where'd ya get the ghost chilis, mofet? i'd love to try some out.
we went apple and pumpkin picking today. a hot, indian summer kind of day out in hope, nj.
we promised ourselves not to pick too many apples as we do every year, and on the way out i looked down and realized we picked 2 big bags full once again.
it was difficult to stop after picking our usual faves as we saw and sampled several varieties that are new to us: northern spy, crispin, and pippin.
$36 bucks worth of apples later, we headed to the preserves table and bought a jar each of pear, peach, blueberry, and wild blueberry preserves, and a few large fall mums in pots.
the pumpkin crop is terrible this year as we'd heard about. the hurricane and all of the rain since has really rotted much of the crop. we still managed to find 3 good ones for jack o lanterns.
then it was off to dinner in randolph, nj, at the black river inn. we'd eaten there a few weeks ago and it was very good. unfortunately that wasn't repeated. it wasn't off the charts terrible, but they made mistakes that should have been corrected.
i started with a boring salad of just lettuce and a single slice each of cucumber and tomato, then we all shared an appy of steamed asian potstickers. 5 small dumplings for $9. no, not stuffed with foie gras. just pork.
dw had the butternut squash soup that was very good, and a big, grilled chicken salad. again, mostly a weird, cheap mix of iceberg and a little mesculun, topped with grilled chicken breasts.
my boy had the pulled pork sanwich with sweet potato chips (not bad, but you'd have to try hard to screw up pulled pork).
i had the "open fire" grilled pork chops
in a balsamic glaze, and sides of mashed and sauteed veggies. the reason i highlighted the "s" in chops is that when my plate came, there was only one chop. it's a pet peeve of mine when ordering pork chops in a restaurant. if it says chops
on the menu, there should be at least 2. "s" means plural.
ok, well, that wasn't the worst part. the chop - small but fairly thick - was on the tough and fatty side, and there were no grill marks. open fire grilled? i think not. pan seared and baked was more like it.
and when i tried to cut into the center, a weird piece of charred looking skin kind of pulled off the chop. it was a piece of wax paper that was baked right onto the chop under the glaze!
when i told the waiter, he looked closely at it, went into the kitchen came out with the chef; they both looked at it from a few feet away, then turned and walked away. the waiter eventually returned and quietly muttered, "oh yeah, sorry about that".
out of hunger i ended up eating the rest of the chop. at least the mashed and veggies were good.
finally, dw ordered a cappucino and the bill came. nothing was comp'd, and in fact they added a liquor charge to the total and we'd only had soda and iced tea. i asked the waiter about it, and he explained that he'd forgotten to charge us for one of our sodas, so that's how he added it.
we won't be going back there soon.