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Last night we were to meet with friends and watch Syracuse play Oklahoma.  Following a lovely dinner, described further down in this post, we arrived at the sports bar, “Zebs”, to find our friends Rock, Jackie, and Bob quite upset with the “home team”.  It was half time and Syracuse were losing.  Now I’m not a basketball fan, but as I understand it, the half is considered very early in the game and there still might have been time for a come back.  I couldn’t understand the long faces. 

As the game resumed, Syracuse looked awful.  Now it was understood why everyone was so upset.  Ted thought it was time to leave since things looked pretty bleak for Syracuse.  Ok by me 🙂  We walked out the door before the game ended and, according to today’s paper, the Orangemen never recovered.  Sooners topped our guys 84-71.  Our friends stayed to watch the painful process of defeat.

On a different note, today is beautiful.  Shane and I thoroughly enjoyed our 6.3 mile run.   Shane had a shower upon returning home. He just hops right in now.  Too cute!  

I enjoyed my Saturday post run fruit:

An apple a day.....

An apple a day.....

 As well as enjoying a wonderful egg white omelet filled with left over meatless greens from last night, broccoli, a little spinach, spring onions, and feta cheese.  Spicy salsa on top. A slice of Brown Rice Bread on the side.

An Omelet Fit for a Saturday

An Omelet Fit for a Saturday



Let’s go back a few hours to last nights dinner which is not worthy of too much description.  We  , … I was a bit disappointed with one of our favorite places.  Ted loved his Veal Giovanni. 


Both of us enjoyed the featured Red Zinfandel.  Both of us enjoyed the steaming, hot fresh baked bread with garlic and basil flavored olive oil for dipping.



Only Joanne indulged in the meatless greens and Ted gave forewarning of his staving off this wonderful, Utica Italian appetizer, so they were ordered “hot”.  Lots of red cherry peppers.  FIRE IN THE HOLE!



The greens were followed by a salad. Nothing to rant nor rave about since it was …ah….iceburg lettuce.  Iceburg lettuce is simply water with crunch in my opinion. Nothing to it.




There was a dinner special which was haddock topped with crab meat and baked with mozzarella cheese.  The dish was a disappointment.  It was salty.  The cheese did not work with the dish. The fish was dry and overcooked.  Bella Cucina was not that busy and usually do not neglect to present a wonderful dining experience.  Last night however, the “A” team was not playing.

A fish dish unworthy of a descent photo

A fish dish unworthy of a descent photo

During our meal, Ted and I were discussing nutrition and the blog post of yesterday afternoon came up regarding fat in the diet.  Here is Ted reading the post from my cell phone. 



So as you can deduce, we never made it to the “Jazzmatazz” held last night. But the evening was enjoyable.

We picked up the DVD “Quantum of Solace”  a James Bond movie. BAD, BAD, BAD.  Worst J.B. movie they have produced yet.  Both of us fell asleep through most of it. 

Here is the Birthday cake order for today. Happy Birthday, Olivia!






This evening we are staying overnight in Auburn. There is a special auction benefit which the Porsche club is holding and Ted and I are up for it.  We are taking several items to offer up on the auction block.  Details tomorrow.

Super Saturday Everyone!


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According to my office supplier’s calendar, the 1st phone book was issued in New Haven, CT on this day in 1878.  And WHY is that important to know?!!!!

I couldn’t swing the PM post yesterday, there was WAY too much to do. Ted and I didn’t get out of the house for our Friday night dinner until 7:30pm.  In preparation for tonight’s event, there were two items that would be better if made the day before, the 2 cheese and leek tart and the molasses whipped sweet potatoes.  They are now in “holding” until later tonight when they will be reheated and hopefully, take winning reviews by our tasters.  Fingers crossed.

I’ll begin with last night and work into Saturday morning.

After all was chopped, mixed, baked, we set out for dinner at Bella Cucina.   Both of us had the featured wine, a Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon.


 I typically enjoy their frutti de mar however hadn’t had salmon…break…gotta see to my sour dough…..hmmm…it’s getting a bit too brown too early… the salmon…oh yeah… I hadn’t had salmon all week so my menu choice was the grilled salmon, seasoned with cajun seasoning (a bit TOO over seasoned) and broccoli.  It was good … nothing to write home about.

We did have a few laughs over the content on one of the blogs off my blog roll. It was too funny …  a little rude but we were chuckling over our naivety.  Check out SoGoodBlog if you’re curious but PLEASE understand I only laughed dscn0198about it, I don’t condone it.

Now for Saturday morning.

Shane and I took off for our usual run.  I admit, the winter has finally defeated me.  The Utica streets were covered with snow.  It was, again, like running in sand.  We only managed 4 miles as for every step forward we went 2 backward. 

Funny thing…No… annoying THING, is that Utica doesn’t plow. We pay enormous taxes and our roads aren’t cleared, nor are our walkways.  BUT… you can see the cut off point at the corner of our street where Utica meets New Hartford zoning…

Utica meets New Hartford

Utica meets New Hartford

See the cleared road? = NH. See the snow? = Utica. 

Sorry it’s a blur – Shane pulled as I snapped.

Anyway…. we came home, and this is the fun part.  Ted was working out so we went downstairs to see what he was up to.  We’ve been watching Caesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer) and thought we’d have some fun.

Check it out..

Work it, Shane!

Work it, Shane!

He liked it!  I got on after we took Shane off, and he hung out with me downstairs. When I had gone 2 miles and hopped off, he got back on!  Too cute! He wants to start training!

For breakfast, I had a beautiful plum..slightly sour, but good.

What's Up?!

What's Up?!

After the plum, it was a veggie omelet.  I didn’t have any Ezekiel bread this morning because I’m planning on a high carb (lots of bread!) evening. So I had some pan heated, left over buttercup squash. It was really good – wish I had cooked more!
Now I have to get crackin’ with set up, etc. for this evening. You all have a great day and I REALLY hope you’ll visit tomorrow, later Sunday, when I post our Wine and Food Tasting Party Pictures, Recipes, and Fun.
Have a great day!

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