Date Night

by HEAB on September 23, 2010

Last night, CD took me out for our anniversary. Honestly, I cannot believe we have been married 3 years – time really does fly.

We went to Park Cafe, one of our favorite restaurants in Nashville, and the site of our actual wedding. We hired a designer to transform the restaurant’s patio into a fairytale, and she did just that. We said our I Do’s in front of immediate family members and a few close friends. It was perfect, and all our guests said it was the best wedding dinner they’d ever eaten. If you’re ever in Nashville, please make Park Cafe a top priority as I promise that place never disappoints, last night’s dinner being no exception.

We started the evening off with the crab cake appetizer. It was heavy on the crab, just as it should be.


I ordered the Pan-Fried Salmon with a coconut crispy rice cake, Szechuan green beans, sweet chili plum sauce, grilled lime, & wontons. CD ordered the Brick Roasted Chicken with heirloom sweet potatoes, salt baked beets, local arugula, spiced pecans, goat cheese, cornbread croutons, & sorghum vinaigrette. Both were delicious! P.S. I’ve decided I use the words delicious, amazing, and yummy way too much on this blog, and I’m going to start getting a little more creative with my adjectives. Therefore, both were delectable!

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The HEABlet demanded dessert, and how could we possibly say no to our baby girl?!?


Thank goodness CD talked me into splitting one dessert instead of ordering two as a few bites of this chocolate espresso brownie just about did me in. However, I did request an extra scoop of ice-cream since we were sharing…had to make sure to get my fair share. 😉 Both the cappuccino gelato and white chocolate chip ice-cream were heavenly, and the brownie itself was…um…how about exquisite? Yes, it was exquisite.

Again, many thanks to my wonderful husband for another year of putting up with me…um, I mean joyful wedded bliss. CD, I love you very much! 🙂


More later. Just got home from the doctor and many emails to catch up on…be back in a bit!


Krysta September 24, 2010 at 8:09 am

You two are the cutest! Happy Anniversary to you both!

HEAB September 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

Thanks Krysta. 🙂

Alicia September 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

Congratulations! Dinner looked amazing and the dessert would have made my day.

Also, love the dress you are wearing. Where could I find that (if you don’t mind me asking)?


HEAB September 24, 2010 at 7:59 am

I actually bought the dress at Target a few months ago. $20, and it’s NOT a maternity dress. Hope you can find it. I think it’s the Mossimo brand.

Heather September 24, 2010 at 12:52 am

That dinner looks Ahhhh-mazing! May have to stop there sometime when I’m in Nashvegas! 😉
Love your new use of synonyms! I hate how I always get stuck using only a handful of words when there are so many more I know but forget about them!

Emily September 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Congratulations, you two!

S @ September 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Rock the bump, rock the anniversary, and ROCK THE THESAURUS. I love new words, whatever the reason for them. Should we start making some up, based on foodie-related words? In the immortal words of Darby Conley (who writes the cartoon “Get Fuzzy”): “you can wordify anything if you just verb it.”

Shall we wordify things by adjectiving it? 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Yes, we shall. 🙂

Gina September 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

One of my favorite memories is going out to dinner with my husband on our anniversary when I was pregnant. There’s just something extra special about celebrating that day with new life moving around inside you, all because you love each other. There will be lots of adventures and more love than you can imagine in the months ahead, but these moments with your husband will never come again. Treasure this time with Chris and enjoy the last moments of “just the two of us”.

You look absolutely, stunningly beautiful, BTW.

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Thanks so much Gina, and I will. Can’t believe it won’t be “just the two of us” much longer. 🙂

Katie September 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm

You guys are so cute!! Love that the HEABlet is being spoiled already! 😉

When do we get to hear her name?

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Katie, and the HEABlet’s name will be revealed on the day she’s born. My mom doesn’t even know…and it’s killing her! 😉

charlotte September 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

You are soooo cuuuuttttee!!! Happy anniversary to you and CD – that food looks amazing!

lara September 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I see CD put on his best jeans for the special occasion!!! MEN….oh, well soon he’ll have a little girl sitting on that lap…..:) can’t wait to see her!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Lara, that’s CD’s summer “going out outfit”…I had to talk him out of shorts. 🙂

jodye @ 'scend food September 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Your dinner looks …luscious! How was the coconut crispy rice cake? As soon as I read those words I decided I’m going to have to try to make some coconut crispy rice cakes of my own. I’d definitely go the same route with that ice cream; it’s very important that we all get our own share of dessert 😉

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Jodye, Luscious – good one! 🙂 Coconut rice cake was so good – especially when mixed with the plum sauce. The rice was sticky and perfectly flavored…wish there had been more of it!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic September 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Happy Anniversary! That dinner looks fastastic.My bf and I prob would’ve ordered the exact same thing!

Shannon September 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

What an amazing meal, and you are one hot mama 😉 Happy anniversary again!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Thanks Shannon! 🙂

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood September 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

HAHA, that’s what I say to my boyfriend every time we make another year. “Honey… do I drive you crazy?” Him: “HELL YEAH!” 😉

So happy for you two! Another wonderful year together with just the two of you and just think! Next year, there’ll be THREE of you! 😉 Btw, when is the HEABlet’s due date? I keep thinking its November 2nd, but maybe that’s just me being too overly excited to see her sweet, sweet face 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Love the honesty in your relationship. That’s true love in my opinion. 🙂 Due date is November 18!!!!

