Post Aqua Zumba Feast at Abuelo’s

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I managed to talk Brian into hanging out at the Genesis (Rock Road) pool while I took Aqua Zumba on Wednesday. Neither of us had to work since it’s the 4th of July (Independence Day here in the US).

He didn’t really feel like hanging out at the pool at first, but then he changed his mind. I think it was the cute lifeguards in skimpy bikinis that did the trick. He was like, “As much as I enjoy hanging out at our pool, the view here is so much better.” Spoken like a man. Although it’s usually just the two of us hanging out at the pool at our apartment complex, so what does that say about me? LOL.

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Speaking of insecurities, I love Andrea but I absolutely hate standing next to her. She may stoop so that I don’t look like a midget, but I still feel like a heifer. I guess I should consider it motivation. Note to self: workout more and watch nutrition better.

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It was fun hanging out with Hideki and Andrea. The four of us went to Abuelo’s after because I was craving a sangria and they had cheap pitchers. Much to my disappointment, I found that as of July 1 restaurants can no longer serve pitchers of mixed drinks. Blech. Bad news for me, but good news for the restaurants because they can make more money selling drinks by the glass. In this case, a glass of sangria is $7 but pitchers used to be $16 (I think at one point it was only $12, talk about cheap tasty drinks). This change was part of the whole “happy hour” thing. We were all so focused on “happy hour” that they snuck this one rule in there without anyone noticing. At least I didn’t. Otherwise, I would have protested. I want my pitchers of sangria, darn it!

The funniest part is that our server, Dale, felt bad for breaking the news to us. I bet he’s had a few unhappy customers because of the change. He had a good sense of humor about it, though. When Brian asked about bottled beer, Dale told us they pretty much had every beer. Brian asked for Stella and he was like, “Except that.” So Brian asked for Sam Adams and again Dale was like, “And that.” They only have Sam Adams on tap. No bottles. I gave Dale a hard time for batting a thousand. LOL.

Brian ended up drinking Budweiser. Thank God his tolerance has increased enough to the point that he can drink almost any beer these days. He used to only be able to safely drink Sam Adams.

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Anyway, I’m pretty sure you’re expecting food pictures so here’s my Durango Burrito covered in queso with papas and rice on the side.

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Hideki had Pasta La Paz.

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Brian had Huevos Rancheros. Egg fried hard, of course.

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Andrea got some kind of platter with a ton of food in it. Her plate was enormous. LOL. And, to top it off, she ordered margarita pie for dessert. I don’t know how she does it. Some people are just blessed with good metabolism, I guess.

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So I still like Abuelo’s even though they no longer serve pitchers of sangria, which used to be my favorite drink there. It’s not as good as the blackberry sangria at Carrabba’s or the sangria at Bonefish, but the pitchers were cheap. No more pitchers, though. However, they still make good food and I really like their chips and queso. Brian and I usually add taco meat to our queso, which almost turns it into a meal in itself. I have to be careful not to get full on it, though. The proximity of the restaurant to our place is another added bonus. If we get tanked (which we’ve never ever done) but, if we did, we could always walk home.

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3 Responses to “Post Aqua Zumba Feast at Abuelo’s”

  1. Sarah B. wrote on July 6th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Ching I think you look AMAZING in that bikini!!! Super fit and tone!

    One thing I’m trying to learn is that I just can’t compare my body type to anyone else’s. Standing next to that lovely Andrea gal would make me feel like a huge balloon too, I’m sure, but I’ve got to remember that I will NEVER have her kind body no matter how hard I work. I’m not tall and lean. I’m curvy and thick and probably always will be. I only compare me to old-me…otherwise I’ll never be satisfied and always be defeated.

    And on the never being satisfied subject…now I’m craving Mexican food somethin’ awful! LOL ;)

  2. 4th of July Feast by Chef Sonnie Jay : Life After Marriage wrote on July 6th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    […] I didn’t really get to eat much of it for dinner that night because I was still full from stuffing my face at Abuelo’s, but I had some for lunch the next day at work. It was even delicious microwaved. So delicious that […]

  3. Ching wrote on July 6th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks, Sarah. That is great advice. Now that you put things in perspective, I have to say the me today is 100X better than the me 5 years ago. Although, I think I looked better last year. I’ve been eating out a lot lately and taken a few steps back. I need to refocus. Your progress updates on Tumblr are a great inspiration. It’s helping me to remember the goal I’m working toward.