catch up at kitchen

mike was out of town for work this weekend so to catch up we went to kitchen 2404 for mac and chicken and a couple beers when he got home last night.

kitchen is one of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood and one of the few restaurants we went back to after having a living social deal. it’s a small, comfortable restaurant serving delicious southern comfort foods at super reasonable prices. we’ve been a bunch of times and have really enjoyed almost everything we’ve had: the BBQ gulf shrimp, the crabmeat + corn chowder, the ribs, the hushpuppies, and the fried pickles.  but last night, we were there for the mac and chicken.

we had been talking about going to kitchen for beers and mac and chicken for a while. it’s the kind of place that’s perfect for comfort food and conversation on a crisp fall night. luckily there wasn’t a need for comfort food but it was a nice fall night and we wanted to catch up. i find that sometimes if we stay home, i get easily distracted and don’t give mike my full attention. so when mike texted early in the day “beer and mac and chicken tonight?” i replied “yes! great idea!”

we started off with some beers and fries

and then shared the mac and chicken.

everything was great.  my favorite beer–magic hat #9–was nice and cold, and the mac and chicken was hot and creamy.  it was a great way to catch up after a few days apart.

so tell me

what’s your favorite way to catch up with someone?

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date #2

date #2 was a wonderful low-key dinner at cafe deluxe. something we’d both been looking forward to during our weekend apart.  the weather was beautiful so we sat outside, something i’d been wanting to do since we moved to this neighborhood last month.

 

we started with two beers and the spinach dip. chips were yummy but the dip wasn’t as good as i thought it would be.  (forgot to take a picture).  i had a hard time deciding what to order because they have a bunch of great things to choose from slash i was pretty full from the popeye’s chicken i had at the delaware welcome center on my way back to DC but finally decided on the chicken quesadilla.

this quesadilla was so good. my mouth is watering just looking at this picture. the black bean relish and salad that with it were a perfect compliment.

mike had the prime rib cheddar melt with sweet potato fries.

when our server asked if we wanted dessert, we looked at each other and said “sure, we’ll take a look at the menu.”  funny how i went from “so-full-i-might-not-order-anything” to “dessert? yes, please.” but we were celebrating and didn’t want our meal to end. we compromised on the peach cobbler with two scoops of vanilla ice cream.

delicious!

we talked and talked and enjoyed each other’s company.  i shouldn’t be surprised as i’ve always found the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” to be true. but i was still amazed at how chatty i was from the second mike got in the car at the airport. i think it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not spend a lot of time talking. but it feels sooo good when you do talk and have a real conversation.

this date was a wonderful end to a good long weekend and just what we were looking for: a nice long, leisurely meal and conversation. and it happened just in the nick of time.

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ps–i came home to this today:

an “i’m proud of you for pursuing an MBA”/happy first day of class present 🙂