Date night and the Long Run

Last night was date night for my husband and I. We hadn’t been out on a date in a couple months(it’s amazing how Christmas can mix things up!), so I was pretty excited.

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We got a gift card to the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem NH for Christmas from my mother and father in law. We’ve never been there before and there’s nothing like the incentive of a gift card to give us an excuse to go someplace new!
It was FANTASTIC. Merrimack Valley area peeps you HAVE to try it out. I promise it’s worth it. It’s a cozy environment and the food is spectacular. I left feeling full but not “Thanksgiving Day full”.

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We were seated by this cozy fireplace….perfection….
I wish I had taken a picture of our meals..but….honestly I face dove into my meal and didn’t look back, and by the time I realized it, the plate was empty. So I stole these off their website:

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20140111-090925.jpg I had homemade roasted butternut squash cappellacci, and my husband had the lobster ravioli. They were both AMAZING. When the server (who was awesome) asked how we liked our meals, I told her how we get lobster rav EVERYWHERE (and I DO mean everywhere) and we have never had lobster raviolis like these before:giant raviolis in their own homemade rav noodles and literally STUFFED with lobster. The server told us that the owner/chef grew up making these raviolis and used to drive around the north end in his station wagon selling them to the restaurants. The whole restaurant is actually built upon the foundation of the success of the lobster rav’s. Honestly- they were so good: the story MUST be true.

They also have a market where they sell a lot of their own products, and it’s also a cafe where you can eat a lot of their smaller dishes. The market was still open when we left the restaurant so we popped on over to check it out. They have wine, cheeses, oils, pastas, and my favorite part: their own homemade raviolis! I , of course, had to purchase both the lobster raviolis and my butternut squash pillows..and the sauce that they used on them…and wine…..my husband said “Nicole, they hope people like you eat at their restaurant because they want you to go to their store”. He is right..
I came home with many delightful purchases:

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Now that I have successfully made your mouths water at only 10:00 am…it’s time to tell you what I’m running for the weekend: currently, it’s raining outside (not too bad) but I’m still going out of doors to pound some pavement because it’s The Long Run Day. I’m planning on doing a 20 miler. sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around running distances like that on my own. It can be daunting to run it solo. But i have to do it because there are only six more weeks until the Hyannis Marathon. From here on out, I’ll be doing a 20 mile run every other week. I don’t know why it works for me, but it really does.
Wish me luck! 😊

who’s running this weekend?
Any ‘long run’ runners out there??

Enjoy every second of your Saturday and Run Free, Run Strong!!

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4 thoughts on “Date night and the Long Run

  1. That looks like an awesome place…and how nice to be right next to that fireplace! I hope you got your run in before this nasty sideways rain. The wind and rain here in RI is pretty gross right now – not sure about up your way.

    • Oh man that STINKS for you!! It still hasn’t gotten that here-sideways rain and wind=I would stay home on my couch all day! Hana.
      Yes, I got it all done..it was never really rainy, it was more misty than anything..like the automatic bad hair day kind of mist:)
      It was a beautiful place! Definitely a far ride for you to go, but if you’re ever up in the area i definitely recommend it!!

  2. Looks like a fabulous date night! I, too, have a hard time fathoming distances that far by myself (did a 20-miler last weekend solo). Today was 10 for me, and next weekend is the Carlsbad Marathon. Hope your run was great!

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