Sunday, we all met for brunch at Cracker Barrel. That evening, we were invited to dinner at Mike's mom's house - our first time meeting her. Caleb told me she liked Cabernet, so I bought a really nice bottle of Katherine Goldschmidt and a bottle of Ouzo to accompany the souvlaki on the menu. We were joined by two of Mike's and Caleb's friends. It was a night of great food and good fun - can't wait to do it again.
Monday, we spent the afternoon with Si and Goomba Lou, munching on snacks and freshly brewed tea, and discussing cats and life. It was wonderful. I wish I could do that much more often.
Since all of our time spent with Caleb up until then had been shared with either chores or other people, on Monday evening we took Caleb to dinner at Samurai Buffalo, one of his favorite restaurants. He and Hoss had delectable tidbits that involved copious amounts of raw fish, sticky rice, and seaweed. I had Gyoza (pan fried pork dumplings) and Beef Negimaki (scallions wrapped in thinly sliced beef and sauteed in teriyaki sauce).
I think it's highly likely I would starve in Japan.
The next day was Tuesday, April 8th. We drove to Syracuse and got our Explorer out of storage, then parked at the Hotel Walmart. Although much more relaxed and unhurried than our usual Christmastime visit, we were still quite busy during our spring vacation. Wednesday we revisited the local Colonial Laundromat:
|Old Friend - Squeaky Clean Colonial Laundromat|
Wednesday, we hit Panera for breakfast - YUM:
|Old Friend - Panera's Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta|
|New Friend - Panera's Bear Claw|
|Old Friend - Dr. Mark Van Husen|
Thursday morning, we meandered up to Phoenix for breakfast at our favorite local cafe: Maryanne's. The food is consistently great, and served with homemade bread and lots of butter. The staff recognize us every time, even though we're only able to dine there a few times a year.
|Old Friend - Maryanne|
Next was Lenscrafters for Hoss's new specs:
|New Friend - Jack|
Then we moved on to a hair salon on Longbranch, where I had a very badly needed color and cut. Unfortunately, I got a very bad color and cut. It turned out to be very heavily highlighted with platinum blond streaks, uneven lengths, and nearly non-existent eyebrows (I wanted them waxed, not eradicated!).
It convinced me to remove the pox from the Dunkin Donuts girl. Karma works.
That evening, we got together with with Adam and Tracy, Jeff and Miranda, and Mel, along with all four grandkids. A loud, happy time was had by all.
Saturday morning began with another visit to Panera, then Sam's for stock-up items, then a very pleasant visit with Dick and Irene. First, we chewed the fat with Dad while Irene competed in a bowling tournament, then we visited with everyone - including my favorite boy kitty - before heading to The Waterfront for dinner, drinks, and unsuccessful Quick Draw games. I had my first plate of Chicken Riggies, a local dish that I definitely need to eat more often:
|New Friend - Chicken Riggies|
|Old Friends - and My Favorite "Old Boys"|
|Old Friend - "KeeKee" Who Lives with Jeff and Miranda|
Monday we restocked the fridge (at Wegmans - by the way, no one is allowed to complain about living in New York again until you've had to live without a local Wegmans for 40+ weeks a year) and did a few minor repairs to the truck (new wipers, new water pump).
Tuesday, back in service and waiting for a load.
And sleeping in late. :)