Rio Mambo’s and Royal Falcon Saturday, Mar 28 2009 

Rio Mamba Dinner

27 March 2009

Happy Birthday, Mama!

After a long work week and a solid day of sewing, six o’clock finally came! Ronnie had carefully organized a gathering of our friends from back in our comic book retailng days! Thanks largely to Facebook, we had all found each other online, and learned that so many of us were once again (or still) living nearby. We met at Rio Mambo’s—a delicious, if not somewhat over-priced Tex Mex place on the west side of Fort Worth. We had been there once before and the most noteable thing about the meals there is that they really do have margaritas “the size of my head!” Kyle and I shared one tonight!  We also shared this delicious plate which involved cheese enchiladas, two eggs, fajita beef strips and fresh avocado!  Again, I have to end a paragraph by saying “yum!”

It was really wonderful to see so many beloved familiar faces. These are folks, many of whom were part of our daily or at least weekly lives. Customers, employees, artists, collectors . . . friends. I am so grateful for the opportunity to get together with all of them, and I look forward to such a gathering not being so rare!

After dinner, Kyle and I took advantage of being already on the west side of town, and popped on over to the Royal Falcon to grab a pint and hear another old friend perform. Again, thanks to Facebook, I’d gotten the word that Rodger Harrison was going to be “playing with by himself” tonight at the Falcon. (His promo poster was worded exactly that way and it amused me!)  So, despite the horribly smoky-smelling air, we ordered a round of Twisted Thistle (a great little brew from one of our favourites–Belhaven) and it wasn’t long before we were hugging and chatting with old friends.  Rodger even noticed us from the stage, and thanked us for coming in the middle of his set!  Talk about knowing we did the right thing by going there!  We grabbed a table, and during our tenure there, we  got in some quality time with Matthew, Steve, Elaine, Randy, Craig and Deanna!  By t he time we finally had to pull our plug on the night, we’d moved to a bigger table and been joined by Denise and Ken and Kelly and Bert!   It probably goes without saying that the conversation was lively and very amusing.  It was a great evening.  I only wish we didn’t have to go home from such things smelling like an ash tray!  <sigh>

But, clothes and hair wash, and life is short.  Too short, and too uncertain to pass up opportunities like tonight afforded us.  We went from one wonderful gathering of old friends to another, and I consider myself truly blessed to have such amazing people,  and such happy memories in my life.  Here’s to making more happy memories with nights such as this one.  Slainte!

~MB

Subway Friday, Jan 9 2009 

8 January 2009
14 Days
14 Cities
32 Pubs, 4 Hotel Bars, 3 Restaurants, 2 Parks, 1 Brewery
74 Different Drinks (Beer, Wine, Cider & Mead)
and today…Subway.
Subway Melt
I must be home.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 January 2009)

Listening to:
Blue Jeans and a Rosary by Kid Rock
from Rock & Roll Jesus

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Ceviche from Mi Tierra Monday, Oct 6 2008 

Ceviche from Mi Tierra

3 October 2008

Believing that this creeping crud I’ve been dealing with would surely be gone by now, we had made plans with two dear friends to have dinner tonight.  And not just any dinner—a chance to introduce new folks to the artful and tasty talents of our friend, Damaris, owner and chef at Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant.

There was no way a few sniffles and a little coughing were going to get in the way of the evening!  I worked during the day, including getting Joe’s mock-up ready for his fitting this afternoon.  Joe and Cindy have commissioned new duds that we’re hoping to debut at TRF.  Allyson and Rod arrived at the house right around six, as planned.  The missing cog in the wheel was Kyle.  We waited a little while, and then called him to see how much longer he might be.  We determined he should meet us at the restaurant, since the kitchen does close at 8 p.m.

