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A Night on the Town

February 7, 2010

Ali finally made his way back home yesterday after being on a business trip all week and I was absolutely ready to hand Maya over for a few hours of quality father-daughter time.  Unfortunately, Ali had other plans.

He’s going to flip out when he sees this picture on the internet but after the week I had?  I am not particularly sympathetic.  I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say that Maya and I had numerous disagreements and it is only thanks to Dora the Explorer that we are both alive today.

I really, really needed a break.  So when my brother called me up yesterday and said that he and my dad were headed to BLT Steakhouse and would I like to join them, I nearly jumped for joy.  I think my brother was shocked because he tries to get me to go out with him on a weekly basis and I almost always decline his invitations.  I’m not sure exactly why, but getting dressed up and heading out to a trendy place just seems so overwhelming to me.  Slapping a hat on and wearing sweats to California Pizza Kitchen is usually more my speed.  But yesterday I was all for actually putting on some proper clothes and my contact lenses for a change.

My brother considered our 6:45 reservation time a senior citizens dinner hour.  I considered it nearly bedtime but that is what a 6 year age difference will to do to you.

BLT is located where the famed Le Dome restaurant used to be.  Sorry for the blurry picture…I must have taken this photo 5 times as I stood on Sunset Blvd. looking like a total loser but I just couldn’t get a good shot:

I had better luck with the inside of the restaurant:

The interior was absolutely stunning.  The decor was Asian inspired but the restaurant is a French steakhouse…confusing?  Yes.  But it was lovely anyway. 

The clientele was even more beautiful.  The restaurant was filled with Lauren Conrad/Doug Reinhardt clones with many Chanel clad, gorgeous Asian girls thrown in for good measure.  (I am obsessed with Asian hair by the way.)  We also saw Donald Faison from Scrubs and Clueless.

As we perused our menus the servers brought over chicken pâté and sourdough bread:

And then the biggest, most amazing smelling popovers I’d ever seen:

Of course I couldn’t partake in either of these.  I nearly crumbled, especially when my super supportive brother made several annoying comments about how he can’t wait to get old so he too can’t eat anything.

I forgave him because he was paying for my outrageously expensive dinner.  I promised him I wouldn’t say anything in my post about the fact he is single and 27.  So I won’t.

I ordered the Acacia Honey Marinated Black Cod with a Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette. 

I love cod because of its great texture but it is often overcooked.  Not last night!  This one was absolutely amazing and melted in my mouth. 

My dad and I also shared grilled asparagus and roasted tomatoes:

I tried to ignore the two giant cows sitting on the table, one belonging to my dad and one to my brother:

Looking at the steak bone nearly pushed me over the edge but luckily it was  on the other side of the table so after a while I forgot it was there. 

After dinner the restaurant sent over complimentary chocolate cookies with chocolate lava centers:

You have no idea how hard it was to resist these.  A guaranteed stomach ache and a cup of decaf were the only things that held me back. 

After dinner we went to my brother’s place to chat for a bit and I headed home at 9pm feeling quite refreshed and in a better mood.  I think this is the first time in probably 6 months that I actually enjoyed a dinner on the town without having to deal with Maya’s potty breaks or Ali’s lengthy ordering process.

As an aside, I told Ali that he is free to do a guest post on some of my irritating habits since I publish his for all the world to see.  His comeback?

It will need to be a series of posts.

Could my sarcasm finally be rubbing off on him after nearly 10 years of marriage?

38 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 12:29 pm

    The inside of BLT is gorgeous! I’m glad that you took your brother up on his invitation…

    So, if you saw Donald Faison, then does that mean that you saw Cacee Cobb, too? You know, Jessica Simpson’s best friend? (Can you tell that I follow celebrity gossip WAY too closely?)

    I definitely think that your husband should do a guest post! It would be funny. 🙂

    • February 7, 2010 5:35 pm

      Hi Laura,

      I am not sure who Cacee Cobb is but I don’t remember recognizing anyone with Donald Faison??

