My blessed trip to Florida is finally only a week away. With an airline ticket, a hotel reservation and absolutely no agenda I am ready for a few days in the sun.
In the meantime, my husband and I have started dating again . . . dating each other of course! We had found though, that in the short two years since we got married, all our priorities had gotten jumbled and we put "taking time to go out and have fun together" on the back burner, like the furthest back burner there is!! So, we've now committed to regularly going out and two weeks ago we actually went out together on Friday AND Saturday night; this was quite a feat and an improvement!
Friday night was pretty laid back, just a dinner out at a new chain restaurant we hadn't tried. We had been hearing soooo much about the incredible salad bar at the new Ruby Tuesdays that we thought we'd give it a try. To start off, the place is pretty deceptive because the building really isn't as big as it appears and the layout inside is horrible! The salad bar is directly behind the host/hostess station so once you make a pass at the salad bar you are forced to back-track where you came from between the line of people going through the salad bar and the throngs of people lined up beside them waiting for a table, or make a u-turn between the host station and the front door! The salad bar did not dissappoint though, it was great as far as salad bars go. Lots of selection and it was constantly being refilled . . . literally, I believe 2-3 people came out to restock things during my first trip.
Now, Saturday evening ended up being quite a treat. Some friends suggested we meet up at J. Benjamin's, a local neighborhood joint. I'm embarrassed to say, it's only about a mile away and in six years we had never been there before. It turned out to be a great, quaint little casual restuarant with a great menu and wine list, but I was definitely glad we had a reservation. Once we were seated at our table right inside the front door the masses started to pour in. And wait and wait they did, right inside the door where no good waiting place was available. As we started with bruscetta and moved on to lasagna, scallops and chicken florentine these waiting patrons made small talk and asked for our recommendations on the menu. This didn't bother any of us in the least but the waitress and owner felt we were owed their apologies for dealing with the location of our table and the crowd all evening so our table was graced with a complimentary slice of chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake for our trouble. Trouble me any day, they were delish!