When one of your favorite restaurants asks you to review their seasonal menu – you do a little happy dance. Thanks P.F. Chang’s for sponsoring this post!
I’d banished this whole morning sickness thing (because after over a month of practice I should be able to do that) for almost a week and I was embracing this second trimester business with open arms — until seven am yesterday rolls around and my regular morning cereal …. well, yeah.
And so it was back to sipping ginger ale all day (out of a champagne flute no less) and hoping it was a random fluke because nothing was going to get me to cancel date night. You can’t cancel on P.F. Chang’s, you just can’t.
Nine hours later Ben came home and I was ready (I didn’t shower but I did put on something other than sweat pants so thats an accomplishment) and determined….
….and I’m so glad that little fluke of yesterday morning didn’t keep us in because what a glorious evening it was.
Snapped right before dinner –
^There’s kind of a baby bump there, right? Maybe? 14.5 weeks and counting.
^This little lace jacket (reminds me of a budget version of the Rebecca Taylor eyelet jacket from yesterday’s post) — all outfit details at the bottom of post
^my handsome date
^we had to drive a little ways to get to this beloved spot because Findlay has ten restaurants and none of them serve as delectable asian fair as this grand horse
And now for some food picture overload – it turns out they had a little covered patio area which was mostly empty and had us feeling like VIPs. There was a cool breeze setting in and we could watch the shoppers from the outdoor mall meander by while we waited for our food. Nothing better than cool summer nights (except maybe crisp fall mornings but anyway :).
^We tried a few different dishes off of their new summer menu (which was as big deal because I’ve ordered the same Spicy Chang’s Chicken every time I’ve dined there in the last decade) and everything was light, flavorful, and delicious.
^^our server has us try their ginger beer and let me tell you, for a pregnant lady who has lived off of anything lemon or ginger for the past month, this was the perfect combination. Ben tells me I wouldn’t have liked it four months ago but I couldn’t get enough of the strong taste of ginger and the hint of lemon
^strawberry cucumber lemonade (the most refreshing version of strawberry lemonade Ben’s ever tasted… and he’s a connoisseur 😉 The cucumber gave it a little asian flair and it went so nicely with the spicier dishes.
^The lemon glaze on this Cantonese Lemon Chicken was a favorite (I doused the chicken, the rice, and the broccoli in it 🙂
^We also got to try the manager’s favorite, the Korean bbq (also on the seasonal menu). Growing up in Tokyo, we’d always celebrate my brother’s birthday at a Korean bbq place in the neighborhood and this took me right back to my childhood on the busy streets of Tokyo.
^Ben’s favorite of the night were the Chang Mai Noodles. They were nothing like I was expecting. The creamy and spicy noodles reminded me of a cross between Red Curry and Pad Thai (although Ben told me “its like the best of Indian mixed with the best of Italian” …. I’m not sure about that one 🙂
^we ate family style and I started with a tiny bit of everything
^How delicious does all of it look? Want your own dinner at PF Chang’s? Well you’re in luck. They’re holding a contest called “Perfect Pairings” that runs through August 18. All you have to do is go here and tell them what two things you think pair perfectly together to win a trip for two to Boston to tour the Samuel Adams Brewery and dinner at P.F. Chang’s!
**fun fact: during high school in New Hampshire, Boston was our closest P.F. Chang’s – if I’d had a blog back then I’d be able to link to old posts of dinner with the parents or friends, always followed by a little coldstone 🙂
^we laughed at the irony in this one … still working on embracing the small town life over here
^but we were equally surprised by the accuracy of my fortune … we’ve spent our evenings cuddled on the couch looking at homes on zillow all week and finally stopped by a few last night
^I’d stashed this sweater in my purse just in case the restaurant was over air conditioned (aren’t they always?) but as the temperatures dropped during dinner I was glad I had it for our outdoor seats too. We spent the next little bit wandering through the outdoor shopping mall (that had the most darling landscaping) before a little house hunting (house browsing?).