Hooray for date night!!
Mal and I had a blast out on the town in Boston last night. Good times were had by all!
(Derp. We're vest twins in this pic.)
Our evening started at Scholars with dinner and drinks.
By drinks, I mean BEER! I heard a rumor that Scholars had a nice beer list, so we went there to check it out. Look at all of those happy taps!!
My first beer of the night was an old standby: Rogue Dead Guy Ale. It tastes so good when it hits your lips!
Besides a great taste, did you know that beer has a ton of health benefits too? Check out these fun facts:
- If you suffer from an iron deficiency, here's a potentially enjoyable way to beef up your blood: Order a heartier stout at happy hour instead of your usual light ale. According to an analysis published in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, dark beers contain significantly more iron””121 parts per billion (ppb), compared with 92 ppb for pale brews and 63 ppb for nonalcoholic beers””a key building block for the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. [Shape, November 2010]
- Beer is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. It also provides a dose of dietary silicon, a mineral that helps promote bone formation, which may improve bone density and help protect again osteoporosis. In fact, research shows that some pale ales contain just as much or more silicon than oat bran, which is one of the best food sources of this mineral. [Woman's Day, March 2012]
- The hops in beer contain flavonoids””one in particular called xanthohumol””which has been studied for its ability to promote the self-destruction of breast- and ovarian-cancer cells. In addition, phytoestrogens found in hops are compounds that mimic estrogen in the body and could help alleviate some common menopausal complaints. [M&F Hers, Jan/Feb 2011]
I'm a dork and actually remembered some of these little tidbits while I was at Scholars last night, so I picked a darker beer for my second brew of the night: Harpoon Black IPA.
One of Mal's college buddies actually came up with the recipe for this beer, so I was also excited to try it on draft. It had a fruity aroma with both malty and bitter flavors. It was hoppy, but not insanely hoppy. I really enjoyed it.
For dinner, I ordered the Apple-Cashew Chutney Burger, which came with Smoked Gouda and Apple Wood Smoked Bacon. The burger was cooked really well, but the toppings were a little disappointing. There wasn't much chutney and what was on the burger was kind of bland. Oh, well, I still ate the whole thing. I was hungry.
After a leisurely dinner (we spent more than 2 hours at Scholars), we headed to the Garden for The Black Keys concert.
We arrived midway through the opening act (The Artic Monkeys), which wasn't my favorite kind of music, but things definitely turned around when The Black Keys hit the stage.
The Black Keys opened with “Howlin' for You” and then plowed through the rest of their 90-minute set with a ton of energy.
The majority of their songs are high-energy and fairly short in length, so the show flew by! It was a lot of fun!
Song highlights from the evening for me: “Dead and Gone,” “Tighten Up,” and “Lonely Boy” (obviously).
The encore was also pretty awesome. Two huge disco balls came out and reflected light all over the arena. It was so cool!
The three-song encore started with “Everlasting Light, ” which was really good, followed by “She's Long Gone” and “I Got Mine.”
Mal and I had a great time””The Black Keys definitely put a on fun show!
The weather was so gorgeous last night, Mal and I decided to walk from North Station to Park Street after the concert. Boston was so peaceful and quite at that time of night. It made me miss the city.
Mal and I didn't get home until after midnight, so I face-planted in bed as soon as I got home. Fun night.
I [heart] date night.