Archive for the ‘Dining’ Category

Father Daughter Date Night

May 6, 2009

When Erin decided not to continue in Girl Scouting last year, she had indicated that she was going miss a couple of the activities, one of which was the annual Father Daughter dance. At that time, we made a pact that we would go out to dinner or do some other activity several times a year to make up for not being able to go the dance. The annual Girl Scout event happened just over a week ago and we hadn’t gone out once. I felt really bad for not scheduling something for us to do all year.

To get ourselves back on track, we decided to have a Father Daughter Date Night last Friday night. We started the evening by going to Tazinos in Menomonee Falls. They describe themselves as a self-serve bistro featuring pizza, pasta, and salad. As Erin is a lover of pizza and pasta, we decided this was a perfect place for us to eat out. Tazinos is a “pay as you enter” establishment, similar to Ponderosa or Golden Corral but with an Italian theme. The buffet is heavy on the pizza and salad offerings. Erin and I enjoyed our meals. Erin experimented with different types of pasta and had her favorite type of pizza (cheese only). I took advantage of the variety of pizzas. I tried the Chicken Bacon Ranch, the Tailgater (with bratwurst topping), the Santa Fe, and the Buffalo Chicken. It is not a fancy restaurant, but a good place to go with a family.

After dinner, we drove over to Praireville Park Mini Golf in Brookfield. It was slightly chilly on Friday night, so there weren’t that many people on the course. We enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing round of mini golf. Erin ended up winning by a score 67 to 71. After we turned in our golf clubs, we decided to cap off the night with some ice cream. The “gift shop” had a nice selection of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream. Erin got the Vanilla Bean and I had the Zanibar Chocolate. We sat outside and shared a little ice cream and conversation.

All in all, it was a pretty good first attempt at a father daughter date night. We are definitely going to have to continue this on a more frequent basis. The cool thing is that we are making good memories.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

February 16, 2009

I had the day off today for President’s Day and both kids had to go to school. When that happens, which it doesn’t very often, Kristi and I usually plan some sort of mid-day activity for just the two of us. It’s kind of like a date without all the smooching, soft music, or ample amounts of liquor.

Today we decided to go down to Marquette University to see all the new development as well as a trip down memory lane. We started out by visiting the Alumni Memorial Union. We stopped at the “Marquette Spirit Shop” where t-shirts and caps were 25% off for the President’s Day holiday. Apparently, a lot of high school students come for tours on President’s Day so the discount encourages those folks to buy something before they leave. OK… I picked a gold Marquette Basketball t-shirt for the next time I go to a game.

Next we stopped at the Schroeder Complex to see the new digs for the Speech Pathology & Audiology Department. They have been there for a couple of years now but this was our first time visiting. The facility is so much better than what the department used to have in Monitor Hall when we were there. I can see where it might even draw new prospective students into the program.

From there we wandered in and out of buildings. We walked past Todd Wehr Chemistry and William Wehr Physics. We went into Lalumiere Language Hall and past the theatre building. We walked through Katherine Reed Cudahy Hall on our way to the Al McGuire Center. Wow, what an awesome facility. We walked around the basketball court and took a few pictures. It was very impressive.

Our last stop on campus before lunch was the Raynor Library. That is another fantastic facility. It is much better than the old Memorial Library that was there when we went to school. After that, we decided to stop for lunch at the only place appropriate for such a day, Real Chili. We both had a bowl with all the fixing. I think that meal is probably going to stick with me for several days.

I’m sure most people would have found a much more interesting way to spend their day off but for Kristi and me, it was the perfect outing.

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

May 30, 2008

Last night, a bunch of folks from work decided to go out to Trinity Three Irish Pubs in downtown Milwaukee. As the name implies it is actually three separates bars in one; Foy’s, Gallagher’s, and Duffy’s. All three have there own distinct atmosphere and style. We decided to hang out at Foy’s. I found it to be an enjoyable place to gather and it seemed like a great place to dine with friends or family.

I enjoy Guiness when I can get the chance and there are lots of chances at this place. One of the bartenders was actually practiced at drawing a shamrock in the foam of the Guiness as he finished off the pour. Quite Impressive. Another wonderful touch was the Celtic/Irish music playing in the background. I have recently started listening to that genre of music and it made experience even more special. I can’t wait to go back there again soon.

The Melting Pot

November 3, 2007

Kristi and I went out for dinner tonight at The Melting Pot in Brookfield. It is a fondue restaurant and it was fantastic. It was a little pricey (luckily, we had a gift certificate from a very nice person) but well worth the expense. About 15 years ago, we had gone to La Fondue in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was the only other time we went to a fondue restaurant. I remember that we smelled very greasy after that dinner because of all the boiling oil in the restaurant. I don’t know if it because they seem to encourage the broth over the oil at The Melting Pot but my clothes don’t smell like they did at the other restaurant.

We started out with the Traditional Swiss Cheese fondue with bread, apples, and vegetables. We followed that up with some delicious salads. I had the Caesar. The main course consisted of several types of meat, pork, chicken, and shrimp cooked in the Coq au Vin style. We finished that all up with the Raspberry Dark Chocolate fondue. Everything was fabulous. The wait staff was very nice. We were never rushed. It takes about an hour and a half to complete the entire meal.

The only negative aspect is that you need to plan a head to get a reservation. Several weeks ago, we called on a Wednesday for a Saturday reservation and they could only accommodate a very late seating. The same thing happened the next week as well. We finally ended up booking a reservation more than a week out in order to get the time we wanted.