So, we dealt with pups, picked a second bottle of wine to go with the one Rod had brought along, and Rod drove the three of us to the restaurant.  We were amused to note, that I was not the only one with the remnants of a cold bug.  Both Ally and Rod were sniffling, too!  At least I didn’t have to worry about “making” anyone sick!  We got to the restaurant, and were greeted just inside the door, by Carlos, Damaris’ husband and partner in the restaurant.  He is the “front man”—always chatting with the guests, always with a comfortable, jovial attitude that makes one feel more like a guest in his home, than a patron in his restaurant. 

Kyle arrived soon after us, and Rod opened a bottle of wine.  We ordered an appetizer sampler plate , this absolutely beautiful serving of ceviche that I chose to use as my photo of the day, and four different entrees.  Then it was Christmas!  Unbeknownst to us, Allyson had decided to give gifts this evening, and presented Kyle with an absolutely fabulous pair of stone dice—made of Tiger Eye!  He was thrilled.  And, for me there were amazing antique reproduction buttons and a set of “my size” bangle bracelets.  (When you are petite, it is so hard to find tiny bangles that don’t fall right down over your hand!)  Treasures from a recent trade show or two that she’d been to, and (thankfully) had thought of us!   But, we know that it is she herself, that is the real treasure.

We had been looking forward to this evening—ever since Kyle first got the phone call this summer from our dear friend Rod, telling him that he’d met Allyson through our MySpace pages, and they’d begun chatting a lot, apparently realizing more every day just how much, and how many friends they had in common.  Rod asked Kyle if it “would be okay” if they dated.  How adorable is that?  Allyson told us at dinner that when she got a friend request from this cute guy that Kyle and I seemed to know so well, she couldn’t figure out why they didn’t already know each other!  So, a number of weeks (I think they were celebrating two months!) later, here they are—still quite fascinated with each other.  And, since we love them both individually—the “two for one” aspect of this relationship suits us perfectly!!  We look forward to many more good times with this wonderful young couple.  Next time, it seems, it will include a game of some kind . . . perhaps, mah jong!

~MB

Pizza Perspective Monday, Sep 22 2008 

20 September 2008
I watched some football this morning, then Marita Beth & went errand running. In the course of the errands, I managed to convince her that beer & pizza are a lovely combination and that we should have some. 🙂
This is that pizza
Pizza Perspective
which we acquired at BJ’s Brew Pub in Arlington. The pizza was quite tasty and I’ve always been fond of their Jeremiah Red. MB had a hefeweissen of some sort, then we shared their Oktoberfest lager. I told you beer & pizza was a good combination.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 22 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Stars Over Cloughanover by Saw Doctors
from The Cure

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Mealtime Monday, Sep 1 2008 

30 August 2008
Since MB has been gone, we stay in touch through these means. It gives the other insight into the day. MB recently requested that I provide a photo of both dogs together since I’ve recently posted on each dog separately. I’m not sure this is what she had in mind, but it’s what she gets.
Meal Time
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 1 September 2008 )

Listening to:
A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins
from Gorgeous George

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Kibbles & Balls Friday, Aug 29 2008 

28 August 2008
Nearly four years ago, Marita Beth and I were “gifted” in the form of a very young puppy found wandering in our front yard. The next door neighbour had rung us up one morning at 0730 to find out if we had accidentally let our dog out. Of course, we had not, ‘Tia was still sound asleep in her crate and we in our bed. This scrawny, little cross-eyed border collie puppy became a source of neighbourhood searching for the next few weeks. Our next door neighbour’s kids put up signs, we contacted the Border Collie rescue society, the pound and the local pet stores. No one seemed to own or want this dog despite caring enough to put a very expensive shock collar on his neck sans tags. As TRF approached we tried harder but found no success. Eventually we had to make a choice: the pound, or the kennel? Since the pound wouldn’t/couldn’t guarantee he’d live through the weekend, we took him with ‘Tia to the “pet hotel” (kennel) where we, obviously, had to get all of his shots and papers up-to-date. So, $300 later, that little Border Collie became Cormac and the newest member of the family.
During his travails as a solo pup scrounging for food, he picked up the habit of absolutely devouring his food in as quick a fashion as possible. In fact, he could put down an entire bowl of dry kibbles in less than 10 seconds. We did lots of research and found no effective way to curb this behaviour, and four years later we still can’t slow him down. So, an old incomplete croquet set came to the rescue and in went three balls. The subject of my photo.
Balls & Kibbles
If you have any thoughts on how to slow down a dog that thinks he’s ravenous and will never eat again, I’m all ears. Four years later it’s just irritating and I wish he’d slow his eating. Five minutes after he’s done, ‘Tia will finally finish her meal and have a bit of water as a nice post-dinner relaxer. Cormac should learn from her.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 August 2008 )

