Entries Tagged as 'steak'

24/7 Restaurant at The Standard

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

The 24/7 Restaurant at The Standard hotel was open, you got it, 24/7. I liked the diner feel of the space. I had a refreshing sparkling sangria (chandon brut, white wine, grand marnier, peach nectar, blueberries, soda) there after a long hot walk. I ordered room service once and had a fantastic steak and portobello salad (spinach, portobello, cherry tomatoes, gorgonzola, creamy blue cheese vinaigrette).

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Fourth of August in New England

August 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Lake Wentworth

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, it didn’t work out for us to go to New England for the holiday like we usually do. It just so happened that one month later, the Fourth of August, worked out great, so off we went!


Adirondack Chair


That is Stamp Act Island across the way, on the left.

We spent a few days at Ross’s house on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. We went to Ross’s house for the first time last year and it was a ton of fun. And it was a ton of fun this year too.

We flew into Boston and drove up to New Hampshire with Matt, Molly and Lucy and their dog Buddy. They also had a new addition for us to meet this year, a one-and-a-half-year-old mastiff, Sophie.


Also staying at the house were Tommy and Marinella, with their dog Koukla, who happened to really like riding on the kayaks. Note Ross’s new toys are these fancy kayaks that have a pedal mechanism so you don’t have to paddle. They were pretty awesome.

Tommy, Ross, Koukla, Dallas

Ross & Koukla

The week before we went out East, Rob stayed overnight at our house in Chicago. He always stays over one night every year when he does the sailing race to Mackinac Island. Rob and Ross and Matt all lived in Boston at the same time so we mentioned to Rob that we were going to Ross’s and suggested he come down from Maine, so he did. So glad he did!


Rob and Dallas taking a snooze.

There was lots of eating and drinking and fun, like always. Ross has been on a paleo diet, but we still had a lot of great food and drinks. One thing was clear, that we are all getting older. Things were not as rowdy as previous years, for sure!

Steak and Scallops.

Ross broke out the good stuff (but I still didn’t like it!)

Brought my aloha shirt koozie.

I don’t know why Ross had these bling-y ice cubes!

Long Trail Ale is a beer from Vermont.

And we still had a ton of fun playing on the lake and relaxing outside.

Lucy had her own adirondack chair, a gift from Uncle Ross.

Ross, Koukla, Rob

Matt and Lucy.

Lucy and I were playing with leaves and pine cones.

Rob and Dallas.

Lucy getting a haircut.

After her haircut.


Ross gave us a Lake Wentworth chocolate bar from Winnipesaukee Chocolates.

The rest of our trip was spent in the greater Boston area where Matt and Molly live. Dallas and Matt golfed, I took Lucy to the park, we watched a ton of Olympics, visited a diner where Lucy is a regular, and spent one night watching The Dark Knight Rises followed by drinks and dinner in Marina Bay.

There’s a rule somewhere that when you’re on a roadtrip you have to stop at Taco Bell. I finally tried the Doritos Locos Taco.

Lucy at Target.

Lucy at the park.

Marina Bay

Oh, and on the way out to Boston, we, of course, had drinks and lunch at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare!

Tortas Frontera.

As of right now I have 167k miles on AA.

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Katsu-Ya, Cancun

March 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments


Tuna salad. For appetizers we also had rock shrimp and edamame.

These jalepenos did not make Dallas’s stomach feel better after he ate all of them.

Our food being prepared to cook.

Look at the size of that lobster tail!

Our chef.

Dallas, Rachelle, Damian, Vanessa, Travor, Kate & our chef!

Delicious rice

Grilled veggies

My seafood + the giant lobster tail.


My plate of seafood.

Girls shared dessert.

Guys shared golf stories.

Our flight out of Cancun was very early in the morning. Instead of catching the earliest ferry from Isla Mujeres and getting a shuttle or taxi to the airport and risking getting there in time, we decided to take the ferry the night before and stay over one night in Cancun. That way we’d for sure get to the airport in time and we’d get to see what Cancun was like. Damian, Vanessa, Trevor, Kate, Dallas and I were all in this same boat, so we all did this together.

Since we were still paying for the Ixchel Beach Hotel for that night, we decided just to get a cheap hotel in Cancun, not at one of the resorts. Let me tell you… there is a reason I have no photos of that place. I would just as soon rather forget it! It had to be one of the most horrible hotels I’ve ever stayed at. Let’s just say that I barely slept a wink and had the blankets off and the lights on all night.

But…. what are you gonna do? To make the best of the situation we decided to treat ourselves to a really nice dinner. There were some books in the hotel rooms that showcased Cancun attractions, so we looked over the restaurant section and chose Katsu-ya, a Japanese steakhouse. Leave it to Dallas to find a great Japanese restaurant in the middle of Mexico!

Getting there was a bit of an ordeal.. trying to get a cab from our roach hotel and then trying to tell the cab drivers where we were going.. they acted like they didn’t know where the main tourist/resort areas of Cancun were! But once we were there… ahhhh. We had a great time. Very good food. Relaxing. It was kind of funny to have a the chef at the Japanese steakhouse speaking Spanish and English with a Spanish accent, but he was very good. A nice treat dinner and a great way to spend our last night in Mexico.

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