Monday, March 28, 2011

Sushi Night

Tonight was Sushi night at the Pelican Club. They always have sushi, but tonight it was only sushi, and all you can eat. Paul's first sushi and he liked it and ate it. It was very good. Smoked eel was very good. And two hours later we are still full.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Weekend So Far, It's Only Sunday

Cody Angel at the Back Porch Bar

Thursday night we went into Bernies to hear the Port A Rockers play on their last gig in town. Visited with Mary Ann and William and Donna and Kevin. The band was great, as usual.

Friday Sherry and I went to Flour Bluff for mani/pedicures, $30 and fast! Lunch at the China Buffet and shopping at HEB. Practically perfect day. Then we went to the Back Porch to hear Cody and his guys play, stayed to the end. It was a nice night, it is outdoors on the harbor, excellent music, great friends.

Saturday we rested up and then went to a party at Ellen and Kim's house on the beach. They had just finished up the area under the house, the house is on stilts. A nice area, will be cool in the summer, out of the sun. Met her parents, very nice folks. Home to crash.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Latest Fun Stuff

A bit behind on foodie posts. We went to San Juan's for dinner last night with Susan and Javiar and it was great. We went there years ago, and Paul didn't like it so he wouldn't go back. Sigh. It is so good, really. Everything was excellent and tasty and cheap. I had a burrito with the white cheese sauce on it, lots of jalapeno in it. Great refried beans and rice is rice. Paul had a very tasty salad, Susan had a tostada, Javiar had those little roundy roll ups. I ordered a sopapilla - spelled wrong - and it wasn't the tasty little pillow of bread, but it was kick ass all the same, dripping with honey and cinnamon.

Today we took Rick and Joyce and went into Corpus Christi for lunch at the Water Street Market Oyster Bar. Yes, we have pushed out of the box. Paul went on a road trip with the guys on Monday and they went there. With a couple of beers under his belt he handled the seafood easily. But is there anything you can't eat that is pecan breaded and deep fried with a delicious sauce on it? We had the blue crab stuffed mushrooms with an amazing dipping sauce ( it got real spicy about halfway down the throat), pecan crusted oysters, some fish, fried shrimp and also bacon wrapped shrimp. An amazing pink dipping sauce, a salad with walnut dressing (recipe to follow) another fried oyster thing. I am so full I could just nap, like Paul is right behind me.

Joyce ordered a wonderful sounding scallop dish, it didn't get ordered, still didn't get ordered, then it came, then another one came, then she discovered, and we all concurred, that the scallops were tasteless. The waitress agreed. Joyce gave up and sent it back. The manager came out to apologize and said he was going to try it to see what was wrong. Waitress brought us a huge piece, like 3 pieces in one, of the best Key Lime pie I ever tasted. Thanks to Joyce for being the goat instead of me. I always get the lousy meal, and almost ordered it, knew it was too much for me. Joyce, naturally, has been a waitress for probably 40 years.

Anyway, it was fun. We shopped a bit, went to the Surfing Museum, came home. Lovely 80 degree day, just breezy.

Monday we are stretching the box a bit more at the Pelican Club all you can eat Sushi Dinner. And Katie knows how good that is going to be! I will take pictures!

Walnut Dressing

2 Green Onions (Chopped Fine)
1 TSPN Parsley (Minced)
2 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
2 1/2 TSPNS Salt
1/2 TSPN White Pepper
2 TSPNS Paprika
1 TBLSPN Dried Tarragon Leaves
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts
3 TBLSPNS Tarragon Vinegar
3 1/2 Cups Mayonnaise
3/4 Cup Buttermilk

Combine all ingredients and mix well.; Store in refrigerator.
Will keep 10 days (Makes 1 QT)

Keenan's in Kansas

An older Anna pic.

Sean and Julie

Irish Sean

NY Cutie

What a doll baby, hug you in a month.

Lane looking Irish

South Bend Babies

Darling Ellie

Bubbly Charlie

My fairy girl, Julia

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Ride on the Beach With Marcus and Beth

Picture by Beth Morris, a great photographer

It's hard to get a good crowd shot

This is Marcus, he has a ZZ Top look about him.

The guy in the white asked me to put him on Face Book. Umm, sure!

Shawn and his crew taking a beach ride

Number one reason why pickups are so popular in Texas. I don't know why I haven't seen this ad down here. I think the dog was inside the truck.

