Happy Mouth–August 2011

Hard to believe that summer has slipped by. It’s been head-down, busy around here. I apologize for the lack of updates. Expect a larger update soon.

On Wednesday August 31, the Happy Mouth Supper Club met at Green Papaya in Hyde Park for dinner. It was Holly’s selection, and she chose a fantastic place. Everything was inviting and comfortable, and we felt very welcome there. Our fabulous server closely examined our club’s plaque and asked us several questions about our group before endearingly exclaiming, “I am very exciting to serve you tonight!”.

We settled in for lovely dishes – from their Golden Bag appetizer to sushi, pad thai (including Holly’s awesome selection of crispy pad thai – a runaway hit), seafood basil (nicely spicy, that one), and much more. Everyone seemed to have a great experience with the food, and the conversation was certainly fun too. Service was very good, and food came out from the kitchen quickly.

After dinner, I went out to see the new cars that Julie & Angel were sporting… Cool stuff! Very nice new rides, girls!

Another successful Happy Mouth!

Happy Mouth — September 2011

On Friday, September 23, a group of us met for the monthly Happy Mouth Supper Club outing. It was Wendy’s month to select, and she chose MERITAGE (which rhymes with “heritage”), a new restaurant that has opened in Glendale. It was a great selection, and we (Ted, Tracy, Carrie, Ron, Terry, Julie, Jay, Wendy, and me) very much enjoyed the food. They offer “classic food with a twist”, and have kept the menu small and reasonably simple, but flourishes appear here and there as the “twist”.

The classic Steamed Mussels in White Wine Sauce features a couple pieces of nice bread (however, the bread should be served alongside — rather than soaking in the wine sauce and getting soggy), and the Grilled Brie Sandwich is outstanding with it’s smear of balsamic reduction on the plate (if you happen to find the tomato soup on the menu, it is a natural pairing with this sandwich!). The Fried Eggplant and Zucchini is surprisingly light, and the roasted garlic aioli compliments the crisp, fresh vegetables nicely.

A previous visit, I tried the Bistro Steak Sandwich, which was cooked properly and tasted nice, but the large vein of sinew running through the steak made it chewy and slightly difficult to eat (this is to be expected with this particular cut of meat, but perhaps the kitchen could jaccard the steak before cooking). The fries were fresh, crispy, and very tasty — a treat.

We found their selection of wine to be very nice, but were surprised at the limited number of wines by the glass, especially considering the name of the place (meritage is a type of wine, “Bordeaux-style without actually being Bordeaux”). I hope in the future to see additional wines offered by the glass. However, we found pleasant choices by the glass.

We stayed for dessert and Wendy & I enjoyed a piece of their Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Nicely executed, with a thick layer of sweet frosting on top of dense carrot cake. The only thing missing, one of my dining companions noted, was the little frosting carrot decoration!

It was a good Happy Mouth, and we have high expectations for MERITAGE. Have you eaten there? Let us know what you thought of MERITAGE in the comments.

Pick Your Kindle — handy flowchart for selecting your next Kindle

Check out the flowchart here: http://theunderstatement.com/pick_your_kindle

After a quick glance through the chart, my answer is simple… I want a 3G/WiFi FIRE with a phone and a camera.

Oh wait. That doesn’t exist. Yet (you & I both know it’s coming, though).

I’ll wait for that, methinks.

Actually, before I decide to “trade up” from my beloved Kindle 3, I will wait to spend some time with a FIRE before deciding. I’m extremely curious to see how the reading experience is on the FIRE since it appears to be backlit.

Which Kindle appeals to you?