After my 11 miler on Saturday, I quickly cleaned off and dolled myself up for a night out on the town! Once I had some food in my belly, Ryan and I hit the road for our 2.5 hour drive to Chapel Hill, NC.
2+ hours in the car? You bet your ass I’m gonna be utilizing that time to study! Y’all who know me well know that I am as big of a nerd as they come. Oh! and for those of you who care how I’m doing in my Biostatistics course, I got an A on my first test! Only missed 1 question. However, missing that one question equated to a 91%…so I’m glad it wasn’t more than that! I’m pretty amped, though, considering math is not exactly my strong point… I tell ya, the achiever in me is in full force this semester!
We had dinner reservations for 5:30 and we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get there (and explore!). And if you’re thinking 5:30 is an ungodly early hour to eat dinner, I completely agree with you. But we had to make sure we allowed ourselves enough time to have an enjoyable dining experience as well as drive over to Durham, find a parking spot, and walk over to the theatre for the 8:00PM showing of The Lion King. We’re both planners. And we both do not like to be late. Put those two together and what do ya get? Yep, that would be dinner at the grandma hour.
But first, we had some explorin’ to do.
Just another reason why I’m a nerd…
Our dinner reservations were made at the best restaurant Chapel Hill has to offer – Cyrpess on the Hill on Franklin Street. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who has gone to UNC just raaaaves about this place! And lucky for me, one of my professors last semester was able to give me the hook up since his son, Greg, is the general manager of Cypress on the Hill. And let me just say, Greg and his crew provided topnotch service!
Roasted Garlic & Bread Soup
Roasted Garlic, House-made Baguette, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Chive Oil
Red Wine Poached Bosc Pear & Celebrity Dairy Goat Cheese
Mixed Salad Greens & Shaved Fennel in a Ruby Port & Sourwood Honey Vinaigrette
The bread was pretty ballin’, too… They kept filling our plates up with the stuff (which was A-Okay by me!) In fact, I think Ryan and I ate somewhere around two loaves each! If you could taste it, you’d understand. Greg even swung by during our entrée and said “we’re currently firing up more bread for you in the oven…” My thoughts? Yes, yes…of course you are.
Ryan’s Duck entrée…he said it was in the top 10 meals he’s ever had. Ever.
And my entrée? The best dang mussels my tastebuds have EVER met!!!! So plump and full of flavor…and the garlic butter broth was divine.
And that bread that Greg brought us during our entrée? Yeah, we used that to “wipe-up” the very last drops of food on our plates. Otherwise, we prrrrobably would have licked our plates clean. Not. even. kidding.
We finished up dinner right around 7 and made our way across town to see the show. We arrived with just the right amount of time to find parking, walk to the Durham Performing Arts Center, and find our seats. The place was paaaacked!
The golden tickets! (They arrived in the mail a few days before the New Year…)
We finally settled down into our seats… and I must say, we had a pretty good view!
The performance was phenomenal. It was everything I remembered and more. I even teared up during the first scene (Circle of Life). It was just so powerful! It really made me realize how delicate life is… and it made me acknowledge how far I’ve come since high school. (I saw this show with my parents three days before my boyfriend from high school passed away in a car accident… so seeing this show for a second time almost made me feel as if I’ve come “full circle.” Very hard to explain, and I’m actually still sorting my thoughts on this…but I digress.)
I think one of my favorite parts about this show are all of the visuals – the chorography, costumes and set design are just beyond words. I still can’t get over how they utilize the stage to make everything come to life. And of course …the music was fantastic. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend keeping your eye out for a nearby show!
We hit the road to head home about 11PM. The drive wasn’t bad at all, but I sure was feeling some hunger pangs!
By the time we got home I was pretty much starving. So, what else does a girl do after a long day on her feet? Why, she makes a green monster, of course!
So that’s what I did. At 1:15AM (sorry, neighbors…)
I went to town making a green monster (aka…a green smoothie for those of you who are not down with the blog-world lingo).
I didn’t even bother to stop and take my heels off (and that, my friends, is saying something…considering the fact that I hardly ever wear heels… AND I had just run 11 miles earlier in the day.) Yeah. I wanted that green monster. And bad.
Mission accomplished. I went to bed a happy camper.
(Oh, and if you’re wondering how Happy faired during all of this… we have some aaaaaamazing neighbors in our apartment complex who also have puppies. We have all come to look after each others’ pups if any of us go outta town/are gone for a while. And of course, the pups just have a BALL!)
Have any of y’all ever seen The Lion King on Broadway… or eatin at Cypress on the Hill? What do y’all do with your pets if you go out for an extended period of time?