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Paisano’s Topeka

Posted on February 11, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Paisano’s Ristorante is a place I’d been to in forever! We went the night that several of us from Wichita were in town.

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There were several of us so I got a bunch of food pictures. That’s one of my favorite things about dining with a group of people. I can add to my food picture collection!

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According to Flickr, there are over 4,500 pictures in my food album. These are the latest additions.

SIDE NOTE: I’m pretty sure I have more than 5,000 food pictures. I just forget to put them in the food album sometimes. Why do I have a food album and why do I collect pictures of food? I’m sure you’re wondering. I’ve been asked this a few times. I don’t really have a good answer other than I love food and I enjoy going back and looking at pictures of all the food I’ve eaten. LOL. Until next time! GNG.

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Jeremiah Bullfrogs

Posted on February 10, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Brian said that he got a mandate from grandma to tell me to blog more. Apparently, I’m playing too much pickleball not blogging enough. LOL.

I will attempt to get y’all caught up over the next couple of weeks but no guarantees — because, you know, life happens. Every time I think I’m caught up, I get behind on the blog again.

Although, I don’t think I did too bad on the blogging front last month. There are five posts for the month of January. Grandma wants to read more stories though, so I guess I need to pump up the volume to more than one blog a week.

In the spirit of getting the blog caught up, I did get to try a new restaurant when I was in Topeka last month. I forgot to tell y’all about it.

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It’s supposed to be the best bar in Topeka. I did check them out on Trip Advisor, my go-to website for restaurant reviews and other travel information, and the restaurant is pretty highly rated on there. It must be true!

FUN FACT: Jeremiah Bullfrogs was established in 1993, the same year I moved from the Philippines to the United States. When people ask me how long I’ve lived in the US, I usually say “over 20 years.” I guess I can now upgrade this statement to say “over 25 years.” How amazing is that?! I’ve lived somewhere for more than a quarter of a century!

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It was a week night so the place wasn’t packed and relatively quiet.

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Here are a few pictures of food, starting with the spinach dip…

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Chicken tenders and sweet potato fries…

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Jerk chicken sandwich and curly fries…

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I can’t remember what Tom got but it was bun-less.

The place wasn’t bad. I’d like to go back with more people. It was just me, Chad and Tom on this visit. I think it will be more fun with a big group. Next time!

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Double Date with Hideki and Amy

Posted on January 14, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Life.    

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We had a fun double date with Hideki and Amy a few weeks ago. We met up at AMC for Aquaman and then had a late dinner at Carrabba’s after. It worked out great because it had been a while since the four of us got to hang out and, since we were all having our own NYE parties, we couldn’t be together on NYE. Brian and I would normally attend theirs but decided to take one for the team and host our own NYE party this year.

The movie was great except for a few gratuitous scenes which made me chuckle. Brian calls it Jason Momoa’s version of Blue Steel. LOL.

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Dinner was fabulous, as always. Joe even came by and visited for a bit and took a photo with us. Brian and I usually order the same thing every time so we were excited to show him that we actually ordered something different time.

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Brian got a pizza and I got the pork tenderloin.

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Amy and Hideki split the trio.

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Brian had a beer, while Hideki, Amy, and I shared a pitcher of the blackberry sangria (it’s my favorite sangria at Carrabba’s). I’m sometimes tempted to get a pitcher of it for myself, which Brian frowns upon. I have actually drank a whole pitcher by myself before. It’s not pretty. It was nice to be able to share it with others this time around.

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We wanted to do something nice for Hideki and Amy so bought dinner but Amy got an added bonus of getting a bag of gluten free pasta imported from Italy. What a treat! Speaking of treats, it’s always a pleasure hanging out with these two. They are such a joy to be around! Perhaps we can get together again after they return from their trip to Thailand. I can’t wait to hear about their adventures.

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Our First Time at Twin Peaks

Posted on January 12, 2019 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

Twin Peaks is one of those restaurants that’s been around forever but we’d never had a reason to go there. Brian said he’s heard from several people that the food is actually decent. I guess it’s just not a place that immediately comes to mind when we’re looking for some place to eat.

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We finally had a reason to go recently. We met some friends there for Brynden’s birthday dinner. We tried it for the first time and, I have to say, it wasn’t bad.

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Here are some pictures of our food… Madison had the fish and chips, which I thought of getting but decided against since I had fish and chips at Hereford House just a couple of days before.

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Brian had a hamburger and Lindsay had the pot roast, which was presented in a cast iron dish — the presentation was better than what I was expecting from a sports bar type place. It looked good, actually.

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I was dull and just got chicken tenders. I wasn’t that hungry so I didn’t even eat much of it. I think I had one chicken tender and then Lindsay and Madison helped me with the rest. Brian ate most of the fries.

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Here’s what the inside of the restaurant looks like.

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I can understand why it’s popular with the guys. I’m not just talking about the scantily clad girls either. They actually have a bunch of TVs showing various sporting events. I suppose if you want to watch sports and drink some beers with your buds, this would be a good place to go.

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It was a convenient place for us to meet for dinner after Zumba and before the rest of the evening’s festivities in honor of Brynden’s 19th birthday. I had just subbed for Joel at South YMCA and, after my crazy work week, didn’t have the energy to continue on to Club Rodeo with the rest of the gang. We were only in it for the dinner part. I’m glad I got to celebrate Brynden’s day, even though it was just a small part of it. It gave me an opportunity to give Brynden’s mom Laurie her prize for winning my little guessing game on my Zumba page (I’d been hanging on to her prize for a few weeks because we hadn’t been able to connect until then) and also give Brynden her present, which I purposely matched Laurie’s prize so they could be matchy-matchy together at some point.

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Oh! One of the Zumba guys, Luis, made both Missy and Brynden pineapple Zumba birthday cakes. I missed Missy’s but Brian and I got to share a slice of Brynden’s cake. It was delicious!

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Rotary Holiday Lunch

Posted on January 9, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

Brian and I went to lunch at Hereford House for the final club social of the year. Everyone was busy with holiday and family stuff so it was pretty much just the Harmons (Gary and Cathy), Josh Vargo, and us.

It’s not often that I can make a lunch due to work meetings and such and Brian usually can’t come because he works too darn far away but we both happened to be off that day. We didn’t have any plans except for errands so it worked out that we could go. It wasn’t a great turnout for a social (as can be expected because of the time of year) but we had a wonderful, intimate lunch between the five of us.

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The soup du jour was a green chile soup that wasn’t green. LOL. It was amazing! Possibly the best soup I’d had in a long time.

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Brian ordered a cup and shared it with me.

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Here are pictures of the rest of our food…

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I’d had brunch at Hereford House before but I hadn’t really had any other dining experience there. I don’t count our Rotary lunches because the restaurant usually prepares a buffet for us so we don’t get to choose. It was a refreshing change to be able to order from the menu. Food at Hereford House is pretty good. I highly recommend it if you’ve never been. It’s a great place for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. It’s also great for lunch meetings. I would probably go more often if it wasn’t so out of the way.

It was a pleasure visiting with Josh and the Harmons over lunch. You can’t beat a free meal and good company!

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