Farewell Dinner at Longhorn

Brian’s parents treated us to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse on Sunday night. It actually should have been the other way around but they insisted.

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Brian and I had never been to Longhorn before. This was our first trip. They were off to a rocky start when they asked us to wait to be seated when there were several vacant tables throughout the restaurant. I’m not sure what was going on there.

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We had some of their pretzels with the beer infused cheese dip while we waited for our entrees. It was pretty good. What I liked most about them is that they were super salty so I didn’t need to salt them.

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I can’t remember what this salad is called. It had apple chips and bacon and a tangy dressing. It was decent, but I don’t think Brian liked it.

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I took a picture of the bread because I take pictures of everything, specially if it’s a restaurant that I’ve never tried before.

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We should have stopped at the salads. Alas, eating healthy was not meant to be.

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Brian and I decided to keep the calories and cost down by sharing an entree.

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He had the filet and the baked potato while I had the lobster and shrimp mac and cheese portion of the entree. I had a bite Brian’s steak which I thought was good, but he was unimpressed.

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The food was just okay over all. If we’d been there before, I don’t think I would have picked it. It’s just not the kind of restaurant that I would go out of my way to dine at. I do think it’s better than Outback, but I wouldn’t eat at Outback either. LOL.

At least our server Damian was great. He was friendly and attentive. His service elevated our dining experience. If we ever go back, I’m asking for his section.

Leftover Stew

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One of the dinners Donna made while she and David were staying with us was beef stew. She made a ton so we had plenty of leftovers. I was starving after I got home from my Sunday morning workout with Val so I rummaged through the fridge and decided to heat up some of the left over beef stew. While I was rummaging through the fridge I also found our leftover shrimp so I went ahead and tossed it in there. Voila! Leftover stew. It was actually really good. I wouldn’t mind having it again.

Date Night

Brian and I started our date night at Taste and See 2 in Old Town.

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The restaurant has been open for several weeks now, but this is our first trip there since we both have been very busy.

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Chef Jason Febres and Steven Bacci have really stepped it up. The place looks fantastic and the server uniforms look really spiffy.

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We started dinner with one of our favorite tapas: queso fondue.

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Brian had his usual, the real Cubano with truffle fries.

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I wanted to be adventurous and try something that I’d never had before, the saltinbocca. How can you go wrong with chicken and prosciutto?

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It was delicious. I even liked the mushroom and the cracker thing.

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We left the restaurant very full and happy. The beers helped. 😉

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After dinner we went on to Abode to watch Blockhead perform. Reby and Aaron were there also. Come to find out, Aaron is a huge Blockhead fan.

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We actually got a real treat last night. I had no idea that Aaron is Cutter J, the Absurdist. He’s amazing!

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He makes music, plays with spoons, and even tap dances.

Oh, and Blockhead was really good too.

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Brian really enjoyed date night. He thanked me several times for taking him to see Blockhead. Yup. That’s what I do. I plan great dates. LOL.

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Here’s a link to Taste & See 2 on Urbanspoon.

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Post Halloween Party Aftermath

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We picked up a little before we went to bed after the party last weekend, but this is the mess that we woke up to the next day.

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Rather than deal with the mess straight off, Brian and I decided that this was the perfect excuse to go have brunch at a new place, Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe. We’d heard many good things.

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The place is actually quite nice. I really like the colorful decor.

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The place is kind of quirky. I like the cloth napkins, novel napkin rings, and even mismatched silverware.

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The fancy water glasses are nice too, but they don’t hold much water. It wouldn’t be so bad if they refilled the water glass more frequently. I kept running out of water and it would take forever between refills.

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The runny eggs were strike two. Brian specifically asked for them to be fried hard.

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The bacon was good but the damage was done. Brian did not want to touch his eggs but he didn’t want to ask for them to get redone either so I ended up eating them.

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There’s not many places in town you can get crepes, so that is what I ordered. Here are a couple of pictures of my chicken and spinach crepe.

