pie, or Candy Bar Pie? I’m pretty sure we couldn’t have made a bad decision, but we opted with the Candy Bar Pie. It was like having a snickers and a heath bar mushed up into a cookie crust…complete with candle!

I give Restaurant 3 high marks. The food was delectable and I felt that they went the extra mile to make our celebration special. We definitely plan to go back!

Bun in the Oven July 31, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Le Petite Bebe.

We have exciting news in the Moore household! We’re having a baby. Last week we got to hear the heartbeat and this morning we went in for our first ultrasound/sonogram. While both Casey and I majored in biology and fully understand human development, it’s still shocking to see it first hand. The sonographer did give us a 3D sneak peek and it was incredible! 

sonogram group

Away We Go June 18, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town, TV/Movies.

away_we_goOne of my girlfriends got several passes to go see the movie Away We Go, so we had a little girls’ night out. I read several reviews in Us Weekly and People that had only given it 2 stars. Opinions vary, so last week we all headed to the theater to see if this movie was all it was cracked up to be…or not.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 5 all the way.  It was a complete laugh riot! So much so that half way through the film I leaned over to Nicole and said, “No more laughing, my face is starting to hurt!” They couldn’t have picked a better cast.  While the scene with Allison Janney’s character (Lily) provided for belly-aching laughter, the scene where they have dinner with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character (LN) was by far the most hilarious in the entire movie! If you’re looking for a great date night movie, I highly suggest this flick…it’s equally funny for both guys and gals.

Note: If you’re at all Prudence McPrude like myself, then the opening scene will have you covering your eyes and blushing like a twelve year old girl. Just a warning.

Mix and Match June 11, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping.
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I love clothes! There’s just something about clothes that can change everything about you. Besides the obvious, they can affect your mood, provide comfort, and give you a creative outlet. That being said, I do live in the DC area where the cost of living can often times put a damper on my clothing budget.

Enter my new favorite site, Polyvore. By signing up for a free account, you can mix and match your favorite outfits online from designer frocks offered by YSL to more wallet-friendly finds from Forever 21. You can then add accessories from head to toe. If you’re not up for creating your own ensembles, then you can get inspired by the thousands that are posted by other users. You’re even provided links to purchase each of the items featured in a set. I love to pull pieces from different designers and different stores and pair them together to see how they look…something that’s near impossible in the real world!

Spring Versatility by smooregasbord featuring Old Navy

Spring Versatility

Going Native by smooregasbord featuring Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes

Going Native

My Life in Rewind June 8, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Running.
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Because life sometimes takes the controls and runs with it…

ing ga bibsBack at the very end of March, I ran the ING Georgia Half Marathon in Atlanta. I was joined by my hubby, my dad, my three sisters-in-law, one of my brothers-in-law, and a few friends. It was fun to get together with everyone and share in this event.

ing ga medalUnfortunately, for me, due to my procrastination with training, it was too little too late as they like to say. I pushed too hard on the distance with not very many weeks remaining before the race began. In short, I injured my IT band prior to the race and that injury manifested itself BIG TIME at about mile 7 on race day. I haven’t given birth to a child, but it was some of the worst pain that I’ve had to endure. Despite my knee injury and the bazillion hills on the course, I managed to finish. I wasn’t thrilled with my time, but I was happy that I pushed through and crossed the finish line!! Most everyone else that I was with ran personal bests which is quite impressive given the difficulty of the course.

Although it’s a bit belated, CONGRATS to all the finishers!

HOT…NOW June 4, 2009

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donut glowTomorrow is National Doughnut Day.

Krispy Kreme will be giving one doughnut to each customer, no purchase necessary.
Dunkin Donuts will be giving one donut to each customer with a beverage purchase.

When that sign is ablaze, my mouth begins to water.
Isn’t it great to live in a country that celebrates hot, fried dough covered in a sugar glaze?!

Three’s A Crowd June 2, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in General.
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purex-3-in-1-laundry-sheetsYou know how the old saying goes, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.”  I don’t know if I believe that old adage, especially in this case.  Target is the vortex that sucks my bank account dry.  You go in for one or two things and the next thing you know you’ve meandered into sections of the store you never intended on visiting and you’re sending your hubby back to get a buggy.  Well, such was the case for us last weekend. However, I stumbled upon a new laundry product that has me totally smitten…the Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets. It’s your detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheet all rolled into one premeasured fabulous little sheet. While we don’t own a high efficiency machine, the 3-in-1 sheets also work for those as well. I haven’t done a cost comparison to see if they end up being more or less expensive than purchasing each product separately, but I sure do love the convenience. Besides, if you visit their website, you can score a coupon. I’m a very tactile- and smell-oriented person and these sheets play to those very “weaknesses”, making our clothes super soft with an “i just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch RHW” scent.

From the Same Litter May 30, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Pets, TV/Movies.
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dug_dog dixie noseThe first time I saw the trailer for Disney Pixar’s UP, I knew that the character of Dug the Dog had to be based on Dixie Belle.  I watched this clip and there’s not a single doubt in my mind.  I mean, look at them… Now if I can just find one of those talking collars.

The Leaning Tower of Eiffel May 28, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Fashion, Shopping, Travel.

longchampI left my heart in San Francisco a LONG time ago, but I’ve made a little room for Paris.

I’ve always wanted a le pliage tote from Longchamp. They’re nothing but nylon and leather, but they’re the most beautiful combination of nylon and leather in my book. I figured what better place to get one than the city where they started…beautiful Paris!  This was my souvenir from Casey from our wonderful little getaway.  I absolutely adore it. C’est trés chic!

Truly Delightful April 20, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Food.
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quaker-tdAll of my favorite things wrapped into one tiny package.  At least that’s what I discovered in Quaker’s True Delights granola bars. I’m head-over-heels in love with the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut bar.  It’s such a refreshing change from so many other granola bars.  Since I’m not a big peanut person, I love the crunch of the macadamia nuts as an alternative!  The Raspberry Dark Chocolate Almond Delight is another option for those looking for a little more decadence. How is it possible that one can be so excited about a granola bar? That’s a question that only the Quakerman can answer.