Monday, February 6, 2012

Midnight in Paris "Date Night" & Apple-Pecan Brie Cheese #CouchCritics

Instead of going out to the movies we decided to have a "Date Night" at home this past weekend. Not only did it save $$ on a babysitter (we just waited until they went to bed for the night to start our "date") but we were also able to have much better snacks than what the movie theater offers. And you know the Hungry Harps wanted some snacks while movie watching. ;)

We decided to rent Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. I am not a huge fan of Romantic-Comedies - but I like both the main stars and was hoping that since the movie takes place in Paris, there would be some gratuitous food shots. After all, Paris is not only the City of Love - it is also the home of fine dining. I know, a silly reason to pick a movie but I am an extreme foodie - I LOVE all things food!!

There is a Blockbuster Express inside our local Safeway grocery store - so we went online to Blockbuster Express to see if Midnight in Paris was available there. Lucky for us, it was available and we were able to reserve it online!! Let me tell you, reserving it online made it SO easy to pick up the movie. All we had to do was swipe the card we used to reserve the movie and out it popped! For some rental deals check out Blockbuster Express on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out our shopping adventure here on Google+

After we picked up our movie it was time to pick out what we wanted to snack on. Since the movie takes place in France - I headed straight to the Brie Cheese. 1, because I LOVE cheese and 2, because it is French. Safeway has a pretty good selection, they even carry Brie Bites which I had never seen before.

The wine was right next to the cheese - it just felt right to grab a bottle for our date night. Safeway had Sutter Home on sale for $3, so I grabbed a bottle of Merlot.

I can't forget to tell you about this find! Sabra Basil Pesto Hummus. I couldn't grab it fast enough. :) I can't believe I didn't know about this - but let me tell you, I will not be forgetting about it anytime soon! There was a wall of Pita Chips next to the Hummus - easy peasy!

Our finished "Date Night" tray! Apple-Pecan Brie Cheese, Grapes, Basil Pesto Hummus, Salami, Colby Jack Cheese, Table Water Crackers and Pita Chips. Everything tasted wonderful. The Brie Cheese knocked Mr. Hungry Harps socks off - it truly is delicious. I have also found a new love, that Basil Pesto Hummus. My favorite Sabra flavor is still the Roasted Pine-Nut, but Basil Pesto is now a very, very close second. :)

So, about that Apple-Pecan Brie Cheese...

It is super easy. First get your cheese and an oven-safe dish. Heat the oven to 350 and place cheese in dish. I found this round dish at the dollar store. Score!!

Top cheese with chopped apples, pecans, cinnamon and maple syrup. I didn't measure anything, just added ingredients until I was happy with how it looked.

Bake for 15 minutes or until apples are tender.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Our "Date Night" rocked! The movie was good, the food was better and I could not ask for a better date. ;)

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias


Lindselicious said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh I love the idea of adding apples on the baked brie. YUM!!

Mama F said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay! Today is my hubbie and my anniversary and I was trying to think of something fun we could do at home (we are having our real "date night" at the end of the month when grandma can watch the kiddos!) This is such a good idea!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Jess! I love this idea for baked brie! I have a surprise for you on my blog :) See you there!

Sarah @ The Pieces of MI Life said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

*drooling #ThatIsAll ;)

Kiri W. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ooooh, this is my kind of heaven. YUMM.

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My kind of date night! The snacks look delish! I am all about the food too! I can't wait to find the sabra basil pesto hummus it looks delish! Have a wonderful week and congrats on the blog award from Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Its my kind of night out, I think Ill give it a go! Now its a matter of finding time to do it, but what would you not do for love :) Best Wishes and I do hope you two enjoyed it :)

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