Another successful date night!
September’s date night took us to Whole Foods, but not for grocery shopping…
We were there for a Greek cooking class that featured a three-course dinner with appetizers to boot!
The class was only $10 a person. Who says a fun and delicious date night has to cost mucho dinero?
Ryan and I arrived and took our seats at a long table with the other class participants and were immediately served a glass of wine.
I love a good glass of white wine! I much prefer white wine to red because I like my wine to taste like juice and that’s harder to come by when enjoying red wines.
Once everyone was happily sipping on their glasses of wine, the class began.
It started out on an interactive note with some hummus-making!
The homemade hummus contained chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and tahini (sesame seed paste).
Guess who was our table’s designated chickpea crusher?
That is Ryan’s “I’m really into this chickpea crushing business” face.
As he crushed away, I couldn’t help but quip “a food processor would be pretty great right about now.” The instructor said that a food processor would take all of the fun out of the hummus making process.
It would take all of the lumps out of the hummus-making process.
Once Ryan was done making the hummus, we enjoyed it spread on fresh pita bread.
Ryan and I thought the hummus was okay… but in some serious need of seasonings. Sue recommended adding roasted red peppers if we recreate the hummus at home which I think we would really enjoy. I think this less flavorful hummus would be delicious on a sandwich, but when enjoyed on a pita alone, it was a bit bland.
Luckily the other appetizer was very flavorful.
Grape leaves stuffed with rice and seasonings. So good! I had three while Sue prepared our salads with another Whole Foods team member.
It’s rare that I will say a salad is the best part of any meal, but in this particular situation it really was!
The salads were comprised of a very unusual combination of foods:
- Feta cheese
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
We were all a little skeptical about how the flavors would taste together, but they were unbelievably delicious! My favorite bites were the ones with the watermelon, feta and mint. YUM.
We basically licked our salad plates clean.
Then it was time for the main course.
Chicken gyros were served with pita bread, cucumbers, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a yogurt-based sau
ce known as raita sauce.
My favorite part of this dish was definitely the raita sauce. It was cool and creamy and I cannot wait to try to recreate it at home.
Dessert was also delicious.
We were served plates of stracciatella gelato, which is essentially an Italian sweet cream flavor of gelato with chocolate shavings. It was topped with mint leaves and orange blossom honey (so good!) and served with watermelon, cantaloupe and sliced, frozen grapes.
Ryan and I finished our respective desserts very quickly and were able to share a second scoop of the stracciatella.
Clearly the gelato sparked our sweet tooth, because once the class was over we headed to Whole Foods’ bakery and nabbed some chocolatey goodies.
I am seriously in love with Whole Foods’ bakery. Their oatmeal chocolate chip cookie is unreal. I could eat those bad boys all day every day. Ryan shares my love of these cookies and we spilt a big one between the two of us (it looks small in that bag, but it was the size of my hand).
I also nabbed a chocolate twist from the bakery which I planned to save for tomorrow.
It didn’t make it out of the parking lot.
Good food + Good company = Great date night
The rest of our evening will be spent cuddled up on the couch with the dawg. My kinda night!
See ya in the mornin’, friends!