Fotoless Fodder

What is a blogger to do when she has stuff to share, but she can’t stay home long enough to transfer photos from camera to Flickr?!

Well, I’m sure others would perhaps consider just sitting quietly until they could properly address those things, but y’all know I like to babble, so you’re going to hear about a couple of books and a couple of restaurants.  Gretchen also blogged about her new kibble on their blog

First up, I cruised right through Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie.  Gmarie gave me this book a LONG time ago, in a swap box.   It took a long while for me to get around to reading it because the adorable canine (a basset-beagle mix according to the book, but all photos are all basset!) character is named Fred, and he really is a lot like our Fred was.  I am happy to report that I read the whole thing without a single misting up moment.

It’s a mass-produced romance novel.  Need I say more?  That’s not usually my favorite genre, but I couldn’t put this down.  From the moment Fred sucked the heroine into taking him home instead of the lively running partner she thought she was going to get at the pound, I was hooked. 

I then launched right into The Jane Austen Book Club.   I’m still turning pages, but it’s not doing much for me.   I don’t like ANY of the characters, not even enough to care whether even one works through her crazy problems.  Even though Jocelyn is a dog breeder, there aren’t enough dog moments to draw me in. 

This is where I also confess that I don’t love Jane Austen.  I’ve read Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility, and even re-read Emma and P&P a couple of years ago, because I was sure I just wasn’t giving them a fair chance.  Hrmph.  

I know at least one of you is an Austen fan.  What is it about her literature that you like?  Plots?  Themes?  Characters?  I really feel I’m missing something…

Now, about food.  Saturday night, we went to Baja Bean Company, a local joint we haven’t been to since we were dating.  Well, this was even a new to us location.   I had a wonderful black bean chimichanga, but I have one complaint.  Really, we have to order chips and salsa!?  I honestly don’t know of any other Mexican place where chips and salsa aren’t complimentary.  Am I just spoiled?

Sunday, we tried out the new Bavarian Chef location in Fredericksburg.   I’m pretty sure it is in the old towne train station, and I loved the decor – old German train station posters!  It was also not as dark inside as the Madison location, but that’s where my praise ends.  

The food wasn’t bad by any stretch of the word, but it wasn’t the OUTSTANDING, melt in your mouth treat that we’ve come to expect.  The peppercorn cream sauce was thin, and the Knight and my uncle both had filets they found less than tender.  Never mind that one of my rare filets ended up on the Knight’s plate, which meant a couple of bites in, we were swapping filets and apologizing to my aunt and uncle for our lack of couth.  I hope that with time, they’ll settle into the routine of the original location and produce an excellent plate every single time, but in the meantime, Madison is a bit closer to us, and Fredericksburg has lots of other fabulous dining opportunities to try.

But wait!  There’s more!  I really am a culturally deprived gal.  Last night, a girlfriend and I met at the local Melting Pot.   I knew I’d love it (a whole meal based on fondue?!  what’s not to love?!), but a guy friend had told the Knight to be sure to avoid it because he’d starve to death at that “chick food place.”  Hem.

We just had a Wisconsin Trio (cheese) Fondue, followed by a Flaming Turtle (think fondue-ified pecan turtle, flambed) and great conversation.  We’d both had birthdays since the last time we sat down together.  The service was incredible, although I do have to say that I’ll never ask the Knight to dine with me there.  I think he’d like the appetizers and even dessert, but my meat and potatoes man wouldn’t enjoy dipping bite after bite, and I shudder to think how many entree portions we’d have to order for him to leave satisfied.  (Scratch that.  Price and portion are so far out of his comfort zone that by the time his tummy was full, his wallet would scream.)

That’s okay though.  It’s fun to have places to go with friends that aren’t our normal haunts!

What makes a favored food experience for you?

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13 comments on “Fotoless Fodder

  1. gMarie says:

    mmmmm – black bean chimichanga sounds lovely. Was this a “take-out” type of restaurant? In which case ordering chips and salsa makes sense – otherwise it should just be delivered.

