Friday, April 20, 2018

Spring Is In The Air! And, so is Crispy Bacon!

Spring is in the Air… and so is Crispy Bacon!

Such a perfect sunny Spring day! I picked up mom so we ‘gals’ could get away and look for signs of spring. And boy did we find them. Trees were popping out tiny spring green leaves; blossoms were sprouting colors on the landscape! It is such a treat to just drive, and enjoy the sights!  We both ooohed and awed at the Dogwoods, both white an red. 


The pinks of the  Kwanzan Cherry and Redbud Trees. 

Plus the magnificent burst of violets, pinks and reds on the azalea bushes. And, then Scarlet Honeysuckle, Paper-whites and Lilacs. All of them putting on a spectacular show. 


Clearly the winner here has to be the trailing vines of the Wisteria! This magnificent vine blooms lavender clusters all the way to its tip. Climbing trees fences and anything else in its path. Odd how it is the center of springs beauty; then summer, fall and winter, no one hardly notices it is there. We stop - jump out of the car - snap a picture, and then get on our way again! A LOT!


On our agenda today was to EAT, then go to a meeting with moms Elder Law Attorney. Notice I said EAT first! Since we were in the Harborview area, we decided to try the Metro Diner. Mom’s friend said it was good, and hello, it has the word DINER in it, I love Diners! We found it, parked and made our way inside. We were greeted by a friendly host and a huge sign above him which read, “Where our Armed Services Eat”. Mom was a navy wife, I am a Navy Brat, so we felt at home!


Metro Diner was bustling, be we were seated quickly and we soon were faced with a selection of great items! It was a cool day, so I ordered hot tea. Which posed the question…..’how does one properly prepare tea at table side”?  Mom told me how she does it. I shared with her how I do it. But, what is the “Proper Way” to make tea?

So, we Googled it!  …“When an empty cup and saucer is delivered to your table with a small pitcher of hot water, you place your tea bag into the small pitcher of hot water and ‘steep’ it for 3-5 minutes. Then pour your steeped tea into your cup. IF you are served a cup with hot water, you place your teabag into your cup, and steep. You then remove your tea bag and place on edge of your saucer. Never wind the string around bag to drain.” So there you have it! Proper tea etiquette!


Metro Diner must know, because soon an empty tea cup and saucer arrived, with lemon wedge and spoon on side. Plus, I was served a small pitcher of hot water, and a selection of great teas in a tea box. I was spoiled! 


 I looked up, and saw my mother fidgeting! I guess she got bored as I was making my tea so she decided to inflate the fork and spoon wrapper she had on the table! Oh My God, can’t take that woman anywhere! She has such a fun spirit! I had to laugh!

As we waited on our food,  we checked out the plates that were heading to other tables. They were HUGE!  And since we were seated near the kitchen we had plenty to watch. I saw, what appeared to be a half of a fried chicken on the Chicken and Waffles order! And, plate after plate looked fabulous. 

Soon, our food arrived and we were amazed! My plate of Scrambled Eggs, Bacon (I told you Crispy Bacon was in the air!), Hash Browns and Toast was perfect. Mom’s southern classic of Sausage Gravy with eggs was photo worthy! There was no way we were going to finish this (by the way, yes we did! It took a while, but we did!) We were SO full, and so happy.

We slowly made our way to her next meeting. Afterwards, we grabbed our traditional Sweet Tea with lots of ice and decided to take the back roads home. We admired all the beautiful spring blossoms, new green fields, and shades of new green leaves everywhere.

It was an amazing day! 

Friday, March 23, 2018

I Can't Stop Laughing!

Mom has been sick for a while. Poor thing, and the weather has been cool, then cold, then snow, then cool, then cold, then snow again, so we haven’t had much time together over the past few weeks.

The sun is out today, and when she called asking for a lunch partner, I happily headed out the door!

Mom heard of a restaurant in town that served good food, and neither of us knew where it was, so we plugged in the address, and away we went! We wandered to the outskirts of town and pulled in to a gravel and dirt driveway/parking lot. The building was unassuming, but hey, they might just have the best food ever, so we ventured in.

It was lunch time, and other than a few men at the bar, the dining area was empty. We ‘assumed’ it was seat yourself and found a table by the window. A man was working on the sound system and the music was really loud! A lady at the bar said hello across the room, but never came over. I noticed the pool table in the corner, interesting place. Then I spied two ‘table top’ advertisements near the salt and pepper shakers…..”Drag Night this Weekend"- with a photo of a lovely ‘lady’ on the cover.

I turned to mom, showed her the ad, and tried to keep a straight face. “Who, exactly, recommended this place, mom?”

She laughed, “Ummmm, honey, I don’t remember.”

