Gotta Have My Tots

Sooooooooo tired. Need my bed. But first, a quick post because we had the most fabulous dinner!




In classic wine country dinner party style, when Anne and I walked into Hardy’s tonight, he had about seven bottles of wine open, a spit bucket on the table and two “special” bottles of wine wrapped up in tin foil for a “surprise tasting”.

Guess what they were….
GEORGIA WINE! That’s dirty south style, for sure. And they actually were really good. I tried both this chardonnay and the cab and actually loved the Chard. Smelled like buttered popcorn and tasted even better! 😉
We also had another secret weapon at dinner:
Oh yes we did.
So, anyways, we made lamb chops with homemade tzatziki, israeli couscous with meyer lemon zest and feta, carrots and fennel, green beans with lemon, garlic and olive oil…..plus the tots. Obviously.
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If you’re eating lamb chops and drinkin’ Georgia wine, you gotta have tater tots! I haven’t had them in FOREVER and they were sooooo good. ‘Specially when you dip them in a mixture of tzatziki sauce + ketchup. Only thing missing was hot sauce! 😉
We had a salad with pressed tofu and balsamic dressing to start:
And then, here’s my dinner plate with a little bit of everything:
It all was amazing and somehow dinner ended up being a three hour wine tasting……georgia wine beating california wine!!! I actually didn’t drink that much at all (just tastes of everything), but it was so fun to see which paired best with what.
Anne and I just walked home and this was me five minutes ago:

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    December 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Tots are such a great guilty pleasure – I like mine “cajun” style 😉

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    December 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I haven’t had tater tots in (at least) 10 years! Must. Eat. Tots.

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    December 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Seriously, your life is too cool–like a TV show! I feel like I’m watching the Food Network when I see/hear/read about your eats and drinks. Mmmm.

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    Danielle (Coffee Run)
    December 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    haha love the gourmet food + tots 🙂

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    December 31, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I commend you on how you are able to function with wine every night! I think that I just need to work on my tolerance! You would think that mine would have gone up since moving to Europe, but it has been the opposite! I’ve got to change that! 🙂

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    December 31, 2009 at 1:27 am

    P.S. I know you were spitting tonight though! The dinner looks lovely!

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    christie, honoring health
    December 31, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I haven’t had tater tots in a really long time. I was actually eying them last time I was in Whole Foods and was very tempted. Maybe next time!

    Looks like your evening was great, I hope you that you feeling 100% soon!

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    December 31, 2009 at 4:18 am

    ooooh what a fun looking evening! I love the idea of a suprise wine tasting 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 4:41 am

    You look great in the kitchen – that should bode well for photos in your book! 🙂
    Tater tots = goodness!
    Also have you, or any of your readers, tried Kundalini Yoga before? I just tried it – very passive, but interesting…alot of sitting – so not the Power your used to…but like I said “interesting” – I just did a post on it if anyone has feedback 😉 Cheers.

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    diana(mymarble rye)
    December 31, 2009 at 4:53 am

    i want lamb and taters STAT. I wonder if they have that at Sonic? 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I love tots!! Everytime I go to Sonic I always make sure to get that instead of their fries

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 31, 2009 at 5:01 am

    you can’t go wrong with tater tots! I agree with you on the hot sauce… gotta have it!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 31, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I saw you tweet about chardonnay and my first thought was ..’I thought she didn’t like chardonnay..?’ 🙂

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    Paige (Running Around Normal)
    December 31, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Tator tots! Haven’t had those in a while.
    Looks like a great time. Totally wishing I had some of that chard!
    Hope you have a nice sleep

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    December 31, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Tater tots and wine …. what a pairing:)
    Looks like you had a really wonderful night!!

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    December 31, 2009 at 5:32 am

    You are sooo… much fun to follow! Can’t tell you how many people thank me for introducing you to them. My very best for you this coming New Year!

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 31, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Fun!…I like my tots w/Lawrie’s Seasoning Salt…that chemical dump probably seeds a disease…but the wine should kill it off!

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    Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    December 31, 2009 at 5:43 am

    hahaha, nothing like fabulous wine and frozen tots!! glad you guys are enjoying yourselves :O)

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    December 31, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Jenna, you look happy and beautiful 🙂

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    Evan Thomas
    December 31, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Lol! love the tots

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    December 31, 2009 at 6:15 am

    That dinner sounds amazing! I love the addition of tater tots. LOL

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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    December 31, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I’m not a tater tot fan…but the Ore Ida french fries…YUM!

