I finally made a friend here in Charleston...a fellow commander who has just as much stress on the job as I do and needs someone to talk to about it. Plus, she's a great role model for eating healthy--but well!--and getting outdoors and having fun.
Tonight we went out for a chocolate-beer pair tasting at a brewery over in Mt. Pleasant: Westbrook. It's not exactly the appropriate "meal" for my low-carb, low-cal diet (in prep for my November PT test) but it was amazing!! I've lived in Italy and have felt the magic of just the right wine with just the right bite of food. It can make serious magic. Who knew that a delectable little truffle could make a sip of beer sing?!
It was so funny...with one little nip of sweets and a sip of pale ale, I was just smiling! Sure, you can't go wrong with chocolate and beer, but this was a whole new way of looking at it.
To this post's title...The night started out with a piece of chocolate missing from each of our places. The server (aka the brewer's wife) explained that the chocolatier forgot to bring the vanilla bean/dark chocolate piece to pair with the crazy dark brew. She says, "the angry chocolatier's wife" is driving through rush hour traffic back to the shop to pick them up. I stopped the girl and made her repeat the phrase, "angry chocolatier's wife" because it just sounded so awesome. Seriously. I want to make that the title of a book! Alas, I'm using it here and that'll have to work.
Such a simple evening...fun conversation, interesting tastes, meeting new people, and laughing out loud. It was just a genuinely fun night.