With no real dinner plans and no motivation to cook, Rob and I were throwing around ideas of where we should order take out from. After a little yelp searching, I came across a new place in Pensacola that piqued my interest. Excited to make a date night out of an otherwise boring weeknight, I went into full blown research mode. What followed was a relaxing drive, a gourmet picnic, and a new favorite spot in town.
We started our date night with a drive along Scenic Highway, an 11 mile drive right on the bay. We stopped at Nancy's Haute Affairs to pick up food. This place is unlike anywhere I have ever been and I was in love the second I saw the bright blue building. Nancy's is famous for their "gourmet to go" food. Their menu changes weekly and seriously every item on the menu looks incredible! You head up to the counter and place your order, look around the adorable store while your food is made, and then take your food and you are on your way. OH, and the people here are simply lovely; southern hospitality at its finest.
Rob ordered the seared snapper in lobster sauce with bleu cheese mac and cheese and stewed okra and tomatoes. I ordered the grilled rib eye with caramelized onions, spaghetti squash, and stuffed zucchini. Of course our order would not be complete without some focaccia bread and a couple of cookies. We took our food to the scenic bluffs and enjoyed it overlooking the water. EVERYTHING was incredible. The name says it all - it was truly gourmet take out! We brought a bottle of chardonnay and had the perfect picnic, with barely any work!
As Rob's schedule starts to get busier with his school picking up, it is important to savor the little moments together and make regular nights into date nights. A gourmet picnic was the perfect way to spice up dinner, not to mention enjoy the incredible sunset together!