Archive for November, 2009

Ole Store

Monday, November 30th, 2009

We finally made it over to Ole Store.  Now, let me say, I have loved that space in all it’s carnations, or is that reincarnation?  Anyway, it’s a white and black car nation, and no one can do anything about that right now. :)   Oh, speaking of cars, what is the difference between your wife and your car?  Give up?  Your car doesn’t holler at you every time you get gas.  :)

So, dh ordered the Greek pizza and thought it was very good, but it was too cheesy and salty for me but did have redeeming flavor bits about it.  Here’s my secret, whenever I order pizza, I order it with light cheese and reiterate and underline it, cuz they are so used to making pizza a certain way, they forget.  If they do, I just pull if off.  It’s a terrible waste though.  Certain cheeses are very salty and I avoid those for the most part.

I ordered the tuna sandwich and I was sorry.  It was that oily, flat, kind of  smelly tuna that has sat in a can too long.  I ate some of it, but under gastrointestinal protest.  And the bread is too thick for that sandwich.  Some of the lettuce was actually too rough to chew, and only the tomatoes go without being sliced by my sharp tongue.  The chips were okay, more salt, and so I shared them with dh.  I guess I shouldn’t get the chips, either.  What ever happened to cole slaw?  Much healthier and cheaper than chips.    Also, I found there are no substitutions when I asked for tuna on pizza at first.  Oh, well.  Can’t have everything I want now, can I?  Oh, I can always stay home and make tuna on pizza.  And I think I shall!   HINT:  Northfield is aging and elders need a more healthful and caring diet.  Let’s see if we can change menu’s and cooking techniques a bit more for our elders and people with special dietary needs.  This is the type of thing that can bring more business to our town.  A town that cares about it’s people is a town that thrives!

We Final Broke Out

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This last week has been one of adventure, fun, new friends and old ones, great weather, and a lot of hope for the future.

First allow me to say how grateful I am to have so many readers that follow my crazy little blog for so long now.  Thanks.  It’s an honor, a treat and lots of fun for me.  Then, moving on quickly, I am so grateful for my health.  I have gone two years without any significant change in status.  This is all I could have hoped for after walking into Dr. Kathrine Helgen’s office at the Northfield Family Clinic, on the verge of death not too long ago.   I thought I was allergic to a new lotion.  Haha. NOT!  Anyway, I am here, and glad of it.

I am super grateful for the lovely Thanksgiving we spent with new friends at their excellent 7,000 sq. ft. mansion in Minneapolis.  The home, the company and the food were some of the best we have experienced and we want to say Thanks! to the family and others who made our day so happy.

Continuing the breaking out part, dh and I decided to try out Butler’s Steak and Ale.  We saw someone go in the door of Butler’s on a Saturday afternoon around 1 PM.  So, we went in and then were promptly shown the door.  Seems they were having a staff meeting and weren’t opened until 3PM. We were too hungry to wait two hours, so we hightailed it down to Monte’s in Faribault.  We were looking to celebrate a little that day.

Dh had the gorgonzola pizza which he loved.  Way too cheesy for me, but that’s me trying to keep my girlish figure.  Right.  I had the Pasta Carbonara which was super, but I couldn’t eat more than 1/3 of it.  It was great nuked for breakfast the next two mornings.  Monte’s always serves a lovely bread stick basket with delicously light and smooth olive oil with aged vinegar with each meal.   So good! The service was just what I like.  On time, little fuss, polite and accurate.  That’s all.  If a server does just that, we tip extra.

Anyway, last Monday around 4 PM, we tried Butler’s again.  This time a man named Gabriel served our food and was a delightful and refreshing change to service as we know it. Gabriel actually likes to do a nice job and has the personality that lets him get away with not doing a good job, too.  Haha.   I gather that a lot of Norm’s regular customers know Gabriel, who  was also tending bar while he was serving us.   Another lady joined in to actually bring the food to the table.  She had nice earrings and good overall appearance and also likable.

We had a nice time at Butlers’, however, after being opened two months, there are still some apparent growing pains.  The food was served on cold dishes, which I asked to be warmed up so I could eat slowly as I like and not meet up with frozen carrots and icy grilled chicken.  Dumb me, I thought that dishes could be warmed up in the microwave. Turns out they cannot be warmed up unless they have something in them.  So, it took awhile to bake them in the oven.  Fortunately for me, I gave half my chicken to Dh so I had no problem.  Let it be said a “not cold dish” was brought to me before too long.  Gabriel explained that the next dish would be hotter, but it came too late for me.  Also, in the growing pain category, is or was the fact that the chef was newer than the restaurant, as in recently hired, and so was still learning the ins and outs, the colds and hots.

