Friday, December 16, 2011

Yee Haw! December Girls’ Dinner

We chose the brand new Bar Toma for our December dinner.  Tony Mantuano from Top Chef Masters is the chef.  It’s a cute little joint with an ample bar.  It looks like it would be a fabulous spring and summer spot because it has the big windows that look like garage doors that would roll up for some al fresco dining.

We were under the impression that the restaurant didn’t take reservations (it now does), so a few of us selflessly volunteered to belly up to the bar an hour early to put our names on the list.  Jodi and I arrived around 5:45 and got started on the wine.  Jodee and Heather arrived a bit later, and then it was time for more wine and snacks!  We had calamari, potato chips (that had a yummy orange flavor), a mozzarella cheese plate (that was freaking awesome), and a margarita pizza.  Hmm, did I say snacks? 

When the rest of our party arrived, we were seated and we started on the next bottle of wine. Yee Haw!  We ordered two salads and four pizzas for the seven of us.  We thought it might be too much food because of our earlier ‘snacks’.  But, don’t you worry, we did just fine.  We had a spinach pizza, goat cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, and another pizza with meat on it.  Now, the pizzas are much fancier than just a ‘spinach’ or ‘goat cheese’ pizza.  They were really tasty.  I think most people favored the goat cheese pizza.  Oh, goat cheese, how I love thee.
My creation
Oh wait!  I’m ahead of myself.  After we ordered our food, we started in on our yearly grab bag gift exchange.  There were some damn fine gifts on that table: fancy pampered chef goodies, awesome earrings, a wine aerator, fancy lotions and pedicure socks, fancy lipgloss, cute fingerless gloves and candle, and an infinity scarf.  I think everyone went home happy with their gift.  I know I did.  I finally own a wine aerator. 
My creation
After dinner, we had some fancy gelato and were treated to some tasty prosecco.
My creation

After dinner, someone had the great idea to belly back up to the bar, so four of us went back to the bar.  Aimee, Jodee, Beth, and I chatted and laughed and drank more wine.  I really love public transportation. I never have to worry about getting home; I just hop on the red line and it lets me off at my front door.  The thing I do have to worry about is getting to the L station after too much wine.  We said our good-byes, and Jodee and I started walking a bit so she could catch a cab, and then I continued on to the L station.  But, then I figured out, I had walked too far.  So, I turned back and I figure I probably walked about ½ mile out of my way.  The funny thing is, is that I didn’t even remember about it until the next morning when Jodee texted me. That’s what happens when I try to keep up with Jodee at the bar.

Anyway, it was a REALLY fun evening, and those pizzas rocked!  I will definitely be back to Bar Toma.

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