Here I sit on the back end of it, but I have to admit that it has been a fun one. While Friday was filled with the usual chores of cleaning and whatnot, we had a great evening out with Barb. I gave the theatre a call on Friday and was told that they had just taken the aunt off life support. I am supposing that the poor woman has passed by now.
We went to Sho Mi, which used to be the place for sushi in Stockton. It was fabulous until it decided to enlarge its dining room. Then the owner sold and the food changed slightly. The sushi chef went to Co Co Ro and we followed. We decided to give them another shot Friday night. I had a tempura bento box (California roll, salad, edamame, and tempura), TBG had a chicken teriyaki bento (California roll, salad, edamame, and teriyaki) and Barb had a spicy salmon bento (California roll, salad, edamame, and salmon). We also ordered some albacore tuna mayo as an app (albacore tuna in (wait for it) mayo, along with cucumber and avocado). The food was not bad, but the wait of nearly an hour was excessive, especially since they weren’t that busy. Co Co Ro is fast, better and cheaper. Guess I know where we will be going back to.
Saturday started (way too early) with shopping and all that jazz. We had breakfast at Lumberjack’s, then headed to Safeway for the basic stuff and to Trader Joe’s for the fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. We got home and put everything away. The rest of the day sort of passed in a blur of reading, napping and eating – not a bad thing. At 5:30, we headed over to Bobbie’s and Dennis’s for dinner. We’d been trying to get together for nearly a year, but there always seemed to be something going on. Finally, we just did it and what fun we had. Dinner was great, the wine was good and the conversation was better. We didn’t get home until after ten.
However, there are no snooze alarms on hungry kitties and they got me up at three to feed them. I went back to bed until five. Then it was time to feed outside kitties and spend a little time in LJ. TBG got up around seven and we made breakfast (guava and banana pancakes and sausage). After that was done and cleaned up, I started on dinner- lamb stew. The recipe (Nick Stellino) we used is very straight forward, brown the meat, soften the onions and garlic, then add stewed tomatoes and mint, then deglaze with red wine, add some beef stock and the reserved tomato juices. Cook for an hour, toss in some cannelli beans, cook for 15, add some more mint and you are finished. I got it to the adding of beans and turned it off.
Then, the sleeping dust fairy visiting Spikey and she went down like a rock. Happily TBG was still up and function as I slept for nearly three hours. Two late nights in a row took their toll. However, I woke up to a lovely lunch and very large winds.
And that meant – avocados! I got a shopping back full! Finally! I will check again before we leave for the theatre. We are going down this afternoon to see Perfect Crime, which we have been told is great. I’m quite looking forward to it. We are meeting Barb at the theatre in about an hour, which is why I wanted to get the lamb stew done before that. Now all we need to do is heat up the focaccia and the stew. It will be a good night to veg in front of the TV and the fireplace, I think.
Here’s hoping that everyone else is having a lovely weekend, too.