Monday, August 23, 2010

8/17/10-Cheesecake Factory, West Hartford, CT

Reunion dinner of the four chickies!

I wish I could remember what everyone had but if you've been to this restaurant, you know how extensive the menu is! All I know is that everyone seemed to really enjoy their dishes (and drinks!)

I had the Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp & Chicken--Sautéed Shrimp with a Very Spicy Jamaican Black Pepper Sauce. Served with Rice, Black Beans, Plantains and Cool Mango Salsa. It wasn't that spicy, but it did have a nice kick to it! I enjoyed this very much.

You don't go to the Cheesecake Factory and not talk about dessert! I strayed from my usual and tried the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake--Moist layers of Red Velvet Cake and our Original Cheesecake covered with our special Cheesecake Factory cream cheese frosting--this was divine. My birthday is coming up if anyone needs an idea of what I'd like for my cake.....just saying.

Glad that I got together with all these girls, it's been far too long.

8/6-8/8/10-Blairstown, NJ

Little mini vaca after 10 weeks of intense summer classes! Went to Jill's dad's house and had a great time!

The highlights:

Breakfast sandwiches from The Dog House in Blairstown--our first experience with Taylor ham/pork roll. It's like a cross between ham and sausage, good stuff (it's probably still in my arteries).

Thai food in Warren County, PA. I wish I could remember the name of the damn place--it was tiny, but the food was good!

NJ State Fair. Semi-scary people, awful petting zoo (poor animals!) and fair food galore. Jill insisted we try the ribbon chips (or as she called them, spiral spuds. I think that's got a better ring to it). If they weren't soggy, I would have enjoyed them more.

White Castle. Clearly this was Tom's highlight of the trip. Those little burgers are still taking up room in my freezer.

It was a fun trip, overall. Got sunburned, made s'mores over the fire pit, listened to the cicadas and wolves at night and remembered what it was like to have a life and relax for a bit.....then back to reality!

8/1/10-Morton's Steakhouse, Hartford, CT

Welcome back, Taste of Hartford! A great time of the year in which I am able to try places in the city I normally wouldn't dine at, all for a fantastic price! This year, Sheri joined me and we went to Morton's--didn't think I'd ever have the opportunity to eat at this pricey joint, but soooo glad I did!

The original plan was to go with the $20.10 menu but Morton's was smart--they had another great deal going for two people, which we ended up doing. Both Sheri and I started with the classic caesar salad--a perfectly dressed salad, not too heavy or too light, with a prominent peppery bite to it; we also were given a huge loaf of their house baked bread to enjoy, which was crusty and warm. For our entrees, we both enjoyed a single cut filet mignon (rare for Sheri, medium for myself--and both cooked expertly to our liking) and we also got to share a few sides--grilled jumbo asparagus with a balsamic glaze (why haven't I tried roasting asparagus before?! excellent!); colossal shrimp alexander (with a delicate lemon butter sauce, these things were HUGE! and quite good); broiled sea scallops wrapped in bacon (who doesn't like things wrapped in bacon?); and our favorite--lyonnaise potatoes (cooked with onions in bacon grease, which coincidentally I believe is Sheri's new favorite cooking ingredient! haha).

As if all of this wasn't enough, this deal also came with excellent dessert selections. Sheri chose the key lime pie--tart and sweet at the same time and a great portion size! I chose the Morton's legendary hot chocolate cake--oh my heavens, if I could have bathed in this cake, I think I would have--moist, warm and so delectable, this is a must try. The only thing remotely disappointing about this meal was the coffee--nothing special! Other than that, everything was as amazing as described--well worth every bite. Sheri--can we go back soon? Even if it's just dessert!