GALentine’s Day Dinner

After my boyfriend and I had our romantic dinner at home (See Valentine’s Day Dinner), he had to go out of town for a few days for a conference so he missed the actual Valentine’s Day on 2/14. I did not want to miss out on the opportunity for a good meal, so I cooked a fancy dinner for a couple of girlfriends and had a GALentine’s dinner instead. My roommate’s mom is from Thailand, so over the past couple of years, she has been helping me out by giving me some of her recipes and tips. This meal was awesome and I was so happy that I tried it out!

Menu

First Course: Seared Scallops in Red Curry

Second Course: Asian Pot Roast and Green Risotto

Third Course: Sticky Rice with Mango

 

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

This year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I decided to stay in in order to have an awesome meal while we saved some money. At our grocery store, they have a Valentine’s Day special that includes 2 KC Strip Steaks and 2 lobster tails for $20. Also, my boyfriend recently bought a sous-vide and we had been waiting to try it out. Also – I found this awesome frozen strawberry-rhubarb pie at the butcher shop. This pie was from a place called “The Village Pie Maker” in Nebraska. Overall, the meal was just awesome.

The Menu

  • Main Dish
    • Sous-Vide KC Strip Steak with Rosemary and Thyme
    • Sous-Vide Lobster Tail with Butter
  • Side Dishes
    • Rosemary Mashed Cauliflower
    • Roasted Broccoli
  • Dessert
    • Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

 

Sephora Makeup Class

Today I wanted to branch out a little, so I signed up for a “No Makeup” Makeup Class at Sephora. The class was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about makeup. I am excited to try more of these classes in the future. The classes are free if you are a Beauty Insider, and they are held outside of store hours. You are given your own brushes at your own station, and the staff teaches the class by demonstrating the techniques and choosing colors that are flattering to you. I loved it! I loved the products that I used and bought a few of them to take home that I wanted to write about here

It Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better – CC Cream (Light)

This product was great. I have been looking for a color corrector for a while that is not as heavy as a full coverage foundation. This is perfect – The staff who was teaching the class said that a lot of people have been asking for this lately.

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tarte – Rainforest of The Sea – Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

We got to test this moisturizer during the class and it was great, especially during the dry winter months

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Nars – The Multiple (Maui)

I was very nervous to try a cream blush because I have a lot of natural redness in my skin. This also looks like it is going to be pretty dark, but after I had evened out my base with the CC cream, this looked great and I was really excited about it.

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Dior – Dior Addict Lip Glow (Lilac)

I am usually not a fan of any type of lipstick. I am a standard clear lip balm kind of girl. This lip glow is perfect, it gives just a little bit of color and leaves lips shiny.

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The Old Reliables

There were a few things that I tried, that I actually preferred my normal version. Those are Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black and my new Glossier Boy Brow and Glossier Concealer. I bought a new stick of mascara and saved the rest of these for what I already had at home. Recently, I have also really been loving the Elf Eyebrow kit in Medium. It is only $3!

I was excited to have the opportunity to try this class and will plan to go to more in the future!

Kansas City Restaurant Week

Restaurant is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only do you have endless excuses to dine out with friends and try new restaurants, but you get to do all of this at a cheaper cost, with 10% of the benefits going to charity. In the last couple of years, I have really gotten into making my reservations ahead so that I can try places that I don’t get to eat at on a regular basis. Here are my choices for this year:

  1. Third Street Social
  2. Eddie V’s
  3. Lidia’s
  4. Le Fou Frog
  5. Michael Smith

Third Street Social – Lee’s Summit

This is a new restaurant in Lee’s Summit. I had heard great things about it so was excited that they were participating in restaurant week this year. We ate here on the very first day of restaurant week and the food was delicious. I ordered a pretty heavy meal and was only able to finish half of it, but the good thing about that was that I got to have it for lunch the next day as well!

First Course: New England Clam Chowder

Second Course: Chicken Fried Steak – Beef Tenderloin, Chorizo Verde Gravy, Peas, Onions (pictured)

Third Course: Oatmeal Cream Pie – Chewy Oatmeal Cookie, Buttercream

Eddie V’s – Country Club Plaza

I had almost forgotten how good this was until I just wrote it down below. Eddie V’s is a great steakhouse that has classic and delicious food.

First Course: Crispy Salt and Pepper Shrimp – Battered and Wok-Seared with a Spicy Sweet Soy Ginger Sauce and Vegetables

Second Course: 8 oz Center Cut Filet Mignon – Specially Aged, Midwestern Grain Fed Beef Add: Cognac Sauce & Scalloped Potatoes

Third Course: Banana’s Foster Butter Cake – Butter Pecan Ice Cream AND Wild Berry Sorbet – Served with Freshly Baked Homemade Cookies

Lidia’s – Freight House

Lidia’s for lunch during Restaurant Week is a must every year. They offer a three course lunch for $15. We had a nice Monday lunch at the newly rebuilt bar with half-glass wine pairings!

First Course: Red Wine Arancini

Second Course: Lidia’s Signature Pasta Trio – Short Rib Ravioli, Rigatoni with Tomato and Ricotta, Pappardelle with Shrimp

Third Course: Chocolate Almond Torta with Amaretti Crunch and Maple Cream

Le Fou Frog – River Market

This was a middle of the week dinner and it was excellent. Each time our waitress described one of the menu items, I immediately wanted it – She just happened to describe the Bourguignon last. What a great meal!

First Course: Pork Belly Over Garlicky White Beans

Second Course: Boeuf Bourguignon – Beef Stew in Red Wine served over Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Third Course: Profiterole Au Tatin

Michael Smith – Crossroads

This trip was a repeat from last year when we had a Restaurant Week dinner. I need to eat here more – The food and service was great. I wanted to try the Ciopinno because I knew this was not something I would normally make for myself. It was a light and delicious broth with great seafood. This will probably be a 3 year in a row trip.

First Course: House Made Potato Gnocchi – Wild mushrooms and parmesan

Second Course: Ciopinno – Mussels, shrimp, bay scallops, hearty tomato broth

Third Course: Chocolate Pudding Tart – Meringue