Springing Ahead at Vinology!

by Rachel on March 14, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I am struggling today. Since I went out last night, I wish I could say it’s because I partied too hard and filled up on McDonald’s hash browns this morning, but nope…it’s the damn time change.

Last night was so fun, but going out on Daylight Savings Time Eve is not something I’ll do again!

Well, the night started off with my Target bender. Why must Target carry everything I never knew I always wanted?? Did I need a new planner, new dishes, a desk organizer, business card holder, mini wallet, granola bars, blank note cards and envelopes, nail polish, and hair shine spray? I mean…200 blank note cards and envelopes in six different jewel tones for $9.99!? I can’t pass that up! And I can’t just tote my business cards around in my wallet and this one has a picture of the Eiffel Tower on it…of COURSE I’m going to buy that. And I do need a better desk organizer…and this one is made of sustainable bamboo!

And that’s how I ended up buying a shit-ton of stuff and not the jeans I went in for; Target has everything, but apparently they do not have my size jeans. So now I’m going to get sucked in to Target.com due to promises of free shipping of you spend $50.

Anyway, after the Target orgy, I headed to Ann Arbor to Vinology. This place is great; I can see why Leah picked this place for her birthday outing!


After an eventful week and lots of editing of my book, which deals heavily with tequila, I was in the mood for some. I was hoping they had the kind of drink menu that has strong, creative cocktails made with all types of great liquor. After all, it was a sit-down sort of affair…I couldn’t just start ripping tequila shots by myself on someone else’s birthday. But, as you might expect, their wine menu was extensive, and lacking in tequila-infused drinks.

Sad, but I certainly don’t have a problem with drinking good wine! I started with a glass of Malbec and then had a glass of merlot. Both were amazingly smooth and velvety and just made me so warm and toasty and relaxed. I just love wine. I don’t drink it very often because my family doesn’t drink (I know — weird) and I just sort of forget to buy it and have it regularly, but I really think I may need to make this a goal. I mean, after a long day in front of the computer, it’s nice to relax. And after this article in the NY Times last week said that women who drink gain less weight, I have even more incentive! But of course, it comes with the “The findings don’t mean women should rush to drink alcohol to lose weight” disclaimer. Yeah, yeah.

Because Vinology’s menu looked so great, I arrived hungry, but sadly, so many people were just there for drinks! I knew I could count on Leah though. We both ordered small plates. She got the vol au vent: beef tenderloin tips, mushrooms, and red wine jus. I had a bite and it was delicious. I had the scallops, which were grilled and served with rosemary polenta, balsamic vinaigrette, and braised endive.


It was so good. I don’t go out to eat too often, but when I do, I love really good real food! I was so hungry; I cleaned my plate.

A little while later, my friends Tracy and Kathy showed up!

We had so much fun catching up; we seriously just gushed and the time flew by. We also had a new waiter who seemed to really, really love us. He kept bringing us really good bread with chive butter.

Since I had planned to go all-out, and the scallops order was pretty small, I was still hungry. I figured rather than sit there and eat a whole loaf of bread, I should just get some real food, so I ordered edamame for us to share.

Main course, then bread and appetizers? Hey, why not? And the edamame was the best I’d ever had; it just had a really unique flavor and was served with some mysteriously delicious soy sauce. Maybe that’s where the tequila was hiding.

We had so much fun, the night just flew by, and I didn’t end up getting home until 2:00…and then I realized it was actually 3:00. I have trouble sleeping in as it is, so I knew this wasn’t going to be good. When I woke up at 8:30 (but actually 9:30?! SO CONFUSING) I decided to just get up because I knew I wouldn’t fall back to sleep. I told myself I could take a nap later, and even though I despise naps, I’m really struggling today so I might have to head back to bed!

I’m always wishing I had more hours in the day — having one less is not my thing. The good thing is, everyone else is struggling too. I suppose in that sense, it is a good idea to go out on Daylight Savings Time. That way, if you’re totally struggs and looking like a hot mess, you can blame the hour you missed of sleep and don’t have to admit to the Jager.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

The only good thing about the time change is that it reminds us to change the batteries in our smoke alarms. Hope you remembered. And at least it’s earlier in the year than it used to be. :)
.-= Melissa (It’s a Veggieful Life)´s last blog ..Starbucks Coupon Giveaway! =-.


2 Cassie March 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I heart Target a lot :-) I have one a few blocks away from, it’s actually right near the train station i take to and from work everyday. Needless to say I have had many impulse shopping moments there, but you have to love it :-) hope you’re resting… have a good week all
.-= Cassie´s last blog ..Spicy Dish and Twilight Obsession =-.


3 Teri [a foodie stays fit] March 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Holy CRAP you look insanely beautiful in that first picture. I kind of have a girl crush.

I was driving past Target on the way home today and thought about stopping ya know, just to check it out. I’m glad I resisted. :)

I’m finally catching up on all my emails this weekend – haven’t been ignoring you!! I’m so excited about the new proposal! :)


4 Rachel March 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

Awww, thanks Teri! You know, girl crushes, are, to me, the biggest compliment! Except now they might be outnumbering boy crushes, which is NOT good.


5 Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear March 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I have to agree with Teri – I hovered over that picture for a hot minute thinking DAYUM HOTTIE!! I just might have to second that girl crush :)
.-= Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear´s last blog ..Concerts and Shamrocks =-.


6 Rachel March 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm

ahhh you GIRLS…I thought it was kind of a lame pic of me! Jeez, I might need to make it my Facebook photo!!


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