Today is the last official day of my vacation! Boo!
Mayo runs it’s monthly rotations starting on Saturdays, so technically I start my new rotation tomorrow. Luckily, I’m doing research this month which doesn’t happen on the weekends, so I have until Monday to keep relaxing.
Kyle and I got a gift card to a nice restaurant in Evansville as a wedding gift, but didn’t get a chance to use it before we moved to Minnesota in June. So, in celebration of our 4 month wedding anniversary, we decided to have a date night and go out to dinner!
Madeleine’s, is a cute little fusion restaurant in the historic, downtown area of Evansville. It actually looks like a little house, until you walk in and realize it’s a cozy restaurant.
At first, Kyle and I sat outside because it was a beautiful night.
We ordered drinks and the fried pickles appetizer to start.
The pickles were perfection! They were homemade, fresh pickles, so they still had a very cucumber color and texture, not the dark, soft pickle texture you get after they’ve been in the jar for a long time. The breading was light and just barely coated them. Each bite was a sweet, crunch with the savory breading on the outside- amazing!
After our pickles we started to notice little mosquitos having dinner, on us! So we packed up and moved inside for the rest of the evening.
For his main dish, Kyle chose the pork tenderloin which was cooked perfectly and came with sweet potatoes and asparagus. The sweet potatoes were whipped and sweet, flavored with cinnamon and sugar. Kyle and I both agreed that we prefer savory sweet potatoes, but they were still pretty good!
Kyle also got the lobster mac and cheese side dish, which came out in a bowl big enough to serve 4 or 5 people!!
The mac and cheese was so decadent- cheesy, gooey- all the good adjectives. We took a large portion of that home 🙂
I started with the caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. It was incredible!! The mozzarella was so fresh and the tomatoes were juicy but had the perfect texture. The balsamic drizzle and pesto also made the dish outstanding.
Next, I had the sea scallop appetizer which was okay, but not nearly as good as the caprese salad. The scallops are buried under than enormous pile of potato sticks. There were so many potatoes, I couldn’t even find my scallops! The scallops were okay, but had a tiny bit of fishy flavor. They were sitting atop some roasted veggies and a green sauce of some sort (maybe pesto again?) but the sauce was so minimal and quickly mixed with all the potatoes, so I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. If they ditched the potatoes, added more sauce and veggies, and cooked the scallops a tiny bit more (I think they were slightly under-done) it would have been much better. Nevertheless, I still ate it 🙂
After dinner we were stuffed but you know me; I never turn down dessert! I ordered a black coffee and the carrot cake.
I think the carrot cake was the best part of the whole dinner. It was arguably the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. Just perfect.
Kyle and I enjoyed every minute of our dinner! The gift card was such a thoughtful wedding present (thank you Uncle Tim!) and made for the perfect date night!!
Besides enjoying lots of family time, I’ve fit in an hour on my treadmill each day since I’ve been home.
I had two episodes of Bachelor In Paradise to catch up on, so it was the perfect excuse to hop on my treadmill and get sweaty.
I think my treadmill is what I miss most about our house in Indianapolis… it’s just so convenient to have one at home!
Today Kyle is off golfing with his dad, I’m getting some work done while relaxing at home, and I will workout before heading to Kyle’s sisters for a family dinner tonight. Then, it’s back to Minnesota and back to work. And it will be the start of my Whole30!! (More on that is coming, I promise!!)
Have a wonderful Friday, friends!