Django Date Night!

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It’s Friday and so you know what that means ladies and gents – tonight is DATE NIGHT! For those of you that are parents who don’t have babysitters or are dateless you can live vicariously through me via this post. Let’s begin shall we? I believe we shall.

Although Justine and I will be partaking in the traditional “Dinner and a Movie Date” tonight will be a little different. Being that we are the standard “Butch and Femme” lesbian couple and Justine presumes the boy role in our relationship, she usually takes me out on a date. Tonight it’s my turn and I’m taking her out.

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I’m wearing the above outfit on our date: my brand new amazing Old Navy sweater that I received as a Christmas gift, my over-sized Minnie Mouse t-shirt from Disneyland, a pair of black leggings and my favorite warm snuggly boots from Target. The perfect laid back outfit for a laid back date night.

First we’ll be headed to an awesome little restaurant called Buckhorn Grill. Some coworkers introduced me to this place last week and it was pretty delicious. The tri-tip sandwich was mouthwatering and even though I ordered the smaller sandwich it was super filling. I hope Justine enjoys this place and hopefully it won’t be as packed as it was last Friday at lunchtime.

After dinner we’ll make our way to the local movie theater to see Django Unchained. I’ve heard plenty of good things about this movie and I’m actually really excited to see it. I haven’t exactly asked Justine if she wanted to see it but since I’m the one doing the wine-ing and dining I think I get to choose the movie. That’s how it works isn’t it?

On a side note I’ll probably be posting a “Movie Review Monday” post about this movie so keep a lookout.

What are your plans for tonight?

Cheers,
EA

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Evolution of a Beast

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Hey Beautiful,

I know I haven’t been around for you. I’m sorry. I truly am. I’ve been working, I’ve been working really hard. Not only am I working my regular 9-5, but I’m trying to grow my dream into something real. No, no, no you’re my dream too. I promise. It’s just that this other thing I’ve been working on is a little bigger than just us. Don’t give me that face. You mean a lot to me too, don’t you ever forget that.

I promise I’m going to come around a lot more because I have some really exciting things to share with you. I know you’ll like them. Let me tell you a little about what I’ve been doing while I’ve been gone…

I know I said I wanted to start a mobile boutique, well thanks to city and county rules and regulations it’s a little too complicated to get that going at the moment. But, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just do what I’ve always wanted to do. OPEN A BAKERY.

Beautiful, don’t you dare think I’m going to have just another run-of-the-mill-cupcake-making bakery. This bakery is going to be a BEAST. LITERALLY. I started The Beast Bakery. It’s still a baby beast at the moment. So far I’ve had two real orders. I am still working out some kinks but believe me this is going to be something big.

Hopefully some time at the beginning of 2013 the bakery will be MOBILE. The Beast Bakery will be a mobile food vendor and it will roll through the streets of Sacramento offering sweet baked goodness to the masses. Every item baked will be made in small batches to guarantee top notch quality and maximize deliciousness. Everything is made 100% from scratch from real recipes that I have and continue to perfect.

Gorgeous, take a moment to check out the website. It might be changing soon but that’s only because evolution exists and in order to get better you have to go through some trials and tribulations. At the moment things are a little difficult because I’m doing them 100% on my own so please be patient.

Here’s to the future, our future.

Love always and forever more,
EA

A Little This and A Little That

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Oh so you want to know what I’ve been up to lately outside in the real world? Ok I’ll fill you in. Besides planning our wedding and work part time as a marketing/sales slave I’ve had a secret I’ve been keeping from you all, but before we get to that let’s start with some fun stuff shall we?

Sometime last week I decided I needed to do something with my hair. I’ve been on a life changing kick so the first thing to go was my old hairstyle. My original haircut was an outgrown a-line bob and for anyone that has ever had an a-line bob they know that if you don’t keep up it up with regular trimming it’ll look real gross real fast. Well I hadn’t kept it up and I finally decided I had enough. I got my a-line trimmed to a regular bob and that way just the start. In August 2010 I bleached my entire head blond and let’s just say it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I covered it with dark brown hair color and called it a day. Well with the haircut I finally got the last bit of blond cut out and of course I would ruin my virgin hair with dye. This time I went read.

Unfortunately, you can’t see the difference but I promise I’ll get a better picture soon. Well that Saturday night I went to see Brave for the second time with Adrianna followed by a lively dinner at her favorite restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings. I ate a gross salad then sent it back even though the waitress actually tried to convince me that brown lettuce is the color lettuce should be, um no thanks lady. I spent the night alone because Justine went and visited her grandfather that recently was admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia that turned into something more serious.

