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The Cellar at Duckworth’s

My first experience with #dinnerfortwelve was awesome!  We went to The Cellar with some other couples and celebrated my friend Lisa’s birthday.

The Cellar at Duckworth’s is an American gastropub and known for their specialty beers and signature cocktails.  It is inspired by the early 1900s, (the underground space built originally in 1912) The Cellar has a speakeasy, prohibition-era feel with its original brick walls and exposed ceiling joists.   It is small, dark and cozy, and they don’t take reservations after 7pm, so plan accordingly.


I love getting dressed up with my hubby for a nice dinner out!  Bonus points that we don’t have to get a sitter anymore.  My daughter took this right before we left.  The Cellar is pretty dark, and so the other pictures are darker.


Drinks:  A friend and I split a bottle of the Kaiken Malbec and Daniel got a  NoDa Jam Session..  (support local!)  Some of my friends did order the cocktails and said they were fabulous!

Drink Summary:  Order what you like and plenty of it.


App One:  char-grilled bluepoint oysters with creole butter, pecorino, baguette. (These were good, but I like my oysters simple…  raw with some lemon juice.


App Two:  Expresso rubbed lam carpaccio with cured beets, mustard seeds, gherkins, and parmesan. (Again…this was good and I love the fancy name.  But I could make something pretty similar at home.  I mean, this was basically a high end lunchable.)


App Three:  Tuna Tartare with sesame seeds, chunky guacamole, chile oil, and wonton crisps. (I would get this again in a heartbeat!)


App Four:  dried garbanzo bean hummus with feta, cucumber, tomato, zaatar, and bread crisps.  (most of this went home to feed the chickens, so you can be the judge there.)

App Summary:  Get the Tuna Tartare…I will go back and try the caramelized brussels and the truffle mac and cheese.


My Main:  butter basted scallops with currants, cauliflower, turmeric, chorizo.  This was like a little party in my mouth and I loved every bite.


Daniel’s Main:  ribeye…they cook their steaks at 1800 degrees for a charred finish.  The tiny bite he gave me was amazing…and so was the arugula salad that came with it!

Main Dish Summary:  Yes to both of these…other table favorites were the filet and shrimp and grits.

We did not leave any room for dessert, but they have a cornflake crusted french toast with carrot cake that looked pretty awesome!

Its A Pleasant Life Rating:  4 stars


Dinner for Twelve


I am so excited to start a new blog series…#dinnerfortwelve.

It is pretty simple…Go to a restaurant once a month and post a blog about my experience.  I asked for suggestions on Facebook and got a great response…publicly and privately.

This may need to be a 5 year project!   I narrowed it down to these for now, and plan to keep doing this every year.  Some of these dinners will be with just my husband, with girlfriends, or double/triple dates!  I want to go in to each establishment and order an app, two entrees and a dessert. The chef will pick the best of each, and I’ll take pictures and write a review!


April:  The Cellar at Duckworth’s

May: The McNitch House

June:  Corkbuzz

July: Kindred

August: Passion 8

September: Heirloom

October: Beef and Bottle

November: George’s Brasseire

December: The Palm

January: Barrington’s 

February: Kid Cashew

March: Soul Gastrolounge




Dairy Free Update!

Still doing this whole dairy free deal.  And I know I said I feel great in the last blog, and I do feel great.  But, I always feel pretty great.  My set point is happy.  I already eat fairly healthy, so this hasn’t been the huge change I was hoping for.  In fact, the past week I have felt more bloated.  I thought going dairy free was supposed to help that?

Needless to say, here’s what has been going on…


My afternoons have been this little frosty type creation.  Protein powder, almond milk and ice. Throw it in the nutribullet… Delish!  And I had to show off my French manicure.


This is the protein powder I finally found…and it is awesome!  It is dairy free, and the protein is beef peptides.  I promise it is good…and doesn’t have soy, or tons of sugar/carbs.


My breakfast looks a lot like this everyday…two eggs in ghee, and coffee with coconut creamer.


Shrimp was on sale at HT, so we wrapped it in bacon…one of my favorites!  (click here for recipe!)


Salmon with lemon and dill.  I usually make this yummy sauce with greek yogurt, but skipped it and it was still tasty.

I’m still undecided if I’ll stick with the dairy free another month…I miss cheese.  It would be different if I was seeing drastic changes, but I am not.  We shall see!

Have a great week! Check out my teaching schedule, with an update on my summer retreats.

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