Thursday Night – Date Night!

by Cate on July 8, 2005

Date Night rears its head once again, and this time we decided to try a “new” restaurant. We’ve ordered take-out from them plenty of times, but have never actually sat in the restaurant for a meal. Besides the restaurant (which is relatively small), there is also a fresh fish market adjoining it. The staff goes to the Fulton Fish Market in NYC daily to get the freshest fish possible, and you can certainly tell in every bite.

I’m a sucker for oysters, pretty much made any way, so I ordered the Fried Oyster Dinner. Not a huge amount of oysters, but enough to satisfy me. The Husband had Lemon Sole, which was a first time for him, and he declared it quite tasty and very tender. Service was pretty brisk, and we were out of there in an hour, without rushing. Total tab $34 + tip. Not bad. When we get take-out, instead of buying their actual “dinners,” I buy the fish by the pound, and we get a lot more bang for our buck that way. For example, the Fried Oyster Dinner comes with half a pound of fried oysters and a side of steak fries for $12.95. If I buy a pound of breaded oysters (twice the amount of seafood that you get in the dinner) and have them quickly fry it there, it’s $10.95 — quite the bargain. So, we usually do that, and then make our own sides.

Fried Oyster Dinner

After dinner, we decided to head on over to Stewarts for dessert. They carry Welsh Farms ice cream, and I love their Peanut Butter Twirl — only place I know that carries it around here. The kiddie cup is a perfect size for me, and a bargain at $1.25. What can I say? I’m a cheap date.

Turns out, unbeknowst to us, that tonight was “Cruising Night” at Stewarts, with the parking lot full of old cars from the 1950s and 1960s. Complete with a DJ spinning music from that time period and perfect low 70s weather, it was a great evening.

The Box Man Cometh! Got an Amazon Used Books delivery today, Everything Tastes Better with Bacon. How can you not love a cookbook with that kind of title? And at $2.54, it was a bargain I couldn’t resist. Planning on going down to the shore this weekend, and bringing it with me to make something yummy for lunch.

And speaking of the shore, there will be no new posts tomorrow or Saturday, but I’ll be back on Sunday with a full report of new recipe reviews. Planning on making Spaghetti with Grilled Clams for dinner on Saturday night, along with Grilled Bruschetta as a starter. The weather is perfect for grilling, and I want to take full advantage of it.

So since there will be no new posts for 2 days, take advantage of the extra time and revisit some old posts, print out some recipes and get cooking!

Until then…

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Jennifer July 8, 2005 at 2:25 am

Everything Tastes Better with Bacon, I can’t wait to hear how this is! Bacon….Yum.
Have fun at the shore!


Joe July 8, 2005 at 2:34 am

Have a great time at the shore!

Here’s hoping for great weather!


Stephanie July 8, 2005 at 4:35 am

Last year we took Alex to the zoo (where he got kisses from a camel…), and we passed a classic car show, which was sharing parking space.
I was sorely tempted to go see the cars, instead!


Jennifer in CT July 9, 2005 at 7:51 pm

Hi there –

I’m a CLBB user (mostly lurker) who enjoys reading your blog religiously! Just wanted to pop in and tell you and say hello.

I’ve seen you talk about being a mystery shopper before. I’m interested in hooking up with a good company. Can you tell me who you go thru? Email me directly if you’d like.


Cate July 10, 2005 at 8:24 pm

Jjsooner – verdict is in – great cookbook! Made 3 recipes from it this weekend and all were delicious. You might want to check it out.

Joe – thanks, had a great time!

Stephanie – kisses from a camel? Alex must’ve been thrilled!

Jennifer in CT – I’ll drop you a line.


sher July 8, 2006 at 9:39 pm

Those oysters look great. They’re one of my favorites things to eat–but I don’t like frying them myself. Sounds like a good deal there.


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