Sandi September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

HEAB, you and CD look beautiful as always! And dare I say your dinners (and dessert :D) look scrumptious!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Thanks Sandi…scrumptious – gotta remember that one! 😉

Ana September 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Congratulations again Heather! Awesome dinner you two had!
I also had ice cream for dessert last Sat when I went out with my hubby. Nothing beats ice cream, it is just so good!
And you are really pretty in the picture!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Thanks Ana, and yes, you just can’t beat ice-cream. Hands down my favorite dessert, especially when accompanied by a brownie. 🙂

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hehe, how funny…just yesterday I asked people what they served (or would serve) at their weddings. And here you are with an anniversary post about the same place you got married at! 🙂

homecookedem September 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

HOT MAMA!! You look so great!!!!! You are glowing and you just look so happy!! 🙂 Glad you and CD had a lovely anniversary dinner and it’s so funny, my baby often demands dessert too!! Silly babies, haha! 😉

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I think it’s really important we listen to our babies and feed them what they want. 😉

Kaleigh September 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Congratulations to you both! I love that you go back every year to the same place you were married! I hope you guys really enjoyed your anniversary.

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Kaleigh. We did. 🙂

Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I’m a fan of your adjectives, Heather, but rocks my socks.

Good call on the extra scoop of ice cream. Prouda you!

Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I’m a fan of that adjective. is kind of a Godsend =) Here’s to a wonderful new year of marriage and all that it brings!

Have you posted any pictures of Park Cafe from your wedding? I would love to see this fairytale of sorts.

Lauren at KeepItSweet September 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

happy anniversary!

Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Look at you in your black boots and dress. You look wonderful and very glowy! Must be the dessert! 🙂 I’m wiping the drool off my keyboard! 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Andrea…and yes, that brownie is totally drool worthy! I want more. 😉

Laura September 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Possibly one of THE best looking desserts ever!!! xx

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Also one of the best tasting dessert ever!

Justine September 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I love crab cakes! And the dessert looks absolutely divine! 🙂

(Sadly, Trader Joe’s hasn’t yet set up shop in Oklahoma, but I hope that one day they will. Otherwise, I am sure I can find it at my local market. I hope!)

I hope the doctor’s visit went well!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I hope so too. We didn’t have Trader Joe’s for the longest time, and I was so excited when they finally opened in Nashville! Doctor’s visit did go well – will post about it here in a bit. 🙂

Cynthia September 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Happy Anniversary! Congrats!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Aaaw, you are such a beautiful couple! Congratulations again on the anniversary!! And it looks like you had a great dinner, too 😀 An espresso brownie??? Yum!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Thanks Liz, and yes, an espresso brownie. Yum indeed. 🙂

Leanne September 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I am going to need to re-create those green beans, I’m drooling over here. CONGRATS on your 3 yrs of wedded bliss!

P.S The bump looks adorable.

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Thank you and if you are ever able to recreate those beans, please share the recipe as they are my favorite! We had bowls of them at every table at our wedding. So YUMMY. 🙂

Maren September 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I’m excited to see what kind of new adjectives you come up with! You only have a couple more months to blame dessert cravings on the HEABlet, so why not live it up, right?! 🙂 Happy Anniversary!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

My thoughts exactly! 🙂

Candice @ChiaSeedMe September 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Happy Anniversary – you guys look so cute!!

loving your new adjectives:)

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Candice. 🙂

janetha g. September 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

what a great date! the crab cakes look phenomenal and you guys are such an adorable couple.. i cannot WAIT to see the baby you make. erm, are making. made? yeah, you know what i mean. xo

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

J. G. Bean,
I cannot wait to see what the baby looks like either. I’m so curious!

FoodCents September 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Heather & CD – Happy Anniversary ( a day late) …..

Looks like an extremely lovely dinner, I can not wait to visit The ‘Ville.

Heather, you looking absolutely beautiful!!! Love the dress 🙂

Best to you both 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Foodcents! Did your Naturally Nutty arrive yet? Hope you enjoy it when it does. And yes, get yourself to Nashville, and we’ll take you to Park Cafe. 🙂

polly September 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

hi love!

Nah, you can never use YUMMY tooooo much. 😛

You are gorgeous and that meal was amazingly delectable!

You are loved! XO

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

As are you. 🙂

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

“Pan-Fried Salmon with a coconut crispy rice cake, Szechuan green beans, sweet chili plum sauce, grilled lime”—

Omg that sounds good! When I was pregnant I ate salmon b/c i just CRAVED it. And that sounds like a perfect salmon dinner…sweet chili plum. My kinda flavor, no onions, salt, garlic. Lovely!

Espresso brownie. THAT would have been worth the trip alone!

