Just kidding, Peeeej, you can stay as long as you like!
When you've got a friend who hates on Baltimore, who has never had a dark and stormy, and who appreciates the fine line between fine dining and dive bar there's only one place to take him. That's right friends. Matt and I officially ate out on our own dime for the first time since the challenge began at the much heralded Captain Larry's. PJ, Matt and I met up with newlyweds Nick and Liz for delicious eats, strong drinks and great company.
Dark and Stormy:
Pint glass, half ginger beer, topped with dark rum--just the way it should be.
These fish tacos hit the spot every, single time:
Build your own grilled cheese:
I realize this is not a flattering photo of Lizzy, but look at that cheese!
Peej decided to truly embrace his Mobtown experience, and ordered the crabcakes. These things were huge and done in the proper Maryland style, with little filler and lotsa flavor. Seriously gigantic, he had to take one home.
Matt had to give his cupcake a talking to before he demolished it.
Cupcakes make PJ a little creepy.
Patty Piratecupcakes is always a highlight of a trip to Larry's. She creates fresh often whacky and always delicious flavors. This lady is so creative, a million flavor combos that I would never think of. We've ordered her treats for my birthday party for a couple of years now. If you ever need cupcakes in Baltimore, look her up! You won't be disappointed.
PJ remarked that Captain Larry's has a bit of an identity crisis, and he is totally right. It's part dirty sailor bar, part art gallery, part family friendly restaurant, part Ravens' Roost and all fun. Just the way I like it.
After enjoying our meal out and a busy weekend, Matt and I took some time to evaluate our challenge and how we'll move forward. Soon, we'll report back with more specific financials, but we are definitely saving some cash by eating in--even considering the extra money spent at the grocery store. We are most certainly spending more time together and with Rowdy at our little house, which is a pleasant side effect I didn't expect. No word on our health just yet, but eating in still feels really, really good. I've personally been really encouraged by all the people who comment on the blog, in person, here or on Facebook. The accountability is a great motivator and it's nice to hear from folks who are following us on this journey!
So, moving forward, our plan is to continue to eat in as much as possible. We're going to plan a meal out once a month and we're going to try and plan it ahead of time so we don't succumb to laziness or lack or preparation or pressure. We will each be allowed one coffee shop coffee drink a week. We will consider invitations for meals out for special occasions and celebrations. Sound good?
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