Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Boy Loves to Sit

Whether he's sitting on the ground . . .

being picked up . . .

laying down . . .

or being tossed around . . .

you will more than likely find this child in a sitting position.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Foodie Friday #17 - Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Welcome back to Foodie Friday.
(for an explanation of the ratings, see here)

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Locations Nationwide
Price: $$$$$$ (that means over $100 for 2 people)

Taste: * * * * *
S&A: * * * * *
Value: * * *

As I mentioned last week, for our anniversary we went out to dinner and breakfast. During the last year, we were gifted with 2 generous gift cards to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Neither of us had ever been, so we thought we'd give it a try. At Ruth's Chris, you order each part of your meal separately. Generally, you would order your own meat, and maybe one side each. The sides come "family sized" and are meant to be shared. However, they're running a winter deal right now for either $39.95 or $49.95 (depending on your meat). It's a limited menu that comes with a soup or salad, meat choice, personal side choice, and dessert. Jake and I both ordered off this menu.

I started with the Caesar Salad. It came with Romano cheese on top and it was very tasty. Jake got the Seafood Gumbo. It was light and flavorful, but we both liked the salad better.

For my meal, I ordered the filet. It was tender and juicy and thick and peppery and absolutely delicious. Jake got the ribeye and it was spectacular. While my filet was the best piece of meat I had ever tasted, Jake's was even better.

The only thing negative thing I have to say about the evening is our side dishes. I thought both were lacking. If we were ordering off the main menu, I think we both would have chosen different things, but from our choices, we ordered the mashed potatoes and the corn pudding. I didn't think either were anything special, and I personally like my corn pudding better.

As an added bonus for the night, since it was our anniversary, we were treated to a complimentary dessert to share. Since our dinners came with a dessert (mini carrot cakes and chocolate mousses), we had those wrapped to go, and shared the most creamy delicious creme brulee. It had a super thin crispy layer on top and was divine.

One tip I have for you is to only order as much meat as you can eat while at the restaurant (well, order slightly more than you think you'll want cause it's really yummy). But it's a million times better eating it fresh than it is trying to warm it up again as leftovers. Seriously, a million. And go for a special occasion to take advantage of the free dessert!

Overall Rating: 4½ Stars

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Little Independence

Sophie & Tommy playing

In an effort to help our 3-year-old gain some more independence, Jake told her she could pick out her outfit for church. He showed her where all her Sunday dresses were, and let her choose.

Sophie stood in front of the closet for a couple seconds, contemplating her decision. Finally, she said, "I think Tommy would like if I wore . . . . . . this one." and chose a dress.

I think we'll keep her independence to a minimum for a while longer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Foodie Friday #16 - T.C. Eggingtons

Back by popular demand, it's Foodie Friday! I can't believe I haven't done one of these since before the baby was born. Crazy. Anyway...

Welcome back to Foodie Friday.
(for an explanation of the ratings, see here)

T.C. Eggingtons
1660 S. Alma School Rd. Mesa
Price: $$

Taste: *
S&A: * * * *
Value: * * *

Jake and I celebrated our 6th anniversary last weekend. I was in charge this year, and chose an overnight stay at a local hotel, and dinner and breakfast out. No kids allowed. After reading great reviews online, I decided to go to T.C. Eggingtons for breakfast. Neither of us had been there before but lots of people like it, and several even named it their favorite east valley breakfast spot.

The first problem I encountered with the place was that, while their menu looks extensive, it's actually like the same 4 dishes repeated three times each with a different way to prepare the egg portion of the dish each time. For example, they had a ham & mushroom omelette, ham & mushroom skillet, and ham & mushroom fritatta. Same goes for a veggie dish, and a chorizo dish. So we had a hard time finding 2 different things to order.

To start, we got a liter of fresh squeezed OJ to split (we went all out since we were celebrating). It was good, but I've had better from here. Jake got the "Crack O' Dawn Parlour Creation" (ham & mushroom skillet). He thought it was just plain average. It tasted fine, but there was nothing special about it, and not worth coming back for.

I spent like 3 times longer than usual trying to decide what to order because I didn't want to feel like I was getting the exact same thing as Jake, and ended up with the O'Pear Grenache Omelette because a couple people online mentioned that they liked it. I hated it. I was a little worried ordering it, but I'm always up for trying new things. I'm not sure exactly what I didn't like about it - maybe almonds in an omelette just doesn't do it for me. Also, both our dishes came with a side of breakfast potatoes that were just awful. They tasted like plain unseasoned potatoes cut into cubes and baked in the oven.

Sorry T.C. Eggingtons, we won't be back. I guess we'll have to try someplace new next time we go out for breakfast.

Overall Rating: 2¼ Stars