A Poe Dinner

Last night, Dan and I went out to dinner with my sister-in-law who is visiting us for the long weekend.  We are all in education so it makes summer an ideal time to get together.  We decided to try a new restaurant that Dan found wonderful reviews for online: Poe’s Tavern.  I’ll let you guess as to why it is named that.

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The atmosphere inside went perfectly with the Poe theme.  Even our waitress had gothic-styled makeup on, although our conclusion was that it was a happy coincidence.

Poes 2 Poes 4Despite being advertised as a “Burger and Seafood” restaurant, it really was made for the beef-lover in us all.  Each hamburger selection was named, appropriately, after one of Poe’s text titles.

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Dan ordered the Pit & Pendulum, my SIL the Raven, and I chose to try one of their salads (lacking a Poe-inspired name, I declared my dinner the “Nevermore”).

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In other exciting, literature-inspired news, I came home with a MAJOR book haul today.

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Book Haul

Would you hate me if I told you that I received all 16 books for less than $20?!?  My two main resources for purchasing classic literature are Amazon Prime (free shipping, ya’ll!) and local secondhand stores.  There are so many Good Will, St. Vincent, and hospice stores in our neighborhood that have excellent bargains, I just can’t help myself!  The most I’ve paid for a book that’s in excellent condition is $1.25.  After being emerged in literary analysis for a week, I can say that a full bookshelf and tummy is the recipe for a content me.

For the Week of March 4th

Happy Monday, Fancy Oatmeal readers!  I hope you had a wonderful Sunday; plenty of rest and rejuvenation before the work week begins anew.

Dan and I went to our first MSU Alumni Association gathering for North Florida.  The Spartans took on our #1 rival, the lack of leadership on the court & horrific officials Michigan Wolverines.  It was a great excuse to meet up with some new faces and get more involved in the city.  We met at the Blackfinn restaurant, which was a wonderful hosting site.


Everyone we met was super nice, and it was great having the camaraderie in our love of Michigan State, and abhorrence for anything that tacky maize and blue.

MSU North Florida Alumni

Even though we didn’t win, the game was amazing to watch right up until the last second.  Thankfully I had something to console my wounded ego.

MSU Alumni Collage

Let me show you that platter of SOUTHERN NACHOS again:

Nachosbarbeque pulled pork, corn tortilla chips, chipotle queso, jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole

Thankfully, Dan and I split them, and I only indulged in about 1/3 of the plate, but that was enough to send me right to my planner to schedule out my fitness plan for the week:
Workout 3-4-13

Weekly Menu 3-4-13

Random Flavors

Without a thing planned today, and after a little breakfast and mint green tea, my mom and I decided that we would make a spontaneous Girls Day Out happen!

Our first stop was the 10:00 AM viewing of “The Guilt Trip,” starring Seth Rogen and the amazing Barbara Streisand.


It was a very cute movie, and I noticed some similarities between their relationship and my own with the various mother figures in my life =)  One might not see Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand as being a natural mix, what with the somewhat raunchy and in-your-face comedy style, and Babs’ more traditional and, well…mother-friendly reputation.  However, it worked and was quite believable; great on-screen chemistry.

Afterwards, Mom and I had a wonderfully delicious lunch at Bravo!  We decided to order and split a pizza and a lunch salad.  I got to choose the pizza; Mom the salad.

Mom chose the Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad: thinly sliced chicken, Gorgonzola, spicy pecans, mixed greens and crispy pasta tossed in a Tuscan Italian dressing:

Notice those damn tempting breadsticks in the background?  Jerks.

Notice those damn tempting breadsticks in the background? Jerks.

Delicious!  The contrasting flavors of the savory, creamy Gorgonzola against the walnuts was amazingly delightful.

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I wanted something a little non traditional for our toppings since I’ve been so spoiled with Mom’s ability to make homemade pizza.  I chose the Verduta Pizza, which was topped with roasted asparagus, portobellos, tomatoes and red onions with Fontina and Boursin cheeses finished with fresh basil.

Pizza 1

Pizza 2

Stomaches full, chuckles and Girl Talk thoroughly enjoyed, Mom and I headed off to pick out some tea lights from Yankee Candle.  I have to admit that I’m not much of a candle burner, but instead use plug-in diffusers from Bath and Body Works.  I’m usually a vanilla or cinnamon fan, so choosing from so many different Christmas-style scents was a bit overwhelming.  My overall assessment was that there are only 4 flavors that I really liked, many smelled artificially outdoorsy, and some just gave me that Vicks Vapor Rub feeling.

Mom and I chose on Sugared Apple:


While Mom was checking out, I continued to browse, coming across some of the more creative flavor concoctions.

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Notice the names?  All of these candles are named after the favorite things in the song, “Favorite Things” sung in the musical, “The Sound of Music.”

P.S. – I’ve never had schnitzel that tasted like mild vanilla and cookie dough, and I’m seriously concerned about where they got kitten whiskers to smell-test to make the right flavor.

Pinecone and Lime

FINALLY!  I cannot tell you how many emails I have sent to the Yankee Candle Customer Service department, begging them to combine the most obvious of holiday scents!  When the Scentologists revealed the Pinecone and Lime candle to the world, it must have been as powerful as the first time that Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Will Smith were in the same room together.