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Like warm milk left out of the fridge, I am incredibly spoiled.

My boyfriend took me to a 10-course fine-dining meal at the famed Uptown purple-housed restaurant The McNinch House last night to celebrate a handful of recent milestones.

And not only did he treat me to an incredible meal, he rented out the entire restaurant, too.

Well, sort of not really. But if felt that way as we and the entire front dining room to ourselves with the nook table facing the front garden – the best table in the house.

The elaborate meal is definitely something to try at least once in a lifetime. There’s no other restaurant like it in town – in terms of decor/ambiance and cuisine.

McNinch House Restaurant
511 N. Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Press kicks off their inaugural “First Thursday of the Month Wine Tasting” event August 4, featuring The Naked Grape wines.

Guests can enjoy wine, music, and a variety of giveaways. The party starts at 5:30 and runs until 8:30 pm. Feel free to RSVP to paul@sonomarestaurants.net, or just stop by.

Press
333 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-370-3006

 

Stop by any Charlotte Yoforia location to try one of their new waffle bowls, which are being introduced today.

Chick-fil-A launched their new breakfast oatmeal item yesterday Monday, July 25. Full of whole-grains and other goodies, it seems like it has potential to be a delicious healthy option for breakfast.

Try it for yourself by winning a pair of these coupons for one free oatmeal and a free coffee. Visit my other blog Eat My Charlotte here to learn how to enter to win.

Scour your wine cellar and bring it to Upstream. The SouthPark seafood restaurant is hosting their next B.Y.O.B. Wine and Dine dinner series in September (held every other month), which will include a four-course meal to enjoy with your bottle.

B.Y.O.B. Wine and Dinner Series
Reception with sparkling wine starts at 7:00pm
$55 per person

Upstream
6902 Phillips Place
Charlotte, NC 28210
704.556.7730

Yep, culinary badass and host of No Reservations Anthony Bourdain will be sliding into town with chef and tv host Eric Ripert.

The two unlikely friends will be part of the event “Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert” held at the Bluementhal Performing Arts center on Oct. 26, 2011.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 29 at 10 a.m., with prices ranging from $34.50 – $150.00 for VIP packages.  Tickets will be available online at BlumenthalArts.org, at 704-372-1000 and at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office, 130 N. Tryon St.

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Wednesday, October 26 – Charlotte, NC
Presenter:
Blumenthal Performing Arts
Program: Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Location /Address /Time: Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices: begin at $34.50. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 29.
Phone number: 704-372-1000 / BlumenthalArts.org

Soft and chewy, and rolled in cinnamon sugar, what’s not to love about a good snickerdoodle?

Though pretty tasty, I would have never guessed that it’s the cookie of choice for a lot of dudes I know. I’ve never received more requests or positive feedback for any other cookie. My studies show guys like cinnamon + sugar.

That’s a good thing because I’m sweet and a little spicy, too. HA. jk jk. Eyeroll…

Well, here’s a great snickerdoodle recipe that will win you lots of compliments.

p.s. The trick to make them uniform in size is to use a quick-release cookie scoop.

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There I was in the kitchen. A pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia on the counter, my sugar cone poised and ready to be filled, and my trusty OXO quick release ice cream scoop in hand.

There was an ice cream cone to be had! I was happy as a clam.

And then … disaster struck. Check out what happened as soon as I tried scooping:

The ice cream scoop snapped in half!

I guess I’ve worked it too hard over the past 5 years. It finally said, Enough is enough, woman – too much ice cream for you anyway!

RIP my little scoop.

I shall have to eat lop-sided uneven scoops of ice cream until I get a replacement. So very sad.