This afternoon I went on my own little field trip – as my husband called it. Erica from Red Lobster had invited me to a media open house to celebrate the completion of the remodeled Pittsburgh Red Lobster’s. The new restaurants are modeled after Bar Harbor in Maine, and they are very quaint.

I must admit that I had never been to Red Lobster before, and I was pleasantly surprised. They had a lot of healthy options for us to try, and they were all delicious!

We had small plates of the following:

Peppercorn crusted salmon


Lobster pizza


Cherry-maple glazed chicken skewers


Mango glazed jalapeno shrimp


It was all fantastic, but I must say that the shrimp was my absolute favorite. We had a great time chatting with the executives of Red Lobster, including Michael LaDuke – executive chef & Food Network judge. If you guys have a Red Lobster near you, you have to get there soon! They have so many healthy dishes on the menu.

My mom came with me and we had a great time. Thanks for the invite, Erica! :)

After the event, we headed to the mall because I can’t seem to stop wasting my life savings away on shoes.

That’s a complete joke, because I’ve never had a life savings. Unless you count the 200 shoe boxes in my closet. I do.

After shopping, the idea of driving in freezing rain in rush hour traffic was not appealing to me. We stopped for a cocktail and appetizer at The Cheesecake Factory, where I just about died and went to heaven.

Parmesan stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.


Whoever created this dish must know me, or peep in my window, or look at my jean size and know how much I love bacon. It was fabulous.

Now I’m home, safe and sound, cuddled up on the couch hoping to continue the Big Love marathon. Who needs sleep?