Since it’s the 4th of July we are going out for dinner. (Sister in law’s birthday). She has never been to Red Lobster before so of course they decide that we should. After all, we were already inside another restaurant when they came to this conclusion.
So here it comes… I’m going to have fish for the first time in over 25 years. Wish me luck.
Everything’s coming up roses, or at least blueberries.
I’m thinking that I am going to radically restructure the garden this fall once everything is harvested.
I was checking in the back yard and there are currently 5 planter boxes which have a total of 88 square feet if garden space. I could replace that with one single 2′ x 40′ box and have more useable space and the. Add on a few others. It would allow the watering system to be more efficient and direct a water line to the compost bins.
My peppers came up strong and are ready to start producing. I found a rogue tomato that somehow implanted itself within the pack of peppers that I planted.
Funny story. My wife’s mother told her and her sister for years that the reason that fireworks (we are talking about the big display type here) make their initial “poof” noise when they rise into the air is because far off into the distance, there is a giant drum ( I would imagine timpani type) that were beaten – sending the firework flying into the air. She was not being funny. She really believed this is how they worked.
We went to a barbecue and played croquet golf. Nikki sat on the couch instead. Then we went to the fireworks at the waterfront in Salem. The punch line here being that all of the fireworks were behind the huge tree.
Fun for all. Except for the driving.
We went out for Benny’s birthday, and Kwans had a special of the night…
A pineapple boat. Well, let’s open this bad boy up.
The sauce was a little overly sweet, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.
So dearest wife and I decided to go to this great pizza place, Pizza Schmizza. However, It has apparently been closed for about a year or two. Lovely. In it’s place is Three Forks Wok & Grill.
To start, I ordered sweet potato fries.
They were okay, with 2 major exceptions. #1 is that they come with a terrible chili catsup. I found the flavor to be downright offensive. So I asked for some regular catsup. They told me they don’t usually have it. He found me a bit in the back however.
It came in what seems to be a salad bowl. The other problem is that they were so heavily salted that I had to wipe the salt off of each fry. It kind of ruined the taste. After a while, I started keeping it on the plate for visual.
Thankfully, the main course arrived. I had the Rice Wok with flank steak. I didn’t get the carrots I ordered in it.
To start, the steak was cooked competently. It was tender, juicy, and not overly seasoned. Pink in the middle, but not cold. The wild rice was blank and flavorless. The peppers and snow peas also seemed to have no real flavor. The only non-meat flavor that seemed to be from the almonds. The ones that were actually toasted and candied were decently sweet. I actually enjoyed those.
Dearest wife had the teriyaki tofu pad thai. She really liked it for the first 10 bites or so. The tofu was burned and overly firm. The mushrooms (which she generally loves, yech) were horribly slimy, and she described it as “like eating raw meat”. She said what left the worst taste in her mouth was the price.
The price is something to talk about as well. For the two of us, it was $29. That’s twice what it would have cost to go to Mucho Gusto, which is much much better overall. And the ambiance left something to be desired. The vase full of yucky lucky bamboo was cloudy with a chance of meatballs.Eww.
So with that, the two of us went on our merry way, $30 poorer to our final destination of the evening… that bastion of romance and delight
We looked at trees in the garden center, and it was actually kind of fun. A fine date night in the books.
Final verdict for the evening: Overpriced, under-flavored, unappealing. The best thing on the menu was diet dr. pepper. Three thumbs down for Three Forks Wok and Grill. Run, don’t Wok away from Three Forks. Also, I’m pretty sure Home depot has better food.
We bought some Dave’s Killer Bread the other night. It’s really a good bread. The Good Seed variety that we bought is different from other breads in that it’s somewhat sticky. It makes a good sandwich. Can’t really recommend it enough.
We went out to the Glenwood (which is not IN Glenwood at all, but in fact on Willamette in Eugene.
I had the clam chowder to start, which was just plain terrible. It was watery and thin. It had some kind of spice in it that made it spicy-hot, but not spicy-flavorful.
For the main course, I had a cheeseburger, which claimed to be a Ninkasi Cheeseburger. As far as I can tell, it was a plain ‘ol beef patty. It had the recognizable shape of the stamped out frozen beef patties that I can buy at the grocery store. The taste was good. The Tillamook cheddar was delicious, and the bacon on it was great. The only real problem is that the bun was soaking wet. The kinda kills it for me.
Overall, I give it a C+. Everyone else seemed to like it though.
So we got the snow, not too long after the last post. Christmas was somewhat stressful but we made it through it alive. I’ve got 4 hirings that I’m in for in January (so far). I’ve been training a lot harder than last time, getting up at 5:30 am to run. I’m in the best cardiovascular shape of my adult life, and headed to my lowest weight.
A small victory is making it through the fridge season not only without putting on weight, but also dropping over 5 pounds. That puts me 16 pounds lighter than I was last test. Even if I miss the first one, I have another shot at the end of January, giving me 3 more weeks to train in between.
So it rained out the bbq. Today it was dry long enough to grill up some chicken and make smores for desert. They were awesome. It occurred to me that there’s no reason to go to fast food when I can just grill something up for less than the cost of a fake burger. Tomorrow night, turkey burgers.