Lots has been going on since my last post, and keeping my fingers and toes crossed to have some good news to announce soon regarding finding a new (and AMAZING) surrogate! Seriously, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever spoken to, and I’m really hoping we get to make everything official this week. I’ll let everyone know, and as always, thanks for sticking by my side!
Archives for June 2013
During weekend #2 of Dog Watch: Keep Tucker from Hurting Himself, I treated myself to a few new book downloads. I’d heard good things about “The Selection,” and got hooked. It’s a YA novel, my best summary would be The Bachelorette meets Hunger Games (without the gratuitous death scenes).
It’s corny, but I got hooked. So hooked that I ordered the 2nd book on my kindle to read this weekend too. They’re really quick reads. I was checking to see when the 3rd book would be out, and saw that they are looking to make The Selection a CW show (a new guilty pleasure!) this fall. It would star Aimee Teagarden from Friday Night Lights. If you haven’t watched FNL, you need to turn on Netflix, pronto. And also clear your calendar for the next week, because you’ll be addicted.
I’ve been on the hunt for a bar cart for what seems to be a lifetime. While I was driving home yesterday in my “staying up all night with a hurt dog” fog, I spotted what looked to be a bar cart on my neighbor’s sidewalk.
I pulled my car around to park, but since there wasn’t a huge, glaring “FREE” sign, I decided to knock on the door to see if it was really free, or if I was just hallucinating. My neighbor, who I’ve never met before, (he lives pretty far down the road), thanked me for asking and pretty much begged me to take it. So I tossed it in my car and brought it home.
It’s not my dream bar cart (that one has a glass top and gold finishes), but for a free, decorative bar cart, I’m not complaining at all.
I spent the rest of the night worrying over Tucker, who was reacting a little too well to his tranquilizers. I swear he’s a cartoon dog. I was FaceTiming with my mom for about 2 hours so I could keep showing her what he looked like and had her reassure me he was ok.
Fortunately he’s feeling much better than last weekend. We took him to the orthopedic surgeon who told us that he doesn’t need surgery to fix his arm, but he’s recommending a preventative surgery to hopefully stop any future injuries and lower the risk of arthritis and degenerative joint disease in the future. So we got good news and not-so-great news, but for right now we’re just concentrating on getting him well.
I was lucky enough to sample some of the new items on the Bimini summer menu at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. Although I’m bummed I didn’t get a chance to try some of the items I’ve been eying since the menu was released recently (hellooo Mini Lobster Rolls, Seared Day Boat Scallops, and Seared Alaskan Halibut!!), the menu items I did get to consume far exceeded my expectations.
First up was the Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, which incorporated red onion, burrata, and basil on grilled flat bread. Put everything you knew about bruschetta aside – these appetizers are unique and the burrata (a combination of mozzarella and cream) is heavenly. By now you all know what a cheese-lover I am. This had me in cheese heaven.
My husband was the lucky one who got to try the Porcini Mushroom Dusted Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloinsince I don’t eat red meat. He raved about it all night, and said that it was paired perfectly with the Living Upland Cress and Mushroom Salad that it comes with. Also interesting to note – the cheese on the dish is actually Sonoma dry jack cheese (not shredded Romano like I thought). I did get a bite of that (again, cheeseaholic).
We split the Cedar Plank Salmon, which had a summer-y pairing with grilled golden peaches. I’ve never thought to pair peaches with fish, but it was an unexpected treat. If you’re grilling salmon this summer, I’d definitely recommend throwing some peaches on the grill too.
This menu is a must-try this summer. If you come try it, you may see me on a return visit with a table filled with mini lobster rolls!
Cheese is great on hot days, cold days, bad days, and good days. Really, cheese is good all the time, which is why I was so happy when I heard a cheese shop was coming to Midtown. Enter Wedge, a yummy cheese shop staking it’s claim on Reno.
In San Diego, my husband and I had a cheese obsession that could only be sated by Vennisimo. Sampling new cheeses became a delicious (and calorie-filled) hobby of ours. One of the first things I did before moving to Reno was look up local cheese shops, which 3 years ago, looked to be non-existent. So you can imagine my delight when I heard that we were finally moving up in life and getting a cheese shop of our own.
But don’t let the term “cheese shop” fool you – they’re much more than that. In addition to selling your favorite goat/sheep/cow cheese, they also hold special events, such as cheesemaker dinners, beer and cheese pairings, and classes (study up on your cheese appreciation!)
Lunch specials at Wedge are announced on their Facebook page daily. Make sure you get there early, as they make the sandwiches fresh in the morning, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. There’s a few patio tables outside, and seating inside. I had their poultry sandwich the last time I visited, and it was especially good heated up on their sandwich griller. If you’re a cheesehead, definitely add Wedge to your must-visit list.
Tucker doesn’t know he’s a big dog on little dog legs. Besides his tiny legs, big ears, and constant nose to the ground, you might not think he’s half Bassett Hound.
I’ve always heard amazing things about Squeeze In, and it didn’t disappoint. Squeeze In has several nearby locations in Reno, Sparks, and Truckee, and was featured on Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”. They also have a “love it or it’s free” guarantee, which means it’s literally impossible not to go home without a smile on your face.
Starting any meal out with a mimosa is always a way to gain points with me. I was very excited to learn that by checking in on Foursquare for the first time, you earned a free glass of champagne or mimosa – score! I must say that my mimosa was about 1/3 juice and 2/3 champagne. I was not complaining.
Another amazing plus in my book (before I even get to the food) was the fact that they encourage you to write on the walls. I added a neat little drawing while I waited for my brunch, though I wish I could say I was the one with the “I love Unicorns” drawing. I don’t think anything will beat that.
Since I’ve been on a Mexican food kick, I ordered the Huevos Montana, which included eggs, avocado, salsa, refried beans, and lots of other goodies. It did not disappoint. The potatoes that accompanied my breakfast were crispy, but not overdone, and the breakfast had the perfect blend of Huevos Rancheros with a little variation of Squeeze In character.
Steve ordered the Shake and Bake (Hello Ricky Bobby!) with avocado, olives, jack cheese and sour cream, which he deemed to be a winner in his book. I almost forgot to add that we both upgraded our potatoes to “Otis Style,” where they add jack and cheddar cheese and grilled onions. The upgrade is worth it if you’re a spud lover and looking for an extra breakfast treat.
It was a good amount of food, but not too much (there was no post-brunch waddling, unless you count how I move after two mimosas). I’m excited to go back and try some of the “riskier” menu options next time!
I thought it would be fitting to change the name of my blog from “Waiting for Bee” to “Onward and Upward”. Not because I’m done waiting, but because it seems that we’re always overcoming our hurdles and moving on to better things. Plus, I use that phrase all time time (try searching this blog, I bet it’s posted at least 3 times).
I found this quote while searching for things online and thought it to be pretty fitting: