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Trying Something New

Yesterday was a day and night full of fun!  Let’s recap:

In the morning, I completed a treadmill workout that I found on FitSugar, and a quick weights routine, and then headed home for breakfast.

Breakfast

Nothing new here!  Just good ol’ Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal Banana Bread flavor, with one small banana and some sliced strawberries on top!  And, of course, a spoonful of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter mixed in.

Breakfast 🙂

I spent the morning doing some spring cleaning while listening to talk radio like a 70-year-old man.  After a quick shower, I headed out to meet Corey for lunch!  There’s a new place by our house that just opened that we had been dying to try.

When it comes to food, trying new things is just not my style.  I know which restaurants I love, and I generally order the same thing every time.  Corey is the total opposite.  He always wants to try new kinds of places, and he never orders the same thing twice.  The restaurant we went to was a stretch for me, because it was New Orleans style food, which I’ve really never even had.  But, I was ready to try something new!

The restaurant is called Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen:

The decor inside was really cool!  They had tons of artwork hanging everywhere, and it kind of felt like a little piece of New Orleans.  Well, at least, what I would imagine a piece of New Orleans to be like.  I’ve never actually been there.

After browsing the menu, I came to the conclusion that residents of New Orleans more than likely have a weight problem. Everything was either fried or made with sausage!

After some debating, we decided we had to try the fried pickles for an appetizer:

Pickles!

They were fab!  The best part was definitely the sauce.  Apparently, Tibby makes a mean remoulade.

My options for a healthy lunch looked slim, but I decided to go with the only thing on the menu that sounded like it had a lot of vegetables.  I ordered the Eggplant Choupitoulas (pronounced CHOP-IT-TOO-LAS).  I just searched the internet for ten minutes trying to find what it was called and how to spell it!

I have an unnatural obsession with eggplant, so I was happy to see it on the menu!  This dish was definitely different, but I really liked it.  It had onions, green peppers, eggplant and mozzarella cheese on top of creole sauce.  I ate half and took the other half home.  Our table was in the center of the restaurant and it was packed, so in case anyone was wondering, I was really embarrassed to take these pictures. Especially when the waitress walked up to ask how everything was right as I was snapping the above photo.  She was visibly confused as to what the heck I was doing, and I’m sure the staff had a nice laugh at the crazy girl taking pictures of her food.

When Corey got home from work, we decided to head to our favorite place for Friday happy hour- Mitchell’s Fish Market.  We ordered our usual drinks, and our favorite appetizer of all time, Spinach, Artichoke and Crap dip.

Crab Dip!

Please forgive the blurry picture taken with my phone- after my embarrassment at lunch, I wasn’t about to whip out my camera at a place we visit regularly :).

The dip used to be served with pita points, which I think went with it a lot better.  I’m not a fan of the tortilla chips!

We also ordered the shrimp cocktail:

Shrimpies!

This was kind of a let-down.  Their shrimp cocktail used to come with 6 huge shrimp the size of lobster tails.  These were just normal little shrimpies.  Still good, though!

Corey tries to get every last bite out of the tail.  Sometimes, he can get a little too aggressive…and then something like this happens:

"I'll have a beer with a shrimp tail twist, please."

The shrimp tail slipped out of Corey’s fingers and flew directly into his beer.  I almost peed my pants.  The woman next to us came over when she was leaving and said, “I think shrimp tail will make your beer flat!” He was embarrassed.

After our mini dinner of delicious appetizers, we met our friends, Austin and Laura, at a place called World of Beer.

We also ran into our friend and Austin’s roommate, Brett, while we were there.  We had fun sampling a bunch of different beers, and I think the guys liked drinking out of those girly wine glass shaped glasses.

Afterwards, we decided to go out for more drinks.  Ah, college.  We headed to our favorite bar, Knight Library.  Laura and I walked next door to a place called Dungeon to get a glass of wine first:

I’m not sure why I think I can drink like an Irishman, but…I can’t.  After drink #2, my voice becomes the loudest and most high-pitched sound in the world, and by drink #4 there are two things that you can put money on happening:

1.  I will dance like an absolute psychopath, but I will act as if the people around me should be thankful for the artistic gift I’m bestowing upon them.

Dancing Queens- apparently this trait runs in the family

 

2.  I will rap.  Yes, rap.  My repertoire includes several Nicki Minaj hits, as well as many of Lil Wayne’s.  Young Money til the death of me.

Me on Halloween doing my best Nicki Minaj face

Twins, obviously.

 

What can I say.  I’m just special.

Corey won tickets to a Kid Rock concert on the radio, so that’s where we are headed tonight!  I have a feeling there will be lots of dancing and rapping in my near future…

What’s the best food you’ve discovered while “trying something new”?

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