The following morning I ventured out to the local farmer’s market with my friend, Jayme and then we hit up Jim-Denny’s for breakfast. The restaurant has been on Man Vs. Food and is home of the “Hub-Cap” (pictured above). The food is amazing the customer service however is the worst, so beware.

I’ve been kind of stressed out lately because of the family issue we are dealing with and as a result I’ve been cooking and baking up a storm. I made some bomb-ass (yes it’s a legit word) shrimp fettucini alfredo — FROM SCRATCH BITCHES! — It was amazeballs (yes another legit word). I will be posting the recipe as a Tasty Tuesday next week, you’re welcome. I also baked some delicious chocolate white chocolate chip cookies. Again amazing and it will be a future Tasty Tuesday post. Again, you’re welcome.

Other than all the domestic shit I’ve been doing I have been scheming and planning. Here is where we get to the goods. The “TOP SECRET” mission I’ve been planning.

I’ve been spending a lot of time here at my desk (I arranged those flowers into a big ball as a trial run for a wedding post) planning a new website for a new business I will be launching September 1st. That’s all I’m telling you right now. I have a special post this weekend where I’m spilling the beans on the whole she-bang.

In the mean time here’s a sneak peek:

BTW the entire post was written while buzzed. I’ve had two glasses of wine and a malt beverage, the fact that I haven’t eaten since about 11am has these little drinks making me feel a little fuzzy. Buzzed blogging might just become a thing. 😉

Cheers,
EA

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday – Caterer Tasting #2

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I hope everyone had a fantastica Fourth of July. As I type this dozens of bangs and pops are going off all around our neighbor and surprisingly our little pups are lounging sans barking. This is probably because we have the Science Channel cranked up to drown out the sounds of the firecracker warfare going on outside.

Last Wednesday Justine and I headed out to our second caterer tasting. This time we ventured to South Sacramento to give All Seasons All Reasons a try. I was pleased to find that All Seasons All Reasons (ASAR) was a preferred caterer for our venue because since I’ve started my wedding vendor research they have been consistently the highest rated caterer in Sacramento. I mean really, go check out their 14 five star reviews on Yelp! Even the previous caterer we had a tasting with gave props to ASAR. Needless to say I was excited to get this show on the road.

When we arrived we were greeted by Vanessa, our main point of contact prior to the tasting and Monty, the co-owner and head of the company. Their office/tasting room was a little snug but comforting. Shortly after being seated we then met the head chef, Josh, who also co-owns the businesses and rocked a 49er hat (which scored him major points with Justine). Everyone was so friendly and genuinely wanted to be there impressing us. One thing that I noticed with the other caterer was our meeting seemed like just another tasting appointment and with ASAR they went above and beyond to customize the experience for us. They even drafted up a fancy menu for our tasting. 10 points Gryffindor.

After the introductions and pleasantries, Josh got to cookin’ and Monty got to pouring the wine and we continued gabbing on about what we want. We started with a cheese platter with fresh fruit and then a fresh garden salad. The dressings were made from scratch and the house italian was zesty and had a pleasant tang. Justine really enjoyed the homemade ranch dressing.

Next up were the side dishes- grilled veggies and fettucini Alfredo. The veggies were perfectly charred and Justine is uber picky about fettucini Alfredo and she admitted to me on the way home that it was the best pasta she has ever had. I was pretty blown away myself.

We then had an herb crusted chicken (top), garlic mashed potatoes, grilled tri-tip, and a grilled chicken. This shit was mouth-wateringly amazing. Oh my God. I kept eating the mashed potatoes and I had to literally pry the fork out of my hand to stop. The tri-tip was almost as good as my dad’s tri-tip… almost. 😉

At the end of the tasting Monty, Justine and I sat around the table talking about what we expect and what we want for about a half hour. We continued making plans and getting great feedback. Monty made us feel at home and comfortable enough to express our concerns but he reassured us that weddings are stressful but well worth it. He even mentioned that if we don’t choose their services he will still be more than happy to assist us in any way he can.

Overall this company seems amazing, the food was outstanding, and even though they are a little over our budget we made our decision seconds after leaving. We have decided to go with All Seasons All Reasons as our caterer and we couldn’t be happier.

On to the next task, picking a baker and dj.

Cheers,
EA

Wedding Wednesday – Caterer Tasting #1

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Since we have chosen our venue, The Center at 2300, they have a pre-selected group of caterers that we must choose from. Last Thursday Justine and I had our very first caterer tasting scheduled with Jackson Catering & Events, one of the pre-approved caterers.

At first when I received their initial price and menu quote they seemed lackluster and unoriginal. The menu they emailed was short and to the point, nothing fancy therefore I wasn’t looking forward to much. I figured we would go sit down and see what they would offer us, hoping they would go into further detail with their services and menu options.


