After the successful blogger meet up, I met up with another foodie friend: Santo! We discussed having lunch and seeing Date Night, but once we got downtown the weather was too nice to be indoors. We stopped at Caviar & Bananas for lunch. Located right outside my alma mater's campus, Caviar & Bananas is a gourmet market and cafe. They offer prepared foods, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, sushi, salads, baked goods, coffee & tea and so much more. They also have a selection of packaged food items for sale, shown here:
That's just one small section of their packaged items. Here's where we found our hungry selves: charcuterie & cheese!
We chose to split the charcuterie baguette from this menu:
and the Spanish antipasto board from this menu:
The sandwich: sopressatta, black forest ham, hot coppa, oven roasted tomatoes, olive tapenade, Gorgonzola dolce mousse. This was a killer sandwich. The baguette was really crisp, toasty and not too thick as to overwhelm the inner elements. The olive tapenade was mildly salty but the gorgonzola mousse was what really pulled this sandwich together...it was so warm and creamy!
And the Spanish antipasto board:
Marcona almonds (!!!) and candied walnuts. Spanish marcona almonds are incredible. Very salty.
Walnut-fig relish. Very figgy. Santo was like "Um, is this a fig newton?"
Baguettes, asparagus, Serrano ham, pomegranate molasses:
We tried all different combos and decided that baguette + Serrano ham + manchego was the tastiest.
Dessert is never an option, always a requirement. Two spots over on George Street is FreshBerry! I've seen some of Erica's FreshBerry treats and have been ready to make my own creation.
FreshBerry is a small, but brightly lit, almost futuristic looking cafe.They have seven different all-natural frozen yogurt flavors and tons of toppings to choose from. They also make smoothies and fresh pops.
Fresh fruit toppings:
Cereal, nuts, and candy toppings:
Santo immediately picked his toppings and I sat there and salivated for like a whole television episode before I could decide. Big surprise.
Santo's sugar-free vanilla fro-yo with captain crunch, mango, and blackberries:
I took the sweeter route to fro-yo heaven with sugar-free vanilla, graham crackers, oreo, and reese's pieces:
Ummmmmm yes yes yes yes is all I can say. So good. We were both totally 7 months food pregnant. Judging by how far my dress was sticking out after this event, I might have been 7 1/2 months. Wait...maybe that was just the wind?
So totally bloated and energized from the food overdosage, we skipped and frolicked down King Street for some non-food-related adventures. Just kidding about skipping and frolicking - Santo walked like a human being and I, you know, walked/stumbled down the brick streets. First stop was a jewelry store to try to find a new silver ring...instead we found some really fancy headbands:
Exhibit B: I am so creepy in this pic.
But not as creepy as this window shopper...errr...
And then the predator played some more in a toy store:
And finally, Brookstone, for lots of exercise:
After all that eating, playing, and exercising, I was tired and in need of a nap/blackberry cyber sesh:
Can you believe they didn't kick us out?