Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
This past week has been both busy and not busy. It would be much better if things evened out more. As it is, anything new to report involving food mainly involves alcohol. As far as new goes, it all happened mainly on Friday so I'll dedicate this to a recap of that....
We started off the day getting family portraits:
While the pictures developed we headed to Chili's for some lite food and drinks...
I had a Chili's Strawberry Daiquiri which I hadn't had in awhile. Good? Yes of course, but I couldn't even tell I drank it which makes the calories completely not worth it if you're there to do serious drinking. I was dismayed at the consistency, but it ended up not mattering that much. I think I was really just dismayed that our waitress was slow and poor at multi tasking.
After the Chili's afternoon, I headed downtown with a couple friends to Urban Flats for dinner...
The food was awesome and I decided to branch out and try the Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer. I really liked it, but could probably only stomach one and if you don't like apricots the smell will make you similarly not like this beer.
After dinner we headed to the Flying Saucer here in Nashville. Keeping with the branching out I tried a Paulaner although I cannot remember which one. It wasn't bad but I didn't go back for a second pint. I then tried a Franziskaner beer. It was absolutely disgusting. I was trying to find a wheat beer besides Blue Moon so I went for this and it was a total flop. It kind of tasted like banana bread with this horrible after taste. I spent the better part of 2o minutes trying to convince everyone around me to drink it so I wouldn't feel like I had wasted my money. This was a fruitless pursuit. Waste I did.
After that I went with Blue Moon for the rest of the night. Three new beers a night seems to be the cut off.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh: She's Anorexic, and You're a Bad Mother
A good follow up for last installment.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I think it will be best to just hit highlights in this post, there's enough pictures to make it lengthy enough...
So I've been home approximately four days and things are going well enough. My Mom is trying to move and I will miss our neighborhood once she does. That said, anyone need a house in Nashville? Family friendly neighborhood and beautiful?
Check the street post rainfall. Not bad huh?
Enough plugs. First night back my sisters and I went to Mazatlan at my begging. My guacamole obsession is just that: an obsession. Mazatlan is fast and good, that's all I wanted.
She's wild though. The faint of heart need not apply.
Public warning: stay clear of this UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen. It is an insult to taste buds everywhere. My sister was able to finish it. God bless her.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today is my last day in Knoxville. I think I am sad...no, I am sad, but I guess it's about time. It is the five year mark after all.
However, it's not all sad. For my last weekend in town M^2, my sister, her boyfriend, and I headed out to fancy dinner. Yeah, that's what we were calling it: fancy dinner. Our chosen location? Bistro by the Tracks on Kingston...
Dinner started off a little iffy as we had reservations for 8 and got seated sometime around 9, all the while being assured by the hostess there was nothing she could do and that this was not normal. We weren't really bothered by the delay, things happen, but we could have done without the third or fourth defense by the hostess. The photo above is right when you walk in, bathrooms are to the right....
...and here is a shot to the left of the restaurant. You can see the beginning of the wine cabinet...
...and here's the rest of it.
Eventually we were seated....
and ready to dine.
By the Tracks has an extensive wine list, with some very high end bottles for those who are interested. We're in college, we stuck to the lighter end of the list. Here is the $30 bottle of King Estate Pinot Gris that M^2 and I split....
...both were delicious.
After the wine, the bread arrived. Two baskets later everyone agreed it was grand.
For our wait the restaurant offered us a free appetizer. I guess here is where I'll get into the vegan issue of the meal. I went in hoping to eat vegan, but well aware this may or may not be possible. Back when I became vegan I said I may only ever by 90%. I do my best, but I want to become really good at wine tasting, the cheese aspect as well, and then certain situations like this arise. In day to day life if I cannot eat at a restaurant because there is nothing to make vegan, I will just wait and get something later. There's no point in being vegan if you give in all the time. However, I didn't agree to a fancy dinner, just the four of us, and a lot of money spent, to sit at the table and not eat. So unfortunately, for this meal I was unable to be vegan, but of course maintained vegetarian. I'll never not be a vegetarian.
Next up were our salads. The excitement of the salad was picking out the dressings. M^2 had been eyeing the Lime Chipotle Vinaigrette all night, my sister wanted to try the Southern Ranch, and I was all about the Champagne Poppy Seed....
We were not disappointed. All three dressings were amazing. They also have special cheese grit croutons which I passed on but which M^2 and my sister both declared interesting. My sister eventually tired of them, but I think M^2 enjoyed them well enough.
On to the main course. My sister's boyfriend got the Big Bistro Cheeseburger with Gorgonzola, something he had never had and enjoyed. He wasn't a fan of the cheese sprinkled fries, but everyone else was.
M^2 got the Peppercorn Pork Chop....he eventually threw dining decency out the window and attacked it like a dog so I think that's a compliment to the chef.
When I saw the Gorgonzola and walnuts on top I was at first excited because I thought at least if the cheese isn't stuffed in then I can pick around it and try for vegan-ish. HOWEVER, without the cheese this dish just falls flat. So bland and practically inedible. Add that Gorgonzola though, and the whole dish just comes together and is absolutely amazing. The Gorgonzola is absolutely key. So is life.