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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Anniversary Dinner

Thanks to all for the best wishes on our 1st date anniversary. We celebrated over the weekend while in CT for a family event.

If you have ever dined Outback Steakhouse®, you will recognize this as one of the restaurant's signature appetizers — the Bloomin' Onion.

According to the menu it's an Outback original: our special onion is hand-carved by a dedicated bloomologist, cooked until golden and ready to dip into our spicy signature bloom sauce. Made us wonder about the job training: cut onion and fry in hot oil until crisply done?

It was a special treat for us because this is not something we order often. As you can see, Grenville was ready to dig in and I helped, of course.


Curious about how bad this treat really was for us, I did an online check and learned that there are 1946 calories in 1 Bloomin' Onion order, which supposedly equates to 6 servings. And, a person would need to walk 509 minutes to burn those 1946 calories. Well, we did walk from the nearby hotel to the restaurant, if that counts.

We also had dinner: broiled salmon and sweet potato for me and lamb chops, sauteed veggies and garlic mashed potatoes for Grenville.




The evening was capped off by watching a 2009 "rom-com" (romantic-comedy) film, "He's Just Not That Into You  on network TV in the hotel. The all star cast included Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, and Scarlett Johansson. It was enjoyable except for the numerous, repetitive, and very long commercial breaks. It made us appreciate not having any TV service, aside from streaming on Netflix or Acorn TV.

Cleverly, the commercials didn't start until at least 30 minutes into the film, which was enough to "hook" us into the plot. So, we muted the commercial interruptions every time and enjoyed some mead wine.  We had purchased it during an earlier visit to Moonlight Meadery, a local NH meadery.

It was perfect to cap off our 18th, 1st date celebration.

12 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

been hungry for something deep fried like rings or calamari. I just can't find anyone to share with me.The food looks yummy, the closest outback is about 100 miles for me.

Sandra said...

if there are 1946 calories in the onion, i shudder to think about the whole meal... i had no idea that onion had that many calories.. yikes.. since it is only once in a while glad you enjoyed it..
maybe i should sit down and figure the calories of anything I LOVe to eat. might change my mind.

Sandra said...

I believe the reason the TV shows go for 10 minutes or longer before the first commercial is to hook us, because after that, there are commercials every 5 minutes.

William Kendall said...

I would give that dish a try, though it's not something you'd want to eat regularly!

Anvilcloud said...

Congratulations to you guys. Been a long time since I had a Bloomer, and then it was probably only once. Seems to me I liked Alice Springs Chicken (or smothered chicken of something), but I don't know if they still serve it.

Emma Springfield said...

What a nice evening. Good food, loving company, and a movie interrupted by long commercials. The long commercials gave you time to enjoy your wine.

gigihawaii said...

I wouldn't mind tasting some of that bloomin onion. Looks delicious.

As for TV, David watches it every day, but I rarely do. The computer is my addiction.

Doris said...

We love a blooming onion!! I can't believe you looked at the calories....sometimes ignorance is bliss, haha!
Movie and a glass of wine, nice way to celebrate.

Daisy said...

Your dinners look so good, especially that salmon.

DeniseinVA said...

Congratulations to you both. Those blooming onions are a lovely treat for a special occasion. We have had them and know well how delicious they are :)

Rebecca said...

I love a blooming onion, but the whole family has to come and help eat it or, you're right, it is just too much. Next time call me and I'll help you out!

L. D. said...

Oh those onion rings are one big celebration of life themselves. You had good meals and I could of eaten eight one of them. Steak is so great to see as we don't eat that much beef.

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