Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today's New Tricks

Today Sam learned two things.

1. We keep a convenient baby food dispenser right at crawler height in the kitchen.

2. If you keep your mouth clamped very tight, and violently shake your head back and forth, it's much harder for your mom to get said "baby food" out of your mouth.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Foodie Friday #18 - Hula's Modern Tiki

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

Hula's Modern Tiki
4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Price: $$

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

After hearing good things about this place, we had it on our short list of restaurants we wanted to try. So when a Groupon came for it last week, Jake bought it immediately. We got a $30 gift certificate for $15. "Modern Tiki" describes it exactly. Nice, clean modern take on a Hawaiian theme.

Hula's has two menus. A Monday through Friday menu and a condensed Saturday/Sunday brunch menu. Since we went on a Saturday, we were there for the brunch. We both ordered lunch-style items, but noticed that a lot of customers ordered breakfast, and we thought all their plates looked delicious.

While the menu is small, we actually had a really hard time deciding what to order. Everything sounded so good. I went with the Mango Chicken Salad. It was a ceasar salad topped with mangos and a nicely seasoned (kinda spicy) blackened chicken breast. It was very tasty and very large.

Jake ordered the Luau Pork Sandwich, which is described on the menu as "heaven on a bun". Sweet pork topped with cole slaw. The flavor was amazing - absolutely fantastic. He ordered it with a basket of sweet potato fries - which was big enough to share.

We will definitely be back, coupon or not. The menu is so diverse that we're anxious to try everything on it.

Overall Rating: 4½ Stars

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Art Gallery

I have had this page torn from my Family Fun magazine for a year and a half now, and finally got everything together that I needed to make it.


My Wall:

I got all the frames from various garage sales and thrift stores. Since I wanted fancy looking frames, I just accidentally ended up with all gold-toned pieces. I initially planned on spraying them all an aqua color, but I've left them as-is for now because I kind of like the gold art gallery feel it has. I may change my mind later though.

A little about the art: The pink drawing in the large oval is a portrait of Jake. And the blue watercolor is a "happy monster". It's my personal favorite. Sophie drew it all by herself without any direction from me.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Sam's favorite thing to imitate:

And welcome, Baby Elliot. We're so glad you're here!