Your preggie picture at the end…oh, you are sooo beautiful, Heather! I read on some comment you left on someone’s blog you said you had open hips. And that you liked your hair. I have always loved your hair, it’s a thick beautiful mane that most women would kill for! And open hips…good, they will help you in your birth I think. My hips are my most open part of my body and birth went well, so hopefully my unscientific analogy will translate 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I sure hope so! And regarding the salmon, I’m loving on the salmon lately and so over reading AVOID fish, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’m all for more DHA these days!

eatmovelove September 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

CD has a Hot Wife! You look great!

I thought I’d order the chicken when you described it – but goodness that salmon looks…delectable 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Thanks eatmovelove, and yes, the salmon was 100% delectable. 😉

Susan September 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

What a great night! CD is such a sweetie. And you are one hot mama!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Thanks Susan! 🙂

Claire C September 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Honestly,Heather,I don’t think you can ever overuse, ” yummy”, ” amazing, or “delicious”.They’re such happy words.hehe…I’m glad you had a great and tasty date night:-)cc

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Claire C,
I think “yummy” is my favorite…that’s the one I always seem to gravitate towards. 🙂

Katie September 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

What a fun celebration! And happy (late) anniversary! My hubs and I have been married for 3 years too, and it seems UNREAL that it’s been that long. Time flies, indeed. 🙂 You’re still looking great with the big girl bump!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thanks Katie, and congrats to you and your hubs as well. 🙂

Felicia September 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

look at you!! so beautiful! happy 3 years 🙂

melissa @ the delicate place September 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

look at you and those cute boots! the dessert sounds like a perfect way to end that meal. i hope it was warm, fudgey and gooey the best kind!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Yes, our dessert was definitely warm, fudgey, and gooey…the BEST! 🙂

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger September 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

WOWZA! That dinner sounds amazing! That could just get me to head to Nashville for the dinner alone! I’m having a hard time looking away from that dessert. The HEABlet has good taste:)

I know what you mean about time flying by. I’ve been married a year and a half and feel like we’re still newlyweds (although, that’s how it should be!) Glad you had such a wonderful date night! 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Get yourself to Nashville! I’ll make sure to stock the avocados. 🙂

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger September 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

BAHAHA! I’m there!!!

BTW, you had asked when my competition date was and it is November 13th and November 20th (God-willing!) That is if my body works with me to get this remaining bodyfat off!) Then, hopefully, we’ll get crack-a-lackin’ on babies. If I look half as cute as you do preggers, I’d say I’ll have it pretty good:)

Marina September 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

All the food sounds so nice, specially the dessert 🙂

Brandae September 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

What a fun anniversary date – congratulations! I love the idea of expanding your adjective use – I need to do the same. 🙂

Courtney (greeneyedrunner) September 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

just putting it out there, HEABlet is going to be stunningly beautiful :]

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Oh gosh, thanks Courtney! 🙂

Sarah R September 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Sounds like a wonderful celebration–you two are so cute together!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Sarah R.

brandi September 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

happy anniversary!!!

You two look so happy together – and yes, time does fly! I have no clue how Nick and I have been married for almost 7 years now. Crazy!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

That dessert looks to die for.

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

It was!

Kiersten September 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Happy anniversary!

Jessica @ How Sweet September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

I wanted to tell you on Facebook, but you guys are SO CUTE!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Jessica. 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

Uh oh, you already can’t say no to the little one! You look great and I am so happy for you two!

Betherann September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

Happy third from a fellow third-wedded-year-er! 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Betherann, same to you. 🙂

Kayla September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

You guys are the cutest couple!! Sorry I haven’t been commenting, but I’ve definitely been reading!! I will try to work on that, as I know the effort it must take to write a post (or two) every day. I should be able to write a few sentences more frequently 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Never apologize for not commenting. Just happy to have you reading. 🙂

courtney September 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

Aww, Heather, you look so beautiful and happy! Sounds like a wonderful evening; I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

Heather what a lovely evening!

My husband and I will celebrate 3 years in January — as corny as it sounds it seems like only yesterday we were still dating!

Congrats 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I know – these past 3 years have just flown by!

rachael September 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

Happy Anniversary! You look amazing!

Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

You look positively glowing with a little HEABlet inside 🙂

Happy Anniversary!

Jess (Bmore Balanced) September 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

I’m hungry for a brownie and gelato now.

Happy Anniversary. You look adorable!

Exercise and Eat September 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

Congrats on your 3rd anniversary! You are a ravishing mommy-to-be!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

Happy anniversary! It looks like a glorious night out…and you two are just so adorable!! Love you!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Thanks Mara. Love you too. 🙂

Emily September 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

Looks like a delicious and wonderful anniversary date night 🙂

Kristina @ spabettie September 23, 2010 at 11:34 am

this all looks fabulous… I am so with you, crab cakes would be ALL crab if we could somehow use crab as the binder… for crab. 🙂

you two look great – Happy Anniversary!

HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Ha! if you ever figure out how to bind with crab, please let me know. 😉

Heather (Heather's Dish) September 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

i’m totally swooning over every single thing you guys ate! what a perfect way to ring in another beautiful year together 🙂

sweetersalt September 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

Congratulations! Everything does look delicious, amazing and yummy!

p.s. you look adorable – rock that baby bump 🙂


HEAB September 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Laura. 🙂

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