Well kids, it happened. I woke up this morning to the most beautiful nauseating dusting of snow all over the fields, trees and my car. >INSERT GRUMPY FACE HERE<
I think I forgot how much longer it takes me to get to work when I drive like an 85 year old handicapped person overly cautious winter driver. YUCK. I was just thinking the other day about how much I actually enjoy my hour commute on nice roads, sun pouring in my windows, music cranked, time to unwind. This morning, it was back to hands gripping the wheel, staring down the road, on edge for brake lights or swerving cars. WAH.
Last night was a great impromptu date night. I was debating going to the gym for a little bit or hitting up happy hour at my new favorite place- Firefly Lounge downtown Traverse City.
Clearly a life-changing, monumental decision to make. Clearly I chose the latter. Good call
Ok ok, so the chardonnay was ACTUALLY $2.50 a glass. I still ordered it.
I also think most of TC agreed with the decision to stop in after work- the place was HOPPIN! We found a seat at the front bar and relaxed, chatted, and sipped for a bit. I don’t know what their house chardonnay is, but it was light, buttery and offered a fruity nose of pears and apples. AKA it was delicious enough to warrant a second glass
After perusing the menu, we decided to try out a couple of new-to-us dishes from their small plates menu, in addition our ol’ stand by- the Jamaican Jerk Calamari.
I can’t stress enough how great their calamari is. Tender, crispy, not greasy AT ALL, great flavor, spicy, and I am kinda obsessed with the banana peppers tossed in. YUM.
We also got the Asian Skewers. From the menu:
Filet Mignon and NY Strip, grilled atop a pile of Sweet Potato Fries with a Balsamic Hoisin drizzle, served with a side of Peanut Sauce and Garlic Aioli
Um…another CLEAR winner! The steak was perfect and tender, the hoisin drizzle was rich, and the sweet potato fries…I mean, can you go wrong?! I didn’t try the garlic aioli, but the peanut sauce ROCKED.
And finally, we tried out the Thai Tuna Tartare. Again, from menu:
Ahi Tuna, raw, with your choice of Asian, Thai or Spanish Preparation
Not gonna lie- this was my favorite of the three. The most perfect ahi tuna, I mean…it LITERALLY melted in your mouth. It was served with a spicy wasabi cream, a sesame oil drizzle, and puffy light won ton chips. All I can say is….. HOLY YUM!!!!!
We happily worked on our small plates & drinks for a couple hours, then rolled headed home for a platter of girl scout cookies with a side of Detroit Tigers
Gotta run, I need to go hunt down some lunch. I had a beautiful lunch all packed up ready to go but I definitely left it sitting on the counter in my lunch bag at home. FAIL. Wish me luck finding a replacement!
And HAPPY TGIAF!!!