Monday, June 18, 2012

Our Weekend...

Happy Monday, friends! (that was my lame attempt at embracing Monday) :) Why does Monday always come around so quickly? The weekends really seem to be getting shorter. Why is that? I digress. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day! The Husband and I had a nice, relaxing weekend. It was just what I needed after traveling all week. We tried a new restaurant, spent time by the pool, enjoyed some Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas, ran a few errands, met some new friends, watched Dallas (yes, I watched again. I made The Husband watch since he missed it Wednesday night) and loved having no set schedule. Glorious. 

Here are a few pictures from our weekend...

How adorable is this nautical plastic cup?
I found these at Target last summer. Totally appropriate for Friday's Nautical Digs Post
Friday night we decided to try one of Atlanta's newest restaurants, The Optimist. This sustainable seafood restaurant has only been open for 3.5 weeks and we were lucky to snap up a 9:45 reservation. It was so delicious, I wish I was sitting there right now. The space is refreshing yet industrial, much like it's sister restaurant JCT Kitchen, and gives off a fun vibe oozing with foodies and wine lovers alike. Everything on the menu is carefully chosen and comes from a region less than 50 miles from a coastline. This includes the wine list, which is full of coastal region choices. Pretty impressive if you ask me. The cocktail list is creative and full of organic liquors which we have a soft spot for. There's just something special about organic vodka. I promise you won't feel bad the next day. Trust me!

After a cocktail at the main bar, our table was ready. We were seated next to a pair of the friendliest girls who were celebrating a new job and a move to Charleston. As we often do, we struck up a conversation with them and by the end of the night, we were the last two tables left, had traded bites, email addresses and business cards. I love it when that happens! We left two friends richer. I hope they are reading this and had as great of a time as we did! 

Now on to the food...We adore mussels and just had to try them here. Let me just tell you, they did not disappoint! 

Mussels in a crabby-coconut broth, birds eye chile and hand picked herbs (that included my favorite herb, cilantro!),
served with crusty shrimp bread.
The broth had a kick thanks to the chile. I loved these! 

West Coast Oyster. I just had to try this one as I grew up on East Coat oysters. This little guy was served with freshly shaved horseradish and a cilantro mignonette sauce. At $3.50 a pop, I only had one but it was worth every bite (even if it was only one bite!). West Coast oysters are much sweeter and less briny. Delish! 

For my entree, I chose the Maine Sea Scallops with Ox Tail Marmalade and brown butter chicken jus. This dish was out of this world! We both agreed that I won the "Best Plate" challenge. 

My entree of Maine Scallops
I first had ox tail while in Curacao last summer. I fell in love with it's savory taste and tender texture. A good indication that I was going to love this dish.

The Husband chose the Duck Fat Poached Swordfish with pickled sweet peppers and crispy pancetta. It was delicious as well! We both cleaned our plates. Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert. Maybe next time!
The Husband's entree of Swordfish

Saturday night we opted for an old favorite dinner spot after a long afternoon at the pool. I wore a turquoise Mexican inspired dress, crochet shrug, gold MK espadrilles and my favorite necklace. 
It's been almost a year since my parents gave me this necklace for my birthday.
 It's my absolute favorite! 

Adult beverages enjoyed by the pool! What can I say, it was a long week! :)
Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas. If you haven't tried these, you need to. They are awesome! 

That pretty much sums up our weekend. It was so wonderful to spend time together and have nowhere to be. What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

Here's wishing you a great, productive week! 

I'm linking up with the girls at Join the Gossip, five30three, and Sami's Shenanigans. Be sure to check these gals out! 


  1. Oh fun! Looks like a weekend of amazing food!

    Visiting from Weekend Update!


  2. Wow that restaurant sounds incredible! My mouth is watering ;) Love your monogram necklace, I am dying to get one of those! Sounds like a fabulous weekend! Thanks for linking up :)

  3. This seafood all looks SO good! I need some STAT lol!

    Glad you had a great weekend. Thanks for linking up with us :)

  4. Those scallops look amazing!!! What a fun weekend you had! Didn't you love Dallas, I was impressed.

    I NEED those nautical cups and that necklace!

    So glad Monday is over :)

  5. Please take us there to eat next time we visit! Looks great! Linda, Diane and I had a most lovely Monday on SSI! Wish you could have been there with us! Salad with shrimp at Mullet Bay, delicious! Beautiful day on the beach! Come home soon!

  6. We absolutely love mussels! So good. And how fun that you guys met some new friends!

  7. I'm fairly certain I just gained 10 lbs from reading this post. Looks like such a fabulous weekend. And that necklace is gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking up!

  8. I am reading your post! It was so much fun sitting next to you and Chris at dinner. I love your blog! Hope you had a great weekend :)

  9. Just got hungry all over again reading this! My new favorite restaurant, hands down! Have a great weekend!


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