Saturday, June 07, 2008

No-Repeat Summer

JennySlash and I have a habit of picking one or two restaurants and then eating nowhere else for months at a time, despite having a wealth of incredible dining options in the western half of the Triangle. From time to time we've decided to do a "no-repeat" month, where we don't eat anyplace more than once. In thinking about doing that again and thinking of all of the places we've either not tried or only tried once, we decided to try a "no-repeat" summer this time, from June 1 through August 31. The one exception, since we're talking about such a long period of time, is Margaret's Cantina - Margaret's is available regardless of how many times we've eaten there, although we do want to minimize visits there in order to try some other places.

So Friday night we stopped at Brixx in Meadowmont after working out at the Wellness Center - sat at the bar and I had a really nice shrimp and pineapple pizza and a couple of pints from their very decent selection of pulls. Tonight is was Squid's after the museum - the fried calamari was quite good (but what I wouldn't give for someone around here that would grill calamari without breading it - Top of the Hill used to but they've dropped it from the menu). The grilled scallops special was very good as well - I can say that while it may not be as good as Devon or Oceanaire, I've never had a disappointing meal at Squid's.

I don't really plan on doing restaurant reviews like I used to 7 or 8 years ago, but I will be keeping a running commentary of our no-repeat summer if for no other reason than to remind us of where we've eaten and where we have yet to go.


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Yeah, so I haven't been blogging much lately - not that I haven't had anything to say, but I just haven't felt like making the time to say it. Today I shouldn't have felt like doing much of anything, but instead we ended up running around all day. Got up before it got too hot just to take the motorcycle out for a spin since most of my riding has been start-and-stop commuting. Took the Old Greensboro road from University Lake out to 87 and then up to Saxapahaw before riding back. With the old mill there now turned into really nice looking apartments and shops, they've been doing a farmer's/craft market and live music on Saturday evenings - too hot today but worth a ride out some Saturday when it's a bit more temperate.

We then drove out to the North Carolina Museum of Art to check out the Far From Home exhibit - very nice and definitely worth a visit before it leaves next month. So now we're home and I'm sitting out back on the porch listening to Dave Brubeck and chatting with you guys while sweating my ass off.

I suspect that now that we're down to two candidates left for the presidency (apologies to Bob Barr fans) that I'll probably start blogging a bit more frequently. I just didn't feel like getting into the internecine warfare that seemed to be going on more on the blogs than between the actual candidates - now that I can cover up my Kerry/Edwards sticker with an Obama in '08 sticker, I'll be talking more about what a horrible disaster John McCain would be as president...

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