This will be the final post for this year’s Blogging A to Z Challenge where I get to combine with What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas & Crayons. Please be sure to visit both sites to look around and leave some comments. We all love comments!
U is for Unusual.
Those of you who read BCDC prior to the A to Z challenge will understand that many times I would be talking about food when I use the word unusual. Yes, I come up with unusual…ok…Strange foods. Today’s collection is pretty odd.
But my life in general has always seemed unusual to me…bordering on Odd. I’ve kind of hopped around job wise. I did stay with being a travel agent for 24 years but during that time I worked at 4 different travel agencies. I realized after a while that I never really liked the job and wasn’t really suited for it. I loved learning about the places where I was sending people, studying up on what there was to see and do in places filled with history. But I could never really relate to the trips to the beach where all you did was turn red in the sun and drink. A lot of people never wanted to hear about the history they just wanted the beach-y stuff.
None of this or any of my other jobs had anything to do with what I studied in college. I was a speech and theatre major. Actually the only job that ever really made use of that training was when I was a Weight Watchers leader. Standing in front of the meetings, I felt I was doing what I was meant to do.
I suppose it’s unusual for someone to pursue jobs other than what they were trained for. So many times jobs just fell into my lap. That’s how I became a travel agent. It’s too long a story for this post…perhaps I’ll tell it sometime. It was unusual.
This topic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for me, so I think it’s time to get to the Food!!
There always seems to be an omelette! I had breakfast on Saturday with two of my WW buddies and another new friend.
This was a different diner than usual, but the omelette was good just the same. Egg whites with mushrooms, sliced tomatoes on the side and sprinkled with black pepper and Parmesan cheese. It looks a little anemic, but that’s because we were sitting right next to the big windows and there was a Lot of light. Still tasty!
We went out to lunch on Sunday with Ralph’s family to celebrate his birthday. We started at our usual restaurant and we realized that none of us had remembered to make a reservation for the 15 of us. There would be over an hour wait!
Our niece, Marie, who is wonderful in all respects whips out her phone, while juggling her 1-year-old, calls a diner about a mile away and is told they could seat us immediately. We gather up cakes, flowers and balloons and all head to our cars for the short trip.
We get there and they are ready for us. It’s an unusual diner for us, not one we go to often, but trust me, we’ll definitely use them again after the great first impression and the great service we received.
I must say that my dinner fit into the theme of unusual, at least for me.
It started with a salad, nothing unusual there…
Good size for a side salad and I was very happy that I could get plain balsamic vinegar for my dressing.
Here comes the unusual part, odd combo…
Eggplant parmesan, baked sweet potato and pickled beets. Each was delicious. This was a Huge portion of eggplant so I didn’t finish it all, tasty though. The sweet potato was cooked to perfection and with just pepper added it was delicious. The pickled beets were obviously freshly made there. You can always tell by the spices when they are made right there at the diner. Pickled beets always remind me of my Grandmother. She would have been pleased with them.
Last but not least…
Birthday cake! This was delicious. Ralph’s sister, Maddie always gets these and they are so good. How did I end up with such a Huge piece?!
Of course, this would not be a WIAW at BCDC if it didn’t include a salad in my Big Purple Bowl!
Basic Salad with Morningstar Farms tomato basil pizza burgers all cut up and romano cheese sprinkled around for good measure and of course my current favorite, plain old balsamic vinegar. Very delicious and very filling!
That’s it for me for today. Please be sure to check out Blogging A to Z and Peas & Crayons. You’re sure to find something interesting at one or both!!
Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Now what’s so unusual about that?!