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Our 2nd Anniversary Recap

Tuesday was our second anniversary. Two years ago we were married in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina at Alhambra Hall. And because it’s fun to look at wedding pictures for all the special memories, I’m sharing a few with you!

We lived in Mount Pleasant (Charleston area) for a year after college. After we moved to Birmingham and got engaged, we knew we wanted to go back to Charleston for our wedding. It was definitely the happiest weekend of my life having all of our friends and family there with us to celebrate our wedding! Much thanks to our wedding planner Melanie Murphy and to our photographer Kim Graham.

Moving on to our anniversary recap. The morning started like many others with Apple Cinnamon Oats.

Unfortunately, I had to eat lunch at my desk because I had a haircut during my lunch break.

All packed and ready to go – salad with baby greens, carrots, shredded purple cabbage, sprouted peas and lentils, tomatoes, cucumbers, balsamic and olive oil and all the fixings for a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich. I like to make them at work when I’m ready to eat so they don’t get soggy.

We headed Uptown after work and checked in to the Westin. We stayed there the night before we left for our honeymoon and thought it would be fun to have a mid-week in town vacation! 🙂

The view from our room was awesome. We were on the 22nd floor with a city view.

We had dinner reservations at Ratcliffe on the Green. The restaurant has a great reputation and features farm to fork cuisine so that’s an added plus. I was slightly disappointed to discover that the chef had created a special game-heavy menu for the week due to the NRA conference that was held in Charlotte last weekend. Lots of elk, boar, duck, quail type dishes on the menu. I spotted a seared scallop appetizer on the Chef’s tasting menu and asked if they could make it into an entree. They happily accommodated my request.

We brought our own bottle of wine for dinner. We received a bottle of Cakebread Cabernet from my brother in law as a gift and have been waiting for the right occasion. This seemed like the perfect time to enjoy it.

We started out with baked brie. It was served with apricot preserves and crostini. Honestly, this is something that we make at home for entertaining a lot so it was really nothing special but delicious nonetheless.

Brandon ordered the special. (Forgive the blurry picture – I MUST get a camera that performs better in low light.) It was a grilled Grateful Growers pork chop with a morel shallot cream sauce. Served with a beautiful sweet potato and spinach hash. I had a bite of this and it was seriously good! The meat had a great grilled flavor and was super moist and the vegetables on the side were seasoned nicely.

And as I mentioned above, I had the scallop appetizer turned entree. Pan-seared scallops over melted fennel and leeks finished with an apple bacon cream sauce. The melted fennel and leeks made this dish and the scallops were cooked perfectly. Great texture. Phenomenal flavors.

Our waiter, Wade, kindly agreed to take some pictures of us before dessert.

We finished with dessert. The pastry chef, April Hill, came out and went through the menu with us. She is new to the position (a recent culinary school graduate) and this was her first menu! I thought she did a nice job with it. Everything was well thought out and seasonal.

No surprise, Brandon went with chocolate.

And I had a fun tropical-inspired sampler. Coconut macron, to die for pineapple coconut sorbet and panna cotta with pineapples and mint.

All in all, we were pleased with our dining experience at Ratcliffe on the Green. The food was delicious and the service was attentive, friendly and comfortable.

This morning (Wednesday) I came home to get ready for work and made another pot of apple cinnamon oats. I was super excited because I had a nearly empty almond butter jar.

Love oats in a jar – so fun and tasty to scrape off all the almond butter stuck to the sides and bottom.

I had a business lunch today with one of our vendors and was hesitant to break the camera out to shoot my food. Although I really wanted to because my salad was so good (and different) and I loved the restaurant. We went to Georges Brasserie – it opened just a couple of weeks ago. I was really impressed by this place. The atmosphere and menu were great and I love anything French-inspired. I had the asparagus and smoked salmon salad. It came with a crispy poached egg and was served with a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Can’t wait to go back here with Brandon.

I had a Cherry Pie Larabar at 3:30 p.m. to hold me over until my late dinner. I went to a hot vinyasa yoga class at Y2 this evening and wasn’t able to get showered and eat dinner until 9 p.m.

Brandon was out at bowling league so I had an Amy’s Veggie Lasagna and a small side salad with baby lettuce, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, tomatoes, carrots and balsamic and olive oil. I very rarely eat frozen entrees but when I do Amy’s is pretty much the only thing I can tolerate.

It’s late and I can barely keep my eyes open. I think this is my longest post yet!

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  • 1
    Natalie (The Sweets Life) May 21, 2010, 11:45 am

    Thanks for sharing the wedding pictures–beautiful!! Glad you guys enjoyed your anniversary 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  • 2
    Beth May 21, 2010, 8:56 pm

    Hey Jen! I love your blog, I find it so useful. Quick question: do you know of any yago video’s for a beginner looking for a bit of a challenge? I walk three miles a day (given good weather and not a rest day) and I do a 25 minute DVD right after that is weights with a lot of squats and some lunges and crunches but am looking for more variation. Any tips would be so appreciated!

    • 3
      Jen May 24, 2010, 4:53 pm

      Hi Beth – so sorry for my slow response! We were traveling all weekend and I was on a small hiatus from the blog. You should definitely try some yoga videos to mix it up a bit. If you’ve never practiced, I would recommend attending a couple classes at your local gym or yoga studio to get the hang of all the poses before trying it at home so that an instructor can make sure you have the basics down.

      I’ve actually had good experiences with the “on demand” yoga videos on cable – like FitTV – if that’s available to you. I also like Dave Farmar podcasts. They’re available for download free on iTunes and he does have some beginner level podcasts.

      That’s about all the advice I have. I haven’t really purchased any DVDs that I can recommend but hopefully the other suggestions help!

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    Cheryll Woods-Flowers May 24, 2010, 6:32 pm

    I love your blog. My daughter got married outside with her reception to follow at Alhambra too. Some of her friends had the tree under which they got married officially named the “DeWeerth Wedding Tree”. I am glad that this is a special place for you!

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