Ben and Ryan met years ago through the men’s soccer league team they both played on in Orlando and he’s been a good friend of ours ever since. Ben appeared on the blog many times when we lived in Orlando and also attended our annual Friendsgiving party when we lived in Ocala, but this was our first time having him up to our new home in North Carolina.
Ben arrived in town on Friday and ever since his arrival, we’ve been running around town, eating lots of delicious food and soaking up all the beautiful autumn sunshine we could during his short visit.
The highlight from our weekend with Ben occurred on Saturday night after an awesome two-hour hike at Lake Norman State Park. Once we arrived back home, we showered and immediately headed into the city for dinner at Basil, a local Thai restaurant.
Ryan first dined at Basil when he traveled to Charlotte for work last year and came home absolutely raving about the food. It’s been on our list of places to go for dinner since we moved to the area and on Saturday night, we finally had the chance to take Ben and enjoy a bunch of delicious dishes.
The restaurant was smaller and more intimate than I expected for a popular uptown restaurant, but it was lively and a definite hot spot!
Once we sat down and ordered our drinks, we perused the menu and decided that sharing a bunch of dishes was the way to go. We started with two appetizers (the fresh basil rolls and fried wontons) and a large bowl of the Tom Kha Gai soup that easily served three of us.
We knew our meal was off to a great start because all of our starters were fabulous. (The soup was a definite favorite!)
For our main course, we split four entrees: The fried duck salad, Pad Thai, crispy red curry duck and the basil mixed seafood with brown rice.
We enjoyed every single one! There wasn’t one entree that didn’t get rave reviews from our table and we loved each fresh, flavorful dish.
After dinner, we talked about going out downtown, but while we were eating we started chatting about what we’d eat for our last meal on earth (which, yes, sounds like rather morbid dinner conversation, but it was interesting!) and we quickly came to the conclusion that the three of us share an intense love for ice cream. Ben suggested bringing one of our “last meals” to life and within 30 minutes, we found ourselves roaming the aisles of Target, selecting four different flavors of ice cream to bring back home for a rockin’ Saturday night ice cream sundae bar.
It was basically my heaven.
Once we arrived home, we each filled our bowls with a smorgasbord of ice cream, peanut M&Ms and whipped cream.
You better believe I went to bed feeling like one happy little lady! It was a rather random Saturday night but any Saturday night that involves lots of ice cream is a good one in my book!
I’ll be sure to share a little more about our weekend activities later today, but right now I’m heading out to teach a barbell strength class. I’ll see ya later this afternoon!