The actual location is just a few streets away from our venue and in an unassuming strip-mall behind a Pizza Hut and next to a message parlor. The actual dining room was a little dingy and dark and I remember telling Justine, “Let’s just get this over with.” We were excited because it was yet another step closer to our special day but we have another caterer in mind that was far more attentive and communicative than Jackson.


When we were introduced to Richard and Evan, the caterer coordinators, our views started to change. Then the appetizers came out. Evan gave us 4 appetizers to taste: deep fried potstickers, brushetta, artichoke and cheese pinwheel pastry and a plum filled pastry bite. Everything was exceptionally tasty. Especially the brushetta and artichoke pinwheel.


After the appitizers came an outstanding fresh salad with bree and bleu cheese, orange & apple slices, and wine/vineger dressing. Delicious. Evan then brought out some side dishes including fresh grilled vegetable and roasted potatoes. The grilled vegetables were tangy yet earthy. Perfectly seasoned and slightly charred so you could taste the grilled goodness.


The main courses came out and were a slow cooked braised beef short rib in their homemade barbecue sauce. The ribs were so well cooked they fell apart on your fork and no knife was needed. They were juicy and mouth watering. The chicken caprese with an olive rague was a little over powering with the taste of the pickling vinegar. I enjoy sour flavors but this was over the top sour, the chicken was juicy and still had wonderful taste on it’s own.
After we finished our plates Evan returned to the table and sat down with us to go over their services and then gave us an updated and customized price quote. It was surprising to see how affordable they are for the quality of food they presented. I was so enveloped with the tasting experience and sheer astonishment by the flavorful food I forget to take pictures. I’ll do better next time!

We have another tasting today with a caterer that has received high praise from our venue and plenty of 5 star Yelp reviews. I’m excited for free delicous food but after this appointment Justine and I will be ready to weigh or options and decide on a caterer.
Cheers,
EA

Friday Field Trip – Hot Rod’s Burgers

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Now that I work part time I have a little more time on my hands until school starts up in August. I am somewhat lacking in the friend department right now so a lot my adventure have been solo. Today I wanted to stomp around Midtown Sacramento and find a place to eat and draw.

While walking down K Street I stumbled across an old eatery that I used to frequent when I vended at a Second Saturday Arts & Crafts event nearby. I had only ever eaten their chicken tenders and I remembered they were pretty good so I decided to enjoy their food for old times sake.

Hot Rod’s Burgers is located at 2007 K Street, Sacramento, CA and they are open Sunday – Thursday 11am to 2am and Friday – Saturday 11am to 3am. Hot Rod’s is burger joint in the heart of Lavender Heights (Midtown’s very own gay district). It is sandwiched between a gay-centric adult store and several gay night clubs and bars. They have a hotdog happy hour daily between 4pm-7pm where you can get hotdogs for $2 and a bottle of beer for $2 as well.

The bright and cheery yellow exterior is complimented by the rich/vibrant red walls inside that are adorned with two flat screen TVs that play music videos from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Amongst the TVs are black frames filled with 90’s pop culture icons and musicians. This place almost seems to be stuck in the year 2000 and it brought me back to my junior high years. It was almost a literal Flashback Friday for me.

I wandered in around 1:30pm this Friday and there were a few patrons seated at the indoor tables enjoying their orders. I ordered a single patty cheeseburger, garlic fries and a small soda for a total of $10.75. A little pricy due to the fact that everything must be ordered individually and there are no combo options. I saddled up to the counters at the front of their dining area and took in the view of the outside. A few moments later the cashier called my name and I retrieved my order.

The fries were a little soggy and limp and besides the garlic were oily and bland. I added salt and ketchup to my hearts content to compensate for the mush texture. The burger was on a buttered and toasted bun (my favorite) and although the patty was thin it had decent flavor. Their “special sauce” was a simple thousand island dressing and did not add anything to the taste other than an excess amount of unnecessary sweetness. The upside to the burger was that it had a couple thick crisp dill pickle slices. I enjoy the tangy crunch of a dill pickle on a burger and not the mushy thin slices that usually accompany a burger.

The food was not that great and certainly not worth the $10 price tag. Not to mention that the soda machine had two syrups out and the ice cream machine had broken so I couldn’t even try their “amazing shakes” they promote in the window. There were a few obviously patched holes in the walls and this did not add to the ambiance.  The actual restaurant could use a little sprucing up and the moody attendants could hold their tongues. I’m not saying I don’t curse like a sailor but when I was a burger slinger at a local eatery you wouldn’t have heard me dropping “f-bombs” within ear shot of a customer.

Overall I would give Hot Rods ★★☆☆☆ 2 out of 5 stars.

You can check out other Yelp reviews here. Better luck next time.

I’m also working on a blogging schedule so we can get some stability up in here.

Cheers,
EA