Saturday, September 13, 2014

An Overnight Date Night - Dating my Husband

A week ago, my sister-in-law and brother asked if the kids could come for a sleepover. I'm pretty sure I started packing their bags the second I got the text. My kids just ADORE their aunt and uncle and we just adore the tiny break we get. We dropped them off around 6pm and picked them up the next morning early - so that we could go to our Mothers of Multiples Picnic. But those few hours were glorious.

We began the night by going to Hock Farm in Midtown Sacramento. They have a seasonal menu, which I love. You know the ingredients are going to be really fresh and delicious.

 We had drinks first. It's been a long time since one of us could have a couple drinks at dinner. I had a lemon drop and wine. Hubby had a locally brewed beer.
 Then we had Fanta Pork Sliders, which were Orange soda-braised Beeler Farms pork with apple-cabbage slaw, as our starter. They were so delicious. Hubby ordered them for us and I didn't even know they had the orange soda flavor to them. 
 And then we each ordered something different. Hubby had Soy-Braised Pork Belly, which also came with a fried green tomato (and a sunnyside-up egg on top), bitter greens, and a bacon vinaigrette. He ordered garlic mashed potatoes on the side. Mine wasn't on the menu, so I can't tell you exactly what it was. But it had asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, and a delicious halibut. The menu was really cool too, because every item told you the farm that it came from. Mr. Howard and I really wanted to eat somewhere different, a little eclectic, with an interesting menu - and I thought Hock Farm was perfect and completely fit the bill.
 Afterwards, we had planned on going to a movie - but we were both so tired and just wanted to crawl into bed and have the house to ourselves. So, instead we stopped at pinkberry to get frozen yogurt, walked around a little, and then came home to a quiet house. We enjoyed our sleeping in (even though it was only until 7am) and woke up early to go have breakfast together at Early Toast Mimosa House. We had been wanting to try the outdoor patio of the restaurant, but never had a chance, because it's not the best place to take three children. So we had never gone before.
 Apparently, hubby and I equate not having kids with getting to drink alcohol, because we both ordered delicious mimosas. His was a red bull mimosa. Mine was called A Flirt. It was passionfruit, lemon, and raspberry. So ridiculously good. Then he had chicken fried steak and I had an egg and avocado sandwich. The food was very good, but the drinks were even better.
After our breakfast and about an hour and a half of talking and leisurely eating on the patio, we made our way to my brother's house to get the kids for the Mothers of Multiples Picnic.


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