Aug 20, 2010

Thirsty (for Zac Efron) Thursday

Thursday evening Margaret and I made plans to go see Charlie St. Cloud. The movie was at 7:35, so we decided we better eat beforehand. It’s very important not to go see a Zac Efron movie on an empty stomach. When Margaret got to my house, the conversation went a little like this:


Christina: So, are you in the mood for anything specific?
Margaret: No, not really. What are you in the mood for?
Christina: Um, you know I only ever say Chick-fil-A or Mustard Seed.

Margaret: Mustard Seed.
Christina: Let's go.


Approximately 7 minutes later we were stuffing fresh bread in our face and deciding on a bottle of wine. We quickly chose Nobilo, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and scanned the specials menu. My rule when I eat at the Mustard Seed is that I have to get something I haven’t had before. Our server, Lauren, said “Take your time. Pickles is whipping something up for you guys right now.” PICKLES? All I heard was pickles. Apparently “Pickles” is Jonathan’s nickname, but that wasn’t what he was making. He surprised us with a Saffron Tuscan White Bean Bacon Dip with Pita Slices.
The dip was warm and creamy with a little bit of parmesan. The bacon and paprika gave it a bit of a smoky flavor. A little bit later, Lauren brought out another surprise. This time we got a salad: arugula with lump crab meat, red onion, and feta with an aged balsamic and truffle oil dressing. What a fun ingredient combo!
While we munched on that, I remembered that August 19th was National Hot & Spicy day. I figured I should choose my entree accordingly and went with the Southwestern Torte: tortillas layered with chicken, vegetables, black beans, monterey jack cheese, and salsa.

Holy moly, I was in love. This was really different than anything I’ve eaten at the Mustard Seed before, but in a good way. It was like fancy Mexican without a pound of oil. The tortillas were soft towards the middle and crunchy around the edge of the torte. I loved the green salsa too.

Margaret went with a special: Spinach, artichoke and ricotta stuffed eggplant over pasta with a tomato basil sauce.

Margaret really liked hers too. I'm not a fan of eggplant's texture, but this was cooked to perfection. 

Halfway through our meal, we realized Zac Efron was going to be on the big screen in 5 minutes. Uh oh. In fear that we might miss a shirtless scene or even just a millisecond of his face, we skedaddled right out of there. (We paid, I promise.) 


Luckily, we walked in just as the movie was starting. I pulled out my tupperware of brownies and bag of pretzel m&ms (I’m serious) and we made ourselves at home comfortable. Andrea, who had met us there, looked at me and said “Wow, I’ve never seen anyone bring brownies to the movies before.”  Um, yeah...who does that?


Not even 10 minutes into the movie, Margaret and I were just about crying. I wasn’t bawling, but at 3 different scenes, I felt my eyes welling up and I may or may not have shed 2 tears. The movie itself was pretty good. I won’t ruin it for anyone that hasn’t seen it, but I will tell you that ZAC EFRON IS SO HOT. I don’t care if he's 22 (almost 23!) years old or that he has a gf, I still love him. Yes, love him. So much that I shamelessly snapped a photo of an extra-large Zac on screen.
Margaret said, "OMG, just google him!!"


After the movie, we went home and drank too much wine. Spanish wine = crazy dreams...about Zac Efron. I woke up thinking we were dating. Then I did something borderline psychotic and/or hilarious: faceinhole.com


One day Margaret and I met Zac:
Soon after, we were dating:
Then I caught Margaret in the pool with my man!
Crazy, I know!! 

Sorry, I know this is a food blog, but I couldn't resist. CAN YOU? Do you think Zac is a hottie? Who's your celebrity crush? Remind me that I'm 26 years old.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND LOVERS!

42 comments:

  1. Zac is cute but right now I think Kellan Lutz is a super hottie! My celeb crush always changes though. My very first was JTT when I was in 2nd grade hahaha and of course Leo will always have a place in my heart :)

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  2. Haha I love your pictures with Zac. I am pretty much obsessed with him. He is so darn good looking.

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  3. Too many good things in this post to comment on: pretzel M&Ms (how were they?), a mention of Chick Fila, Mexican food, Zac, and of course those photoshops... favorite post of all time.

    My shameless celebrity crush is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Yum.

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  4. Mustard Seed sounds like such a neato place to eat. And oh my gosh, Zac Efron IS a dream, haha those pictures are PERFECT.

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  5. This is awesome. I loved it. Everything you post from the Mustard Seed makes me want to jump on the next plane and order one of each from the menu.

    I gotta say though, (and hopefully we will still be friends) I don't get the Zac Efron thing. Though I might have a tiny cougar crush on Taylor Lautner.

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  6. Haha, I always feel bad about that one, but I love Zac!

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  7. Mustard seed always delivers! Both the bean dip and your entree look so good. I wonder if they can make your entree veg style? I wonder if pickle can do it? I wonder why pickle is his nickname? haha Love the face in hole. My crush- Marky mark!

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  8. Haha you are hilarious! Don't worry you're not crazy though - I totally agree about Zac. ;)

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  9. The food looks amazing and literally those pictures crack me up! You'r etoo cute!

    xo

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  10. The white bean bacon dip looks fab. You can add bacon to anything and I'll probably eat it... nice!

    And I sneak in almost anything into the theater. I'm not ashamed. It's still very much a recession... ;)

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  11. I'm 29 and I have a crush on Zac Efron too so don't be ashamed hahaha. The white bean dip looks good, I want to try making something like that soon!