Marcus loves spring break. Paul and I took him and Beth on a ride Friday afternoon. He only had one string of beads so he had to be creative, his first comment would be the classic, "show me your titties." Then the follow up "Hey, old people need to see titties too!" If that didn't get him anything but laughs he had the coupe de grace "Man, throw a dog a bone!" Never failed. He also begged 2 and a half beers from guys. Never laughed so much. Beth is much quieter, she traded her beads for a shot of a big hairy butt. Alas, my camera isn't fast enough to catch all the action, or I am just laughing too hard.

Pretty much sums up the day. We are expecting a week of 80s and sun, this is the most crowded week of break coming up. We will have a great tan by the time this is over.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Busy Saturday afternoon

Another big truck

They all loved Rick's pink scooter.

The 8th grade boys basket ball team??

Crowd control

Big pickup truck

Cowboy Rick doing wheelies

Javiar and Marcus around the grill on the beach

Shawn and Marcus

This year there are fewer spring breakers than usual. Sherry and I went into Corpus to show today and the roads were hardly more busy than usual, and either were the stores.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fat Tuesday Fun - Random Pictures

Kiwi Berryman, Gaff pirate, surprised he has his sword, he has had some accidents with it. Very sharp.

This guy stuck cigarettes in his nose. He is nameless.

The bus, it is pretty nice for its age

Susan, Mary Lou, Tony and Paul

Mary Lou and

Javiar and Shawn

The bus that Arlo Gurthy took to Woodstock Music Festival

Jersey and her Dad

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Paul Day in Port Aransas & Roosevelt's Restaurant

Buddy and J

This was an interesting day here. I had plans so Paul declared this "Paul Day" (like in the TV show "Rules of Engagement). Not sure about him, but I was real pleased about Marjie Day, and really shouldn't every day be Marjie Day? I am pretty sure my daughters agree with me. We all deserve as many days and we can manage.

I know that Paul hit golf balls at the driving range.

I met Sherry in town and we hit some of the local boutiques . Very nice, I could have spent lots more than I did. It turned out we both loved a top at Island Woman, so we both bought it. It has

all my favorite bright colors in it, is light and ties in front at the waist. Then we ate lunch at the Phoenix Cafe. We both had the giro and I had the best sweet potato fries in a long time. My first time there, a good girl restaurant. Then we hit a few beach shops and Sherry remembered that BonJons has all it's stuff at half the marked price. I wish I had know that a few years ago. They have the quality surfer and beach clothes, I easily found two shirts and flip flops.

Then I killed a little time at the beach until my hair appointment. Heidi did a fab job on my head and I got lots of compliments when I got back to happy hour at the park. There was a snacky good bye happy hour for Shirley and Emery. And it was Emery's birthday. They have had a hard winter, Shirley fell on the ice and broke something in her hip, she's using a walker now. Emery has had congestion that just won't go away. Hope they get healthy back in Colorado. They will be in a condo next winter. We camped at their home last Sept., where the unfortunate bear/burglar incident occurred.

Then we went home and duded up for dinner with J and Buddy (our friends from New Mexico that we fished with last Sept.) at Roosevelt's Restaurant. This restaurant is behind the Tarpon Inn, the oldest inn on the island. Very historic, things tend to wash away in hurricanes here. The owner saw us taking photos and came out and took one of all of us together. His major was photo journalism, doesn't like feet and heads cut off either, it turned out great.

I found the menu online. Sadly, I cannot copy and paste.

We ordered an appetizer, a baguette of bread drizzled with balsamic vinegar and wonderful fresh herbs. I am going to experiment with this a bit. It was a delightful sweet and sour medley of deliciousness. And it had to be easy. The drizzle looked like chocolate, the waitress said it was their vinegar balsamic dressing, but it didn't have herbs in it. They were separate. Menu says "fresh herbs and roasted garlic smothered in a balsamic and butter sauce."

Paul had the "Shrimp and Tenderloin Tower, very good with interesting mashed potatoes. I might get this next time.

Buddy had the Rib-eye, the interesting potatoes are Savoyard.

J had Caribbean Char Black Drum.

I had the Pan Seared Red Snapper with shrimp and ricotta ravioli.

J had coupons for free dessert, and we had brownie with ice cream drizzled with caramel in a champagne glass. Excellent, and I could make it.

The food was great and we had fun. Then we stopped at the Tarpon Ice House to hear a band, it was fun but I was tired so we left. Guess I would have enjoyed it more if I was drinking. But I wasn't and didn't want to.