Where do you take a vegetarian friend to dinner? Oh Yeah! of course. LOL.
Here’s the appetizer sampler that I always get because it has a bunch of things I like.
I think I got the Mongolian beef but honestly can’t can’t remember. Whatever it was that I had, it was good. LOL.
Brian had something like sweet and sour chicken. No surprise there.
These are Christina’s soy patties.
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.
Brian and I took grandma out to breakfast on Saturday after my Zumba class.
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.
Brandy and Brian have a moment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a picture of Brian with Ray.
A picture of me with Jorge and Yanila.
We got to try several starters. This one is the queso, which is really good.
This is the shrimp ceviche, which is also really good.
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.
Here are some pictures of several entrees.
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?
Here’s a picture of the delicious mango cheesecake. Brian’s not a cheesecake kind of guy but he actually liked this.
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.
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.
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.
Not being overly adventurous, we stuck with our usual: Caesar salad with chicken and a vespa. We normally split both.
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.
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!
You have no idea how easy this is! Even I was surprised.
Here’s the instructions.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in an 8 X 8 baking dish while the oven preheats.
- In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of self-rising flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir in 1/2 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth.
- Spoon batter over the melted butter in the baking dish.
- In another bowl, mix 1 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and sprinkle this dry mixture over the batter.
- Boil 1 1/2 cups of water and slowly pour over the top of the mixture in the baking dish. Do not stir.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until set.
- Serve slighly warm with ice cream.
This is what the chocolate cobbler looks like fresh out of the oven.
It was gooey and amazingly delicious. I was impressed that our first attempt turned out so well. The only thing that could have made it better is if we had some vanilla ice cream, which we didn’t have. However, we are going to buy some ice cream so when we make this for the Post-Halloween Party we’ll be able to serve it with the proper accompaniment. I can’t wait!
This was breakfast on Saturday — after Zumba, before the dentist and before picking up Brian at the airport. I ended up at Livingston’s Diner after driving to both The Good Egg and Jimmy’s Diner. There was a long wait at both places. I’m glad not a lot of people know about Livingston’s Diner.
Breakfast was good but not as good as Brian’s breakfast spread. LOL. It hit the spot though.
I introduced a friend to Old Mill Tasty Shop last week.
Faith and I were walking to Wasabi the other day when we walked by Old Mill Tasty Shop. I found out that she’d never been there so I asked if she wanted to try it. We ended up stopping eating there instead of going all the way to Wasabi.
I mistakenly ordered the regular chicken salad sandwich instead of my favorite, the toasted chicken salad club. The chicken salad sandwich was good but not nearly as good as the toasted chicken salad club.
It was my mistake though, so I ate it and enjoyed every bit. I also enjoyed the potato salad that I had on the side.
Faith really liked her toasted chicken salad club. I ordered a chocolate shake which she got to sample also. I think she liked the restaurant. We may eat there again next time since it’s so close to work.
I didn’t want to mope around the house after dropping Brian off at the airport so I ended up driving to Jersey’s to watch some friends play sand volleyball. The tournament was a fundraiser for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Leaders Achievers and Winners (LAW) Camp.
It looked like so much fun that I’m now trying to convince my coworkers to host a sand volleyball team building event. I mean, who doesn’t like playing volleyball?
Anyway, I worked up an appetite watching Rachel, Michael, and Stephanie play so I found myself at mom and dad’s in Derby looking for food. They didn’t have anything so mom took Jenni and me to Hibachi Boy in Derby.
Hibachi Boy serves food that you would typically find at fancier Benihana-type restaurants minus the performance and the high prices. If you need something to compare it to, it’s a lot like Emperor’s. Except I think that Hibachi Boy actually offers a better value because you get fried rice, noodles, hibachi veggies, and bean sprouts along with your choice of meat. As far as menus go, I also think that Hibachi Boy offers a much greater selection because they also serve Thai, Vietnamese, and sushi. I’m pretty sure that if it’s Asian, Hibachi Boy serves it. LOL.
Places like Emperor’s and Hibachi Boy are a great alternative to Sumo or Sake (two of the most popular Benihana-type restaurants in Wichita) if you could care less about the performance and you don’t have that much time anyway. It’s a fast hibachi meal at a lower price. Once Brian gets over his “I don’t want to eat out anymore” phase, I’ll probably bring him to Hibachi Boy.
I ended up hanging out at mom and dad’s after lunch. I figured it was better than hanging out alone at home. Jenni rented The Bling Ring so I ended up watching it with her. Did my homework and ended up staying for dinner. Mom made bok choy. We ended up visiting for a while and, before I knew it, it was almost eight o’clock.
After twelve hours away from my own house it felt so good to home. It also helped that Brian and I thoroughly cleaned the house the day before so the house smelled fresh and clean when I returned. Sometimes time away from something makes you appreciate it even more. The same holds true for people. I was so happy to see Brian when I picked him up from the airport this afternoon. Welcome home, baby!
This was my breakfast on my last day in Minneapolis: Minnesota Eggs Benedict, Hashbrowns, Bacon, and Fruit. I thought they were just going to give me a cup of fruit on the side. Instead I got this amazing fruit plate. The fruits were delicious!
The Minnesota Eggs Benedict is an eggs benedict with walleye cakes. Walleye cakes are like crab cakes, except instead of crab meat they use walleye. Apparently walleyes are abundant in Minnesota because they serve it everywhere. Some sort of walleye dish will be listed on the menu no matter where you go. At least that was my experience. I think the only place I didn’t see it was at the sushi place.
With the exception of the mixup with breakfast delivery my breakfast was fantastic. The Depot did a wonderful job. I just wish it didn’t cost so much. If room service wasn’t so expensive, I probably would have had breakfast delivered to my room every morning. LOL.
Nami Sushi is a sushi joint that is conveniently located near our hotel so we ended up having dinner there on Thursday night. The decor is modern and the atmosphere is subdued.
Then again, we were there on a week night and we just missed happy hour. I’m sure the place is more crowded and lively on the weekends.
The sushi at Nami is pretty good, though not as good as my favorite sushi place here in Wichita. The restaurant itself is fancier, though. But everything is fancier in Minneapolis it seems. I’d probably bring Brian here if we ever find ourselves in the hip Warehouse District area.