  2. February 7, 2010 2:49 pm

    MMMMM the food looks great. I would love to hear from Ali! Yall are so funny!

  3. February 7, 2010 2:54 pm

    it sounds like mommy needed a break! Thank god your brother saved the day =)…all those eats look delish

  4. traynharder23 permalink
    February 7, 2010 3:52 pm

    HAHHAHA i’m sure we all have irritating habits. =D!

    that fish looks great! sorry about the popovers! and your bro’s ferrari shirt- I WANT!

  5. February 7, 2010 4:04 pm

    You are so hilarious. I laugh all the time during your posts. “I promised I wouldn’t say anything about the fact that he is single and 27. So I won’t.” Ha! That’s brilliant. I know what you mean about not getting dolled up for a night out at a trendy restaurant. I’m kind of lazy about things like that too. Looks like you guys had fun! 6:45 is perfect dinner time for me… Figure 1.5 hours at the restaurant, then off to bed 😉

  6. February 7, 2010 4:15 pm

    Yr post just about had me laughing out loud next to my napping child. I totally understand yr need to escape and wasn’t it wonderful? If yr single brother is looking, I have a very nice beautiful young friend I can introduce to him. They will look gorgeous together. If you let Ali do the guest post be sure to maintain editorial control.

  7. February 7, 2010 4:44 pm

    Everything looks so delicious — popovers are always impossible for me to resist.

  8. February 7, 2010 5:12 pm

    I wouldnt know this person if he hit me over the head: We also saw Donald Faison from Scrubs and Clueless.

    Nor do i even know those shows. haha.

    The lava centers??!!!! Now that I know. And would love 🙂

  9. February 7, 2010 6:38 pm

    That sounds like such a nice dinner!!! And those cookies look out of this world good. I don’t know how you resist.. you are one strong strong woman!!!

  10. February 7, 2010 7:05 pm

    your dad is so handsome…
    and Ali looks so tired 🙂
    i cannot imagine….yay for dora!

  11. February 7, 2010 7:11 pm

    Sounds like a great time. I have had those weeks when I am like I need to get out here you go, I will be back in a few hours.

    Glad you got out 🙂

  12. crazylittlethingneela permalink
    February 7, 2010 8:01 pm

    hm that is some lovely looking food you enjoyed there!
    thank you stopping by my blog! glad to have found yours.
    i am very very close with my brother so a night out to eat with him is always the most relaxing thing for me to do

  13. February 7, 2010 8:02 pm

    You poor thing.. LOL, and Dora saved the day! 🙂

    I disagree, 6:45 is not a senior citizen dinner time. I’m 25 (and single) and also prefer sweats over fancy-shmancy dining. I think it’s a winter thing because by the time summer hits I’m eating out every night. Even if it’s just for a salad and glass of viognier while soaking up the sun.

    And your grilled asparagus looks soo delish. But why do you pass on all the carbs? Glucose intolerance?

    Well I hope you are feeling well rested now that your sweetie is home. 🙂

    • February 7, 2010 10:13 pm

      As much as I would love to consume massive amounts of carbs, I am gluten intolerant. Pretty ironic considering my favorite foods are bread and butter, right?

  14. February 7, 2010 8:24 pm

    I love your sarcasm. it makes me smile! sounds like you had a fun time with Dad and your brother.

    🙂 glad you had a break.

  15. February 7, 2010 8:44 pm

    OMG, those chocolate cookies look amazing!!

  16. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce permalink
    February 7, 2010 11:56 pm

    your sarcasm is always one of the highlights of my day! so glad you were able to go out with the grownups for once! hope you get to do that more often. i’m pretty jealous you got to see turk from scrubs, i love that show! i owe dora the explorer a lot for saving both my babysitting charges and myself many times in the past too

  17. February 8, 2010 4:05 am

    Oh you’re so humorous! I can see how tiring it is to take care of a child so I should probably treat my mum better. Haha. The food looks great! Glad you agreed to your brother’s invitation and stepped out of the house 😀

  18. fitandfortysomething permalink
    February 8, 2010 6:23 am

    Glad you got out…..Such willpower not to over indulge! I have not been to BLT but I have been to Maestros a few times and yes there has been small cows on the table too-yuck!

