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Good Eats December 10, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Humor.

I’ve been holding out on you.  I know how much you all like drooling over photos of good food.  And we’ve enjoyed some delicious dishes this fall.

Between one thing and another, I never got around to sharing BFF’s birthday lunch at the Sandbar.


He ordered Fried Scallops . . . for the last time.  Ever.  Shellfish allergy.  😦


I enjoyed a Greek Salad with lots of kalamata olives and pepperoncini.  You can’t see the olives . . . because I already ate them. 


We both enjoyed the fragrant fresh baked bread with B~U~T~T~E~R.


Shortly after BFF’s birthday, we attended the Grand Opening of a new Art Gallery and a Bakery at the Green Village on Pine Avenue. 


After inhaling mini cupcakes, we drank champagne and ate C~H~E~E~S~E.


Last week, we visited the Chart House on Longboat Key for Happy Hour.


We sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed tasty treats, holiday tunes, and the decor.


I sipped the Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling . . . with a S~M~I~L~E.


In a room with a view.


Oh, the treats? 

We ordered Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and cheese.


And Spinach Artichoke Dip with crisp Crostini.


And a trio of Hummus ~ plain, spicy, and edamame ~ with plantains and pita.




Aah . . . that’s better!


1. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 10, 2012

Yum. Yum. And more YUM!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, Pix. Food = Good Mood. 😀

2. aawwa - December 10, 2012

I agree wholeheartedly with the previous message!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, aawwa. Glad you enjoyed.

3. Arlee Bird - December 10, 2012

Looks looks so good! I’m gonna have to hightail it for some breakfast now. I’ll probably be craving scallops all day. No allergy for me thank goodness.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Have a great breakfast, Arlee! Hope you satisfy that scallop craving in short order.

BTW: BFF never had a problem before. Turns out, shellfish allergies can pop up later in life. He’s bummed. Scallops were a fave. At least he’s not allergic to pizza. 😀

4. Don - December 10, 2012

I’m going to eat something right now.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Mission accomplished! 😉

5. theonlycin - December 10, 2012

It seems you’ve having a lot of fun and you are looking wonderful, relaxed and happy. I am glad. xxx

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, Cin. Like many, we enjoy moments of “good times” punctuated by challenges . . . it’s been quite the year.

6. spilledinkguy - December 10, 2012

Incredible photos, Nancy! It all looks wonderful… but… shellfish and allergy are two words that do NOT belong together! That sounds awful! I hope BFF is feeling much better, now!!!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, SIG. He had a very mild reaction. Allergy capsules with antihistamine sorted it out . . . but he’s bummed that he can no longer eat scallops.

7. kateshrewsday - December 10, 2012

* tummy rumbles ominously*
Those bruchetta….and that cheeseboard…

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

It’s getting easier to refrain from diving in until AFTER I’ve snapped the shot ~ except for the olives. An unfortunate casualty of my healthy appetite. 😀

kateshrewsday - December 10, 2012

I’m mad about olives too. They wouldn’t last long enough for the photoshoot in my house.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

It’s hard to resist eating all of the olives.

8. Zen and Genki - December 10, 2012

That sounds like a honeymoon! Perfect (save the shellfish allergy!) Thanks for letting us all tag along via this post 🙂

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

We are trying to keep our spirits bright amid the challenges . . . food helps. 😀

9. barb19 - December 10, 2012

Nothing like good food to put us in a good mood!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Eating is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially at Happy Hour prices. Each of those gorgeous Chart House appetizers cost only $4!

10. jannatwrites - December 10, 2012

Looks like you’ve had some fun (and some good food.) Thanks for sharing the pictures!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Sorry about 2 posts today . . . one slipped out by accident. 😉

11. seeker - December 10, 2012

Belated happy birthday to your BFF and I wouldn’t even ask how much weight you’ve gained. You look fab in the picture.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, Seeker! I’ll pass along your greetings. Despite the unexpected allergic reaction, BFF enjoyed his special day.

As for my weight . . . it’s a bit higher than “ideal” but generally stays in a comfortable range for me. 😉

12. Tammy - December 10, 2012

Looks like you’re living large! Happy Birthday to the BFF.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

And I even got to watch a Christmas Parade this week . . . complete with Pirates. Aargh, Matey!

13. sufilight - December 11, 2012

This looks delicious better than the food that I see on Anthony Bourdain’s travel show. He eats normal food but mostly very weird food which he finds exquisite. I am thinking to myself, maybe I am not sophisticated enough. LOL.

nrhatch - December 11, 2012

I know I am not sophisticated enough to dine with Tony or Andrew Zimmern . . . but I don’t care. I like plain food, simply prepared better than hotsy totsy towers of jellies surrounded in a sea of foam. 😀

14. Three Well Beings - December 12, 2012

All my favorite foods! I love the way the hummus was in such perfect little mounds! I’ve never seen it served that way, and I’d love to try to duplicate that. What a lovely day, too. It simply looked like it was very relaxing, and yes, with a view–also my favorite way to dine! 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

The hummus was our favorite . . . interesting to try it three ways and with fried plantains. Different, yet comfortable.

The atmosphere was soothing . . . until a L~O~U~D guest sat next to us while BRAYING into her cell phone. Hee Haw. 🙄

15. Perfecting Motherhood - December 13, 2012

Did BFF get an allergic reaction after you took that picture? What a bummer to be allergic to something that good.
Your food pictures all look delicious but that cheese and fruit platter is my favorite!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Yes, he’d never had a problem before. After eating lunch, he developed a rash of pink polka dots. We connected the dots and realized that he was allergic to scallops (shellfish).

We only have seafood once a month, so cutting out shellfish will not be a drastic change to his diet. What would be a real bummer . . . developing an allergy to C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E or any other “daily staple.” :mrgreen:

Perfecting Motherhood - December 13, 2012

I just wouldn’t like to be allergic to anything!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

I agree. But I’d much rather be allergic to shellfish . . . than, say, develop a Gluten Intolerance and be unable to eat BREAD. 😀

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