Friday, April 17, 2009

On Vacation: Be Back Soon

This morning I am heading off on a much needed vacation! I am taking a cruise through the Mexican Riviera. Erich, William and I will be sailing on the Norwegian Star.

I will keep my journal by my side so I can take plenty of notes. And I'm sure I'll take hundreds of photos. There will be many blogs to write once I return!

We are stopping in three ports. I've never been to any of these places so I am really excited!

Cabo San Lucas




Mazatlan




Puerto Vallarta


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Chino Latino: Food Review 7 of 52



As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.


Place:
Chino Latino

Location:
2916 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Who I Went With
Matt's birthday party.

What I Ate:
I ordered the Three Way. This lets you pick three sides from a list of twelve options. I chose Pad Thai noodles, fried rice with guacamole and wok glazed green beans (thanks to the waitress's recommendation).

Sorry, I forgot my camera so no pictures.

Would I Go Back:
Yes. The place is huge and loud and fun and crowded. There seemed to be thousands of people inside (there probably were) but the service was still great. The birthday party was a success.

Worth the Price:
Yes. The Pad Thai noodles weren't anything special, but the wok glazed green beans were wonderful! People kept taking them off my plate. I was leery about getting guacamole on the fried rice but this was very nice surprise. The guacamole really kicked up the flavor!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fortune Cookie Wisdom Number Three

Fortune Cookie: (noun) A thin folded wafer containing a prediction or truth printed on a slip of paper. Often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants.





Fortune Cookie Saying: You are a true friend.

Thoughts on the Saying: I believe I am a true friend. I am very lucky to have several close friendships. Marlene Dietrich said, "A true friend is someone you can call at 4am." It's great to know I have a number of true friends and I hope that I am one in return!

Fortune Cookie Rating:

_____I'm consulting a Tarot Card reader and a Psychic Friends Network operator to reverse this fortune.

_____I'm on my way to a crystal ball fortune teller and then to the Wizard of Oz to make sure this fortune becomes true.

__X___The planets have aligned and the tea leaves have spoken. This fortune is correct!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Barbra Streisand Concert DVD Set: Coming Soon



I was thrilled to read that the 2006 Barbra Streisand tour is finally being released on DVD (April 29, 2009)! I've been patiently waiting for this DVD because I attended two concerts during this tour.

I never thought I'd see Streisand in concert. When she rang in the year 2000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, I wanted to be there so badly. But it didn't happen. I didn't think she'd ever tour again. She didn't think she'd ever tour again.

Then in 2006 she announced her first North American tour in over a decade. There was no way I was going to miss it. When the tour dates were announced, she did not have a date scheduled in Minneapolis but she did have a show in Atlanta. My friend Steve lives in Atlanta so I bought a ticket to the show. Streisand and Steve all in one weekend.

A few weeks after the initial dates were announced, she added more shows and Minneapolis was one of them. Well, I couldn't have Barbra Streisand perform in the city where I live and not go! So I bought tickets for that show as well.

A concert I never thought I'd see, I ended up seeing twice. And only a few days apart. The concert, as expected, was wonderful. Total Streisand.

I anxiously waited for it to be released on DVD but it never was. Her previous two concerts were released: The Concert (1994) and Timeless (2000). It seemed odd that she would not release this tour.

Now the time has come. According to Streisand's site, the DVD release is "a chance to get front row seats to the very best of Barbra Streisand captured in Streisand - The Concerts, a brand new Deluxe 3-Disc DVD Set showcasing some of her most memorable concerts…ever."

I'm sure Streisand will not disappoint!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fortune Cookie Wisdom Number Two

Fortune Cookie: (noun) A thin folded wafer containing a prediction or truth printed on a slip of paper. Often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants.





Fortune Cookie Saying: You will become an accomplished writer.

Thoughts on the Saying: I got a big smile when I read this fortune. I love writing and I am waiting for the day to become accomplished (money, limos, screaming fans and #1 best sellers. Is that too much to ask?).

Fortune Cookie Rating:

_____I'm consulting a Tarot Card reader and a Psychic Friends Network operator to reverse this fortune.

__X__I'm on my way to a crystal ball fortune teller and then to the Wizard of Oz to make sure this fortune becomes true.

_____The planets have aligned and the tea leaves have spoken. This fortune is correct!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Good Earth: Food Review 6 of 52





As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place:
Good Earth

Location:
3460 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

Who I Went With:
Scott, Val, Madelyn, Jan, Mallory and Kristin.

What I Ate:

Flat bread, assorted bread and hummus.



Breakfast Quesadillas: Grilled tortillas filled with grilled vegetables, scrambled eggs, nitrate free bacon and melted cheese. Topped with lettuce, sour cream, avocado salsa and diced chillies.



Would I Go Back:
Yes, but probably not on a Sunday for brunch. The wait was an hour. The food tasted amazing but I'd rather not wait that long.

Worth the Price:
Yes! The food was so fresh and the taste combination was wonderful! Mallory made a great recommendation.