(This post was meant to post on Wednesday night, but Blogger was being persnickety)
My Beloved and I had a great little trip to the Big-City-to-the-South.
We really didn't do much. The only things I had planned, other than my Beloved's mock interview (which was moderately helpful), was where we were going to stay and where we were going to eat. And knowing my hobbit-ish nature, you have to know that the food was a big part of this little trip. Please forgive me as I rhapsodise about the wonders we experienced over the last couple of days.
When we do any travelling, even just down the highway, I have a rule about eating out. We WILL NOT eat anywhere we could eat at home. I will not go to a Timmies, or a chain restaurant (unless it's a chain we don't have in the Shire, but even that's a last resort). I prefer to find locally owned and operated places.
|My Beloved trying to eat the |
enormous Booker's Burger
After my Beloved's interview, we spent some time window shopping in the downtown core before we headed to Booker's BBQ Grill & Crabshack. From the outside, it's not much. In fact, I've driven right past it countless time when coming into the downtown area. It's across the street from what appears to be a very seedy hotel but we are taught to not judge a book by it's cover, right? Oh my, it was yummy food!
|My burnt ends & fries|
with bbq mayo dipping sauce
After lunch we needed some exercise, so we decided on a whim to go to the science center. It was a fun little jaunt, and I'm definitely looking forward to taking the wee-lings there when they are a bit older. Later we checked into our hotel and both had a bit of a rest as we had been up extra early.
The last time we were in Big-City-to-the-South for a getaway, two years ago, we went to Big T's BBQ & Smokehouse, and I fell in love. I had been daydreaming about their dusty rib ends and deep fried pickles ever since. I knew that even though we had just had BBQ for lunch there was no way I was going to miss a chance to go to Big T's.
|The dusty rib ends are hiding under the ribs.|
I had the two-meat plate... a half-rack of St. Louis ribs, dusty rib ends, mashed taters, and fried green tomatoes. A heart-attack on a plate, to be sure, but oh so good. I especially enjoyed the tomatoes, crunchy and tart. My Beloved had the smoked meatloaf with dirty rice and potato salad, and he dared to say that it was better than my meatloaf... lol. Then I had a bite, and I whole-heartedly agreed. As good as Booker's was, I have to confess that Big T's is my favourite.
|That is the biggest slice of meatloaf|
I've ever seen!
My Beloved had the Croque Madame. Thick cut sourdough rye toast topped with rosemary ham, roasted tomatoes, some of the amazing potatoes, mozzarella, summer truffles, and brown butter hollandaise. On top of all that, as if it needed more, were two eggs. They were supposed to be sunny side up, but my Beloved and I share a strong dislike for runny yolks, and the staff at OEB were more than happy to accommodate.
|My Beloved's Croque Madam|
I had one of their 'box'd breakfasts'. Imagine poutine... that wonderfully heart-stopping Canadian combination of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Now, picture that done for breakfast, served up in a Chinese food take out box. A healthy helping of those crispy-duck-fat-fried-potatoes, topped with cheese curd from Quebec, brown butter hollandaise sauce, crowned with poached eggs (I had scrambled... again, runny yolks make me shiver), micro greens, and I chose the lox and capers. Oh good gravy, IT WAS THE BEST BREAKFAST I'VE EVER HAD! I couldn't finish it. I gave it my best shot, but I was defeated. Oh, and while my Beloved was paying, they brought him a coffee in a to go cup. I thought that was a great touch. All in all, OEB was well worth the 2+ years wait, and we most certainly will go back the next time we are in the Big-City-to-the-South.
|My box'd A-Lott A-Lox|
The rest of our time away was filled with a lot of time hanging out in our hotel, and a bunch of time window shopping. We did make a couple of purchases... Ginny's backpack/lunch kit for school, a couple of little treats for the wee-lings, and some 'fancy' tea (David's Tea, Forever Nuts) for me. We were going to stop at an antique mall that I've been wanting to check out for a while, but we were both wiped after all that food and walking, so we headed home a bit early. It was a great chance for us to reconnect, hang out, and just be a couple.