a 50/50 weekend, culinarily speaking.
went to my nephew's confrimation on saturday, in st. bernard's (of clairvaux) church. do you have any idea how hard it is NOT to make a joke about that on a long car ride with a 3 year old?
after church, we had a nice time at my (next eldest) sis' mansion
it was catered, and was only so-so. the cruidte, salads, and bbq wings were good; the stuffed shells very good; but the chicken parm and sausage-n-peppers were burnt and horrible.
dessert was very good, as my eldest sis, who is a great cook, made a bunch of fruit dipped in various chocolates, and there was a cake from schnitzer's. or maybe it was a rye.
who cares, it was supposed to be some upper crust (forgive the pun) crap.
am i dripping yet?
then, after returning to my sharecropper's shack, we went to a "touch a truck" event at a nearby mall on sunday. it's where a few dozen contractors and civil service people park their dump trucks, excavators, fire trucks,ambulances, etc., and allow kids to climb all over them, and essentially damage their young hearing by blowing the horns for several hours.
unfortunately, while it was $25 a family, the food ran out before we got to a food tent; only 2 hours into a 4 hour event.
we happened past the tent where you paid "to get in", and just happened to ask one of the women inn charge what happened. she got indignant, and asked if we wanted to speak to "the person in charge".
now, i think we're pretty realistic and somewhat humble people in real life, so we normally would have just gone about our day, but this one stank like a duck!
so we agreed (mostly because it was hot out, we were in a tent, and the lines were long for everything), and of course, after 20 minutes or so no one showed up, and we kept getting crocodiles' tears and apologies.
i wonder who in paramus got paid off for this one? heck, a grammar school in town just got shut down for soil contamination months after the town officials new about it.
so, you root for tony soprano, and michael corleone, and so on.
i hope they come to your town.
anyway, we were hungry so we went into one of the mall restaurants, called "papparazzi's". the staff was nice, and the food from the brunch menu was ok. we had mimosas, iced tea, and filet mignon on english muffins, topped with poached eggs, cold lobster, and hollandaise. sort of a beefy eggs benedict.
the eggs were pretty much soft boiled, and the steaks slightly overcooked (we wanted rare to medium rare), and it coulda used more lobster, but it was tasty, nonetheless.
ike i said, it was 50/50 all weekend.