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Lunch with Tommy at Yokohama Ramen Izakaya

Posted on January 21, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

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Stopped by Edgemoor Rec Center to give something to my friend Brooke a couple of weeks ago and ended up playing a couple of games before their time was up. After that, I had an hour to kill before the noon open play at Nahola so Tommy and I decided to have lunch at Yokohama Ramen Izakaya just down the street from the rec center. Here are some pics of our food…

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Tommy and I both had the ten-hour curry which was on special that day. It’s way different than any other curry I’ve ever had and also came with two pieces of deep-fried battered shrimp.

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Tommy also go the jalapeno popper starter. I didn’t have any of it because I don’t really like spicy things. It was served in a cute, square, wooden bowl on a rectangular platter with dipping sauce on the side.

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I also had a fruity milk tea, which was a bit expensive ($5) as non-alcoholic drinks go but worth every penny. I would go by there just for that drink. And, it was the perfect balance for the curry which, though it was too spicy, had really strong flavors. Now that I’m posting this, I kind of want to get that milk tea. Perhaps I can talk Brian into going back with me this weekend.

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Until next time. GNG.

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Lunch at Oak & Pie

Posted on January 15, 2021 by under Food and Drink.    

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Brian and I enjoyed a nice lunch at Oak & Pie after the group fitness event at VASA. The drink of the week was called “Adios 2020” and it was refreshingly delicious.

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The meatballs starter is our most favorite thing to get there. It doesn’t matter what we’re having. We always start with their meatballs.

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I was feeling adventurous that day so I talked Brian into getting the Cuban pie special on their feature board instead of the usual pizza that we get.

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Here’s what the pizza looks like. I thought it was good but I honestly like it better as a sandwich. LOL. I don’t think Brian cared for it but was a good sport.

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The “Adios 2020” was so yummy, I had another, which I probably shouldn’t have because it made me forget all my obligations for the day.

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I had totally forgotten that I agreed to play with Janelle and her group from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at Nahola that day. Brian and I were on our way to running some errands after lunch when I got a text from Janelle asking where I was. That was around 1:49 PM. I decided it would take way too much time to go home and grab my gear so I had Brian drop me off at Nahola with nothing but a $10 bill. I didn’t have my bag so no paddle, no water bottle, nothing. Thankfully, they let me borrow one of the demo paddles so I played with their Selkirk Epic that day.

I felt really bad because this is the second time I’ve done this to Janelle. The last time I went to Chicken N Pickle instead of Nahola because I didn’t read my text carefully so I ended up being fifteen minutes late. She must think I’m super flaky.

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Play that day was super fun, despite not having my own paddle. Janelle and I played against Bill and Lonnie and we won against them twice. Lonnie was so shocked! It was hilarious! I was laughing the entire time.

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I liked the “Adios 2020” drink so much that I talked Brian into going back to Oak & Pie again over the weekend. It wasn’t their featured drink any more but they were nice enough to make it for me.

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Here’s a couple of pictures of food from that visit.

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I didn’t get the featured drink that week which was called the “Electric Smurf” because I really wanted the other drink but I did get the recipe so I can at least try to make it at home (I haven’t yet).

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If you’ve never been to Oak & Pie, I highly recommend it. I’m thinking of going each week now just to see what drink they come up with next! Until then. GNG.

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Birthday 2020

Posted on November 5, 2020 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

No major birthday plans this year because we’re not really traveling but I did take the day off work on Friday for my birthday. Started the day with a pickleball lesson from my sensei Chris Heck who I haven’t seen in forever.

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It was the perfect opportunity to wear our matching shirts that I got made for us.

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Chris is such a good sport.

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After my lesson, Brian and I had a nice leisurely lunch at Genova in Newton. We were originally going to the Belmont but they aren’t open for lunch. Well, before that we were going to have lunch at the art museum but my friend Teresa wasn’t going to be there so we decided to go elsewhere so Genova was actually third on the list. Another idea we ended up scrapping was our trip to Botanica which I wasn’t really too bummed about because we’re going next month for Illuminations. We just had too much to do and not enough time to do everything and lunch took longer than expected, specially since it was a bit of a trek to Newton.

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We would have had more time but I didn’t want to give up my Friday night pickleball. On Fridays I try to hit the 5 PM open play at Nahola before our normal 7 PM mixed doubles games. I always look forward to Friday nights because it’s the one night a week these days that I can get four hours of uninterrupted play.

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I brought cupcakes and caramel apples for everyone. I would have brought cake because I love cake but I didn’t want to have to mess with bringing plates and plastic forks. Anyway, Donnie and Tiffany brought birthday shots — 99 Bananas — in tampon flasks. I thought the flask was clever but the shot was disgusting. It tasted like a shot of rubbing alcohol which should be no surprise given that the liquor is 99 proof.

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Tiffany and Donnie made me a really cool “Pickleball Addict” wood sign. Brian and I put it on the fireplace mantle under the TV in the hearth area.

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Debbie gave me a very eco-friendly stainless steel straw set and a fun slap watch. She is so thoughtful.

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On Saturday Karen and I had the Halloween Smash tournament at Chicken N Pickle. Brian dropped me off at her house so the two of us could get ready and ride to CNP together but before that she made Dutch baby pancakes for the three of us because (a) they are delicious and (b) Brian had never had it before.

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Karen surprised me with matching birthday shirts.

