Sometimes, when you’re pregnant, you get cravings.
(we’ve talked about this before, remember?)
Sometimes, no matter what you tell yourself, nothing will satisfy those cravings like hot, garlicky breadsticks, crisp salad, and Tirimisu.
I’d include Manicotti in that list but, alas, the last time I checked, you can no longer get that particular dish at one of my favorite, family-friendly Italian restaurants.
Of COURSE, I’m talking about Olive Garden — an Italian restaurant that’s pretty much an American institution these days.
Even my younger sisters, none of whom are currently pregnant, get Olive Garden cravings; it was the first “real food” my sister ate after giving birth to her daughter a few weeks ago. She HAD to have it.
Hmmm … maybe it’s not necessarily a pregnancy craving but a sisterly thing?
Olive Garden Celebrates a New Tuscan Design
Here in Houston, three Olive Garden restaurants are giving locals the chance to experience something new: complimentary wine tasting events in honor of the new “Tuscan” inspired designs of these restaurants.
During the wine tastings, guests will get a chance to experience the restaurant’s design refresh, inspired by the timeless warmth of farmhouses in Tuscany, Italy. Although design changes differ from restaurant-to-restaurant, some updates include new décor around the restaurant and in the bar area, including tables, chairs and booths that emanate the warm, rustic tones of a Tuscan farmhouse.
Houston Olive Garden Wine Tastings
Led by Olive Garden’s wine specialists, the wine tasting events will further educate guests about Italian wines, including their origin, body style, aroma, flavor/finish and foods that pair well with them. The wine tasting events are for patrons 21 years of age and older.
(The way Mr. Boy is acting these days, I’m jealous of everyone who isn’t pregnant and can enjoy a little wine. We’re in the middle of two year molars here. Ugh – there are days I neeeeeed wine… or, at least, chocolate.)
On June 7th and June 8th (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), you can visit one of three locations for dinner and the wine tasting:
- 10830 N.W. Freeway, Houston, TX, 77092
- 7525 FM 1960 W., Houston, TX, 77070
- 10212 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX, 77591
Olive Garden Giveaway — now closed
Whether you’re in Houston or elsewhere, YOU can enjoy some yummy food courtesy of Olive Garden!
One reader will win a $25 Olive Garden gift card . . . perfect for a date night, girls night, family night . . . or to treat yourself to a few of your favorites at your local Olive Garden.
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Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely that of the blog owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I was given an Olive Garden gift card to thank me for my time. Yep, I get to eat too!