She looked down, then quietly leaned in and said…. “Wanna head over to Chic-Fil-A??”

We both grabbed our purses and headed out. Once to the car we both died laughing!

Our blogs title is “Out to Lunch, with a Side of Laughter”, and boy oh boy did we laugh today!
Mom and I ‘ALWAYS’ have an adventure! Today, we just weren’t ready for one quite like this! 

Thank you Chic Fil A, for being open today, and for the lovely simple flower arrangement on our table! The Chicken Sandwich and Cobb Salad, were perfect! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sunshine and Decoys Restaurant Adventure

The Sun is out! And SO ARE WE!

We heard a much anticipated Restaurant has finally opened so we thought we'd visit today! We headed down Rt 17, north Suffolk area in search of ‘Decoys Seafood’ at Bennett’s Creek Marina.

Bennett’s Creek Marina is reconstructed and this beautiful new restaurant and boat dock sits majestically on the water’s edge. It is 8 acres of thoughtfully constructed waterfront property with a Restaurant “Decoys Seafood”, a 55 Boat Slip Marina, Store, Boat House, Tiki bar and deck and soon to come… a 55+ Condo Community. (Yes, I am tempted!)  Mom and I parked right up front and were seated quickly. Just in time too, soon the ‘lunch crowd arrived’ and the place was bustling!

Our waiter and ‘waiter in training’ were professional, helpful and friendly! The views from our table were amazing! There are dozens of tables set up on the outside deck, but today it was just too chilly. We will definitely return when it gets warmer!

The owner loves duck hunting! Decoys are everywhere, and he named the Restaurant ‘Decoys’, the bar area has duck decoys lining the walls, photos of duck hunting and even the handles on the railings have ducks! 
We cut up with the wait staff, and enjoyed the scenery….moms view was of the water. My view?... well there was a full table of men seated directly behind mom! I ‘thought about’ switching seats with her to give her the  view of the men, but she was really enjoying the water view today!

It took us both a while to decide what we wanted for lunch, there were SO MANY great options…fish, crab and shrimp along with burgers, sandwiches soups and baskets. We started with their Hot Crab Dip appetizer, which was large for two people!  Mom selected a Crab Cake Sandwich with Fries. I selected the Fried Shrimp Basket with Sweet Potato Fries. It’s our ‘go to’ lunch, because we wanted to compare ‘Decoys’ with other Waterfront Restaurants we’ve visited in the area.

Moms Crab Cake was large! Her fries were standard crinkle cut, ( I expected hand cut fries from a restaurant like this) But her sandwich was fabulous! Hush puppies (made with fresh corn and onions inside) are fried up golden. My Shrimp Basket was large! Shrimp were lightly breaded and full sized. I had to talk myself into eating the last few bites, even though I was full! When our waiter returned to take a dessert order, we sighed (I actually think I moaned) and said 'No Thank You'!

Soon, we were greeted by the Lunch Manager which offered to take us on a tour of the property. Upstairs is additional seating and the second floor view out the windows is spectacular! Outside, the large sweeping decks overlook the water (I understand its 14,000 sq ft of decking) and the boat slips. The outside deck boasts a tiki hut bar, with a beautiful cedar roof.

A great deal of the wood used in this entire project was reclaimed from the property itself. And if you look closely, the owner has embedded one of his duck calls into the bar!

After our lunch, and tour, mom and I headed up Rt 17 in search of Jebs Butchery. Mom has mentioned this shop for a while, but has never gone. So today was her lucky day! We found the cute butcher shop and moseyed around the cooler displays of fresh cut pork, beef and chicken. My mind drifted back to Jasper Alabama and Uncle Morts sausage they ground in house! I wonder if I will ever find any like it again. Mom purchased some freshly ground sausage and we were on our way again!

On the way home we enjoyed seeing the newly blossomed trees. Our tulip magnolias (which bloomed earlier) succumbed to a freeze. But the pears, plums and cherries waited til the freeze was over and now they are gracing our drive with springtime colors. Suddenly mom yells out ‘Barn’! She loves taking photos of old barns and this one was beautiful. We passed the field. I circled around and down a drive as close to the field as I could get. Got out and took a few pics. But something told me to retrace our drive and try again. So I headed back up the road again, turned the car around and Boom, there it was, right in front of us. Mom got her photo, and I quickly got back on the road home again! Mom knows I will turn this car around when we are out! It makes things fun!

Still full from lunch (dare I say ‘stuffed’), we needed ONE MORE THING….a cold Dr Pepper! It was a great day! Great lunch, found a new butcher shop,  had fun running around enjoying the spring flowers, and as always I spent cherished time with my mom. Perfect day !