Monday, March 3, 2008

Movies, Food, a China Treatise, and a Really Cool Chick

With as much traveling that Claire and I do, it is nice to get a weekend at home. Sure, we get to do some pretty frick'n amazing things on most weekends (San Diego, Vegas, New York, New Orleans, Michigan, Washington D.C., etc...), but when we are both in P-Towne for the weekend, we usually really enjoy it. Case in point, the last 2 days were GRRRRREEEEEAAAATTTT!

We started off the weekend in High Class fashion with dinner and a movie on Friday night. We had dinner at CPK (the BLT Club Pizza is sooooo good!) and saw Charlie Bartlett (If you liked Juno, it is similar type, but not quite as good).

On Saturday morning, we went Whale Watching. There were 3 dolphins seen, but nothing much else. Please don't think it was not enjoyable or memorable. We had a 9 year-old girl named Zoe that decided Claire and I were her new best friends. We talked about all types of things. Her thick, North Carolina accent was so cute. We learned that it was her first boat ride, but she had been reading about dolphins and whales for years and loves to study boats too! She shared that she believes it is "good to share things you know, because then others will share with you and that is how you get to learn more." Claire also found out the true intentions of this 9 win my heart by following me around the boat. At one point I slipped away to use the head (that is what they call bathrooms on boats...silly land-lubber)...A couple of minutes later, an out of breath Zoe grabbed Claire and said "I have walked all over this boat and Bogart is missing!" Poor Claire, having to fight off 9 year-old rivals.

I also got a treatise on the evils of China from a 12 year-old. During the boat ride it got a little windy. I took off my cap so as not to lose it to the mouth of the ocean. This girl then proceeded to tell me that she did not have to take off her hat. She "got it in Germany, even thought it was made in China...did you know that 90% of the clothes we wear these days were made in China? That is dangerous. 90%! That is a lot of clothes and a lot of money going to the enemy" said the 12 year-old girl to a stranger on a whale watching trip.

Spent an hour at the Hampton Roads Food and Wine was pretty small, maybe 20 vendors. Despite the fact that Bobby Flay was there (he is a tiny little man) it was not all that exciting.


So, Claire and I work in the same industry (we are actually competitors) and our jobs require us to travel and entertain clients. It is usually a very nice perk. We get to eat at some of the worlds best restaurants, drink some of the best wines, golf amazing courses, get impossible to get tickets, and even spend time in some crazy, cool day spas...One of the problems (yes, I use that word VERY lightly) with this is that it becomes very hard to "WOW" us. We walk away from some very good dinners and very nonchalantly say "eh, it was good."

So on Saturday night, we got to experience a place that ended up wowing us with a couple of things on the menu...very exciting! We did a progressive dinner in P-Towne...some friends offered to come to our part of town (a rarity) and go out to dinner. So we took them to The Deck for oysters and then we walked a few blocks to Fusion 440 for dinner.

The Deck was nice. Oysters were okay. The view was good and the service just fine. I am sure we will go back and have the Oysters Rockefeller again.

Fusion 440, however, had one of the best Key Lime Pies I have ever tasted...and that sentiment was shared by everyone at the table. It WOWed us. I love when that happens!
Yes, I do know that I am blessed beyond belief and no, I don't say that lightly either!

Sunday was church, a planning meeting, then over to Claire's for another good meal. She made herb crusted pork chops, mashed red potatoes, and cheesy garlic bread. Dessert was chocolate gingerbread brownies. Wow. Yes, I got WOWed again.

Thank you Janet (Claire's mom) for raising your girl right!


I tasted the Elvis edition of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (it is new and has banana cream in it) this made me feel like singing!!!

Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.
And I seem to find the happiness I seek,
When Reese's Cups are filling each cheek.

Heaven... I'm in heaven,
And the cares that hung around me through the week,
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak,
When Reese's Cups are filling each cheek.

It is pretty frick'n amazing and really is making me rethink this whole healthy eating thing.


Part 2 of the Montreal Story will be up in the next day or two...


Catrina Stanley said...

Where do you get Elvis Reese?

Amy said...

sounds like you guys had a grea weekend. my boys love the elvis reeses. did you eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches as a kid?!?

for a different kind of girl said...

What an amazing weekend it sounds like you had. I love that 9 year old's philosophy of learning (even if, after a bit, you feel you've learned enough from a 9 year old).

Many years ago, pre-9 year old of our own, my husband and I went on a whale watching excursion while in San Diego. It was amazing! I loved that experience.

I don't think I'd love the experience of an Elvis edition Reese's, though. A banana candy concoction kind of scares me!

Misty said...

mmm i've got to try that new reese's..only because I'm a Chunky Monkey ice cream fan and so maybe i'd like that too (the banana etc.)
I want to see the Charlie Bartlett movie..because my other boyfriend Robert Downey Jr is in it. Sounds like you had a great weekend!

WILLIAM said...

Holy crap and Elvis reeses....Holy crap.