Meanwhile, I am happy to report that great time was had by all! For our first dinner out, my friend chose a local neighborhood restaurant - Serafina - that serves Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
The service was impeccable for both the grown ups and a lively toddler.
We started with a cocktail, a glass of wine, and a complimentary bread plate with delicious herbacious olive oil, spiced up with red pepper flakes.
And we got more bread for the appetizer.
Any guesses what this below might be? It's a piece of yarn/string that served as a perfect toy for a 14-month old. There were also copious amounts of dried peas, fish crackers, and two metal restaurant-supply ramekins.
The star of the evening was the lamb shank! Fall-off-the-bone tender, perched on top of cheesy grits. My friend and I shared, but I probably could have easily devoured the shank on my own. There, I said it!
And then there was a plate of ravioli with toasted hazelnuts. The hazelnuts were my favorite part of the dish. Maybe I'm just not a pasta girl.
My dear friend, I miss you already! Come back and visit, next time in the summer.