Double-Date: Cafe Nell and BloodyVox

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.

Whoa … hello! Can you see those lashes on top? So fun!
Back home and happy, after the evening ended. It’s weird taking photos of myself … not really into it.
And another, which shows my eyelids a bit better. (Taken on MacBook)

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 bรฉarnaise 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.

Decisions, decisions. (Taken on iPhone)
I love ordering wine here because it comes in an individual-sized carafe. (Taken on iPhone)
Egg on horseback minus the cheese. (Taken on iPhone)
Pan-seared NY strip with roasted brussel sprouts. I ate every last bite! (Taken on iPhone)

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.


9 thoughts on “Double-Date: Cafe Nell and BloodyVox

  1. Kristen Bridge November 5, 2012 / 9:36 am

    Beautiful….your face…and the food! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. paleoinpdx November 5, 2012 / 9:38 am

    Thanks, Kristen! You’re sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Megan November 5, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    I need to get more comfortable with ordering food, I feel like I always end up with something non paleo and it drives me bonkers. Slowly but surely!

  4. paleoinpdx November 5, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    It’s really not difficult at all and you get the hang of it. I always go places where I know I can get something and tell the server my needs and restrictions. Additionally, to be safe, I always take a couple digestive enzymes before eating my meal.

  5. Shonnie November 5, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    Glad you had a fun night out. You looked fabo girl! Not that you can tell, but I do have problems with taking photos of myself. I do it because of the blog–but it was super hard to get started. It was really great getting to put a face with your words. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • paleoinpdx November 5, 2012 / 8:47 pm

      Aw, thanks! I appreciate your kind words lady ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Shonnie November 6, 2012 / 5:52 am

        you are so welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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