happy irish woman

January 28, 2011

Today could quite possibly top out as one of the best days so far in 2011. First of all, it was Friday — enough said. I also ate my body weight in a dried fruit and nut medley from Costco.  This afternoon also included running six miles while catching up with a really great friend. Fabulous. Then the Husband suggested we go out for dinner. Oh yeah, and he folded clothes — and did a load of laundry. I don’t know what he wants or what I did right, but I never want it to end.

We never go out to eat — okay, I lied. We rarely go out to eat. When we do go out, it is more than likely with my parents (who are great at “comp’ing” our meals). We could probably go out more often if we wanted to, but more often times than not, I could make myself something better at home.

Insert Groupon Love here — this was indeed my first Groupon purchase, which I made back in October. I finally cashed it in today.

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We were off to Tommy Nevin’s Irish Pub, but first I couldn’t forget two very important things in my purse.

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Don’t even pretend like you don’t bring your own condiments to restaurants.

Upon arrival at Tommy Nevin’s, we were seated immediately. On a Friday night at 6:30, I’d say that is awesome. They were busy, but had a few tables open — and I was very grateful as I was very hungry.

They also had a gluten free menu available for me when I asked.

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I have to say though, if you’re gluten free AND a vegetarian, the menu was slim pickings. I was planning on just ordering a side salad and a few sides to round out my meal. This is usually what I have to do when I go out to eat.

The Husband admitted he was a little embarrassed with my excessive picture taking, so I tried to make him feel better by taking a picture of him.

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However, he likes to remain mysterious like Wilson in Home Improvement — he says “Howdy neighbor” to you all.

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The Husband snapped a few pictures of me, but I haven’t achieved my goal of tweezing my eyebrows yet today, so I’m sparing you. I was also quite impressed by the ambiance the table brought — our own little candle.

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We both started off with salads — a house salad for me, and a Cesar salad for him. 

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Our service was beyond excellent. Our server, Eric, did everything in his power to make sure we had a great experience. He was upset that all I was ordering were a few sides just because I had food restrictions. I told him not to worry about it — that it happens all the time, and I don’t really mind. He left to go put our order in, but came back about a minute later because he just couldn’t let it go. There was a veggie sandwich on the menu with grilled eggplant, portabella mushroom, red pepper, and tomato which he thought would be perfect breadless and atop a plate of asparagus.

He was right — and the Husband wanted to know if I was going to ask him for his number because I was swooning over this so badly.

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The vegetables came out with a pesto on top, which I mostly pushed aside as it was really parmesan heavy, and I didn’t want to have a stomachache. It was as delicious as it looks.

You may not know this about me, but I waitressed my little butt off in college. I hustled for 8 hour shifts and “yeehawed” more times than I would have liked (Logan’s Roadhouse, anyone?), but the number one concern I always had was making my customers happy.

I left a happy woman.

Question: Have you ever used Groupon? OR What was the best restaurant experience you have ever had?

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