Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back again

I went this morning to the Let's Eat Out course at OLLI. It was like old times. The title also refers to the first 22 days in Sept. when we were traveling. I'm not sure where to start but I'll just go in chronological order.

Sept 1 we departed for Boston and attended a funeral of or very good friends son, age 56. After the funeral we took a 5 PM flight to Amsterdam, arriving at mid-night EST. It really is an easy time change. We spent three days with friends in Holland and then flew directly from Amsterdam to Southampton UK where we boarded the Crystal Serenity for a 13 day, 5 totally at sea, via the North Atlantic back to Boston. Since this is a food Blog I won't go into detail about being pampered and over fed on the ship. Our return to Boston on Sept 19 was in time for a small, partial "family reunion".Three full days in Boston and then back to Cincinnati.
Three eating experiences, not on the ship, were a home cooked Indonesian dinner, by the wife of our host; Icelandic lobster(Langoustine) and Arctic Char at "The Lobster" in Reykjavik and the Lobster roll at the Side St. Cafe in Bar Harbor ME. I learned from the owner that Lobster Rolls come in all shapes and prices, the less costly the roll the less lobster meat and more celery and mayo. This roll was $22 and contained almost all tail meat with very little dressing. Not surprising "you get what you pay for".

This morning, when the speaker did not show up I want over some of our eating places in the area.
First, the Mason area: The Phoneitian Taverna, Straits of Mallaca and Wildflower. Then moving on into town we spoke of "Eli's" the very popular Bar-B-Q restaurant on Eastern Ave( often easier to carry out than eat in); the bar at the Residence Inn, in the old Phelps on East 4th St. Great summer roof top and very convenent in the regular bar, before a show or CSO or afterwards for a drink and something to go with the beverage.
Moving to Rookwood Plaza the conversation shifted to The Capitol Grill, a one time experience for us and Seasons 52, both upscale chains. We find Seasons 52 good with an interesting caloric controlled menu.
A full discussion  of Italian eating spots from Nicola's  to Brio and other chains. We didn't leave out Sotto, Via Vite, Prima Vista Enoteca Emilia and several others in the area.
The discusion today didn't go heavily into OTR or into KY or Dayton, all homes for enjoyable dining. More on those areas latter.
Spell check broken so good luck; as I said Were back.

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