I had a sweet family bday weekend! I woke up to snuggles on Saturday morning and getting to open a box that contained:
I got my nails done [let's skip that part: worst Axxium application ever. Big bummer! Making it more painful, a group of BFFs also there were all getting pedis & having a big girls' weekend, which made me miss & long for all of my BFFs :'(] but then we had family swim in the backyard. :-)
Laura - BLESS HER! - offered to have the kids over while JB & I went to dinner & a movie Saturday night, so we jumped at the chance!!! Innovative dining experiences are, shall we say, limited (that's nicer than nonexistent) around here. [I have actually heard multiple people exclaim they love going on vacay to "get to eat at an Olive Garden." *shudder*] But we LOVE exploring, and we will almost always find something more than the same old same old. Enter Henry's Fine Edibles - it may be as top of the line as you can get around here, but it will certainly do just fine!
[Side bar: I totally don't mean that there's nothing good to eat out here! My goodness, y'all have heard me go on & on about our beloved lunch spots, there's abundant barbeque, we have a good pizza place, yummy Japanese, and we have better Mexican than we had anywhere up north - including Chicago. I only lament the lack of amazing, innovative, unique eateries, which seem to only make it in bigger metro & resort areas. I absolutely appreciate simple, good cookin'; but I also looove fancy flavor combinations, gourmet foreign dishes, and I'm fascinated by molecular gastronomy. I. LOVE. EATING. QUALITY. FOOD. (And I do despise most chains.)]
Henry's was delicious, though! We've wondered about this place for months: it never seems to be open, the hours on the door just say "Mon -Fri 3 PM, Sat" which is no help, and it's in a dumpy, run-down looking strip mall. Yet it's called "Fine Edibles"? Yes - yes, it is and they are. :-) We had fantastic crab cakes [that *almost* rivaled Hyman's in Charleston! WHAT?!?! I know!], baked potato soup, fried green tomatoes, sweet potato chips, perfectly cooked steak, and buttermilk pie! We got NOTHING at the movies - even JB skipped popcorn for maybe the first time EVER!!! It was the most full either one of us had been in ages... We hurt. :-P
We then saw Horrible Bosses - it was really raunchy...but hysterical! If it had been a vulgar comedy about people trying to hook up, no thanks. But this? The raunch was not the focus - it was these three friends and their relationships with their evil superiors = SO FUNNY!!! The cast absolutely made this movie work - they were perfect.
Sunday morning, JB made a Krispy Kreme run (we have a real, fresh KK bakery right down the road! KK's are the only doughnuts I'll waste calories on) and I actually ate one in bed. Decadent... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! :-D