dinner club makes my heart happy.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on August 19, 2010

in Grand Rapids Dinner Club

I love, love, love my dinner club.

It’s a tradition that my friend Andrea and I started probably around three years ago or so. We would get together for coffee every so often and over time realized there were all these great restaurants around the city we had been dying to try.

We decided to start trying a new place every month under the premises that it could not be a) a chain restaurant or b) a place both of us had gone before.

Last summer, dinner club doubled when Jacqueline and Heidi started joining us. We’ve found some amazing restaurants that are now amongst my absolute favorites and some that are just okay. I don’t think there’s been one that I would never go back to again.

I love getting to try out new places, but even more I love the opportunity to spend time with great friends. We’ve all got such differing schedules that having a chance every month to all hang out is such a blessing.

This month was Andrea’s turn to choose and she selected the Shiraz Grille, a place she’s been talking about wanting to try for ages.

We started by sharing an appetizer of pita and hummus.

There was a glass of white wine, too.

For my main course, I had a couscous salad which had couscous, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, green and red pepper, parsley, scallions, cilantros, feta (makes it betta), olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I also had Baba Ghannouj with some more pita.

I definitely would have been okay with just the salad. I only ended up eating about half of each, but that just meant I had leftovers, so I’m completely okay with that!

Overall, it was a keeper! I’d go back!

Do you have anything like a dinner club with your friends?

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cookeatburn August 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I don’t… but I really like the idea! *Goes off to plan an email list for a dinner club….*

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I hope you actually make it happen! It’s so fun!

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andionthego August 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

the handful of friends I hang out with regularly are pretty much creatures of habit (Friday’s, BW3s, Vitale’s). I’ve been making my own list of new places to try. I love checking out restaurant.com or groupon for ideas, too. one day I will visit all of them. 🙂

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

Oh, I could give you a whole bunch of ideas! 🙂

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Dorry August 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

That’s some of the best looking hummus I’ve ever seen! Yum. I have a group of friends who try to do dinner about once a month. It’s one of my favorite times!

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

It was amazingly good! It was so fresh; I could have eaten the whole thing as my meal.

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brenda gleesac June 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

you girls should try the windy city grille out. They have some of the best sandwiches in Grand Rapids. They also have fresh homemade hummus that is to die for. Just go to the website windycitygrille.net.

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. June 14, 2011 at 12:59 am

Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve never heard of them, but we always love new places!!

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