January 2, 2014

Auld Lang Syne

Happy 2014 FRIENDS!

WOW, a fresh new year, isn't it amazing?!?!

As sad as I was to say goodbye to 2013,
I'm so blessed to have welcomed a new year,
with a new husband and am looking forward
to our new life together :)

Through the years I've been a PARTY PARTY NEW YEARS girl
and a stay at home in sweats and enjoy the 'holiday' at home
with close friends and family girl too.

This year, I wanted NO PART in the crazy crowds, people
and shenanigans. But, I didn't want to completely stay at home.

Cuuuuuuuuuue, best IDEA EVER!

I made dinner reservations at the Blue Duck Tavern
which is a very delicious and swanky restaurant in DC.
They were running a special three course meal menu and I thought
it would be a perfect, get out and celebrate our year venue.

I was 100000% correct.

OUR dinner was OUT OF THIS world and the atmosphere was so fun.

We arrived early and shared a quick drink at the bar together. 
C even got the bartender to bring out his favorite whiskey, woohoo.

While we were wasting time, we saw the Dallas Maverick's basketball team
in the hotel lobby that adjourned the restaurant. 
I had NO idea who anyone was, but thought they were very tall.
I was a tad taken back at how unput together they looked as a team,
my college coach would have run the BEEP out of us if we looked
that scruffy on an away trip. 

 I was super stoked when we were lead to our table, because we were seated
RIGHT in front of the open kitchen.
Since I'm such a foodie and love watching cooking shows it was SUCH a blast
being able to watch the chefs and sous-chefs work.
The kitchen was a bustling the whole night, we basically had dinner and a show.

So let's talk about the good stuff, the divine dinner. 
Pink = my dishes, Blue = C's.

Appetizers:
Crispy Veal Sweetbreads Mac and Cheese, with Trumpet Mushrooms
Scallops

Main Course:
Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast, Cripsy Leg Confit, Squash Relish
Baised Beef Rib Housemade Steak Sauce

Sides:
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Onion Croutons, Garlic, Parsley
Hand-cut BDT Triple Fries

Dessert:
Milk Chocolate Smores - Chocolate Custard, Smoked Pecan Graham Streusel, Vanilla Fluff, Caramelized Banana
"Bowl of Cereal" Toasted Barley Panna Cotta, Compressed Apples, Malted Cheerios, Candied Almonds, Cider Caramel, Cinnamon Foam

Doesn't that sound amazing?
I'm hungry just typing it back out. SO GOOD!
We also bought a fantastic bottle of wine, recommend by the sommelier
and it added that extra sparkle to an already amazing meal.

After dinner, we easily caught a cab and were home
well before the witching hour.
We took a few pictures to commemorate our evening
and then it was back into sweats, football and waiting
napping for the ball to drop.

Sorry for the blurry quality, self timer was a PIECE!
SO happy to be rocking my rehearsal dinner dress again :)



HAPPY HAPPY LOVELOVE!
 We busted out our crystal wedding flutes for the special occasion
and cheers the New Year at midnight.

I can't think of a more perfect NYE for us and it's one I'll remember forever.

I hope that everyone had a great evening, what did y'all do?!!?

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Lil fashion quickie for you too.

If y'all are anywhere near a New York and Company, do yourselves a favor
and get your booty there.

They are running mega sales and I snapped up some swag earlier this week.

Scored a beautiful pink coat,

and this awesome cream cardigan, from the Eva Mendes collection.

SHOP it out ladies! xoxo

20 comments:

Illegally Blonde said...

that meal sounds amazing!! and you looked tre chic

Nikki said...

Your dinner sounded AMAZING! We went to dinner a a small little place and it was awesome! So glad you had a great New Years Eve!

{Jessica} said...

Oh my gosh, I am having a food coma just reading about the deliciousness of your meal! Yum! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate a New Year:) Just like you guys, my hubs and I went out to dinner and were safely tucked up in our warm little home, in our pjs, with glasses of champagne when the ball dropped this year. Love it!

Kristin said...

That looks like the most perfect New Years Ever and my mouth is WATERING!

The Pink Growl said...

oh wow that's a fancy dinner, sounds lovely!! NYE is the perfect occasion to rock your fav dress and break out the fine crystal!

The Pink Growl said...

oh wow that's a fancy dinner, sounds lovely!! NYE is the perfect occasion to rock your fav dress and break out the fine crystal!

Jenn said...

It sounds like your meal was SUPER yummy! A great idea for an intimate NYE with your lovahhhh :)
Love the dress and the photo to commemorate your night and the new year!
So excited to see you tonight :)

Carolyn said...

OMG. That food. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you guys had a great new year!!

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said...

Wow, sounds like a perfect NYE date! I love open kitchens in restaurant as well :-) Those items you picked up on the sale, awesome! Love the pink coat!! Have a wonderful 2014!!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

That food sounds amazing, making me hungry! Love your dress. Glad you had a good night!

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Flavia Eriel said...

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Flavia Eriel said...

Such a great blog !! very nice!!!!!!!:)
stunning post! i really love it!!!!
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Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

Oh yum! I am SUPER jealous!! I really wanted to go out this year, but then I thought about how I've been with my oldest every year on NYE since he was born. Can't break tradition now. I'm thinking about making the hubby take me on a super fancy "just because" date!

Monica L said...

Looks like a great NYE!! I love NY & Co they have such awesome sales

Monica L said...

Looks like a great NYE!! I love NY & Co they have such awesome sales

Courtney B said...

Oh what an AMAZING NYE! Sounds so perfect. And the food? Dying! I WANT! (ha ha)
Hoping 2014 is even better for you two!! You totally deserve it!