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Carrabba’s Wine Tasting Dinner

Posted on June 22, 2018 by under Food and Drink.    

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Several weeks ago I picked up this silent auction package for a wine tasting dinner for four people at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at the SALSA benefit for Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC). It was perfect because Brian and I love Carrabba’s and the money went to a worthy cause.

Though there were some exclusions listed on the certificate (no Friday or Saturday), it wasn’t hard to find a time redeem the package. The hardest part was finding another couple to share the experience with. We have lots of good friends who enjoy food and wine as much as we do.

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We ultimately decided on inviting Jenni and her boyfriend Adam. We thought it would be a nice way to celebrate their recent engagement.

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Here are a few pictures from our fabulous dinner.

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It was a ridiculous amount of food! On top of that, we each got dessert!

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As far as wine went, we really could have taken more advantage but we didn’t want to be wasteful. Plus, Jenni and Brian seemed to really enjoy this bottle of cab and they wanted to finish it. We didn’t get past this bottle. LOL. Perhaps next time we can try at least a couple more different wines.

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I’m not usually a red wine drinker but I actually enjoyed this cab as well (much to my surprise). It’s rare that Brian and I find a wine that we can both enjoy. Unfortunately, this one is on the expensive end. We normally spend $10 to $20 a bottle. This one is about $60 a bottle so it’s not one that we will buying by the case as we typically do with our other wines. We did find it on sale for about $49 at Groves a couple of weeks ago so we decided to splurge and pick up a bottle (just one) for us to enjoy the next time we have something to celebrate.

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Anyway, despite Joe not being at the restaurant that night, we still had a fabulous dinner. His team made sure of it. Next time I see one of these packages at the next fundraising benefit, I’m definitely going to try snagging it. It’s worth every penny!

Until next time. GNG!

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Nortons Brewing Company

Posted on June 13, 2018 by under Food and Drink.    

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I recently had the opportunity to check out Nortons Brewing Company when we went there for Carmen’s 20th service anniversary. It’s a really neat new brew pub just a stone’s throw from the office, which is super convenient considering you now have to pay for parking in the lot next door.

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A bunch of us from work walked over for a late lunch one Friday a couple of weeks back to celebrate Carmen’s milestone.

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Here are some pictures of food that we got to try that day. Pictured above is aptly-named bacon crack. It is deliciously addictive.

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This is their homemade spinach and artichoke dip.

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Truffle fries… which used to be harder to come by but now it seems everyone is serving their own version of it.

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This is the wedge salad, which is more than just a wedge!

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I wish I could remember which sandwich this is.

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Another salad but I can’t remember which one.

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A blurry photo of someone’s grilled cheese sandwich. This might be mine, actually. I asked for the grilled cheese sandwich with a hamburger patty in the middle because I just couldn’t get myself to order the Norton burger (it’s a double cheeseburger sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches — way too much food for one person to eat) so I decided to make kind of a smaller version of it.

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Nortons is also known for funnel cakes, which I’ve yet to try.

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I almost talked Brian into it this weekend when we were back at Nortons for Chad Smith’s surprise birthday gathering. Alas, it was not meant to be. We just ended up getting a charcuterie board, fries, and some drinks.

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We did, however, get to see Chad’s new Tesla. Chad said he might have been the first person to register this vehicle in Kansas because he had to wait for the tag office to enter the model in the computer system. I guess this type of car didn’t already exist in the vehicle registration system prior.

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But I digress… Nortons is worth checking out. It has a cool, casual ambiance inside and fun hangout spaces outside. The food is good and the drinks are plentiful. We will definitely be back. I have a funnel cake in my future. That’s all for now. GNG.

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Dempsey’s Biscuit Company

Posted on June 10, 2018 by under Food and Drink.    

Brian and I discovered a new place to eat Sunday brunch last month, Dempsey’s Biscuit Company. They’re in the space on Douglas that was vacated by Fork & Fennel a few years ago. It’s just down the street from Dempsey’s Burger Pub, which is another local favorite.

Dempsey’s Biscuit Co. has been open for a while now and we’d heard great things but we’ve just never had the time to go check it out until recently. We’d been going to Reverie for Sunday breakfast but decided it was time to venture out and try some new places. That was all the push we needed to check out Dempsey’s.

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Here are a few pictures from our visit.

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Anytime we visit a new place, we always carefully study the menu.

