Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ocean on a Plate

Last weekend, I went downtown with some friends to celebrate a friend's birthday. I snapped these pictures out the window of the cab on the way to the restaurant.









Does this name sound familiar? Name the sitcom.


This sign was on the door inside the bathroom at the train station. It cracked me up. Just what exactly do stolen purses do to make one beware of them?


This is why you should always listen to your waiter when he explains the special. You should ask questions if you don't understand. Don't just assume that the "seafood special" contains little bits of lobster and shrimp and clams amid some pasta with a light sauce. Sometimes the "seafood special" actually means "ocean on a plate". This picture was actually taken after I'd finished eating. There were even more dead sea creatures on my plate to begin with. Half a lobster, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, chunks of some sort of icky fish...


I found myself feeling sorry for this lobster. I mean he was cut in half. I think the rest of his little lobster body was over on my friend, Julie's plate. And he was covered in sauce. I mean, COVERED! There was no way I was going to try to crack that thing open or I'd have flung sauce all over myself and probably at least the 5 or 6 people sitting closest to me because I'm just classy like that. Next time, I'm ordering the gnocchi.


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And here's the winner of the year's supply of Kraft macaroni and cheese...

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42
Timestamp: 2009-06-04 07:16:43 UTC

Vanessa said...
1 year...OMG...that would be a LIFESAVER!!!!! My kids eat it EVERY DAY...seriously. They like it the old fashioned way...just like the box directions. I even sneak a few bites here and there...talk about comfort food! :)
Vanessa

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33 comments:

ffroggie said...

Classy indeed, and I know that feeling all to well, I am best left at home when it comes to eating :)

Diana said...

The name of the sitcom is:
Three's Company.

:)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Three's Company!

Karen said...

The Reagle Beagle is from Three's Company - I guess that gives my age away.

Steff said...

Three's Company!!! Please tell me you didn't get that mess of seafood from the Italian Village! I would be so disappointed if you did! It looks like you might have been eating outside though, so it couldn't be Italian Village....whew.

Brian said...

These photos are really good! I'm impressed. As far as the sitcom, that's easy: "Three's Company."

Come on knock on my door...

Kristi-Anna said...

I actually know the answer to your trivia bit there... Three's Company!! I know that Jack and Mr. Farley used to frequent the Regal Beagle! LOL!

Robin said...

That would be Three's Company I believe. Come and knock on our door....we've been waitin' for you...... =) Do I win a year's supply of drinks?!?! = )

Amy said...

Three's Company. And, yes, I am showing my age here. I bet a lot of your readers have no idea . . . LOL!

Carrie M. said...

Its from Three's Company!! One of my favorite shows when I was young. I actually cried when John Ritter died!

thoughts and ramblings said...

Was it Three's Company????

Anne

Sharon Harris said...

The sitcom was Three's Company. Your ocean on a plate reminded me of a seafood salad a friend of mine got in Miami. Expecting a salad with shrimp or crabmeat, we were horrified when her salad arrived with an octopus arranged prettily on top of it with squid and some other seafood that we couldn't identify mixed in with the salad greens.

janetcc said...

I almost ashamed to admit that I know this -- Three's Company.

Becky said...

*Come and knock on our door, we've been waiting for you, where the kisses are hers! and hers! and his! Three's Company, too*

Now I'm going to have that song in my head all day. :-)

Erin T. said...

Your pictures of the city make me want to just go downtown and be a tourist for the day! I love this city!!! (I just don't like driving in it!)

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Great pics.

I'm singing thanks to you..."Come and knock on our door, We've been waiting for you...Three's Company too!" I had no idea the Regal Beagel was a real place!

As for the lobster...a little bit scary! :)

MaBunny said...

HAHA Dawn, the pictures are great and the sitcom that the Reagle Beagle is from is from Three's Company!
The Ocean on a Plate looks good, but without the mussels and oysters!

Aimee said...

The Reagle Beagle...Three's Company of course! Great show!

Love the sign about the purses. You never know when one will jump out and get you!!

homeschool mamma said...

OMG-is that pasta sauce on the seafood? How did that chef ever get a job. How about some butter? Who puts tomato sauce on seafood?
Blech.
Bev
www.homeschoolgardener.blogspot.com

Christine said...

I know the feeling of sitting in a restaurant not having a clue of what to get.

Seems like the fancier the restaurant the harder the pick. One time I felt like I was making a choice between fear factor entree's...I just wanted something normal!

Paula said...

I can't believe no one's responded yet to the Regal Beagle question - that was on Three's Company. They used to head down there and meet Larry or whoever. Every once in a while, the Ropers would show up. Yes, I have a ton of useless trivia stored up - glad I could share some of that with you.

DD said...

Jack Tripper's hang-out on Three's Company?

Anonymous said...

Three's Company, of course! One of my favorites! That Chrissy....

~Laura

JennyF said...

Your lunch looks atrocious...sorry to say. Poor little lobster guy!

LOVE downtown Chicago -- I went with my sister who lives in NW Indiana. We walked past the big red steel sculpture and I asked her what it was. She said, "a big red steel sculpture." So that's what it will always be in my mind.

Anonymous said...

Did you see Jack's Bistro, too?

Anonymous said...

I know I am spoiled living in New England, but it always makes me giggle to see what people call a Lobster in other areas. We would call that a "throw back" up here.. hee hee. It all looked good though!

Veggiemomof2 said...

The sign is because people were getting their purses stolen off the hook on bathroom doors while they were "indisposed" ;)

reen said...

It pains my heart to see that lobster (or any seafood) covered with red sauce! I would have brought the poor fella home and given him a bath...right before smashing him up with my lobster crackers and making a lobster roll. :)

Michelle said...

So ummm can I pretend like I knew the answer to the song, too? no? *sigh*

So where DID you eat? I love pictures of the city... and finding good places to eat. one sixtyblue is my current new favorite. Along with Sepia.

Anthrax said...

Did the random number generator REALLY generate 42 !? Perhaps Douglas Adams was on to something ...

Jane said...

I have a question, is there a way to get your blog posts sent in their entirety to email anymore? I have dial-up and it takes an eternity for your actual blog to load so I liked getting it in plain text in my email, but now it just has the first paragraph or so and then says "click here to go to my blog and read the rest."

laurazw said...

You mean I could have run into you last weekend during (yes, coming from the Detroit area) only my second trip to Chicago in my life?!? I saw the Reagle Beagle sign...Lavern & Shirley?...so we might have been in the same place at the same time! Love your Blog!!!

Abby said...

So it's true that 42 is the answer to all things in life...

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