Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Last weekend we went to dinner at Pork & Beans. I was disappointed that the Brisket Grilled Cheese and Potato Skins with jarlsberg & pork belly are no longer on the menu. Here's what we ate this time:
  • Pork Rinds with sour cream, pub cheese. I'm meh about pork rinds, SP loves them. The pub cheese was delicious. 
  • Sunday Pastrami Special (house sauerkraut, boiled potatoes, half sour pickles, spicy mustard sauce) and a Side Salad
  • Three Little Pigs sandwich (fried pork cutlet, ham, pastrami belly, jarlsberg, beer mustard, slaw). It was good but not as good as the version Meat & Potatoes used to serve (pork milanese, ham, pork belly, Swiss, fried farm egg, grilled bread). I'm not a fan of pastrami belly. And I miss the fried egg.
  • Cocktails: Rose Spritz (Aperol, grapefruit bitters, Natrona seltzer, Rhinegeist bubbles) and P-N-B G-N-T (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Pork & Beans house tonic by Bittercube, juniper, orange, cinnamon). I liked my Rose Spritz a lot.
Saturday dinner was, well, we went to Restaurant A and were seated by the hostess on the patio. Fifteen minutes passed by without anyone coming over to say hello or we'll be with you shortly, no one had brought water, nothing, and several servers saw us sitting there and didn't stop to check on us. So we walked out, stopping at the front to tell the hostesses that we were leaving because after 15 minutes, no one had come to our table. A tip to restaurant workers: you never know who you might be ignoring. In this case, you ignored friends of PM, who works there, and we told her, and she told the manager. PM does not hold back.

We ended up going to Restaurant B, the place we jokingly refer to as our "local watering hole," a place where they know us, they bring our drinks right away without needing to ask, even those who are not our server that evening stop by and chat with us. It was fun and tasty and I don't know why we continue to occasionally try Restaurant A because we always leave feeling disappointed. Not so at the watering hole!

What We're Eating:
  • Salad
  • Prosciutto, Fontina, Tomato, Mixed Greens Panini
  • Dessert: ice cream, cookies from the freezer, leftover Easter candy
What We're Watching:
  • We finally had enough free time to go see John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. Keanu Reeves as John Wick - what's not to like? A couple hours of watching John Wick in brutal fights, not thinking much - it was quite nice.
  • Last week I watched The Mule with Clint Eastwood. I liked the movie quite a bit though it lacked the emotional punch I expected.
  • Last week we watched Season 1 of Dead to Me on Netflix. We loved it! Christina Applegate & Linda Cardellini are hilarious.
  • Big Little Lies - oh my gosh, Meryl Streep's Mary Louise! Her interactions with Reese Witherspoon's Madeline! So good!
  • We started The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. We're not sure about it, not because it's not well done/well acted but because it's tough to watch. That's just from watching episode 1!
  • We started Season 3 of Designated Survivor on Netflix. We'll see if it can find itself. I felt like Season 2 was kind of lost, and then it got cancelled. It seems to see-saw between political show and thriller/mystery show.
  • We were so excited and happy and cheered when the Reilly sisters were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week. I don't personally know them so my dislike is based purely on their words, actions, appearance on TAR, which isn't fair, but, well, the TAR impression was not good. I'm not sure which of the remaining teams I want to win, I like them all. It was tough to watch Chris & Bret last night. We were surprised that the snorkeling challenge seemed so much more difficult than the poetry one.
What I'm Reading:
  • I read I Know A Secret from Tess Gerritsen. It's a Rizzoli & Isles novel. I liked it and it was a pretty quick read.
  • Magazines. I'm caught up on the food ones, I just have a stack of Smithsonian Magazines to read. A big stack. 

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