Listening to:
One Tin Soldier by Coven
from Super Hits of the Seventies

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Cat on a Pillow Saturday, Jun 28 2008 

Cat on Pillows

24 June 2008

Tuesday.  The days are all starting to run together.  Packing.  Consumes.  Me.  I must type the word for the day of the week, in order to remember it. 

I did have a doctor’s appointment today—all good.  I have an official diagnosis and name for something I’ve been dealing with for twelve years:   supraventricular tachycardia!  Doesn’t that sound impressive?  I was in a pretty good mood when I left The Heartplace (yes, that’s what it’s really called!), so I decided to treat myself to lunch.  I considered driving through a fast food place on the way home, and then got a bold idea.  I was really only blocks away from Mi Tierra—the new Latin Fusion restaurant owned by a friend.  So, that’s where I went—all alone—and enjoyed their appetizer sampler plate as my lunch.  Anyone who knows me will understand how much I must love this food in order for me to go into a restaurant by myself and sit there and eat alone!  But, really . . . I’m not gonna get to eat there again until September!

Then, back at home, back at work.  As I was working in the workshop, finishing up some final sewing, and . . . yes . . . packing, Artemis slept.  Despite the new arrangement of the bedroom, she still managed to locate Kyle’s pillow and sleep on it.   <sigh>

~MB

Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant Friday, Jun 20 2008 

Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant

20 June 2008

Friday—our “girls who lunch” day!  I’d been really looking forward to this. Not only because I love spending time with my girls, but because our pre-arranged meeting place today was Mi Tierra!

Last Friday, Kyle and I had been a part of a group of folks who descended on this wonderful little restaurant on its opening day.  After months of anticipation, we were very pleased to be among the very first customers to patronize this charming place.  Damaris, the restauranteur, and her own chef, was once a co-worker of Kyle’s at American Airlines Cargo.  After a rather lengthy career with the airline, she finally decided to walk away from that and all the headaches that daily cubicle life entails, and trade it in for a chef’s jacket and a whole new set of headaches!

We enjoyed our meal and our experience so much that day, that I immediately suggested that we girls meet there the next time we lunched. 

When I arrived, about ten minutes before our planned meeting time, I was greeted by Giovanni, the teenage member of the restaurant family.  I reminded him I’d been there recently, and that Damaris and Kyle were friends, and he disappeared into the kitchen to tell his mom I was there.  I enjoyed a brief visit with her, where I got to tell her once again how much we enjoyed our lunch last Friday—so much in fact, that I was back with my girlfriends, today.  As we chatted, she seemed genuinely pleased we were there, almost as pleased perhaps as she’d been earlier this week when another group from the airline campus came for lunch—including a big vice president!  I asked how the first week in business had been, and she said that they were so busy over their first weekend that they ran out of food on Sunday!  What a great problem to have when you’re a three-day-old restaurant!

And, it’s no wonder!  All four of us were completely delighted with our meals and our service and our whole luncheon experience.  We ordered a sampler platter of appetizers that included sweet plaintains, and empanadas and wonderful little balls of potato-yumminess!  Ginger and I both ordered Caribbean Lasagna, and it was so tasty it was all we could do not to lick the plates!  Kelly and Sherrie both ordered meals (whose names are in Spanish, so I can’t remember them) involving rice and plaintains and pork, and both of them had servings big enough they took home leftovers for another meal or two!  We took our own bottle of wine (the liquor licensing is still in the works) and a corkscrew was cheerfully provided with no corking fee.  I was very proud that the girls all seemed to love their meals, and even prouder when Damaris came out of the kitchen to meet everyone!  This is a talented woman and we sure do want to see her succeed! 