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  12. That southwestern torte looks RIDICULOUS!! I can't do Zac. I just picture him running up and down high school halls and singing. I just can't.

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  13. I. love. Zac. Efron. He is beautiful. And I can't waittt to see that movie and bawl my eyes out! Also I'm super jealous that you met him... =P

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  14. He's so stinkin' hot...I feel like such a cougar, haha. Face in hole makes all our dreams come true :-)

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  15. I love the Southwestern Torte! YUM! Way to make me miss home even more! ;)

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  16. I want to see that movie, trying to convince bf but I may end up going with my best friend. Zac is a hottie.

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  17. I'm ashamed to say I don't have a celeb crush. But I do think that those pictures of you and Zac are wonderful! Haha

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  18. Haha how funny. I used to be that way about James Franco. I dunno, there has always been something about him. :)

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  19. I can't say I have a celebrity crush now, but back in the day...I LOVED River Phoenix. He was all mine...um until the drug overdose thing (RIP). I guess that really jut aged me. OOPS.

    As for the bean dip with bacon. My boys love hummus with bacon in it. We served it to my in-laws and called it bacon been dip because they freak out over fancy words like hummus.

    Glad you had a great night...it doesn't matter what age you are...you should always have some fun!

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  20. Muahaha. I love that you photo shopped yourself into pics with Zac. You two would make a HOT couple!

    The Mustard Seed dinner looks fabulous, as usual. The crab + feta salad sounds yummy!

    Celebrity crush: Ryan Reynolds!

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  21. Oh, yes....Zac is a hottie. And don't feel bad...I'm 36!! :)

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  22. I don't like Zac because he's hot and he's YOUNGER than me. I feel like a pedophile. lol.

    Your Southwestern Torte. It looks fantastic, and I want it in my mouth, now.

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  23. This is the FUNNIEST thing ever!

    Love it.

    Yeah, Zac Effron - first, I didn't "get" it,but since the Musical movies, and a hair cut ;), he's realllly looking more mature. Yeah, I've checked out the mags with his shirt off ;)

    Love your pre-movie meal!

    Did you get your Pam's Win products?? Let me know if not and I'll email the lady.

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  24. oh my gosh your dinner looks so good I think I might have to go there tonight!

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  25. As always--so dang funny! I have never heard of face in hole--a little creepy but hilarious. You know I'll be trying it soon.

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  26. WOW!!!!! Your dinner looked SO good!!!! I wish we had a Mustard Seed in this neck of the woods!!! I really want to see that movie, he is so cute!

    Jen
    http://jenslosinit.blogspot.com/

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  27. Mmmm, your dinner looks AMAZING!!

    Oh Zach... ;)

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  28. you are so funny!! love the pics you created!! The one with zac in the pool and your friend is hilarious as ever!!!! Oh the things we do when we are buzzed up!!!

    Dinner looks delish! Mustard Seed is a must i see! I love everything I have ever seen you eat there on your blog, if only I lived closer! Boo!

    love u!

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  29. You're hilarious! I love all of the face-in-the-hole pictures :) So funny!!
    And, I'm super jealous of that LUMP crab meat- that stuff is my favorite. Hard to find down here though.
    Hope you're enjoying your weekend :) xoxo

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  30. Hi Sweetie!! So I think we need to go to the mustard seed in the Ville:))) I'm also cooking up a lasagna this week if interested. PS Just added you on to my blog roll:) XO

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  31. bwhahaha! please introduce me to your boyfriend, zac-he's so dreamy.

    it's hard to believe zac efron used to be a little dweeby kid with a gap between his teeth. he's all sorts of sex appeal now. hubba, hubba. move over vanessa!

    i seriously love the name of the mustard seed.

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  32. Zac was here in Sydney maybe 2 weeks ago, promoting the movie. i didn't see him (sorry!) i always find these things out a day late.

    must've been some restaurant, the food looks amazing! good choice on wine, btw! sauv blanc from New Zealand never disappoints :)

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  33. I'm so glad you liked the movie!! Zac is so wonderful in it...

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  34. hahaha omg u are hilarious with these cropped face photos. No denying he's a hottie. ;)

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  35. Baaaaahahaha! Love it! And yes, Zac is quite a hottie... I have a similar crush on Taylor Lautner... which is even more cougar-like ;)

    PS- flippin'-A can they puh-lease open a Mustard Seed near me?!

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  36. oh my gosh this was hilarious..and that dip looks amazing.
    Don't hate me..I just don't think hes that cute... AHHHHH Im sorry!! I don;t know what it is, I mean I don't think he's unatractive at all, just doesn't really do anything for me!

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  37. I just spit water everywhere. You are cracking me up. I can't get over the food or the fact that the movie was good, lol.

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  38. #1) you are awesome to bring brownies to a movie

    #2) I want to go to a movie with you

    #3) you are hilarious with the face in hole!!

    #4) I may spend a ridiculous amount of time today making my own face in holes...

    #5) Have a Great week!! :)

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  39. HAHA these pictures are hilarious!!!

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  40. Hahaha!!!! Love you Xtina!! Can't wait until our next wine night so that we can photoshop my new obsessions Kris Allen and Adam Levine.... If any of you haven't seen both of these beautiful creatures in concert, you DEFINITELY should!!!

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  41. Sauvignon Blanc. Amazing. As far as Zac E, I'm so happy for you two!

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