We both enjoyed our teas, mine served hot with two tea bags and honey, and dh had the cold stuff.

About the food itself…the house salad was quite delicious, but that the choice of salad dressings was lacking severely. My grilled chicken tasted quite good and was actually surprisingly unsalty.  Our root vegetables were unevenly cooked, but good to taste, and the garlic potatoes were served in an unattractive heap.  I think the presentation was really lacking on my plate.  The English don’t seem to do much with fancy reductions, fussy little bits of color, or even a bit of colorful parsley to make a dull food look exciting and worth the extra dollars customers plunk down for a nice meal out.  As you can see, I am still resentful of the cutbacks of all the little goodies that restaurants used to give that set the restaurant dish apart from the home dish.

Dh’s BBQ ribs were very tasty and looked good, though.  But, holy cow, and I mean no offense to the pig, but the fat on those pork ribs could kill a cow.  They did taste good though, I reiterate, and a little fat never hurt anyone, but split those ribs with another couple and you might make it out of Butlers’ on your own two feets.  :) Listen, I realize that this time of year those pigs pig out and put on the pig pounds.  That doesn’t mean you can undo all the work I have done keeping my love-to-eat-all-the-things-that-are-bad-for-you-and-after-10PM-to-boot husband under 175 in one sitting!

Oh, I am cranky today, but I am having a blast!  There’s more, but I’ll put that in a separate blog.  Until then, stay tuned!

And now moving forward, we had the raspberry bread pudding for dessert, which tasted good, but I think was too mushy for me.   Bread pudding should have a little heft to it so you know you just consumed a million calories.

We liked that Norm came by and asked how the food tasted and we said it was good and would be better on warm plates.  Norm apologized for that and for kicking us out the Saturday before.   You’re forgiven, Norm.

Moofa Diet Plan Free PDF Ebook

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This is a super nine page recipe and photo book of 400 calorie meals that are festive, healthy and easy to make.  A little preventive holiday weight gain guide

that I thought you might like to use before it’s TOO LATE!

Video Fun with Santa Bob Dylan

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

A little holiday joy and pick me up for you!

Bright’s Top Three Restaurants Plus

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

My criteria for a great restaurant is not fair to anyone at all mainly because we don’t go everywhere.  All the restaurants in Northfield are contenders, but a few stick out for me.

Given that, here, informally, is how I decide :

1.  They are good if I can’t cook it at home myself.

2.  If the food is consistently good and interesting to me, and doesn’t al taste the same.

3.  If the ambiance is clean,comfortable and conducive to conversation and slow paced eating.

4.  If the level of friendliness and welcoming attitude is neither too low or too high.

5.  If the prices are reasonable…I must say, all Northfield restaurants do well here.

6.  It helps a lot if there is electrical outlets available for my O2 machine.

7. Waitstaff does a good job.

Not necessarily in that order of importance.  Ultimately it depends on the food.

So, my top three spots belong to

1. Northfield Golf Club and everyone there!

2. Kurry Kabob and everyone there!

3. George’s Vineyard and everyone there!

Alright, I’ll do top three fast food restaurants:

1.  Culver’s and all the staff I have seen so far!

2.  Subway and all the sandwich artists!

3.  Culver’s again.

The gee I wish I could add one more goes to Perkins.  They have done a bang up job.  They rotate one part of their menu so there is always something new,

their bakery is very good, albeit not that healthy, sorry, but once in a while I have a half of something bad that’s so good, and they stay open a lot.

Army of Women.Org

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

If you sign up here, you will be amongst the 1 million women who will be part of a major study on breast cancer.  I don’t know much more than that, so I leave it to you.  My own personal theory is to live naturally as possible, no hair dyes, no bras ( as long as that doesn’t make for other problems), no stress, no bad food, very little alcohol. Women’s bodies are more fragile than men’s on so many levels.  Leave the chemicals alone as much as possible.  First, be a healthy human and then you will already be well on your way to being a beautiful woman. (Unhealthy women are beautiful, too, but it’s a different kind of beauty.)