Our Table at Bobby V’s Sunday, Dec 14 2008 

Our Table at Bobby V's

14 December 2008

Another day off!¬† A girl could get spoiled! ūüėČ

Kyle and I have really enjoyed spending a couple of days together where the most important thing we are obligated to do, is eat a couple of meals and walk the dogs!¬† We were hungry for a really good burger today, and ended up at Bobby V’s.¬† We weren’t disappointed, either.¬† The atmosphere was fun—with three or four different football games on various televisions.¬† And our burgers were in fact, delicious.¬† One errand to buy cat food on the way home was the closest we really came to being responsible.¬†

As I write this, we’re relaxing, with two tired dogs, and watching some mindless TV.¬† Life is good.¬† Tomorrow I’ll get back to the work at hand, but this weekend has really been divine.¬† I needed the downtime much more than I had realized.¬† I hope all my friends and customers who might read this, will forgive me.

~MB

Chili’s To Go Thursday, Nov 27 2008 

24 November 2008
It’s amazing to me that after a long weekend, neither of us wants to stay in and relax on Monday nights. Maybe it’s just because we don’t want to cook on Monday nights. Anyway, we ended up at Chili’s for dinner. We were sitting in the "Lounge" area in a small booth next to a window. I liked the way this image composed itself for me complete with reflections and cropping
Chili's To Go
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 November 2008 )

Listening to:
I’ll Remember You by Sophie Zelmani
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ultimate Soundtrack

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

New Camera Experiments Continue Saturday, Nov 15 2008 

Trying the Night Setting on the New Camera

13 November 2008

Here’s another link to a Galveston Recovery/Hurricane Ike story:

http://www.galveston.com/news198/

The news is still bleak from that crazy little island.¬† It becomes increasingly evident that the island will never be the same—so many businesses that will never be back, others that need six to twelve months to even think about re-opening.¬† It does start to make¬†one wonder just what flavour of¬†insanity gripped those who in the nineteenth century decided that building a city on a small barrier island was a good idea.

On the subject of Galveston, recently I very much enjoyed reading the featured article in the Fort Worth Weekly, entitled A Tale of Two Storms by Tom Curtis.¬† It was the cover story and Kyle spotted it and brought it home for me, knowing I’d devour it, as I do nearly everything dealing with Galveston and her history.¬† This article actually reminded me of some of the points I’ve written about: questionable media coverage, evacuation weariness, and he clearly outlines Ike’s assault and explains why the damage was so great.¬† It’s well worth the read,¬†so for sharing purposes, I found it online, here:¬† http://www.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=7279

Today’s photo is pathetic, but it’s what I’ve got.¬† I am definitely at the bottom of a very big learning curve.¬†

We grabbed a quick dinner at Chili’s where a delightful¬†young waitress by the name of Kayla saved us from¬†our own crankiness over the unruly behaviour of all the children in the bar!¬† Yes—in the bar.¬† <shrug>¬†She said all the right things and offered all the right sympathy/empathy.¬† If you visit the new Chili’s at Little Road and 287, ask for Kayla—she rocks.¬† I’m pretty sure she isn’t old enough to drink the margaritas she brings us, but she’s savvy beyond her years.¬† Anyway, our meal was tasty and the annoying people all left before we did!¬†

~MB

Margarita Menu Friday, Nov 14 2008 

13 November 2008
True to form when I called my wife to tell her I was on the way home, she replied with "Yay! I’m hungry." It’s faire season, so the cupboards are a bit bare, and it’s senseless to go buy a bunch of groceries that may or may not still be good by the time we return early next week. So, Chili’s it was. We actually were headed to our old haunt, No Frills Grill, but they were packed to the rafters – the NFL game I suppose (but really, who in our area cares about either the Jets or the Patriots) so we chose to go someplace a little more quiet (we had hoped, anyway – but that’s a completely different story). She ordered a margarita and dinner, I got a beer and dinner.
This is a photo of the table talker describing her margarita
Margarita Table Talker
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 14 November 2008 )

Listening to:
Everything Will Be Alright by the Killers
from Hot Fuss

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Happy Birthday, Kyle! Monday, Nov 3 2008 

Happy Birthday, Kyle!

31 October 2008
Samhain/Halloween

Happy Birthday, Kyle!

Birthdays are wonderful, aren’t they?¬† An excuse to be a little bit decadent—sleep late, eat and drink rather freely with no calorie counting, be nice to yourself, and just generally relax and have fun.¬† Today was such a day for Kyle.¬† I gave Kyle his little gift I¬†got him—an awesome fez for him to wear at Dickens as we play parlour games in the hotel!¬†We went to VOTE—early voting was a breeze—and he was generous enough to fit in a trip to the grocery store in preparation for the weekend, but other than that, it was a pretty relaxed day.¬† I managed to be ready to leave for TRF by about two-thirty, and by three o’clock, we’d dropped off the pups and were on the way.¬†

We got down there in plenty of time to pick up our product, off-load everything at the booth, and even unpack.¬† Then, we headed back out, and met friends at Rancho Grande for Tex Mex and margaritas.¬† Kelly, George and Delaenya, and Donny and Mary all shared Kyle’s birthday dinner time with us.¬† Mary presented Kyle with one of his Guinness cupcakes and made the event complete!¬† We were back at the booth watching a movie at a reasonable time, and I¬†hope it was a good day for him.¬†¬† I suspect the “birthday” theme will carry throughout the weekend, too!

~MB

Dilated Thursday, Sep 25 2008 

Dilated

25 September 2008

After meeting Kyle and a couple of his co-workers for lunch at Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant in downtown Arlington, TX (perfectly yummy, as always!) Kyle and I went together to his afternoon eye appointment.  I took this alien-looking photo of his left eye, while we were waiting for the doctor.

