Tuesday, February 02, 2010

TeamO - The First 100 Days

The first 100 days of married life have come and gone, and things are really good.

Kerrie and I have eaten well, found a few new places to dine, and acquired some nifty kitchen gadgets for making my prep work infinity more interesting.

All things considered, the last 100 days have been most excellent.

It all started with Kerrie and I getting married and heading to Trotters Tavern, in full Wedding Garb, for a couple of celebratory Brown Jugs. With Jeb and his wife, Edwards, and Harr in tow, we sat around drinking and enjoying what is, as I have stated before, the most perfect steak ever.

The next day, we met with our parents for breakfast at the Perrysburg IHOP and headed for Niagara Falls. When we finally got there, we checked into our hotel, got dressed and went to Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse for dinner. I have to say, I was unprepared for a meal like that. I was hungry, but I wasn't coordinated for such an event. In effect, I wound up trying my favorite dish, the Beef Rump Steak with Garlic, last. We did try a very nice, albeit over priced, 2004 Malbec. I was so impressed with the scale of the meal and the quality of service for a Sunday night. Kerrie and I were, for all they knew, the newlywed pikers who were there because it was the easy choice. They sold me. I really did fall in love with the concept of the Brazilian Steakhouse, and I'm really looking forward to going back.

The rest of the trip was a blur of touristy fun, Tim Hortons (Yeah, it's Canada folks. They're EVERYWHERE...) and one really cool retro diner called The Famous. The Famous had great burgers, but their milkshakes were pretty fucking amazing. I had this John Travolta-esque moment where I took that first sip and realized I was wasting a ridiculous sum of money on a diner-style meal, but damn was that a good 'shake.

There were other places, like Falls and Firkin, that we went for meals but that just weren't as mind-numbingly pleasing and Brasa and The Famous.

Eventually we made it back to Ohio. We quickly assimilated back into polite society, but I found that we had a bunch of new kitchen toys to play with, like the Stovetop Smoker and the Kitchen Aid Food Grinder...

TeamO - The First 100 Days (To Be Continued)

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