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She also made us these awesome Dorothy costumes. She even painted our shoes red! Our costumes turned out fabulous. Karen is so crafty!

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Here’s the finished product with Molly as Toto.

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Sammi came dressed as Patrick Smith.

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The cake was another surprise.

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Beside the cake, there were other treats there too.

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Here are a few more pictures from Saturday.

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The Jens gave me birthday flowers. How sweet is that?

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The tournament had a great turnout and some really awesome costumes.

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Here are the finalists.

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Karen and I didn’t win the costume contest or the pickleball tournament but we got pretty close. And, we had a ton of fun.

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After the tournament, Brian, Karen, and I had a late lunch at Carrabba’s — my favorite place to celebrate.

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And then all that sugar put Brian into a coma.

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Here’s a better pic.

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But before his nap he helped me hang my other present from Karen.

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The next day Karen and I wore our birthday shirts to Brunch & Bingo open play at CNP. I could really take or leave the open play part but I am absolutely hooked on Bingo. It is currently my favorite thing to do on Sundays.

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Here’s what I had for breakfast on Sunday.

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I couldn’t decide between the chicken and waffles and the biscuits and gravy and so as a compromise I got the biscuits and gravy and added chicken. Add a bunch of mimosas (only $5 during Brunch & Bingo) and I was in a coma.

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I didn’t nap with Brian on Saturday afternoon but I did join him for a nap on Sunday. He insisted that the two of us would fit together in the couch. I had my doubts but he proved me wrong.

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Anyway, I may not have gotten to travel but it was a wonderful weekend overall.

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Get Together at Dudley’s

Posted on November 4, 2020 by under Food and Drink.    

We wanted to get together with friends (who mostly live on the West side of town) last month so we originally planned for dinner at Kobe. Unfortunately, Kobe was being super strict with their numbers and (1) wouldn’t take reservations for groups bigger than 8 people and (2) wouldn’t guarantee that our group could stay together. We ended up relocating our dinner to Dudley’s, mainly to stay out West and also because Dudley’s had no problem accommodating our group of 20.

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We had a few people who couldn’t make it and actually contemplated relocating back to Kobe next door, but we still had way too many people to be able to ensure that our group stayed together.

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Some people in our group had been to Dudley’s before but, being East-siders, neither Brian nor I had ever been so we really didn’t know what to expect. The place was super relaxed and gave no fucks whatsoever about the pandemic. When we walked in wearing masks and found noone there wearing them, our server was like “We don’t care about that (meaning the masks) here,” and pretty much gave us the green light to take our face coverings off. No wonder they didn’t care about having large groups either. It was like we had stepped back in time to 2019 before the Coronavirus was a thing.

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The food was just your basic bar food but I took pictures anyway because it’s kind of my thing. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.

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I ordered the fish and chips because the server told us about this lady at the next table who drives all the way to Dudley’s from two towns over just to have their fish and chips. Anyway, it was just okay. Cory, who also ordered the fish and chips, and I both concluded that the lady at the next table had never had good fish and chips before. Of course, the Pub Orlando completely ruined me because it is the standard by which I compare all fish and chips to and it is completely unfair because Kansas fish and chips will never be able to measure up to the fish and chips you can get in Florida. To be fair, though, I’ve had some decent fish and chips in Wichita – better than the one I had that night at Dudley’s.

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While the food may have been mediocre, the company was second to none. It was great to physically get back together with our friends after months of seclusion and “virtual” gatherings. I had no idea how much I missed getting hugs.

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It’s always fun hanging out with these guys. I can’t wait until our next real life gathering! Until then, GNG.

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Addicted to Bingo

Posted on October 28, 2020 by under Date Ideas, Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

I’m officially addicted to Bingo. More specifically, Brunch & Bingo at Chicken N Pickle. At first it was just me at a table by myself (usually with Ric and Brenda Thompson at the next table). Then I roped Karen into joining me.

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Look at this concentration!

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A couple of weeks ago, my pseudo-daughter Huyen joined us for the first time. She’s now very much addicted to Bingo too.

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This past Sunday, Brian and grandma joined us. Grandma is a veteran Bingo player and brought us tape. I’d never thought to do that but it was brilliant. I’m bringing tape every week from now on.

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While the games are going, everyone is super serious. You have to concentrate or you run the risk of missing numbers. Specially since Jeff calls them super fast.

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Everyone was in full concentration, even Brian.

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Grandma didn’t Bingo but she got a free shirt courtesy of Michael and Jeff. She absolutely loved her shirt and eagerly showed off to everyone when she got home.

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Grandma also enjoyed her mimosa.

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Besides FREE Bingo and $5 mimosas and bloody Marys, Chicken N Pickle also offers delicious food for brunch. This past Sunday, we ordered one of each thing so grandma could try it all.

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Here are some pictures of our food…

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The avocado toast was so good even Brian liked it, and he’s not a frou frou kind of guy.

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You can’t go wrong with biscuits and gravy – unless you forget to tell them to fry the egg hard which is what happened on Sunday. LOL. Brian would have enjoyed it more had the egg not been runny.

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The junkyard dog breakfast burrito is our absolute favorite brunch item. I have eaten an entire one by myself but it’s better to share with another person because it really is a lot of food.

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I’m glad Karen and Huyen joined us because we were able to share our food with them. Anyway, Brunch & Bingo is my absolute favorite thing to do on Sundays. I look forward to it every weekend. The best part is, Jenni and her crew are going to join us for the next one. I can’t wait!

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