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This is our friend Jeff who usually joins us on Sundays.

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And now for some food pics…

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I had the Eggs Benedict but substituted the chicken. I heard the chicken at Dempsey’s is pretty amazing.

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It did not disappoint. Brian liked the chicken so much, he actually ordered a side of chicken for himself.

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Brian had his usual — biscuits and gravy with fried eggs and bacon.

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The food is fabulous so we we’ve been back a few more times since then. Here are some pictures of the food we’ve had in subsequent visits.

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This place is a great addition to the Wichita food scene. We definitely have to take grandma here sometime!

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Graduation Season 2018

Posted on May 29, 2018 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

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We had five new high school graduates in our circle of family and friends this season. While we only made one actual graduation ceremony, we did make it to a few parties. Here are some pics.

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Lindsay said she couldn’t guarantee being able to save us seats unless we got there at six o’clock, a whole hour before Madison’s graduation. I’m not sure how we did it, but we managed to get there right as they were letting people in so we got to sit with their family and Lindsay didn’t even have to save our seats!

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Here are a few pics I took of the display at Madison’s graduation party.

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It’s hard to believe that this child is now a practically grownup.

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Next up was Logan’s graduation. We had grandma over for lunch that day so we skipped the graduation part and just went straight to the party at mom and dad’s house later that afternoon.

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No fancy display but we did have a couple of fancy cakes. Mom ordered a fancy graduation cake made of chocolate.

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Here’s a picture of Logan’s fancy chocolate cake up close.

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I ordered the purple ube cake for the party because I wanted some and I couldn’t eat a whole cake by myself. Logan’s graduation seemed like a good excuse to order the cake that I wanted to eat. LOL.

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Except I was too full from eating all of the other food that I only had one slice of cake. I was telling Brian that was the most expensive slice of cake I’d ever eaten. I paid $40 for a cake only to eat just one slice of it. FAIL!

How did I get so full? Well, because this happened…

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BBQ Pork

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Mashed Potato

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Rotisserie Chicken

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Roast

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Embutido

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Adobo

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Pancit

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Lumpia

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Biko

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I can’t remember what this thing is called but it’s also another Filipino dessert.

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Here’s a picture of mom with our little graduate, who’s not so little anymore.

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Anyway, Marc and Jessica’s son Eli graduated in the same class but we couldn’t go to his graduation party because we were at Logan’s. We had to support our nephew, of course! Anyway, we had a card with the some money for him and we just ended up dropping it off the next day, on our way to Brynden’s graduation party.

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We didn’t make the graduation ceremony because it was the same time as my Sunday Zumba class but at least we made the party!

Speaking of graduations we couldn’t make, my inaanak Steffano graduated this year also. We obviously couldn’t make that one because they live in Alaska. This year has probably been the year we’ve had the most graduations of kids who are really close to us. Not just some distant relative or children of acquaintances. These are children of close friends and people who are like family to us and, our own nephew of course. It has been quite a year for graduations! That’s all for now. GNG.

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Cruise Food

Posted on April 29, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

I know I promised this post several days ago but it has been super busy. I’m only now getting a break and finally have the opportunity to catch you up.

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We managed to round almost everyone up for dinner that first night. From the bottom left: Laurie, Brynden, Ty, Danielle, Natasha, Amanda, Todd, and Melissa.

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Here are some pictures of the delicious food we enjoyed that first night.

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Dinner on night two was with a smaller group. Just me, Brian, Natasha, our new Australian friend Kaveri, and Colleen and Hannah (a mom and daughter duo from upstate New York). We missed taking a group photo but I remembered to take pictures of all our food.

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They gave me extra rice.

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Everyone else had a different schedule on day three so Brian and I had a nice romantic dinner, just the two of us.

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We got most of the group together for dinner on day four.

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Tami and Rina were able to join us but we were missing Missy and Todd and Natasha. Natasha had other things going on. Missy and Todd decided to have dinner earlier that night.

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Here are pictures from our final dinner on the ship.

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I didn’t take pictures of the food buffet at Windjammer but those were delicious also. Each day was a different theme and there was something for everyone. They also had some nice displays up there with fruit carvings and all.

We always went to dinner in the Sapphire Dining Room, though, so we missed all of the dinner upstairs. It would have been far quicker to eat at the buffet but the food in the dining room is tons better.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I won’t promise when the new post will be up because it might be another busy week for me. Until next time!

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