Four Years In

by Heather

Yesterday the husband and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary.

I will neither confirm nor deny whether one of the parties in said relationship perhaps may or may not have forgotten the occasion…

For our first anniversary, we celebrated with a trip to the Biltmore in Asheville.

biltmore in asheville

wedding anniversary at the biltmore

By the fourth anniversary, we settled for carry out.

At least it was fancy carry out though: Carrabba’s Italian Grill!

carrabbas carside carryout

I’d been hanging on to a card for complimentary Crispy Calamari since I went to the Carrabba’s Tastemaker event umm…last August. {The event incidentally was a ton of fun- we got to learn how they make some of their signature pasta’s like the Tag Pic Pac and Penne Franco.}

Anyways, we cashed in the coupon and along with some pasta, salad, and bread, we were all set for a delicious anniversary dinner. What’s better than great food in the comfort of your own home that you didn’t have to cook?? That’s what I was thinking. Smile

It ended up taking two trips up to Carrabba’s to actually get our whole meal, but once we finally had all the food in our hands it was a delicious meal.

The calamari was good, but after a few bites it was too salty for me to handle. Everything else was fantastic though. We had one of their summer pasta specials, the Pasta Rambo {and no, I didn’t get it just because it has an awesome name…though it does.}

carrabba's crispy calamari

crispy calamari with marinara dipping sauce

The Pasta Rambo was thick linguine with shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and tomatoes in a lemon basil butter sauce. The shrimp in the pasta were cooked perfectly, and the light sauce was perfect for the dish.

pasta rambo carrabba's special

I could probably eat a whole week’s worth of meals of just Carrabba’s Caesar salad and bread- their dipping oil spice blend is by far my favorite of any restaurant.

carrabas bread and oilcaesar salad and calamari

I can’t wait to dig into the leftovers for lunch, although there’s not much left.


What’s your favorite restaurant?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 30, 2011 at 9:07 am
Happy Anniversary!! I think a relaxing night with takeout sounds perfect :-)
Faith @ lovelyascharged June 30, 2011 at 9:11 am
My hands-down fave is Shin, a great sushi place, but I also love Maggiano's for some mindblowing Italian and massivenormous portions.
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Mmm I LOVE sushi :)
Katie H June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am
Happy anniversary! That's a nice relaxing way to celebrate it :) I love Carraba's. Their bread gets me every time!
Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff June 30, 2011 at 9:30 am
Happy Anniversary! I also love Carrabba's - they're definitely my favorite Italian chain.
Cait's Plate June 30, 2011 at 10:06 am
Aw congrats and happy anniversary!! My sister visited the Biltmore in Asheville and said it was AMAZING! I'm dying to go! LOVE fried calamari and that looks especially delicious ;)
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm
It's beautiful-especially in the spring when all the flowers are blooming. It's supposed to be amazing when it's decorated for Christmas too, but I haven't seen that yet.
Cait's Plate June 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Yeah that's when she went! Christmastime! She said it's AMAZING!
Jess @JessCantCook June 30, 2011 at 10:06 am
Happy Anniversary! We're big fans of Firebird's especially for date night. On Mondays they have 1/2 price wine bottles :)
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Ooo I've never eaten there- I'm up for anywhere that has 1/2 price wine though ;)
Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 30, 2011 at 10:49 am
Congrats to you and the husband! Carry out for the 4th year...but big adventurous trip for No. 5 right? :)
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm
I sure hope so!!! {fingers crossed}
Carolina John June 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Happy anniversary! I like carraba's but we don't go very often. Our favorites are always local non-chains like Snoopy's and The Cook-Out, currently. Also the Flying Biscuit, which may actually be a chain but is still fantastic.
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm
I definitely love the local non-chains the best too. I've heard of the Flying Biscuit but never eaten there- I want to try it out!
Kelly June 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Happy Anniversary! That means I have a week to plan something for ours! I have a feeling carry out is in our future too!
Heather June 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm
At least you have a better excuse for carry out than I do. ;)
Lee June 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm
Happy Anniversary!
brandi July 1, 2011 at 9:52 am
happy anniversary! we just had 7 this year, and we grilled burgers :) as long as you're together, it doesn't matter what you do!
Jess@atasteofconfidence July 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Happy anniversary!
janetha @ meals & moves July 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Happy anniversary to you!
Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 2, 2011 at 5:08 am
My favorite restaurant is Aunt Catfish in Daytona. Only get it once a year but it is so special to me. For around where I live, though, either Cheeky the local taco place I adore or Cheesecake Factory because it has so many options! I am all for takeout as a special date. Any time I don't have to cook that is special to me. Happy anniversary!!!!

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