My birthday isn’t until next Monday (the big 3-0, baby!), but Ryan and I celebrated early this weekend! Why? Well, the answer isn’t exactly a fun one. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Ryan hurt his knee pretty badly during a soccer game. He made an appointment with a doctor and after an MRI, they told him he tore his ACL.
He is obviously very bummed and I feel awful for him, especially since he is one of the most active people I know! Whether or not to get surgery was never really a question and we booked the first appointment we could so Ryan can begin his recovery journey as soon as possible. His surgery is set for this Wednesday and since we’re assuming he probably won’t be up for much activity this coming weekend, Ryan decided to plan a little celebration date for my 30th birthday this past Saturday.
Ryan asked me whether or not I wanted to be surprised going into Saturday’s birthday date and when I asked him, “What do you think?” he gave me all the information. Just the way I like it! I am a planner through and through and would much rather know what’s going to happen than be surprised along the way. I know some people think that would suck the fun right out of things, but not for me! Gimme the info and I’m a happy girl!
Our birthday date didn’t begin until Saturday afternoon, so we had a relaxing morning and made sure to take advantage of the sunny weather with some outdoor playtime with Sadie. It’s been so dreary in Charlotte lately and Saturday was a wonderful reprieve from the rain!
After lunchtime, we hopped in Ryan’s car and drove to Spirit Square for a show!
Ryan knows I am a big fan of live theatre and Harry Potter and bought us tickets to see Potted Potter, a parody show that covers all seven Harry Potter books in just over 70 minutes.
There are only two actors in the show – Dan and Jeff – but their energy was more than enough to hold the crowd’s attention. The show made us laugh a lot and while it was a little slow to start, it picked up quickly (after an interactive game of Quiddich with the crowd!) and Ryan and I both enjoyed it a lot! I would definitely recommend it to those of you out there who may have kids who are Harry Potter fans. We definitely weren’t the only ones there without children, but most of the audience included families and the kids seemed to have a blast!
After Potted Potter, we walked across the street to catch an IMAX film at Discovery Place.
Neither Ryan nor I had been to Discovery Place before but the science center was absolutely bustling! People seemed to be really enjoying all of the interactive exhibits and I’d love to go back and walk around when we have more time in the future.
We arrived just in time to see Journey to the South Pacific which was right up our alley since we’re big time fans of marine life and love learning all we can about oceans, reefs and marine animals. The film made me miss scuba diving!! There were parts of it that took both of us back to scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands (<—one of the coolest moments of my entire life) which was really cool!
Once the IMAX film was over, we had about 30 minutes or so to kill before our dinner reservation and since a traditional happy hour isn’t in the cards for this pregnant lady right now, we walked to Bar Cocoa for Dessert Happy Hour: Pregnancy Style!
Ryan opted for a white chocolate pecan cookie and I picked up a few macarons to share and a peanut butter and jelly truffle. Everything was delicious!
Outfit details: Kimono: Romeo & Juliet Couture (via HauteLook) // Black Zip-Cuff Pull-On Maternity Skinny Jeans: Wendy Bellisimo (via Destination Maternity) // White Scoop Neck Tank: Motherhood Maternity // Necklace: Stitch Fix // Nude Peep-Toe Booties: Nine West – I also have them in black because they are so comfy! // Fold Over Clutch: Steve Madden (via TJMaxx)
And yes, I wore actual pants and not leggings for our date! Fancy, right!? Haha! I also threw on a new kimono that I got on sale for $30 from HauteLook that may be my new favorite piece of bump-friendly clothing! It’s so comfortable but doesn’t totally scream maternityyy to me.
After our dessert happy hour, we drove to The Fig Tree, a comfortable yet upscale restaurant located in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood.
The Fig Tree has been on our radar for quite a while thanks to your recommendations. My friend Amii has also talked it up a time or two and said it was the perfect place to go for a special occasion, so I was thrilled when Ryan picked it out for my birthday dinner!
The restaurant is located inside a 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow and gets its name from the four brown turkey ﬁg trees located on the grounds. It’s quite cozy inside but still maintains an air of elegance. We settled into our table for two and immediately raved about the fresh-out-of-the-oven bread that our waiter brought to our table with a flavorful garlic spread and delicious olive oil. (Quick side note: The service at The Fig Tree was wonderful.)
Our meal began with the octopus appetizer.
I love octopus but Ryan isn’t usually a fan, so I was happy when he agreed to share this dish with me. He ended up loving it because it wasn’t “too chewy” which is his typical complaint about octopus. It was fabulous and the salty olives and buttery hericot verts that came with the small slices of octopus added so much to the appetizer!
Up next was a house salad for each of us that we had no problem polishing off thanks to a tasty dressing and crunchy homemade croutons.
For my main meal, I ordered the sautéed North Carolina mountain trout with artichoke hearts, prosciutto, lemon-caper beurre blanc and asparagus.
The buttery lemon sauce absolutely made this dish! It was wonderful and I loved the way the tangy sauce paired perfectly with the salty prosciutto.
We couldn’t leave without ordering dessert and Ryan and I decided to share the famous beignets.
The perfect ending to a wonderful birthday date night! Thank you to Ryan for planning such a special day. I loved every minute!
I hope you guys had a great weekend!!