Monday, May 16, 2005

Great Food & Texas Hold 'Em

Friday night, we went to dinner at Meadowlark...what fabulous food! We got garlic frites with caper mayonnaise & homemade ketchup for an appetizer. We also had a grilled artichoke that was out of this world...almost as good as the ones at Tarpy's near Monterey.
I ordered the garlic chicken for my main! It was a boneless chicken breast with garlic-rubbed skin. It was served atop a mound of jasmine rice, with lima beans & quick-fried spinach, with a dollop of goat cheese on top. J had a fabulous steak, rubbed with garlic & rosemary, with a puddle of butter on top, the way James Beard liked his. It came with mashed potatoes.
For dessert, we split the banana "fritters". They were more like banana tempura, absolutely delicious, all melty & hot with a light crispy coating . They came with vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce & scattered with toasted pecans & coconut.
We poked around Half-Price Books afterward. I got a couple of travel books (Dervla Murphy's One Foot In Laos & a road trip book called Bruce & Stan Search for the Meaning of Life).
We got up about 5:00 Saturday morning & went in to J's plant. She worked until almost 3:30 while I hung out in her office reading The Mermaid Chair, proofreading stuff for her, & copying down recipes. We had brunch at Cracker Barrel on the way home.
We just had time to change & dash off to the home of some of our friends. I have known one since high school. He & his partner invited friends over for meatloaf & Texas Hold 'Em. We had never played before (and I had never played any kind of poker at all), but had a grand time. I'm just glad we weren't playing for money!
Sunday morning, we taught the 4-6 grade class the Pentecost lesson & attended church. Our pastor had our former interim pastor, who is heavily involved in ministry to the local Hispanic population, read the scripture for the day in Spanish. Then one of our friends, who is a linguist, read it in Russian. It was a neat touch.
After church, we had lunch on the patio at Peach's Grill. We split the Mediterranean pita chip platter (which comes with tzatziki, roasted red pepper & feta spread, and hummus...and the chips are warm & crisp-soft) & a chicken chimichanga.
We poked around the stores for awhile. J bought some fossils (including a piece of dinosaur poo) while I got 2 different kinds of incense & some pink elephant cocktail stirrers. Then, we walked around the residential section of town, looking at yards, cats, paint colors...
When the boys got home, we helped them pack for school camp (they left at 9:30 this morning & will be back tomorrow afternoon...all the 4th & 5th graders go every year). Then, we played Texas Hold 'Em with them before dining on cheesy chicken corn chowder.
We tried some Kuan Yin incense for our "Sunday Night Candles & Incense" & it smelled fabulous, a sweet smell to drift off to.

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