Ryan spent the weekend in Arkansas fishing with the boys, so Saturday night I met up with my friends Heather and Jacquie for a date night. Jacquie had the great idea to go ice skating at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, followed by dinner and drinks somewhere in the Central West End. Sounded like the perfect night to me!
There's only one problem with ice skating...I can't do it. I've been ice skating maybe 5 times my entire life (only once in the last 15 years). The sad part is, Heather had only been about 3 times and Jacquie'd never skated at all! We were definitely in for an adventure. Just lacing up our skates had us all pretty nervous.
It took us about 10 minutes to build up the courage to jump out there on the ice with everyone. After pushing some children out of our way, we finally did it! And then it took us probably 15 minutes to make our first lap around the rink, but eventually we got there!
By the end of the night, I was feeling almost kinda nearly steady on my skates. They were cutting off all circulation to my feet, but I did probably 10 laps without falling or breaking any bones. Heather was also pretty good and improving. We were slow and steady, but she could give me a run for my money. We weren't winning any races, but we managed. And Jacquie was the pirouette queen, mastering turns and spins on her first outing. A natural, I tell you! All in all, I was so incredibly proud of us! Watch out for us in the 2014 Winter Olympics!
After skating, we went into the CWE for Indian food at Rasoi. Jacquie and Heather had never had Indian food before, so we were really excited. I'd been to Rasoi for their lunch buffet a few times and it's always delicious (plus the restaurant is super cute). But because the buffet isn't labeled (or maybe I just didn't pay any attention), I have no idea what I had or what I liked, so ordering was a little tricky. Luckily our waiter was really great and helpful and suggested a variety of foods to try in a sampler platter.
We started off with some drinks: martinis and mojitos. For an appetizer we had crab cakes and veggie samosas. And then dinner was lamb chops, tandoori chicken, malai kababs, prawn angarey, lamb rogan josh, navratan korma, chicken tikki masala and two different kinds of naan. Can you believe it!! SO much food, but SO good! We ate until we couldn't move. And then we had dessert! Mango creme brulee and some type of gooey doughy honey cinammon balls. With the world's best chocolate martini. I die. I'm still full!