Anniversary Dinner

James and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary last night. I cannot believe it has been 4 years! Time flies when you are in love:) I was looking forward to our indulgent meal all week. We decided to go to the Herb Box in Scottsdale because they use local, organic produce in a few of their dishes and we love the romantic ambiance of being on the Waterfront. We don't go out to eat very often, but when we do, we like to go all out. Drinks, appetizers, entrees, desserts, the whole shebang!

He insisted on snapping a few photos of me, so then I snapped right back at him!
 We arrived to the restaurant around 6pm and decided to sit outside because the breeze was just perfect. We ordered our drinks right away. I ordered a cucumber mojito and James ordered a blackberry mojito. {We ended up trading. So predictable} It took us a long time to decide on appetizers. Although everything looked good, nothing stood out. We finally ordered Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives and a Ham and Caper Flatbread Pizza with Arugula. The pizza was excellent. I just love capers! We also ordered a salad to share. The salad was interesting. Mixed greens, orange segments, avocado, pepitas, dates, with a sweet dressing. It was unpredictable but surprisingly good.

Our delicious ham and arugula flatbread with parmesan and capers.
 James wasn't sure if he wanted to order entrees. My reaction: "Are you crazy? This is our anniversary. Let's go all out!" And so we did. He ordered a Salmon Cake with a Poblano Cream Sauce and I ordered Baby Back Ribs with Gouda Mac and Cheese. {Honestly, I couldn't decide what to order. I was overly stimulated by all the options!}  James was able to eat his entire entree because it was pretty light. I ate less than half of mine and packed the rest up to send home with our baby sitter. AKA my mom:) Although I enjoyed my meal, it didn't make my mouth water. I think my favorite parts of the meal were the salad and the flatbread pizza. Both items were light and refreshing. The ribs were fine, but the mac and cheese did not impress me. James' salmon cake was delicious! The cream sauce and avocado on top really added to the flavor experience.
From left to right. Salmon Cake with Corn Poblano Sauce and Avocado. Baby Back Ribs with Jicama Apple Salad and Gouda Mac n Cheese.
 Neither of us was in the mood for dessert, which shocked me. We are both major dessert lovers. We walked around outside for a little while and finally decided to pop into Sprinkles for some cupcakes. We were afraid that if we didn't have dessert, we would regret it in the morning.  When I bit into the cupcake, I enjoyed it, but at the same time I thought it was waaaaaaay too sweet. I definitely think my taste buds have become accustomed to eating less sugar. I am grateful that The cupcake tasted too sweet because it reminds me that I have been successful in slowly training my taste buds to not prefer sugar. Now I need to do the same thing with James' salt addiction! Overall, I was really happy with our anniversary. We had a great night and enjoyed each others' company. I was also surprised by us that we didn't overeat. I thought for sure that we would go on a "food binge" because we have been so restricted lately. Instead, we both ate sensibly and hopped right back on our real food bandwagon this morning by making green smoothies for breakfast!

Corinna  – (May 19, 2012 at 8:27 PM)  

You looked gorgeous! Glad you guys had a well-deserved night out!!!

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