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I was not particularly impressed. The crepe itself was too thick and more pancake-like than I prefer. They put a lot of filling in it also which is both good and bad. It’s great that you get more chicken for your money, but all of the filling overpowered the crepe and made it even less crepe-like. Sad to say this but the chicken florentine crepe that I had at a kiosk inside the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando when we were there for the Zumba instructor convention was far superior (even if I did have to eat it out of a water cone, LOL).

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Here’s the dessert display case. For a bakery, it wasn’t very impressive. It looked kind of sad and empty actually. If you’re going to tack “bakery” at the end of your name, I’m going to expect more than this sad display case. When I think of a restaurant and bakery, the display cases I’m envisioning are the likes of Bagatelle (fantastic cakes, by the way, and they always give you free dessert which is a bonus) and Copper Oven. Their bakery here seemed like an afterthought.

They served an English muffin with Brian’s breakfast and I asked for toast, neither of these tasted like they were baked on site. They gave us this hard French roll while we were waiting for our food and that didn’t taste freshly baked either. I would have much rather had Tita Tessie’s pan de sal over it.

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As far as the price goes, their prices are pretty reasonable. No complaints there. Service was slow, but it wasn’t terrible, and the runny eggs were not the servers fault so we gave her $4 bucks, which is a decent tip relative the cost of our meal. We looked at the ticket and she wrote it down correctly, Brian and I concluded that the cook either wasn’t paying attention or didn’t know how to make a hard egg.

I really wanted to like this place because other people I know have loved it, but everything I liked about the place had nothing to do with the food. I like the clever name. The location is great. The restaurant has a wonderful ambiance. I like having cloth napkins and real silverware. The decor is nice and cheerful. All of that stuff is fabulous so if I’m just going there to hang out, I would totally love the place. As far as the food goes, I’ve had better breakfast meals elsewhere, so if I’m looking for somewhere to eat Birds on the Roof wouldn’t be my first pick.

On the bright side, when we came home from breakfast we were ready to tackle the aftermath of the previous night’s party. We still need to do some deep cleaning (vacuuming and mopping, etc.) but we picked up the mess and wiped all of the surfaces. Look at what we accomplished.

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Our house was back to normal in no time. Of course, we were still pooped from having stayed up all night so we ended up taking a nap after this and didn’t wake up again until five in the afternoon. That was pretty much our Sunday.

We Need to Quit Eating Out

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We really need to quit eating out. It’s been hard to slow down, though. It is my birthday month after all. This time we found ourselves at Bite ME BBQ. At least we were somewhat responsible and decided to split a dinner.

We had sliced brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and a hot link. We had fries and coleslaw for our sides. It was just at the right amount of food for the two of us. Actually, it was more than enough. I felt like I ate too much. I didn’t have enough room for peach cobbler, which is my favorite thing to get at Bite ME.

I really need to buckle down next month. Watch the nutrition and ramp up the workouts. I feel fatter by the day!

Dining at Bonefish is Always an Experience

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It’s always a challenge to eat healthy during my birthday month because random restaurants send me coupons for stuff. And you know me. I just can’t resist. Though, over the last few years, I have gotten a bit more picky. I never pass up a chance to eat at Bonefish, though. Specially when they give me FREE bang bang shrimp.

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Anymore if it’s just Brian and me then we just opt to eat in the bar area so we don’t have to make reservations and we don’t have to wait. Plus, we always seem to meet really cool people.

One time we were there we met Patty Armstrong who is in the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Wichita and her husband. I guess they are regulars because all the staff seemed to know them and the manager was really chummy with them. They were super nice and we had great dinner conversation, for a bunch of strangers.

It was really tough to get a seat at the bar on Saturday night, though. It was super packed. Brian and I were there later than usual too. We are a couple of old farts and prefer to go at five-ish. Anyway, we had to wait forever for an opening at one of the community tables. It made me think of Winston in one of the episodes of New Girl. The one where he saves all the seats by being all weird and trying to drive all the other diners away. It was just me and Brian so we didn’t have to do that, but if we were expecting others to join us and we didn’t have a reservation (not likely because Brian and I are anal and would always have reservations if we’re dining with a group of people but anyway) we agreed that we’d probably do the same thing. It made me laugh in my head. Sometimes I just do that. I think of something and it makes me laugh, but then I actually outwardly laugh and then other people are like, “What’s so funny?” but then you can’t explain it because it all happened in your head.