  19. louisianagrown permalink
    February 8, 2010 7:17 am

    Um, that meal looks a little amazing. Will your single, cute, 27 year old brother hop on over to Louisiana and take me out?

  20. February 8, 2010 8:30 am

    i enjoyed the photos. it’s absolutely a classy restaurant. the meal looks amazingly mouth watering. 🙂

  21. February 8, 2010 8:35 am

    Hooray for Ali’s return!

    That dinner looks fabulous (especially with a side of Donald Faison)… and those cookie desserts… maybe you can make a healthier version to have at home!

  22. erintakescontrol permalink
    February 8, 2010 8:42 am

    The cod looks fabulous! Senior citizens dinner hour? Too funny!

  23. February 8, 2010 8:43 am

    Enjoyed this post….its always refreshing, honest authentic real life. 🙂

  24. February 8, 2010 8:49 am

    That restaurant and food look great! I’m glad you were able to enjoy them 🙂 You should probably take more of these kind of outings for yourself; well deserved me-time for being a full time mother and wife.

  25. February 8, 2010 9:38 am

    I think my hubby would say the same thing.. he would need series and volumes of posts to talk about my annoying and OCD habbits.

  26. whydeprive permalink
    February 8, 2010 9:46 am

    Ok that food looks amazing!
    I love how you managed to refrain from saying anything about your brother being 27 and single! lol Your posts always make me laugh!

  27. February 8, 2010 9:58 am

    omg that food looks amazing. What a fabulous looking restaurant. Im with you though, I usually just head off somewhere casual to eat. But this place looks like an awesome pick me up. Im glad you got to get away for bit. Its amazing how a night out can really work wonders! Complimentary chocolate cookies? omg that would be too hard to resist!=) Im so glad its finally sunny again! I hope you have a fabulous Monday sweetie!

  28. February 8, 2010 11:17 am

    Awww Girl, you always make me laugh! Thank you for the good chuckles daily 😉

    I think Ali is too cute….

    I am so glad you had a great night out with your bro, you two are so cute!


  29. February 8, 2010 1:34 pm

    BLT Steak contributed recipes in Alan Battman’s book – Small Things Savory. See the video about the 5th annual event in NYC.

  30. traynharder23 permalink
    February 8, 2010 2:48 pm

    let me know your birthdya and i’ll draw a special picture for you too!

    MUSTARD AND CARROTS IS BOMB!!! i do that when i am lacking in the pb department!

    how does level 1 feel for you? if it’s much easier than it was before, by all means, challenge yourself. if you’re even questioning it, then i think you’re ready for it!!!!

    (and don’t fret, i’ll kill you soon during the weekend)

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  32. actorsdiet permalink
    February 8, 2010 7:01 pm

    i’ve never heard of that restaurant before! or maybe i have, and thought it was “BLD”

    • February 8, 2010 8:15 pm

      BLD is a restaurant too! Breakfast Lunch Dinner somewhere in West Hollywood I think. BLT stands for something in French.

  33. February 8, 2010 7:13 pm

    Looks like a fabulous night out on the town, and it sounds like you definitely deserved it!!

  34. February 9, 2010 7:23 am

    oooh fun night! those desserts look really good. too bad i wasnt there with you, i could have quickly eaten all of them so you wouldnt be distracted by the chocolate 🙂

  35. February 10, 2010 3:58 pm

    Hi Ameena- I’m here for the first time…thanks for your comment today!

    OK hilarious that you took a photo of hubs sleeping on the couch! hee hee!

    And WHAT!! Your bro is 27 and SINGLE!! SHOCKING!! You’re really funny.

    I’m on the west side in LA- if you want to grab a coffee or something let me know!

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