Thursday, October 28, 2010

Olive Garden

Last Saturday night we went to Olive Garden with friends of ours, Dave & Kat. Olive Garden is one of my favourite places to eat. They have the yummiest food! It's an Italian Restaurant chain and it was the last place Billy & I ate at when I came to visit him back in 2005. So it's kind of "our place" too.

You get a choice of soup or salad for starters. I always go with the salad. I love their salad. The dressing is so good.



They bring it out in a big bowl and put freshly shave parmesan on it if you want. The bowls they give you are chilled which I love also!

Then come the breadsticks. Yummmm!



Billy wanted soup so he got the Minestrone:



For our main meal Dave, Kat & I all got the same thing, Shrimp & Crab Tortelli Romana. The menu describes it: Shrimp, crab and smoked mozzarella-filled ravioli, topped with sautéed shrimp in a three cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.



It was really good! Like YUM!

Billy & Ashley got the Lasagne. I didn't take a photo as they both dug in before I could!

Everything was delicious! I have never been disappointed at Olive Garden.

And during the day you can go there for all you can eat Soup, Salad and Breadsticks for $6.95. It is so good.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Healthy eating

Lately Ashley has been getting home and having unhealthy snacks all afternoon. Chips, crackers, pop tarts etc. But this past week I decided I don't want him to be eating such unhealthy foods and grazing all afternoon before dinner. So I am making him an afternoon snack for him to have that is much healthier and should hold him over until dinner time.

Here are some of the snacks he has been having:



This was the first one I made for him. Turkey & cheese on wheat bread, apple, celery, carrots and a mini muffin.

Here is what he had yesterday:


This time there is lettuce and tomato on his sandwich and grapes and chips.

Today's:



He has really been enjoying these snacks and not asking for anything else before dinner. It does look like a lot of food, but remember he is 16 and about 6 foot tall.

Now I just need to eat better!

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Nephew

This morning Billy's brother Jamey and his wife Sandy welcomed their 3rd child and first son, Brantley Cole into the world. He was born at 8am and weighed 8lbs 7oz. We went up to see them at about 1pm so he wasn't even a day old when we met him.

He is just precious! Here are some photos I took today with all of us holding him and his 2 big sisters meeting him for the first time.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Bag!

Me and my men went shopping today in search of a few things. I really wanted a new handbag that was big enough to fit my usual stuff + my camera. I have a big camera bag that fits all my lenses and stuff but it's not practical for everyday use.

So first of all we went to the Webb Road Flea Market. Now these markets burnt down about 2 months ago and so all the vendors are in temporary shelters and I have a feeling that many of them just aren't there anymore. There really wasn't any bags there I liked. However I did find a place with some nice boots, but nothing in my size :(

Then we headed down to Kannapolis and I went into Shoe Dept. which is a shoe store that also carries bags. I found one that I quite liked but we needed to go to Walmart anyway so I thought I would just check in there before I settled on that one.

Well Walmart had nothing I liked so after we left there I ran back into Shoe Dept and grabbed the bag. I was going to get the black one, but I really liked the brown and I want to get a pair of brown boots so I thought this would work out fine.

Here is it:



Close up:



The photos aren't great but I had to take them in a hurry as we are getting ready to go out to eat here in a bit.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sogo Express

I knew moving to the USA I would be sacrificing many things I took for granted in Australia, good coffee for example. Japanese food was one I was not expecting.

Real Japanese food is nothing like what is served in so called Japanese restaurants here. I studied Japanese for 3 years. I actually wanted to be a Japanese Chef when I left school, things didn't turn out the way I planned so that dream was lost, however my appreciation and knowledge of Japanese cuisine has stayed with me.

Did you know that 80% of Japanese restaurants in the USA are run by Chinese people. Now some people may not realise how big a different there is between the 2 cultures. But its huge.

Japanese rice is never fried. It's plain, white and steamed. The only noodles they eat are Udon noodles:

KIMCHI UDON

There is also a misconception that sushi raw fish. Yes some of it is, but only a small percentage. The raw fish is called Sashimi. And it's actually delicious! But you can eat sushi and not have any seafood at all.

Japanese food is extremely healthy and very fresh when done right. I am yet to find a place around here that does it right.

Anyway the point of this post was that we decided to try a place we were told about and one of the people who told me about it assured me it was the real deal. As soon as I walked in I knew this person had no idea what real Japanese food was.

Here is their menu:

menu

Now when I saw this I had to laugh. There is another place here called Tokyo Express. And their menu is almost identical. And it is NOT Japanese food. It's not bad food, but it is NOT Japanese food. No where near it.

But we had a short amount of time to eat before we had to get home for Ashley's bus so we thought we would just deal.

Billy ordered the exact same thing he gets from Tokyo Express, Steak and Shrimp. It comes with Fried Rice (so not Japanese), sweet carrots (again ??) and cocktail sauce, which is pretty much thousand island dressing (WTF?) but I digress. Here is his lunch:

Lunch at Sogo

I ordered the Noodles with Steak and Vegetables:



And we got some Egg Rolls to share:



(Please excuse the quality of the photos, I took them with my iPhone so they aren't great)

I actually liked my meal. It was quite good. The steak was really tender and there was not fat or gristle. But it wasn't Japanese food. Billy enjoyed his. He isn't as fussy as I am though.

So would I go to Sogo's again. Probably. But I would never refer to it as Japanese food.

Fun with Jen

My friend Jen, who I met through the mothers group I am a member of, took me out on Wednesday for lunch then some photography silliness.

She took me to Olive Garden and we got the all you can eat Soup, Salad and Breadsticks and as usual it was so good!

Then we drove into Downtown Salisbury and walked around taking photos. Jen is not afraid to get in front of the camera, unlike me. So I got quite a few of her being silly.

Here is a slideshow of photos from our adventure.



We found some really cool parts of Salisbury that we are going to go back and take more time to explore, especially beautiful old houses.

We did get a really freaked out when this old homeless guy started following us! But luckily we out walked him!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quiznos

Ok this is my first food post! Last Saturday we were out shopping and wanted something different for lunch. So we decided to try out Quiznos. Billy has eaten there before but it was quite a few years ago so he wasn't sure what they were like now. He described it as Subway but better.

So we went in and the first thing I noticed was how good it smelt in there. I have always loved the smell of Subway and this place smelt even better.

I was a little overwhelmed with the menu. It is very different to Subway. I would consider their subs a bit more "gourmet" compared to Subway. Plus it was quite pricey.

I decided on the Chicken Carbonara sub. It has white chicken, bacon, mozzarella, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce. You get a choice of what type of bread you want it on and I got it on Italian White.

The sub wasn't bad. I wasn't a huge fan of the Alfredo sauce. I think if I go back I will order something else.





All in all I wouldn't be holding my breath to go back. If I want a toasted sub I think I would go for a Dominoes sub. Their Chicken Bacon Ranch and the Mediterranean Vegie Sub are so good. Maybe soon I will do a post about them!


New direction

I am trying to change a few things in my life. I don't like how I have been feeling lately and am thinking some change is in order.

One of the changes is the way I treat this blog. I don't tend to post on here much as I never feel like I have anything to say and that not many people are reading it. So I tend to go months without posting. I am going to try to post a lot more.

One of the things I want to start doing is food posts. I love food. I love cooking, trying out new foods and places to eat. Plus it might be interesting for my Aussie friends to see the food from here.

Also if you do read this and there is something you think would be cool for me to post about, let me know. I am always looking for ideas.
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