Long Overdue

I never got around to posting last night because Chris & I went on a long overdue dinner date. He’s been working so much lately, that’s it’s hard to find a chunk of quality time to spend together. It was another rainy day in PA yesterday, so he didn’t have to work. We decided to take advantage of his day/night off, & headed to The Cheesecake Factory.

The last time I was at The Cheesecake Factory was back in July when I went for my second wedding dress fitting!

Since July, The Cheesecake Factory has rolled out a new Skinnylicious menu. Sadly, I can’t give you a review of any meal items from the menu, because I was not in a “Skinnylicious” kind of mood last night! 😉 Instead, Chris & I went all out! Chris had quite a few gift cards for The Cheesecake Factory, so we certainly enjoyed ourselves.

To start, I had a piece of the delicious bread that’s always served.

I apologize for the photo quality; if you’ve ever been to The Cheesecake Factory before, you know the lighting isn’t the best!

For an appetizer, we ordered the fried macaroni & cheese – “Crispy Crumb Coated Macaroni and Cheese Balls. Served over a Creamy Marinara Sauce.”

These were amazing, although I’m sure it goes without saying they weren’t the healthiest choice! I told Chris you’ve got to go for the fried mac & cheese every once in a while! 😉

For my entree, I ordered the shrimp with angel hair – “Large Shrimp Sautéed with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic Combined with Angel Hair Pasta, Tomato and Fresh Basil.”

The portion was gigantic (like most entrees are at The Cheesecake Factory) & I was pretty stuffed from our appetizer, so I only ate a small portion & brought home a ton for leftovers!

Chris & I got our cheesecake to-go & I went with the ultimate red velvet cake cheesecake – “Moist layers of Red Velvet Cake and our Original Cheesecake covered with our special Cheesecake Factory cream cheese frosting.”

I was so happy to be eating this cheesecake at home, in my sweats, cozied up in bed! What’s better than that?! A certain someone wanted in on the action…

But eventually, he gave up…


Again, sorry for the photo quality; without flash, Stewie blends right in to our bedspread! :-)


Fast forward to this morning, & I was definitely needing a workout after such a rich (but awesome!) meal.

I headed to the gym & completed 45 minutes on the elliptical followed by 15 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill.

I had to make a quick stop at Target on my way home from the gym, & stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee. (Seriously, whose idea was it to put a Starbucks inside a Target?! Such a double-whammy for my wallet!)

When I made it home, I whipped up some oatmeal & topped the oats with chopped walnuts, mini chocolate chips, chia seeds, & a light drizzle of honey. Simple & delicious!

The rest of my day was spent cleaning, working on stuff for the grad class I’m taking, & laying down; my allergies are still in full-force. Now that it’s after 7:00PM, I figured I better get some things checked off my to-do list & quit being a total waste. 😉

What’s your favorite kind of cheesecake? I’ll be digging in to my leftover red velvet at some point this evening!

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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says:

    Great minds think alike 😉 That’s pretty awesome that we both went to The Cheesecake Factory on the same night. It’s just too bad that we didn’t go to the same one :(

    The bread is PHENOMENAL. Finding out that I was allergic to wheat was the most disappointing when I came to realize that I couldn’t eat it any longer. Noooooooooooooooooooo

    My favorite cheesecake is probably one with cookie dough. Not that I’ve ever had such a thing, but it sounds like it would be my favorite :)

    • Erica says:

      I know! I <3 their bread! The only thing stopping me at one piece was knowing that the fried mac & cheese was coming!

      Mmmm cookie dough cheesecake sounds like it would be amazing!

  2. Sweet Marcella says:

    I stumbled upon your blog from Cait’s Plate and had to comment here! I love cheesecake factory’s bread and fried mac and cheese! Yum! I always end up taking home most of my entree too because I fill up on bread and apps.

    My favorite cheesecake is the white chocolate raspberry one!

  3. Pamela says:

    I just came across your blog and noticed that you are also from southeastern PA! :) I love Cheesecake Factory. How did I never realize that they have a mac & cheese appetizer? They have the best cheesecakes, but we never seem to save room for dessert after eating dinner there!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Yay, I love finding people that are PA residents too! Omg, that appetizer was AMAZING & totally worth the trillion calories I’m sure it contained! 😉

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