Going Out and Diving In

by Lauren on January 1, 2012

Happy New Year friends!

How did you celebrate the end of 2011?

Our night was a little unordinary for us, but a blast non the less.  I am usually content keeping things fairly low key for NYE; however, this year, we decided to make plans to go out for a nice dinner downtown with friends.  When we made the reservations, they explained that we would be given free passes to a fancy NYE party at a fancy hotel in the city.  So we all said why not and got dressed up for a night out.

Toly is contemplating a new look this year…..

Umm, not sure how I feel about the facial hair but he’s still pretty cute with or without the beard.  Thoughts?

Dinner was at our absolute favorite restaurant in the city, Bricco. Our friend has never been but has been dying to go ever since we told him last year how much we love this place.

We arrived early before our 8pm reservation to enjoy some drinks at the bar.

Dinner was a pre-fixe menu so the selections were limited but all sounded delicious.  I couldn’t decide between the grouper or salmon so I asked the server.  Without hesitation, she said salmon….of course I’d want my last meal in 2011 to be my favorite.

It was perfect.  So glad I listened.

After dinner, we walked around and found ourselves in a few bars….

There may or may not have been a few jager bombs had.

And then we eventually made it to the hotel for the party.

The party was more of a club scene and although nice, it wasn’t really our forte.  We stayed for awhile and then all decided to head outside in the crowds of crazy people to see the strawberry drop.  (Harrisburg drops a strawberry at midnight)

Happy New Year!!!!

Like the party animals we are, we booked it out of there as fast as we could and made it home before 1am.

This morning, Toly and I both slept-in past 9am.  We both surprised ourselves with that wake-up time.

Like most Sunday mornings, I prepared us breakfast but unlike most, we ate this on the later side so I guess it was more like brunch.

A nice slow pace to the morning was a great way to begin this new year.  I kept the normal Sunday routine with grocery shopping, cleaning and doing a little work.

The main event today was what we would have for our New Years Day dinner.  This meal is really important to me.  I know there are many traditions of good fortune foods to be had on this day, but I usually put those aside and strive to make something delicious and memorable.  After some contemplation, I finally came up with the perfect first meal.

Toly and I have a mutual love for legs.

Our New Year’s Day feast included…

Crab legs, salad, and roasted asparagus (for me)

Crab legs, roasted smashed potatoes, asparagus (for him)

Okay, the best part about eating crab legs is the battle between you and the leg.  We both get significant pleasure in digging out a huge hunk of crab meat.  It’s like finding the golden ticket.

Oh boy this was a good meal.  Two unbelievable dinners in 24 hours. What a way to go out and what a way to dive in.

So far, 2012 has been flawless. Let’s hope we can keep it that way.



18 thoughts on “Going Out and Diving In”

  1. RunEatRepeat says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. I always ask the server which they prefer! Sounds delicious..I don’t think I have ever had crab legs but I love crab!

  3. What a delicious breakfast and dinner. Happy New Year!

  4. crab legs are one of my very favorite meals. i have a lot of good memories including a hammer a cracker and my family gathered around our patio table at the shore, so thank you for reminding me of those happy times to start the year.
    cheers, girlfriend. heres to an amazing year of friendship 🙂

  5. Happy New Year Lauren! Looks like you had a fun night!

  6. what a fun night! you look beautiful. my hubby is playing around with the facial hair right now as well… i’m on the fence…

    1. Lauren says:

      Aww, thanks hun. Ugh, I hate it but I humor him for a few days. Tomorrow it’s gone. 😉

  7. Ugh, you two. So cute. And YOU! I miss you so much, lady! You are adorable and we need to go get crab legs. Okaygooddeal.

  8. EricA says:

    Glad you had a nice night!! I actually prefer josh scruffy! Crab legs are awesome! Ive never made them at home. Totally doing this!

  9. Great pics! Happy New Year 🙂

  10. happy new year lady!! you two looked so great – and I like Toly’s scruff!!

  11. Lauren says:

    We have seafood on NYE and I had 4 clusters of crab legs made especially for me 😉 Delicious! I love ’em! It’s SUCH a struggle to get the meat out though, but when it comes out perfect it really is like finding buried treasure! I always get excited when I actually get the whole hunk out hahah! Sometimes I get tired just trying to crack the shells, though! Happy New Year!!

  12. I love getting dressed up for things, and NYE was a perfect excuse to do so. You two look adorable together. 🙂

  13. It looks like you had a great 24 hours! Happy 2012!

  14. ErikaMC says:

    Love the scruff!!! Happy New Year.

  15. Katie says:

    Ow ow, you two are looking fine! I like Toly’s facial hair, but then again I often dig the scruffy guys. I’m also not really into the club scene, but I love going out with friends for a lower-key night!

  16. Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is a great year for you!!!

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