- Stephen and Mal's house
Stephen and Mallory are just about to head to Carrabba's for dinner, for which they got a gift card from Deb and Steve for Christmas. The dinner is partly in celebration of Mal finishing her Halo painting. However, Mal is not allowed to eat anything with mussels.
Story time: Last time at Carrabba's (end January), she ate some mussels and bit down on something hard (possibly a pearl), and has had a toothache since. This has led to several doctor's appointments and ultimately, Mal will be getting a root canal on Wednesday. She has also been in a lot more pain as her tooth pain has gotten worse recently, and has only been able to get through her painting with lots of ibuprofen.
For dinner, Stephen elected to get spaghetti and meatballs, which is a relatively simple dish, while Mallory got lobster ravioli. Back home, Stephen comments some more on his dish, saying that sometimes he doesn't want the fancy food (or crazy thing), he just wants the simple dish.
This prompts Stephen and Mal to discuss spaghetti and meatballs, which they haven't eaten since they stopped eating pasta for a while. They both remember making it a lot in college, and Mal vividly remembers cooking it with a camper's stove and a microwave.
For the next day, they plan to go and get their grocery shopping done and Stephen will work more on Fan Favorites. But for now, time to eat a late-night snack and then head to bed.
- "And I know that they just added that new menu item that's literally a plate of rocks, but try not to eat that either, 'cause that's just - that's strictly for the Gorons, Mal. That's not for you." - Stephen (about Carrabba's new menu item)