Day 522–Lonesome Dove

So we kinda had a mini Fathers’ Day celebration today, in advance of crowds and chaos on Sunday.  Dad chose to go to Fort Worth to look around the Impressionism exhibit at the Kimbell and dinner at Lonesome Dove, Chef Tim Love’s wonderful little bistro in the Stockyards.  Pretty rockin’ celebration I must say.

The Kimbell lived up to the hype, with an impressive array of paintings that captured the flow of Impressionism from birth to death as well as the range of its participants–a Corot looks much different than a Gauguin.  The owner of the works had a special love of Renoir, so we got to see many of his paintings…one talented dude.  I always had a soft spot for the Renaissance and the Impressionists, so this was a treat for me as well.

Lonesome Dove was…superb.  Just absolutely superb.  I’ll talk about it more below, but if you have the chance to go, do it. Happy Early Fathers’ Day Dad…love you.

Breakfast–Frosted Mini Wheats with sliced strawberries…delicious as usual.

Exercise–Twenty minutes on the elliptical. I knew tonight was going to be a calorie bomb so I tried to ramp up my metabolism.  We’ll see if it worked in a couple of days.

Lunch–Panera, where I had the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad, no peanut sauce.  It was really REALLY good.  As it keeps getting hotter, that’s one to keep in mind for a cool, healthy meal.

Dinner–Here’s where it gets a little crazy…

 –Appetizer Plate: One Elk sausage slider with blueberry jam and foie gras, although it either needed more jam or more acid in the jam, one of the two; one duck confit spring roll that was incredible; and three wild boar ribs that were out of this world. I love Asian food so the spring roll might have been my favorite, but the ribs were really memorable.

–Dinner: Duck breast with “chipotle” sweet potato puree and wild fowl sausage.  The puree had little taste and no spice, but the duck and sausage were fantastic.  The sausage might have been the best thing I had all night; it was crispy on the outside and drenched in barbecue sauce.  Delicious.

–Dessert: Mexican doughnuts (or Churros…duh) with chocolate, raspberry, and cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) dipping sauces.  So good we asked for a few more to finish up the sauces.

All in all one of the better restaurant meals I’ve had in a long time.  It wasn’t perfect, but what is? I’d certainly go back…any takers?

Tomorrow is work as we prepare for the (hopeful) Fathers’ Day rush. Have a good one.


Day 521–Return from Israel

So, admittedly, I’ve been home almost a week. Sorry about that.

Israel was a blast!  From a foodie standpoint, since that is in theory the point of this blog, it was a bit repetitive and lacking in seasoning.  I don’t know if, as Americans, we overseason everything (definitely possible), or if I’m just used to salt being on my food, but a majority of what we ate was quite bland.  Breakfast was the exact same thing every day–boiled eggs, sliced cucumbers and bell peppers, maybe some fruit, cereal, toast, yogurt, cream cheese–and unless we were very adventurous (they loooove Italian food over there…who knew?) it was lots of falafel and shawarma, both of which are delicious but I was ready for a break.  From a non-foodie standpoint, it was incredible to see 3,000-5,000 year old ruins, go on an archeological dig, hike around, swim in the Dead Sea, and spend time with my in-laws.  Definitely a memorable experience.

I also gained a bit of weight on the trip, from eating too much to retaining water after travel.  After leaving at 216.0, the last weigh-in I did was 218.2.  Seeing as how I came back over 220, there is a lot of water weight to be lost, but I’m still heading the wrong direction as a whole.  I hope to get back on track this summer with a bit more routine, but I know it ultimately comes down to better decisions.  I can do this.

Breakfast–I worked this morning, the second time in the 3 months I’ve been at O&V that I’ve helped open, so I needed to stock up on protein to keep me full.  Enter wafflewich, stage left.  Two Eggos, peanut butter, and a new strawberry-jalapeno jam from the farmers’ market.  Delicious.

Snack–Some homemade spiced almonds. So. Freaking. Good.

Lunch–Met Abby at the Londoner where I had their massive buffalo chicken sandwich.  I only ate half the bread though…small victory.

Dinner–Pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and roasted squash.  It was quite tasty.

Dessert–While watching Burn Notice (eh) and Suits (!!!) I made some cookies…only had two.  Small batch, its gone, end of story.

Tomorrow we head to Ft. Worth for Father’s Day celebrations, including but not limited to a visit to Lonesome Dove, so I’ll have lots of fun things to report back on. Have a good one.