Wednesday, February 25, 2009
fat tuesday this year was celebrated with a trip to toot's in the fields ertel area. the first thing i noticed when i walked in was a lizard mournfully surveying the children poking each other and tapping the glass of his enclosure. poor thing, to have to live in such a kid-friendly atmosphere. toot's also has brightly colored neon, huge tvs, and an interesting oyster mascot. they also promise cheap beer and wings.
brian and mark spilt 50 medium wings. they weren't the traditional flats or drums. they were shaped like, well, wings. i tried a couple. they had a pretty good flavor and the meat was moist and tender. not breaded. i am not much of a wing aficionado, so i'll reserve judgement, but brian says they are better than hooter's.
i had the black and bleu burger, topped with onion fries. not much black to it, but i was starving so it seemed pretty delicious to me. garners a rating of 5/6 on the burger scale of greatness.
i don't really have much to say. everything was fine, nothing outstanding. if you feel like having some beer and fried food, toot's is for you. say hi to the lizard for me.
Monday, February 23, 2009
a favorite shirt.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
dinner started off with cheese cubes.......
i got a salad -- i love the croutons here. i want to say they have to be home made but i can't say for sure.
krissy and i both got the gyros.....and fries. it's all about comfort food at this time of year! i love to dip my fries in my left over tzatziki sauce......krissy got the mac 'n cheese. the mac 'n cheese was actually quite good, despite the server saying it wasn't her favorite thing. pretty salty, although i like things that way.
they were kind enough to be make the steak sandwich for brian even though it wasn't the special of the day.
i can't believe it has been almost a year! i've eaten a lot of great food and met a lot of fantastic people (i'm sure beth would second that!).
thanks, everybody, for reading!
Monday, February 16, 2009
the whole meal was reasonably priced, since the $10.75 for my entree included bread, a salad, AND spumoni ice cream. of course, i could have easily duplicated the whole thing in my own kitchen, but i wouldn't have been able to eat it in a streetcar (faux or otherwise)!
curiosity: lettie teague talks about ordering the cheapest bottle of wine at swank restaurants in dc and new york. sometimes unusual and wonderful wines can be discovered. however, she recommends never ordering the south african pinotage. i am extremely curious about this wine. i have heard it tastes approximately like liquid shoe leather. and not the shoe leather of a salvatore ferragamo. more like an old birkenstock worn backpacking through south america. has anyone tried it?
interesting: achieving healthy eating by the "rainbow" method. a variety of colors in the diet brings of variety of vitamins and minerals. (skittles do not count)
excited about: the best new greek wines, none of them more than $35.
recipes i can't wait to try:
gianduja tart with chocolate-cookie crust
beet salad with tangerines (the orange part of the rainbow)
wasabi flank steak and miso-glazed potatoes
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
i've had a lot of shots of jagermeister there. a moment of silence, please.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
on our return to clifton, we stopped for lunch at spicy pickle. i was pleasantly surprised with its unique sandwich combinations and tasteful deliciousness. the corn and green chile bisque was quite good; flavorful, not overly spicy, with a touch of cilantro. my sandwich, the yard bird, was chicken, bacon, spinach, green apples, and bleu cheese with honey mustard. unexpected and very fresh, and on ciabatta! quite gratifying.
i even tried a bite of the "soon to be famous" spicy pickle, which tasted like...a pickle. unexceptional pickle aside, spicy pickle may be my new favorite chain sandwich shop, trumping potbelly.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
instead we watched our movie (he's just not that into you) and ate afterwards at chatters, the restaurant inside the theater.
chatters is very similar to an airport bar, mediocre over-priced food included. i had the applewood blt on sourdough. the bread was good. overall it was acceptable, but the fries had a kind of funny taste. the cocktails were expensive for what they were. a couple of my girlfriends ordered martinis at $9.50 a pop. my absolut kurrant and tonic was $6, which is a bit more reasonable.
the whole experience was a little strange, especially since there is not a bathroom in the restaurant and you have to walk past the ticket taker to find one. i don't think i'm a fan. i am curious about the lux level, but i don't know how i feel about paying $20 for a movie ticket and then buying food on top of it, even if the food is a bit more filling than nachos and snow caps.
and p.s., "he's just not that into you" was better than i thought it was going to be, based on the critics' reviews. kind of cute and bubbly. everyone gets what they deserve in the end, good and bad.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
the place was packed. parking was a challenge. the guy directing traffic (while holding a beer) told brian and i to just pull up under the pavilion, which we did not do. instead brian dropped me off and circled until he found an actual spot.
we recommend you don your lederhosen or dirndl and sample some emancipator. you won't regret it. well, maybe the lederhosen.