After a busy week for both of us, J and I unwound with some Spanish tapas and red wine on Saturday night, made easy by Trader Joe's.
For a while now, I had seen a three pack of Italian cut meats (prosciutto, salami and one other I can't recall) and this weekend when I was perusing their aisles, I came across a similar three pack but this time featuring sliced chorizo, serrano jamon and a Spanish salami. J and I love Spanish cuisine (so much so that I bought him this Spanish cookbook for Christmas) and I thought that this would be just the thing to transport us to Madrid and tide us over until we can get there in person.
I also picked up a large baguette, some Spanish cheese, Two Buck Chuck (not Spanish but still a cheap and tasty wine) and some shrimp to round out the meal. I also added some kalamata olives I had in our fridge and some of our good olive oil for dipping that we got as a wedding present from this place to round out the meal.
The whole thing probably cost us less than $15.00 bucks (with leftovers which we had for dinner the next night) which is a lot less than we would have spent had we gone out for tapas instead. We finished off our cheap but relaxing date night by joining some friends at Schlafly for a drink!