Monday, September 21, 2009

Stainless Steel Cleaning Magic

I just learned yesterday that olive oil on a paper towel works better than those stupid expensive SS wipes. Yay for free cleaning solutions!

PS--you only need a little bit at a time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Restaurant Review: Le Bec-Fin

Mr. B and I went here on Wednesday for Restaurant Week. We took the train into the city and it was a quick walk to Le Bec-Fin. We made the reservation on Open Table, which I highly recommend.

As soon as we got in the door, the hostesses were very nice and took us right to our table. The restaurant was pretty empty at 5:45. Everything about Le Bec-Fin screams posh and don't-you-dare-spill-a-thing. The carpet was super plush and there were waitstaff everywhere you looked.

On to the food...I had a 'flight' of sparkling wine and a red and Mr. B just had the red. The sparkling was really good and the red was decent. For the first course, I ordered the Forrest Mushroom Ravioli with Ivory Sauce and Mr. B had the Burgundy Snail Cassolet with Hazelnut Champagne Butter. Mine was decent; the ravioli was really thin and a tad bit mushy and overcooked. The inside of the ravioli didn't really taste like much, but the variety of mushrooms underneath were delicious! Mr. B's snails were much better and made me wish I had gotten them. I'd definitely get them again over the raviolis.

Between courses, we were refilled on bread several times and the waiters were very quick about removing plates. For the second course, I had the Seared Diver Scallop with Beluga Lentil Salad, Saffron Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Mr. B had the Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Toasted Cous Cous, Red Wine Emulsion. My scallops were cooked to perfection and they were huge--the biggest scallops I've ever seen. The grapefruit vinaigrette added just enough acid to the dish and the lentils really helped to balance the flavors. Mr. B's salmon was just ok. I wasn't impressed, but he loved it. I thought that it tasted kind of bland.

For dessert, we both had Le Bec-Fin's signature Gateau Le Bec Fin. It's a super dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling. It was topped with a super tart and yummy raspberry sorbet. All in all, it was a great dinner and we can't wait to go back. We've already planned to celebrate our next promotion there :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

PT Cruiser in flight

Saturday night I was exhausted. By 9pm I was ready for bed. I was enjoying a sinfully long sleep when my sister woke me up at about 5am. I immediately thought something was wrong and I got up to see what was going on.

She said there was an accident around the corner that had woken her up. We went down in our PJ's to check out the situation. I honestly couldn't believe what I saw. The road adjacent to our house makes a 90 degree turn. The bay is right there and there's a marina on the corner. This girl in a PT Cruiser failed to turn and continued straight, over the curb, into the air and up onto the bulkhead. Her car was literally teetering and pointing down towards the water.

I can't even wrap my mind around how what I saw is possible. She had to be going well over 50 mph to be able to get on top of the 2+ ft bulkhead. She hit it so hard that she pushed it in and her oil pan burst--which sent oil spilling into the water and all over the jet ski's and boats that were just feet away.

When the cops asked her if she was drunk she said, "I'm not stuipd or Irish." Lovely. So she was saying I'm not stupid enough to admit I was driving drunk and I'm not Irish therefore I must not be drunk. How logical!!!! The girl also said that she thought she was going over the Cape May bridge and that's why she didn't brake. This is just goes show how out of it she was because the Cape May bridge was miles and miles away...not even close.

Thank God that no one was walking their dog or anything on the street or on the sidewalk when she did that.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

There are still some good people out there

Of course I was in a rush to order my book for this semester. I went on, put the book in my cart and then added some other books I've been thinking about getting. I went to my cart and hit 'Quick Checkout'. BIG MISTAKE.

Little did I know that by doing this, it automatically set the mailing address without verifying it before I paid. So I hit the button to process my order and no sooner than 2 seconds later the confirmation screen popped up with the wrong freaking address. My college address.

I frantically emailed the sellers with my new address and two responded saying they changed the address in time. The first book came no problem, but I've been waiting 2 agonizing weeks for my school book and my Sookie Stackhouse books.

Monday I get a message on Facebook that this guy has my books. A student that lives at my old college house took the time to find me on Facebook and let me know that he got my books. This kid is a lifesaver! He's going to send me my books no questions asked and then let me know how much the shipping was so I can send him a Paypal deposit. I'm blown away by the kindness of people sometimes...