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.