If she wasn’t so cute, I’d take fewer pictures of her! Thursday, Dec 18 2008 

If she wasn't so cute, I'd take fewer pictures of her!

17 December 2008

I once had a dear reader of The Daily KRuMB tell me that I could post as many pictures of Artemis as I wished!  She claimed she’d never tire of seeing my pretty cat.  I hope she was serious!

I realise Artemis is an easy out, when it’s been a long day of busy-ness that didn’t include photography.  But, when she is this darned cute, really!  Even if I’d taken a pile of pictures of more interesting stuff, she’d still have likely made the cut!

Lunch today at Mi Tierra!  My chance to say goodbye to Lou as he leaves American Airlines, and Kyle and Terrill prepare to somehow pick up the slack.  I enjoyed my eggplant sandwich, but probably not as much as I enjoyed the potato balls we ordered as appetizers!  Other members of our luncheon party ordered Cubans and steaks and soups and ceviche . . . and everyone was pleased, as usual.  Yet another delicious meal from our friend Demaris.

If ever you’re inclined to want a great Latin Fusion meal, please give us a call!  We’ll happily take you to Mi Tierra!  We don’t seem to be able to get enough of it!

Countdown stands at seven days!  I officially started packing today! 🙂

~MB

Lunch Friday, Nov 21 2008 

19 November 2008
The joys of a week full of Mondays. It seems like every day is a repeat of the frustrations of the previous day…and every one of them feels like a Monday.
The joy of the work day yesterday was my Breaded Pork & Mashed Potatoes I snagged from the cafeteria
Breaded Pork & Mashed Potatoes
and kicking ass at Wordpaths on Facebook. Such simple things.
After work, however, was happy hour & massive political discussions at Broncos with some very dear friends.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Cadence to Arms by Dropkick Murphys
from The Singles Collection

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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

Eye and Glasses Sunday, Jun 15 2008 

14 June 2008
Yesterday was chock-full. I left the house early so as to not be in the way when MB had a customer come over, and watched the Spain v Sweden match at No Frills Grill. Spain won 2 minutes into stoppage time with a brilliant solo effort from David Villa who is quickly earning his €40 million valuation (ok, so nobody is really worth that, but this kid is on fire!). MB called soon after the game was over, so I went back home and picked her up because I had shopping to do, and she wanted to go with. So, Wal-Mart was where we headed because a) I knew they had what I needed and b) I knew they had it a decent price. From there we went to Target to purchase a new suitcase for me and a new MP3 player. The suitcase is SwissGear, a brand I trust and the MP3 player is a Creative Labs Zen. I refuse to plunk down the money for a locked-in proprietary system like the iPod (even though secretly I’d love one and would never turn one down if offered to me). By then, it was lunch time. We headed toward one Tex-Mex location only to discover it was closed; and while looking around, that seems to be what’s happening on South Cooper street. A lot of what used to be hot restaurants have abandoned their buildings leaving parts of South Cooper a ghost town. Reworking our plan, we drove further south on Cooper street to El Arroyo where we each had food & a margarita while watching Russia beat Greece. Greece is now out of the tournament which is a sad surprise since they are the current holders of the tournament title. An accident just outside the restaurant didn’t allow for a graceful exit when we were done, so we drove around the back part and emerged near Kohl’s where MB was insistent we went. I think she was in shopping mode and reluctant to let go. So, three new shirts for me later, we emerged. I should be well-dressed for my upcoming business trips. We left there bound for home, but something in Marita Beth registered and she said, “Hey, let’s take you to the optometrist, he’s just around the corner and they might be able to take a walk-in.” So, we went at 4:30 on a Saturday expecting, realistically, to make an appointment and leave. Instead, Dr. Quan Pham saw us (me). An hour later, and several hundred dollars, I left without my contacts and sporting a new pair of glasses. The reason? I have conjunctivitis in both eyes and an additional bout of carititis in my left eye. I have been prescribed steroid/anti-biotic eyedrops and been instructed to not wear my contacts for a week. Great, just as I was headed on business trips, suddenly, I am forced out of my comfort zone! Luckily, the glasses are sporty.
Eye & Glasses
See? Now, I just have to get used to wearing them all the time and not forgetting to put my drops in my eyes. If you look at the photo, you can see that my right eye is riddled with veins and a mite swollen. That’s the conjunctivitis (pink eye); it’s a communicable, bacteria-fed infection of the conjuctiva. Yeah. Sucks.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 15 June 2008 )

Watching
Ratatouille on Starz

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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