Social Gatherings

Sunday, 30 January 2011
Seems like the last two weeks have been pretty busy. This is a good thing since my regular winter routine includes: hibernating in pjs.

I was invited to a small tweet-up on Thursday with twitter friends and one friend from work. We were going to dine at Nama Sushi in Bearden but it was so packed, the wait was 1.5 hours. Instead, we went across the street to one of my favorites: Chez Liberty.

We ordered a few bottles of vino and I got to finally meet @NoJudgingWords (Melissa). We've been friends on twitter for quite some time and seem to have a lot in common.

We tried the inexpensive but interesting Red, Red Wine from Southern Oregon, 2008. I ordered a burger (first taste of beef in a while - grass fed) and the chef sent out a little taste of beef carpaccio on fresh sprouts, cucumber and balsamic reduction. Mmmm!

A few of us also got together this past week to celebrate Whitney's birthday. We started at the upstairs lounge at Cafe 4 where our friend Chris met us to talk and laugh.

While there, Chris pointed out David Keith, a well-known actor, born in Knoxville, in the corner with his young daughter. When the crowds died down, I politely asked him if he'd mind taking a picture with me. I put the camera on the wrong setting (DRAT!) but you can still make out who he is. Keith plays in Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere.

Whit, Chris and I then went to Cocoa Moon, also in Market Square, and had a lovely dinner. The owner was there and sent over complimentary appetizers and a piece of delicious chocolate, peanut butter cheesecake. Lovely evening!


The Food Hound said...

Denae, so glad you stopped by the Food Hound! I'm really trying to connect with people in the Knoxville area and grow my blog-- my goal is to be a food writer someday (local or otherwise!). Sounds like you have been a girl about town! I had a great time at Chez Liberty and can't wait to go back. I even blogged about it:

I also LOVE the name of your former blog, Blond Across the Pond! I, too, was blond across the pond (both ponds!) for a few years, and it's what developed my love of food, culture, and travel.

So nice to have "met" you, and I hope you'll stay hooked on the Food Hound :) Looks like you're on Twitter-- that's my next step! Have a fabulous Monday, enjoy the last little bit of this gorgeous weather! Looking at your herb signs reminds me spring is coming... eventually... :)

LBlackNAMITN said...

It was so nice to finally meet you in person, and I like the picture of me on this blog. :-)