Well last night was just as I expected—-we didn’t eat until 8:45 and didn’t get home until 11:00. That combo, along with waking up at 5:30 and working a full day already, made Jenna a veeery sleepy girl! I promptly passed out as soon as we got home, so please forgive me for the late post!
The Columbia was GREAT though (as usual)! This is one of our very favorite places and we love to go there for special occasions. I had my college graduation dinner there and we have celebrated various birthdays there as well. Last night we celebrated seeing each other again after a month so there was definitely a need to celebrate! 🙂
As soon as we got there we ordered our “signature”—–a pitcher of mojitos!
They.were.so.good. And I probably drank them way too fast because we didn’t get food for the next thirty minutes and I was so hungry I just kept sucking down mojito at rapid pace. That’s a big stalk of sugar cane in my drink!
We finally got some apps—my favorite, the Queso Fundido:
And prawns in “1905 sauce”:
Oh my goodness, the prawns were out of this world!!!!! We each had two of them dipped in sauce and split the cheesy/tomato sauce as well. I wasn’t a fan of the bread it was served with (it was a little hard) so I ate the majority of the “dip” with my fork. It was really yummy!
I also got my favorite thing in the entire world: Cuban Black Bean Soup!
This soup is 100% vegetarian and is served atop a bed of fluffy white rice. It’s pretty much the most amazing thing ever, especially when you dump copious amounts of hot sauce on it 😉
For my entree, I got the 1905 Salad. I LOVE this salad! I crave this salad! It’s just soooooooo good:
It’s so old fashioned but I love it all the same! They make it for you right at the table and dump tons of little spanish olives in it, sliced swiss cheese, ham, tomatoes and their “secret” 1905 salad dressing. I order this along with the Cuban Black Bean Soup every single time I have ever eaten there. I also had 1 1/2 of Ryan’s fried plantains along with his yuca (a starchy veggie like a potato).
Ryan got HIS favorite dish ever: the pork. It comes shredded with rice and beans and plantains. I had a bite and it was pretty good. The funny thing was that he didn’t finish it and wanted to take the rest home so the guy went and boxed it up for him. But then the server came back and apologized because he set down Ryan’s boxed leftovers and turned his back for a moment—-when he looked back, another server had accidentally taken Ryan’s leftovers to the wrong table! SO, they gave Ryan an entire new pork dinner to take home with him!
We were seated at the table directly next to the stage where the dancers were!
Oh, and I also ate pleeeeenty of this hot cuban bread:
And here I am at the end of the meal when all the mojitos were gone:
Yes, I like to gnaw on the sugar cane. That’s when we knew it was time to go home.
And then I slept until 9 am!!!!!!!!!!! Oh it felt so good. Usually by 9 I’m already pulling out all the bread I’ve baked all morning. It felt so wonderful to be back in the big comfy bed, room pitch black and the ac blasting. Love it.
And I just woke up and ate a bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares with skim milk and a naner:
Today is the day I have been most excited for! Ryan and I are going to relax all day and then go to my parent’s house later this afternoon for dinner and to watch the World Series. Today is the infamous Florida/Kentucky football game, which is always fun in our house since my dad (and entire family on his side) went to Kentucky and RYAN, obviously, went to Florida. There’s a huge rivalry and some trash talking involved in this…..but its always good fun. 😉
Have a fabulous Saturday and I’ll be back after lunch!
bobbiOctober 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm
yummy dinner, sounds like such a fun place to go! Have fun watching some football:)
EricaOctober 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm
What a night! *drool!* That salad looks amazing! Well, it all looks amazing! And yay for sleeping in! 9am! Wow! I bet it felt like you slept for 2 days. I love the pic of you gnawing on the sugar cane…cracked me up! Yeah, that’s when you know it’s time to go home…you look like are in a tired-daze. Have the most fantastic weekend, honey! ~e
caitlinOctober 25, 2008 at 2:21 pm
i love the columbia! thats where we went (in st augustine) the night we got engaged 🙂
i hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend!!!
VeggieGirlOctober 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm
Your night was beyond spectacular, Jenna – definitely worth being a “sleepy girl” for!! 😀
ENJOY YOUR EXCITING DAY!!!!!!!
SaraOctober 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Your hair looks really pretty. Do you blow dry it with a round brush or use a curling iron?
jennaOctober 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Thank you!! I ALWAYS use a round brush. If I didn’t, my hair would be so flat it would stick to my neck.
sueOctober 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm
I can’t eat at the Columbia. A while ago i was there when they were making the famous salad. They dropped it on the floor(the entire thing) put it back and then served it. Yuck
pollyOctober 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm
Jenna, enjoy the weekend the the BOY! 🙂 (and Dex) You deserve a nice long relaxing time with your loved ones. Eat lots of yummy things! I like your necklace!
DanielleOctober 25, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Aw, looks like such a great place, glad you enjoyed yourself! Have fun today… may the best team win 🙂
AlexiaOctober 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Dinner looked awesome! That looks like a neat and fun place to go.
Have fun watching the game! GO WILDCATS!
MaraOctober 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Your post today made me realize how long its been since I’ve had real Cuban food! My favorite thing (besides the bread and queso fundido) is always Ropa Vieja… Enjoy your weekend!
hkOctober 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm
what a fabulous dinner! so glad you’re back with Ryan, even if it is for just a short weekend 🙂
Enjoy the afternoon and football rivalries!
BeeElleOctober 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm
Hi! I love your approach to food – dinner looks SO yummy. Also, your hair is gorgeous – please tell me you spent hours on it!
jennaOctober 25, 2008 at 4:26 pm
You’re sweet. My hair takes 10 minutes….I just blow it dry with a round brush. I’m in the process of growing it out and its very frustrating!!!
AnnaOctober 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm
I’m a Kentucky girl (I live in Lexington, down the street from UK) so I have to root the Wilcats on in this one!
By the way, the food looks DELICIOUS!
mhOctober 25, 2008 at 5:41 pm
AWW my cats are losing so bad!! it hurts!!
Anna- yeah! I have a ky friend!! Do you go to UK now? I just graduated from UK!! have a great day jenna
runjessOctober 25, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Looks like an interesting/awesome take on queso. You should come to Texas and taste the many varieties. Mmmm…
Today is also the infamous UT/OSU game. Those alum boyfriends get so excited, don’t they? Bah. Football.
KatieOctober 27, 2008 at 7:44 pm
Oh those poached pears look FAB-U-LOUS!