Saturday, February 12, 2011

Eating My Words

Because I don't really have any photos, this post will be pretty wordy.  We have gone out to dinner a few times in the last week or two so I'll tell about that, plus  trips to Wegmans and BJ's Wholesale.  
Last Thursday we went to The Hillside Inn, a beautiful old mansion in Wyoming.  We eat there on occasion and always have a good time.  It's vegetarian friendly and they use local, fresh ingredients.  Anyway, this night I ordered the chicken linguine special, hold the chicken. I had seen others eating it and it looked good.  Linguine with veggies and a white wine sauce.  When it arrived it was in a small bowl, not like what I had seen others eating.  It was good but really more like an appetizer portion.  Fail.  I finished that off and still hungry, ordered a side of sweet potato fries.  I've had these before too, as a side with a sandwich and they were plentiful.  This time, there was maybe 6 or 7 on the plate?  Fail #2.  So I was pretty shocked when we got the bill and my 'entree' was $19.99.  WTH.   Maybe I could justify that price with the larger portion, with the chicken and maybe a salad with it? But for the size I got?  No way.  And the small side of fries?  $3!  Sigh.  I really should have said something but we were with some other people and although  both items were disappointingly small, they WERE good.  And I have had other meals there that were great so I just went home and had some pita chips and hummus and was finally full.  Did I mention I was still hungry when I left the restaurant??  And have I mentioned that, because I don't eat meat or dairy, I can eat a LOT?  Anyway, if you are ever in the area, you should definitely check it out.  It's historic and also haunted!
The other night we were down in Chaffee, where I romantically bought my husband a new chain saw for Valentine's Day.   And then he romantically bought me dinner, at The Hearth.  It was our first time there in like a decade, and it was wonderful.  He got the beef on weck.  I wanted to steal the roll it came on, it was heavily encrusted with seeds and salt. Mmm.  I ordered the Pasta Primavera, described on the menu as such... 

"Fresh Garden Vegetables are sauteed and tossed in our own special garlic and oil sauce and served over imported fettuccini"

It came with a  nice side salad.  The pasta dish was huge!  No kidding!  I ate maybe a quarter of it, and brought the rest home where it became lunch and then later, dinner!  I love leftovers!  Anyway, the best part was that it's only $10.99, which is crazy because That I would have gladly paid $19.99 for.  The Hearth also has a great bar area with a fireplace that is pretty popular with snowmobilers, and they also have entertainment.  We'll be back!  It's right down the street from Earl's Diner, which has been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, and yet strangely enough does not have its own website. If you Lougle Google it lots of results come up for it though.  We ate there once last summer and it was good, but I have to say that the table "legs" - cowboy jeans and boots - freak me out enough that I'm not in a rush to go back.   Add it to your list, though.  It's worth seeing!

We've been out to Wegmans a few times too.  I love to shop there!  We like to eat at their Market Cafe.  John likes the wings, fingers, and pizza, and I like the Hot Bar.  They always have a few vegan choices.  Yay Wegmans! On times that they don't,  or it's not something I want, I grab a frozen Amy's or something else and heat in up in their microwave.  They have a whole section of vegan/vegetarian/organic/healthy stuff.  I wish we had one closer.

We've also been to BJ's Wholesale club, where I stock up on V8, almond milk, and Hummus.  
And Stacy's pita chips!  Love this flavor!

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I am so far behind on my blog reading!! But I wanted to tell you that all your comments during the last few weeks have been virtual hugs to me and I appreciate each and every one!

    I hate going to a restaurant where the portions or small, the price is $$ and you leave feeling hungry - WTF?

    Is Wegeman's a grocery store??

    Is it sad that I don't know how to Twitter?! :D

  2. I'm so happy that Tony is going to be okay!
    Yes, Wegman's is a grocery store chain that started here in WNY. We actually drive 25 miles one way to go to it. And Alec Baldwin's Mother does their commercials - she says she will never move away from her Wegman's!
    And I'm pretty sure that Hannah can teach you bow to tweet!

  3. It's funny actually, Hannah doesn't twitter and only goes onto Facebook a couple times a week - imagine her surprise when she logged in on her birthday and had 86 happy birthday messages!

    Hope you are doing well!


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