Happy belated Valentine’s Day! We had a busy day yesterday, and today it was back to work for me after we did our final walk-through of the new house.  Everything looked beautiful. The only small snag is that the refrigerator we ordered Saturday (and were so excited about) is too BIG! We have to downsize to the 21 cubic foot model instead, which will be nice for the wallet, but a little disappointing nonetheless.

Anyway, back to yesterday’s V-Day eats…

We met the future in-laws for brunch in the morning.  We tried a couple places in town, but everywhere was mobbed (cabin fever, anyone?) so we ended up eating at Cheesecake Factory.  I had a simple scrambled egg breakfast with hash browns and english muffin.  They claimed this was two eggs, but it looked more like four! I ate about a third of the eggs, all of the muffin and most of the potatoes.

Spike got one of his favorites — the Monte Cristo.

After that we spent the afternoon at one of our favorite wineries in northern Virginia, Quattro Goomba’s.  It’s a really fun little place that has live music on the weekends and terrific ‘micro-brewed’ wines.  They don’t grow their own grapes (at least, not yet), but they import them from places like Italy and Chile and then do their magic.

We went to dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s, a place we used to visit a lot when we lived in the Boston suburbs.  There’s one location outside of Massachusetts, and it’s in Virginia.  We were both craving something casual and familiar instead of a fancy affair, and this fit the bill perfectly.

Their bread is amazing…

We split a cup of french onion soup, with croutons made from that same bread.

I had rosemary-skewered scallops with orange-chipotle glaze, served with an israeli couscous mixture with snap peas and bacon. 

I wasn’t that hungry after eating all the bread and soup, so I took about half of it home.

Spike had cranberry-teriyaki chicken with butternut squash cannellonis, served over spinach. Yum! The cannelloni was so rich and creamy.

No dessert after all that! We did buy something special at Wegmans that we’ll have later this week, though. 🙂

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Today was pretty low key, being snowed in and all.  The grand total, per the NWS, is just over 38 inches of snow.

We did breakfast for dinner tonight!  I attempted omelets, but this quickly turned into scrambled eggs with a little shredded cheddar and salsa on top.  The cheese was left over from Spike’s grilled cheese masterpieces. 

Not sure when the roads will be cleared, so the next few meals should be interesting! We’ve got leftover turkey chili thawing (great for tomorrow night’s game), along with pizza dough for a special treat.

Good night!