The tray you see above in the picture is an appetizer platter I made to take to Super Bowl Sunday. I always try to have something available at parties that I know I can eat. This platter has Kalamata olives, green olives, baby tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with feta cheese. Grapes are lining the side of the tray. It was a big hit with everyone.
Yesterday, my husband and I decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants, Bardenay's. This place is super trendy, they have their own distillery where they make gin, rum, and vodka. It has that hip and happening warehouse feel with comfortable and gorgeous seating. On a warm day you can sit outside and overlook the water. Simply fantastic.
Bardenay's offers a Mediterranean platter that is divine. It comes with freshly baked pita bread wedges, 2 types of olive tapenade, hummus, sliced and marinated onions, cucumber, and kalamata olives. A glass of red wine from their extensive wine list compliments this meal perfectly. The platter of food is large so we split the meal.
One of my downfalls in the past has been blowing my diet when dining out. We enjoy a lot of friends and family who all love going out to eat. My goal is to continue finding anti-inflammatory dishes at restaurants. They are there if you look past the burgers, fries, and deep fried appetizers. The key is willpower and a strong desire to stay pain free. As you know, I am working diligently on both of those areas.
Each day that goes by, I count my successes with eating properly to heal my body and making sure to fit in daily exercise. So far it has been a great week!