Anyway, this last time we didn’t really meet-meet people. There was another couple already at the table. I think they just gave up on waiting for their table and decided to eat dinner at the community table instead, but I could tell that probably isn’t something they normally do. Halfway through their meal their pager buzzed. I mean Brian and I purposefully choose to dine at the community table. Theirs was more accidental. We didn’t really get to visit with them much.

There was a young couple who sat across from us briefly. They seemed to be on a first date. I’m thinking they met on a dating web site. I don’t normally eavesdrop on people’s conversations, but I couldn’t help it. They were sitting across from me. Anyway, they left as soon as their table became available.

After they left another couple took their place. It was an old guy probably in his 50s. He wasn’t bad looking but definitely old. His date was a young girl about mid-twenties. Brian thought they were father and daughter at first but as soon as they started conversing with one another he caught on that they were on a date. Brian thought it was weird. I think he must have been putting out some kind of vibe because they ended up moving to the bar, or as far away from us as possible. Maybe our PDAs weren’t helping. Just kidding.

When they left I told Brian that I could tell they were on a date right off the bat just from how they looked and through their body language. And, I’m more open-minded when it comes to age differences. I don’t think it’s weird when people 20 years apart date. After about 25 everyone is pretty much the same age in my book. Plus, it’s one thing if you look ancient but I’ve seen some really hot-looking old dudes. Then again, my concept of hot is not the same as other women. For instance, Kevin Spacey in House of Cards is hot to me but other women will probably disagree.

Brian is turning 40 next year and I told him that he’s actually more attractive to me now than he ever has been. He looks better than he ever has physically but, aside from that, his salt and pepper hair is just plain sexy. I told him that I’d probably find him less attractive if he died his hair and actually looked younger. If he dressed in a nice business suit everyday, I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Fortunately, he dresses like a slob (just kidding, but very casual nonetheless) most days so I can at least function and not act like a googly-eyed girl, daydreaming all day. If were in my twenties and met him as he is now, I would totally date him and I would feel the least bit oogie about it. I’d actually be all over it. Seriously. If I were single, I’d actually prefer dating older men to guys my age.

But I digress… Besides the great food, the dining experience at Bonefish is always interesting. Specially if you opt to eat in the bar area. Until next time!

Oh Yeah!

Where do you take a vegetarian friend to dinner? Oh Yeah! of course. LOL.

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Here’s the appetizer sampler that I always get because it has a bunch of things I like.

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I think I got the Mongolian beef but honestly can’t can’t remember. Whatever it was that I had, it was good. LOL.

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Brian had something like sweet and sour chicken. No surprise there.

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These are Christina’s soy patties.

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Cookies!

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Dinner was the hand off. After dinner, Christina and I went on to the Orpheum for MOMIX: Botanica 2013 while Brian went home to wait for his friends to come over.

MOMIX: Botanica was amazing, by the way. I was in awe of the performance the entire time. The best, most creative dancing I have ever seen. I’m so glad that Christina invited me to go with her. I couldn’t believe that there were empty seats in the auditorium. Wichitans have no idea what they missed. Seriously.

Same with Oh Yeah! I think this is one of the best kept secrets of Wichita. People who have never been don’t know what they’re missing. Seriously.

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Breakfast at Curly’s American Diner

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Brian and I took grandma out to breakfast on Saturday after my Zumba class.

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Grandma and our friend Brandy who we hadn’t seen in a long time. I think the last time we saw her was at the old Highlands and that was almost five years ago.

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Brandy and Brian have a moment.

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Believe it or not, all grandma wanted was a waffle. I’m thinking we probably need to buy a waffle maker so we can make her some waffles next time we serve brunch at the house. LOL.

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Brian got the loaded biscuits (see the description below). They’re a lot like the “breakfast gumbo” that Brian always orders by piecing together several items off the menu at every diner or breakfast eatery we try. They really should rename this menu item “The Brian” – LOL.

