The night of New Year's Eve 2012 was a good night. I unfortunately had to work during the day (oh the perks of being the new person on the team). But don't worry, Dustin and I left work early to nap and prepare for our evening, which for me meant putting on lots of sparkles and hairspray, and for Dustin it meant getting the watch I bought him for Christmas re-sized.
At 8pm we met our friends at the Stumbling Goat Bistro, a super cute restaurant in our neighborhood we had been wanting to try for a while. When we found out that they were having a delicious looking pre-fixed, three course dinner, with a wine pairing, we convinced our friends to meet us there before heading out on the town to ring in the new year.
I wish I would have taken pictures of the meal, because everything was perfectly presented, delicious, and the wine pairing were great. But I didn't, so you'll just have to imagine my truffle razor clam chowder, my truffle parsnip gnocchi with shaved winter truffles, and my coconut cake.
After dinner we headed next door to a divey bar, where we intended to stop for one drink. But, before we knew it, we were drinking cheap champagne and ringing in the new year. Needless to say Dustin and I walked home after that. And, thinking ahead and being super smart, I put boots and leggings in my car to change into for the chilly walk home #genius
I think the night turned out so well because neither Dustin or I put any expectations on it. Just a low key, but fun (and delicious) night. I'll try to keep that in mind for next year. That and the warm clothes in your car thing.
Cheers to the new year, friends!