WHO// Mindi, one of my oldest friends from freshman year of college, who high-tailed it up to Burlington one weekend back in September because….
WHY// She thinks I need to GET OUT THERE, as she puts it.
WHERE DID WE GO// The Farmhouse Tap & Grille, one of my favorite restaurant/bars in downtown Burlington.
WHAT DID WE EAT// High-class meets low-class. We went for Rosé and burgers. But it’s a Vermont burger, so it’s semi-fancy at heart. LaPlatte River Angus Farm Beef with Landaﬀ Creamery “Landaﬀ” cheese, local bacon, and homemade pickled red onions. Delicious, and totally unheard of in Japan.
Mindi gestures around the outdoor patio where we are sipping our wine and asks, “Are you looking around?”
“Not really. I haven’t seen YOU in over a year. I’m looking at you.”
She orders me to look around. Pull my hair back so it’s out of my face. Be OPEN.
After dinner and catching up and giggling and more wine and then cracking up at weird cat shirts and headbands in Urban Outfitters, we realize that we are indeed tired on a Friday night. (In my thirties, I happen to like going out on Saturday so much better. If I go out…) So instead of hitting the Downtown Burlington bar scene, we go to My Little Cupcake (six different kinds, my idea!) and go home and watch YouTube in bed together.
Later that night, Mindi’s husband Tom calls and asks if we are having fun on the town. She tells him that we are actually in bed, eating cupcakes, and watching Jimmy Fallon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant in an epic lip sync battle on the laptop.
I think he said something like, “That’s so lame, ladies.” I imagine him imagining us like this….
Did I meet anyone? No. Nope. No one. The cutest person I saw all night was a toss up between Jimmy Fallon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Did I have fun? YES!
And I realized that should always be my last question and final answer at the end of any date, even if it didn’t go as planned.