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    Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    December 31, 2009 at 6:38 am

    It’s impossible to say “no” to the tots! Dinner looked absolutely amazing. To be honest, I am relieved there is good wine in Georgia. I’m going to have to head to the winery there. Florida wine, is just not that great.

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    December 31, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Amazing dinner!

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    December 31, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Wow! That dinner looks really good. I hope you are doing better today.

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    December 31, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Tater tots actually sort of go with your GA wine to me. I live in GA and all the restaurants/bars serve tater tots. Yum.

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Love tator tots! They remind me of elementary school lunches. How do you make the lamb like that? I’ve always thought it looked delicious, but never tried to cook it before!

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Oh em gee. Is it wrong that out of all the fab things this dinner included, I’m most excited about the tater tots?

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Mmmm, your dinner looks so tasty! I think only Southerners can truly appreciate the art of the tater tot 😉

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Wow dinner looks fabulous–haha I love the addition of the tots!

    Hope you got a good night’s sleep! 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:19 am

    that looks like such fun! I love doing blind tastings. Oh my gosh, I haven’t had tater tots in ages! but we’ve been having some good southern food while visiting my mom in NC 🙂
    Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I love that Trader Joe’s Israeli couscous mix…I could seriously eat it every single night.
    Feel better, and Happy New Year!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    December 31, 2009 at 7:26 am

    TOTS!!! ah love love love them!! it’s been so long!

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    Cait (Cait's Plate)
    December 31, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I like Hardy’s shirt. Is he a True Blood fan?? I just recently got into it and that’s what it reminded me of.

    And haha – YES! Tater tots totally remind me of school lunches as a kid!

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Wow, totally craving tots now. I haven’t had them in years but I guess you never forget how good they are!

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    Deva (VoraciousVorilee)
    December 31, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I was talking to The Boy a few nights ago, telling him that I really wanted some tater tots. I don’t think I’ve eaten them since graduation – and that was almost three years ago! Now I know I need to go buy a bag to dunk into some ketchup!

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    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    December 31, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Your posts crack me up! Sounds like a wonderful evening!

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    December 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

    sometimes there is just no substitute for tater tots! dinner sounds wonderful, your friends look like a fun bunch!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 31, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Mmmm…tots 🙂 Looks like you’re having a great time! Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Amazing looking meal!! Yummm tzatziki sauce…I’m a tad obsessed. and mann tots..I haven’t had the in foreveeerr, and they make me think of Napoleon Dynamite…gosh! 🙂

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    rebecca lustig
    December 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I hope you had a good night’s sleep after enjoying that delcious meal!

    wishing you a very happy safe and healthy new year, lovely lady!

    rebecca <3

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 31, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Mmm…those lamb chops look good. Oh, and my husband loves loves loves tater tots so he always buys a bag when he goes to the grocery store. Sounds like a super fun night!

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    December 31, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Tater tots= love. =D Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite… “hey Pedro, ya gonna eat your tots?” hahaha =)

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 31, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Now THAT is an awesome dinner. Too many wonderful things involved to touch on. Though I will say, some of my fondest memories from childhood include the tater tots served in the cafeteria. Also, that particular side was one of the few food items that was actually yummy. Ha.

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    December 31, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Tater Tots remind me of Napoleon Dynamite. They are oh-so tasty!

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    Sassy Molassy
    December 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Love the face plant photo!

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    December 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    If I ever get the choice of tater tots or something else, I would pick tots EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!
    Happy New Year!
    adventures in tri-ing

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    December 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    those green beans look SO good right now 😀
    haha I forgot all about those delicious tater tots!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    December 31, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Who doesn’t love Tater Tots!?

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    December 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    napoleon dynamite style tots, stored in his sweatpants and smooshed by bullies.

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    December 31, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    What a great dinner!

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    Kelly B.
    December 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Love the tator tots!!!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    December 31, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Yay for Georgia wine!

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    December 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    That dinner looks awesome! Why does it seem like everything is cooler in California? Your posts make me want to visit =) Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    i love that you had tater tots with porkchops. looks like a fun evening!

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