Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

This week it's back to the usual routine. No more short weeks with holiday breaks. No more visitors from out of town. Less indulgent eating. It's salad and soup for dinner week. Boring.

Last week TX SIL was here with nephew #2. They stayed with us, which was nice. We hadn't seen them in a long time. Unfortunately a stomach bug swept through some factions of the family, so they didn't get to visit with everyone. Fortunately, they didn't catch anything from being around people who were very close to Ground Zero of the stomach flu. That means we've been OK, too, thankfully.

We ate out more than usual, with dinners at Bravo (calamari & lasagna) and Downey's House (fried zucchini & cheesesteak) and breakfast at Central Diner (blueberry pancakes & bacon).

We're in a "yuck" phase with Bravo. At least I am. I was very disappointed with the service and the food. I wanted the Cacio e Pepe, described on the menu as "al dente spaghetti with 3 simple, but "full-of-flavor" ingredients - aged grana padano zanetti, creamy butter and fresh cracked black pepper." It doesn't list garlic. It says pasta with 3 additional ingredients and it lists 3 ingredients. But I asked anyway. I was told, with a slight condescending sneer, that yes, of course it had garlic, they put garlic on everything. Um. What? I've never before had cacio e pepe with garlic. I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure cacio e pepe is not supposed to have garlic, just pasta, cheese, pepper, butter, and some pasta water. So I ordered lasagna because I've eaten their lasagna before and been OK. We ordered fried calamari to share. I've had calamari before at Bravo. They've changed it. Who puts chunks of fresh garlic on top fried calamari? Apparently Bravo does now. Why? It's already fried food served with 2 dipping sauces. What does the garlic bring to the dish? Thank goodness TX SIL noticed the chunks were garlic and not cheese and warned me before I ate more than 2 bites.

So Bravo joins the "will not dine at" list for me. They seem to be adding garlic to every dish just because they're an Italian restaurant and for some reason think Italian = garlic on everything, not because it brings anything to the dish. You'd think an Italian restaurant would know how to make a proper cacio e pepe.

What We're Eating:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Salad & Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Dessert: Madeleines

What We're Watching:

  • We started watching Killing Eve and we both love it. We have 2 more episodes to watch.
  • More of "the usual" shows are starting up again, like Big Bang Theory, The Gifted, SEAL Team. 
  • Gotham is back and while I'm watching, I'm ready for it to be over. These are the final 12 episodes, so I hope it can be a better story and have some sort of satisfying ending. It always seems to get bogged down in shifting alliances and betrayals and very soap opera-like with enemies becoming allies then enemies again then friends again and ugh so annoying.

What I'm Reading:
Magazines. We just received our first issue of Cook's Country. There are several yummy sounding recipes we're anxious to try.

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