I’ve been seeing these What I Ate Wednesday banners all over my favorite blogs and I still haven’t figured out exactly how it works, but I think it goes something like this:
1. I post this graphic.
2. Then I tell you about some of the really awesome things I ate the day before.
Yesterday one of my good friends, Becca, moved back into town and we went out for a girl’s night. We first stopped by Flashbacks Cafe, where one of Becca’s friends had just finished painting a mural.
This was one of those times I wish I hadn’t complained about bringing my big clunky camera with me. I really need to start doing that, or iPhone needs to hurry up and come out with the iPhone 5 so I can upgrade!
The first thing I saw when we got to Flashbacks was a display case with vegan cupcakes. After eating vegan for a week, I was really excited to try their chai tea latte cupcake.
I was so excited that I ate some before I remembered to take a picture. And man, was it amazing! This has to be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It had a spicy kick to it and a creamy, light frosting.
Once I came down from my sugar buzz, Becca and I ordered the Nacho Mama nachos, which had to be the weirdest nachos I’ve ever tried.
They were topped with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, onions, cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and a strange tower of carrot strips. We were turned off by the fact that they microwaved them to melt the cheese, so we didn’t eat too many. The flavors worked interestingly well together, but I wasn’t a fan of the rubbery chips and cheese combo.
Not ready for our night to end, we walked over to Half Cork’d, a really cool wine bar downtown, to say hi to some of Becca’s friends. They invited us to hang out for a bit, and we sampled some of the pairings.
The first thing we tried were pita chips topped with the chef’s special bruschetta made with fresh mozzarella and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. I’d never had bruschetta with cheese before, but this combination was savory and flavorful.
I drank a Stump Knocker beer, an American pale ale from Gainesville’s own Swamp Head Brewery that went incredibly well with everything. I know, it must be blasphemous to order beer at a wine bar, but I can’t help myself if one of my favorites is on tap!
Next, the server brought out a tray of meats and cheeses, including prosciutto, pepper-crusted salami, chorizo, cranberry cheddar, and smoked gouda. They offered the selection with a side of water crackers, grapes, stone ground mustard, and capers.
Everything tasted amazing and the capers were a really nice touch of unexpected flavor and acidity. The only regret I have is not bringing a better camera to take mouthwatering pictures of all the deliciousness.
I probably should’ve recorded my breakfast and lunch, but I’ll try to remember next week. I swear, they were much healthier than my bar food dinner!
So there you have it. My first attempt at a WIAW. The next step is where I get a little confused.
3. I’m supposed to link up to a WIAW post on Peas and Crayons.
Not sure how this part works, but I guess I’ll wait and see what happens next.
Do you participate in WIAW? Can you help me figure out what to do next?