One reason being that I have Monday (today!) off, and it's been over a month since my last full day without working. I'm going to treat myself to good food, a good sweaty workout, gardening and spending time with Andrew.
The other reason for looking forward to the weekend was that Andrew's mom and aunt (Madeline and Roberta, who we call Bert -- they're twins!) came to visit. They drove up to Portland from MA Saturday morning, and I got to spend Saturday night with them and Andrew, when they treated us to an amazing dinner at Local 188.
One of the reasons we chose Local 188 is their support to local farmers, fisheries, and foragers. We also went there because they have gluten-free and vegetarian options, which are hard to find beyond the salad list at restaurants. Classy and filled with art, the atmosphere at Local has brought Andrew and I there for drinks since we first started dating. We hadn't had the pleasure of eating there until this weekend. The menu is divided into tapas, raciones, salads, and entrees. The waitress was a rockstar for writing down my food preferences to give to the chefs in the kitchen to make sure that what I ate wouldn't make me sick.
Madeline and Bert both got the same dish -- house-made gnocchi served over a bed of red cabbage and onions, and topped with what I believe is either goat cheese or ricotta. I didn't try their dish because of the gluten, but it looked lovely and they seemed to enjoy their first gnocchi taste experience.
Grace, a former Methodist-Episcopalian church that was smartly renovated into a happening restaurant and bar. The first floor has a bar in the center, surrounded by dinner tables. The second floor has another bar, and a lounge. We chose to go to the lounge upstairs, where we enjoyed the view and our drinks.
It was such a treat to be able to go out to eat like this -- Andrew and I usually don't order food out, because we like cooking so much and it's difficult to find good food that's gluten free, vegetarian, and made with fresh ingredients. It also was nice, since I've been working non-stop since Easter, to sit, relax, and feel like I was pampering my taste buds and stomach. Thanks Madeline and Bert for dinner!