Not a great photo, I know—I was rushed, and for some reason I couldn’t hold still enough to get a good image.¬† And, of course, with his pupils dilated so drastically, Kyle was also having trouble not blinking for me.¬† But, the end result of the whole process, is that Kyle came through all the screening and testing with flying colours.¬† He is scheduled for LASIK surgery tomorrow!!!¬† He is so excited he can hardly stand it!¬† Saturday morning, he will wake up and be able to see the alarm clock!¬† The glasses we just bought him in June will become little more than a paperweight!¬† I just asked him if he’s nervous and he said ‘no.’

That makes one of us! ūüėȬ† I’ll feel better when it’s all over.

Galveston News:

We knew, of course, when Hurricane Ike first turned in toward the Gulf of Mexico, that our December plans could be impacted.¬† We watched with interest, then concern, and finally with fear, as the storm worsened and the projected storm path became clearly focused on Galveston.¬† We checked on our friends, offered beds and anxiously watched news reports as the storm surge¬† hit, and then as the wind and rain battered the coast.¬† And then, as the storm passed over Texas and headed northeast, we searched for news of damage.¬† Every day, even nearly two weeks later, we google words—Ike, hurricane, Galveston, historic, Strand, Tremont, damage, recovery, etc.—in various combinations, hoping for a news article, a photo, a blog entry, an interview—something—containing “new” news about our beloved Galveston and the recovery efforts going on there.

Here, on The Daily KRuMB, we’ve tried to keep our own readership up to date on our findings, by copying text, including links, and sharing tidbits of news we’ve uncovered.¬† Just recently, I personally reported two important bits of information that many of our friends were specifically anxious to know.¬† 1.¬† That I’d been given the official word that the Dickens on the Strand Festival was indeed going to happen this year, and 2.¬† That the Mitchell properties, including the Tremont House Hotel, were planning to reopen on the 15th of October.

Unfortunately, as some of you now know, the second of those reports has now been proven false.¬† From what I understand, Ginger received word from the catering department, that the hotel would remain closed until after the new year begins.¬† Since this information differed from what I’d reported, she sent a query¬†directly to her best contact within the Tremont Hotel management.¬† This is the response she got:

Hi Ginger, I hope all is well! It is true the Tremont is closed as the hotel sat under water for days. We have started demo to the ballroom and the hotel will follow in the morning. We lost almost everything on the first floor from the front of the house to the back of the house. We do plan on reopening by the first weekend of Mardi Gras. I can look at changing your sleeping rooms to the hotel Galvez when I return to work on Friday. This is a disappointment to all of us; as the Tremont is rich in the history of Galveston. I will contact you soon with our progress.

Marcus Hennigan
Guest services Manager
The Tremont & Harbor House Hotel Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

After further investigation, I found this, from from¬†BOI Galvestonian Christine Hopkins’ blog:

This has been a very emotional time for those of us who love Galveston. While the media tends to focus on the devastation – there is also much progress being made daily.

I have this update to share… Apparently, our Oct. 15 reopening date for our hotels was too optimistic. Currently, the Hotel Galvez¬† has electricity, water and elevator service and a full restoration is underway. The hotel plans to welcome guests in early November. The Tremont House sustained relatively minor damage from Hurricane Ike but the restoration process is expected to continue until early 2009. Lastly, Harbor House also sustained relatively minor damage but the hotel will not be available to the public until early 2009. The hotel is currently housing those assisting in the island‚Äôs restoration efforts.

Since, Christine works for the Mitchell Historic Properties folks, and was my original source of the information about the October 15th date, I was glad to see her updated report.  Glad, and of course, very, very sad.

Much discussion will now need to take place among the group of us who have made Galveston Island our Victorian home away from home the first weekend in December for so many years.  I am currently trying to verify that the Dickens on the Strand event will indeed be happening, as I previously reported.  It does not require much imagination to think that if the Mitchell properties folks underestimated their recovery time, others, including the Historical Foundation itself, may have done the same.

One, poignant article, describes the personal, heart-wrenching devastation that many returned “home” to find:

http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=87706a0e04b5856c

On a positive note, it seems that some Galveston public schools will be re-opening on the 6th of October.  Life, for some, at least, will begin to return to something resembling normal.

~MB

Another Fabulous Meal at Mi Tierra Saturday, Jul 26 2008 

Filet of Cod from Mi Tierra

23 July 2008

I had looked forward to this evening’s dinner for weeks!¬† Finally, on¬†this last night of my little holiday, Kyle and I went to¬†Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant for what promised to be a culinary delight.

I had a rather satisfying day of errands and housework, and a visit to our new favourite restaurant was the perfect finishing touch to both my day and my time at home.¬† We took our own bottle of wine, and by the time we were done, Carlos was teasing us about the “buffet table” of food we’d ordered!¬† We just wanted to experience as much as we could!¬† We ordered the sampler platter of appetizers—I love doing that because you never know just what delicious things Demaris will include on that plate!¬† Then, came the ceviche!¬† Now, on our first few visits, Demaris was still expanding the menu offerings and the listed seafood items had been unavailable.¬† So, the ceviche had been on my mind for weeks!¬† And it was worth the wait!¬† Served in a tall parfait-style glass, it was¬†not only beautiful, but so tasty it was totally amazing and I commented that Kelly would be proud of me, ’cause I was eating it exactly as Demaris made it—complete with onions and red peppers!¬† My taste buds have certainly matured as I am aging!¬† Kyle ordered the skirt steak, and I the filet of cod, pictured above.¬† We packed up two boxes of take-home food, but figured that was fine!¬† Kyle will eat well for days!

It was a perfect evening, and once again, we cannot recommend this new restaurant highly enough!

~MB

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 РSaturday 11 a.m. Р8 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

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