    I like Melting Pot and you’re right it’s fun.

    I’ve never read Jane Austin – I’m horrible. g

  2. Kristyn says:

    I love the Melting Pot but it is so expensive! I would be very happy to just go for the desert though! Every Mexican place I have been to gives free chips and salsa so I’m not sure what’s up with that place.

  3. Amy says:

    Not a Jane Austin fan? What is wrong with you? Just kidding … I know she’s not for everyone. Like Charles Dickens for example. While I like his novels, does one really need three pages to describe a waist coat?

  4. Kathy says:

    Maybe you should try the movie version of Jane Austen Book Club. If you do, tell me what the knitter is making. I don’t remember what, but I remember she constantly knits. I haven’t personally read Jane Austen but I was inspired after the latest BBC version of Emma. I bought the book but it’s still on the shelf.

  5. Oh, you made me want to read the bassett book, and I’m not all about the romance novels mayself…The Melting Pot…we passed right by it’s door Saturday after the show at Music Circus…but, with three men in tow, you KNOW we didn’t go in there!

  6. AlisonH says:

    I have to tell you, when your blog opened up with that picture of Gretchen it put a much-needed smile on my face. She’s so cute! Thank you!

    I could go on for pages answering your question, but it all boils down to my Daddy’s question: how many meals do you eat in your life? Now, how many do you *remember*?

  7. Nichole says:

    We’ve still yet to try the Melting Pot… but like your Knight, my Rocker/Racer would much prefer a big ‘ole plate of meat and potatoes!

  8. Marjie says:

    My daughter Cass is reading Jane Austen novels this summer. I’m not sure why. But I’m glad she reads. Glad you’ve found something to read.

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    Yeah, Dr. Tooth isn’t a big fan of the Melting Pot, either. ::chuckle:: We went with a group and he was less than impressed by having to cook his food one or two bites at a time. That was also the dinner that I found out that my shrimp allergy was “for sure”.

    I like the movie versions of Jane Austen’s books, but I’ve never been a big fan of the actual thing.

  10. Louise says:

    I’ve been such a bad girl this summer. I haven’t picked up one book, not one! (cookbooks don’t count:) I just can’t seem to find the time or the desire to curl, perhaps when the weather cools down:) Jane Austen will not be on the menu. I’m not much of an Austen fan.

    I love to read about the restaurants you visit and no, I wasn’t to your Danville. Although, I’m still working on a get-away. The Melting Pot sounds like a worthy stop. We once had a wonderful Bavarian Inn on Long Island that closed a while back. I do adore good German food too:) What am I saying, they all sound good in their own ways.

    Thanks for sharing, Chan. Hug the girls for me, I miss them:)

  11. km says:

    Hmm…photoless is what’s kept me from having blog topics. I downloaded photos last night and realized it’s been since late June. That’s not normal for me. And there were so many blogable moments.

    I did love Jane Austen, though I can’t remember why. I wonder if I’d love her still now.

    I’ve still not eaten at the Melting Pot even though there’s one just a few miles from us. I know I’d love the food. I should make it a priority.

  12. Dianne says:

    Holy cow, I’m away from my computer for a week and come back to find that you aren’t head-over-heels wild about The Divine Miss Jane Austen??? Blasphemous! You cut me straight through the heart! Just kidding! (I think) 🙂

    Seriously, though, I wasn’t impressed with her when I first read P&P in high school, but now, I can’t get enough of her books, books about her, movies from her books, movies about her, books about movies about her…you get the idea. I feel a bond with her whenever I pick up one of her books. If I lived 200+ years ago, I’m sure we would have been friends, or at least I hope so. Her characters have so much life. Her sense of humor is unmatched. The girl gets the guy in every book. What more could you ask for?

  13. Kathy says:

    I’ve heard of the melting pot but was told it was a bit pricey. Of course hubby was also warned he would starve to death waiting for his food…..LOL

    A favorite food place for me is good food, good friends and good conversation :).

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