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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Win $100 Olive Garden GC - Olive Garden & BlogHer
To share this feeling of family, Olive Garden
has invited bloggers and their loved ones to dine with them and write
about their experiences. Check out the links below to read about their
delicious nights out. Also, be sure to enter for a chance to win a $100
Olive Garden gift card! ends 3/18
I knew exactly what I wanted to order. I went for the 3 Course
Italian Dinner for $12.95 because we all know I like to eat. We all
started off with salad and breadsticks. I think I could eat my weight in
breadsticks especially when I can dip them in Olive Garden's Alfredo
dipping sauce. I ordered the Smoked Mozzarella Chicken which was to die
for and so big I had plenty to take home. We’re the type of family who
pass around our dinner entrees so we all can try a variety of dishes,
and I loved my mother-in-law’s Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo. Yum!
We had a great time at dinner. We were very well taken care of;
the staff there is so friendly and attentive. Our drinks were always
filled, the meal was presented in a timely fashion, and no one asked me
to do the dishes. Come to think of it, they never ask me to do the
dishes. No wonder I like it so much.
Normally I get something chicken-y and cheesy and noodle-y (gee, I
don't know WHERE my kid gets it!) but I decided to branch out that
night and choose something a little different. I got the Asiago and
Roasted Garlic Tortelloni with Grilled Sausage as my entree, plus the
salad and breadsticks. The pasta was amazing! I'm not always a big fan
of sausage-sometimes it's too powerful in a pasta dish for me-but this
was perfect. And the sauce added a great, light, tomato flavor and of
course the cheese-stuffed tortelloni? YUM.
The girls and I had such a great time catching up and the staff
at Olive Garden never once made us feel rushed. We took over one of
their tables on a busy Saturday evening for over three hours, and they
were just as friendly as they could be! Our waitress didn't even make
fun of us when my friend opened up her to-go box and started eating her
food again. Yes. We had so much fun that we stayed that long. Oh, and
may I just say, Olive Garden has the most comfortable chairs known to
man? Why does every restaurant not use cushy wheeled chairs? I do not
Now, we all know how I feel about chocolate. I'm a chocolate
snob. A chocoholic. Whatever you want to call it, chocolate is my thing.
This chocolate mousse did NOT disappoint! With it's decadent cookie
crust and soft, melt in your mouth chocolate mousse topped with
chocolate shavings, it was the perfect ending to a delicious meal! My
mom had the Tiramisu, and she loved it as well! The other dessert
options include: Limoncello Mousse, Strawberry Cream Cake and Dark
Chocolate Cake.Is your mouth watering yet? Gosh, mine is just thinking
about that meal. I can't wait to go back!
This past Sunday, our family had the treat of eating lunch at
Olive Garden with some of our sweetest friends.It was such a blessing to
sit down to eat with some of my favorite people in the world and eat
lunch in such a fun and relaxing environment.The ladies sat on one end
of the table and the men on the other side with the kiddos in the
middle.I loved catching up on “life” with these two precious ladies,
Julie and Lori.
When I got the offer to do a review for them I squealed with joy!
Olive Garden has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. When
Mr. TRH and I were newlyweds we didn't have much money to eat out. It
was "THE" restaurant to go to for special occasions. After we have been
married for so many years with three kids, Olive Garden is still our
My salad was enough for two and my entree was delicious and
filling; I even had enough leftover to eat for lunch the next day! The
waitress packed my leftovers in a microwavable container and put extra
breadsticks to-go in an oven-heating bag. How easy can they make my
life?For dessert, the bartender gave me both the chocolate cake and
strawberry cream cake for to try, even though I ordered just one. Now
THAT'S what I call great service! The smaller portion was perfect after a
If you happen to have room for dessert, they have some great
choices. My favorite is the Black Tie Mousse Cake, but the White
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and Lemon Cream Cake are great as well.
The Black Tie Mouse Cake is everything a chocolate lover could expect
and is so creamy. I love that my family is always happy after a meal at
Olive Garden, and no one goes away from the table hungry.
Well, I'd be shocked if anyone actually finished their entire
meal in one sitting. The nice thing about Olive Garden is you can really
make more than one meal from it. Pasta is a quick and easy leftover. It
tastes great warmed up! So not only did we enjoy a tasty dinner, but we
were also able to savor a second portion for lunch the following day :)
Spending time laughing and talking with my friends is necessary
for me to be a better mom and wife. Everyone needs some down time. I
love sharing it with these friends. When you get away from the chaos of
everyday life to reconnect with people, you are blessed. And having a
fabulous meal while enjoying all that is even better. Read more
I ordered the Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo, medium rare, and it came
cooked to perfection. The portion was so large that I had plenty
leftover to take home. In fact, my husband and I were able to have the
leftovers for dinner the next evening! Score! I didn't have to cook, and
hubs wasn't too sad that I partied without him :). Tip: Olive Garden
offers a gluten free menu! We take advantage of this when dining with
My two picky girls love that they can create their own pasta
bowls, and I love that there are no french fries on the menu. Both of
their meals came with fruit, and all of the kids enjoyed the yummy,
unlimited salad and breadsticks before their meal arrived. A fruit and a
vegetable from the kid's menu, imagine that! The games on the kid's
menu were pretty fun too. I may or may not have picked up a few new
A trick I learned from my skinny friends: when the meal comes,
ask for a box right away. Divide your portion in half and put half in
the box so you won’t be tempted to eat the whole gosh darn thing. I
loved the feeling of being satisfied, not stuffed. I’m gonna use that
trick again! I ordered the Grilled Shrimp Caprese and loved it. My
husband really liked his Chicken Scampi.
Our waiter was so polite and funny, and he did such a great job
of taking care of us. Olive Garden always seems to have the best staff
and service every time I visit. I also love the comfortable, friendly
atmosphere, especially the rolling chairs if you sit at a non-booth
table; it makes for an easy out if you need to visit the bathroom during
There were a few moments where Harrison became boisterous, &
we reminded him to use an “inside voice” & to stay seated in his
chair, but it did not disrupt the other patrons' dinners thanks to the
music & bustle of the restaurant. Olive Garden is for families,
& they make the dining experience as welcoming as possible for those
of us with small tots. We don’t go out to eat a lot, but it is nice to
know that should momma need a night off from the stove & dishes,
there’s a place that welcomes our entire family.
It had been a while since I'd been to an Olive Garden and I'm so
glad that I was able to go back and remind myself how awesome it is to
have a restaurant that can grow with you from your skinny salad-only
days of college up through the years when you fill your dinner table
with babies. It's nice to know that some places stay the same. That's
comfort food to me.
We were a little bummed not to be there for their new special
which starts on January 23rd - a 3 Course Italian Dinner for $12.95!
The 1st course is soup or salad, the 2nd course is one of 5 new entrees,
and the 3rd course is one of 5 Dolcini desserts. Yum! And sounds like
more food than you can eat in one sitting—my favorite!