It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost the weekend.  This also means I’m super overdue in posting my pictures from last weekend.

It wouldn’t be very nice of me to exclude the girl’s night that my friend Shannon hosted at her new apartment last Friday.

I’d feel bad if I didn’t showcase her fun platters of food she had ready for us.

I’d also feel pretty terrible about not mentioning how yummy Tracy’s salsa dip was.

And although it may seem selfish, I really should show off my caprese salad.  Because I think it’s just the bomb-dot-com.

I also wouldn’t be a very appreciative employee for not saying thank you, company, for having such a wonderful annual picnic yet again on Saturday.  Complete with carnival rides, massive amounts of food, a free beer tent, and more… how couldn’t I post about it?

Oh, and the lobsters.  I walked out with 6 of them.  It would be REALLY rude of me to not brag about say how much I am thankful for those.

And what an awful girlfriend I’d be to not mention that Tim made lobster rolls for dinner after the picnic.  Yummy, delicious lobster rolls… with the perfect amount of onion.  Thank you, my culinary boyfriend.

Oh, and Joan!  Hi, Joanio.

My friend Joan got married this weekend.  What kind of former Providence College Dance Company president would I be to not give a blog shout out to Joan on her wedding day?

What kind of friend would I be to not mention how beautiful every single detail of the wedding was?

And to also talk about how much freaking fun I had seeing my PCDC loves?!

All of the above would be PRETTY brutal, huh?

Better late than never.

Share something overdue with me!

Friday Night Date: Gemma Ristorante

Tim and I had a much-needed date night last night.  He’s been traveling for work, and I’ve been having a couple really stressful weeks.  We really needed a night out where we could talk and just relax.  We had a BuyWithMe deal to Gemma Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Arlington, so we decided to put it to use!

Sidebar:  I love Arlington a lot and want to live there someday.

From the website:
Our Italian restaurant brings to you the many tastes of Italy’s regions. Delicious traditional recipes as well as popular specialties will awaken your taste buds.  We are proud to serve the area’s finest selection of gourmet cuisine. Our dishes are prepared in the traditional Italian style, with the freshest ingredients, and served with flair that will meet your expectations. We offer you our most sincere gratitude for allowing us the pleasure of serving you.
  Buon Appettito!

We had a great experience at this restaurant.  The service was friendly and laid back.  I feel like some people could say it was slow, but we really enjoyed not feeling rushed and being able to take our time throughout each part of dinner.  Even when I called ahead to put our names in, the staff was super friendly and accommodating.   Inside there was a general dining area and a bar toward the back section.  It was cute in there – nothing super fancy, but nice enough that we felt happy to be having a nicer night out than usual.  I even rocked red heels, which never happens.  And the food was fantastic too.

On the menu last night:

Bottle of Shiraz

Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and basil, over baby greens and served with house dressing.

Tortellini Primavera
Broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, sautéed with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, butter, and a touch of white wine.

I usually don’t order big pasta plates when I’m out to eat, but this particular one caught my eye on the menu, and I just kept thinking about it.  So I decided if I’m going to splurge on a big pasta dish, why not do it at an Italian restaurant right?!  Tim opted for the rack of lamb special that came with risotto and side veggies.

Two thumbs up for Gemma!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite Italian restaurant / food?!

Be Thankful Challenge:  I’m thankful for the amount of quality time I get to spend with Tim!