Delicious food, excellent value pricing, friendly, attentive service—it’s a class act.  The only problem:  I’m about to go away for nearly three months, and have to wait ’til September to go back there again!!  So, I’m hoping our Daily KRuMB readers will all pay Damaris a visit, while I’m gone.  And, I can promise you:  one visit won’t be enough!!

Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant, 603 W. Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76002  817.861.9144

Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.        Sunday noon- 8 p.m.

The website is coming soon.  Email: mitierralatin@att.com

~MB

Second Lunch Sunday, Jun 15 2008 

Second Lunch

13 June 2008

Friday, the Thirteenth!  Certainly far from unlucky for me, for I had the good fortune to dine in three completely different restaurants on this day—enjoying three totally different cuisines!  The “foodie” in me was a very happy camper! 

Yesterday, my husband surprised me with an invitation to join him, and a number of his co-workers at the opening day luncheon today, of a new restaurant here in Arlington.  A former co-worker of his, a lovely lady named Damaris, has realized a longtime dream, and opened Mi Tierra—a Latin Fusion Restaurant on Abram Street in downtown Arlington.   Damaris, a native of Puerto Rico, has her sister and her mother with her in the kitchen, and her husband, Carlos, warmly greeted all her guests on opening day.  He shared with us that at least one day a week, he will get to cook, too!  Their son, and at least one other server, ably, yet with a charming amount of nervousness, dealt with the nearly full house resulting from our group’s attendance.  The opening day menu was far more limited than the regular menu will be, but we enjoyed deliciously-prepared plantains and Cuban sandwiches.   Others at our table were equally well-pleased with their salads and fajitas and flank steaks.  I personally look forward to my next visit when I plan to try the Ceviche!

Immediately after finishing this delightful meal, and congratulating our hostess and chef, I kissed my husband goodbye and drove to Hurst where I was to meet girlfriends for lunch!  This “second lunch” was planned last Friday when we wrapped up our sushi luncheon and decided that a weekly luncheon date was a good idea.  We settled then on Italianni’s as the place—it being a longtime favourite spot.  As I drove into the carpark and took the first available space, I was amused to realize that the four of us girls, had each driven our own vehicles to the mid-cities, and then parked one after the other, in a row!  So, I converted the visual memory into a digital image as I crossed the parking lot and entered the restaurant. That’s the photo above—the wheels of Kelly, Ginger, Sherrie and MB.  Obviously, I was the last to arrive—the other three were already enjoying conversation and perusing menus.   I was not much in the way of “hungry” after my wonderful Latin meal, so I ordered only the amazing fried spinach side dish that we all love so much at Italianni’s.  We girls enjoyed our time together and made plans for yet one more luncheon next Friday—at Mi Tierra!

After a super-fast mini fabric safari, I went home to my husband—it won’t be long ’til I’m many miles away and have only the cat to “go home to” when I’m out.  Leaving home for Bristol every summer, is so hard.  I wasn’t home for long it seemed, when Terrill called and asked if we’d like to join him at  No Frills Grill.  No surprise our answer was “yes,”  and off we went.  My husband however, it seemed had been plotting to treat me to Tex Mex and a margarita for dinner, so we did not stay to eat.  Instead, we played some trivia and then went to Mexican Inn. Hence my third (actually fourth if you count NFG) restaurant, and uniquely different dining experience of the day!

I meant to take a photo of my enchilada plate when it arrived, but I was distracted by how tasty it looked and when next I thought about it, my plate looked like this

It was a delightfully yummy day!

~MB

Enchilada Dinner Tuesday, Jun 10 2008 

4 June 2008
An enchilada dinner at Mexican Inn
Frijoles
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 June 2008 )

Listening to:
Elian by Enya
from Sumiregusa

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