This past Friday night was fantastic and well-deserved. After a long, brutal week of school (continuing into this week too), I was ready for a good time and a fun, relaxing evening. Jesse and I made a double-date with our friends, Steve and Harmony. We had dinner reservations at Cafe Nell, a wonderful, cozy European-esque restaurant in NW Portland, and tickets to see “BloodyVox,” performed by BodyVox, a local dance company. It’s their Halloween performance. What made the evening even more fun was getting my makeup done. Harmony is a makeup artist and brought some of her goods over to our house beforehand (check out her makeup artist Facebook page here). She dolled me up with smoky eyes, fake lashes and so forth. It looked tasteful and not overdone, especially for someone like me who wears very little makeup — sometimes even no makeup. I tried to take some self portraits, so you can see my look, but had a difficult time. Regardless, I still posted a few shots.
Dinner at Cafe Nell was fabulous. I love this restaurant and hadn’t eaten there in so long! I indulged with a glass of chardonnay and Jesse and I shared the “Egg on horseback” minus the Spanish Manchego, as an appetizer. It’s asparagus and sage brown butter sauce, topped with an over easy egg. Simple and delicious. For dinner, I ordered the classic steak frites, but totally changed it up — NY strip minus the béarnaise sauce (has flour in it) and roasted brussel sprouts instead of the hand-cut fries. The steak was cooked perfectly medium, tasted oh-so-buttery, and was juicy and tender. It was amazing and a great first experience eating NY strip.
The performance was entertaining, even a second time around (Jesse and I saw it two years ago when they first performed it). It was very similar to the first time, but had some differences as well. Despite the title, “BloodyVox,” it’s actually not scary. It includes different terrors and characters, but also includes silent films, mockery and humor. It’s quite the combination, and the choreography and lines are beautiful.
All in all, it was a pleasant and enjoyable evening. Jesse and I can’t wait to go out with Steve and Harmony again. It’s awesome having another couple to do things with, and surprisingly, we don’t get out very often, so it’s a treat.