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I got the courthouse scramble, which is pretty much everything else scrambled together in a skillet. I asked for it without onions because I just don’t like onions.

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I had the option of getting Texas toast, pancake, or biscuit with gravy with my meal. I opted for the biscuit with gravy because I was really hungry.

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The quality of the food at Curly’s is pretty mediocre but they seem to have a good following. The one thing that I do like about Curly’s is the friendly service.

Brandy is phenomenal. I think even if she didn’t know us we still would have received fantastic service. That’s why she’s the most highly sought after server at the restaurant.

There are so many great breakfast options in town. If I were to let the food be my guide, I’d probably have breakfast elsewhere… Like at home… Brian makes a kick butt breakfast spread. LOL. Kidding aside, if you do see me at Curly’s again, know that I’m not there for the food. I’m there for Brandy and her great customer service.

Friday Night at Sabor

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We found ourselves back in Old Town on Friday night because Jorge and Ray invited us to join them and their customers for dinner. I love dining with these guys because they always pick great places to eat. The pick for Friday night was Sabor, one of my favorites in Old Town.

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Here’s a picture of Brian with Ray.

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A picture of me with Jorge and Yanila.

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We got to try several starters. This one is the queso, which is really good.

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This is the shrimp ceviche, which is also really good.

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Of course, you can’t go to Sabor and not get the platanutres. The only thing I didn’t get a picture of were the fried calamari, which ordered several of but they would never last long enough for me to get a picture. Obviously, they were really good as well.

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Here are some pictures of several entrees.

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There were 25 of us at dinner that night. I couldn’t get a picture of everyone’s dinner because the rest of our group were just too far away. They had to put our table in an L formation because there were just so many of us.

Nonetheless, the pictures you see above represent the wonderful variety of entree options you can get at Sabor. Can you tell which one I had?

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Here’s a picture of the delicious mango cheesecake. Brian’s not a cheesecake kind of guy but he actually liked this.

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This one is fried cheesecake. We also had flan, but I missed taking a picture of it. Although, I have made a mental note that Brian likes the flan they serve at Sabor which is a big plus for me because I love flan. I just can’t have it often because Brian rarely ever likes it.

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Here’s a picture of our large group. We practically shut Sabor down on Friday night.

I wished that Suede was still open because I had a feeling the Latin American guys would have kept the party going. And, you know how much Latin Americans love to dance. Oh, well.

Hopefully Suede reopens again soon because we really need a nice salsa club downtown. I miss dancing salsa. And, dancing would have helped me burn all the extra calories I ate that evening. The extra calories were super delicious and totally worth it though. Be sure to check out Suede if you haven’t been there in a while or at all.

Il Vicino at Bradley Fair

We’d been eating out a lot lately because Brian and I had been out of town over the last few weeks and we didn’t have anything in the fridge. We actually didn’t get groceries done until the other day. Brian went to the Dillons in Andover while I was in Zumba class. In the meantime we had no choice but to eat out.

We hit Il Vicino after the Wichita Flight Festival last Sunday because we hadn’t been there in a while and we’d almost forgotten how much we like it. I had at least until I saw Mama Dill’s post about going to Il Vicino.

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Not being overly adventurous, we stuck with our usual: Caesar salad with chicken and a vespa. We normally split both.

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I forgot to ask for them to leave the anchovies off. I don’t mind them but Brian doesn’t like anchovies so he had to pick them off.

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Here’s what the vespa looks like. It has chicken, spinach, and tomatoes. I love all the flavor that they put in the chicken. I also add a splash of that delicious spicy oil they have at the table for even more flavor. So yummy!

Anyway, Brian was cleaning his wallet yesterday and found an old frequent buyer card from when we used to go to Il Vicino all the time. We had already gotten enough stamps for a free pizza or sandwich. Ugh. We could have used it last weekend when we went. Oh, well. I guess we will just have to go back. LOL.

Speaking of going back, when we go back to attend the Wichita Flight Festival next year, we are going to have to wear sunblock because Brian got one heck of a sunburn that day. He was redder than the tomatoes in our sandwich!

Brian's Red Neck

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