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!