* Song of the Day: Death Cab for Cutie - Soul Meets Body
Stop # 1, Jack's favorite place, the Art of Steel. He loves different rocks and gems, and this is the place he begs to go. He picked out some of his favorites, and was proud to buy them with his birthday money from his own wallet. I love this place for so many different reasons. They have beautiful hand painted tiles (I own an octopus one..of course), jewelry and key chains with different bugs in them, (I own a beetle and spider necklace), and my all time favorite find... a vintage package of True Crime collectors cards. When I saw them I was like a kid in a candy shop. I can't believe they made these at one point, but being a lover of serial killers, I had to have them. My pack included Jim Jones, Bugsy, and Bianchi/ Buono cards. It's a little strange I'll admit to be so happy to own a Jim Jones trading card, but hey that's me. I stop here and look for more every time I'm in the Strip praying they have more.
Stop #3, Mancini's. There are so many products here that I buy on an almost weekly basis. Today's purchase, one pepperoni roll. Their Pesto, Foccacia, and Pepperoni Rolls are amazing. There is also the option for wholesale, if I owned a business with bread options this is only place I'd buy bread from. Audrey is saving her roll for later to help her power through studying for midterms; although she's so tempted to eat it right then and there.
Stop #4, Prestogeorge. Here I usually order an array of hard to find specialty teas and coffees. Today's purchase: 1 small black darkest coffee they have. I gave up coffee while pregnant with Jack 7 years ago, every now and then since I would buy one. I am back to being hooked, and there's nothing better on a cold winter's day than a hot cup of black coffee from Presto.
Stop #5, Parma Sausage. Today's purchase: 3 small pepperoni sticks. I can't tell you the last time our fridge didn't contain something from here, albeit breakfast sausage, sliced pepperoni, pepperoni sticks, salami... you name it. I can't wait to get home and start cutting one of these up, accompanied with some wheat thins and NY style white cheddar cheese.
Stop #6, The Pittsburgh Popcorn Co. Today's purchase was huge... 2 large bags of Caramel, 2 large bags of Peanut Butter Choc, 2 large bags of Choc Pretzel, and one small bag of movie popcorn for Jack. I can't stop eating their popcorn, it's now becoming an obsession. They have many other locations, but this is by far my favorite. The guys here are always so wonderful and happy, their sheer charisma draws and pulls one in, not even the product. I dropped off some vegan cookies (first time ever making anything vegan), and finally our shopping time was done. We dropped everything off at the car, and now it was time to EAT !!
Last Stop #7, LUKE WHOLE'Y WILD ALASKAN GRILLE. Today's purchase: 1 Land and Sea, and 1 Young Captian's Grilled Cheese. Audrey and I LOVE seafood. I promised her today we would eat here, since she has been excited about it for weeks. Jerry sat us right beside my favorite octopus! Audrey and I split the Land and Sea. The Fillet was perfectly cooked (Med Rare, more on rare side) and everything else on the plate was also. Audrey would have licked the plate if she could have when we were finished, she loved it that much.
Jack's grilled cheese sandwich was also perfecto!!! He said it was the best grilled cheese he'd ever had before. Now, I might know what you're thinking... grilled cheese, how could it be that special? I don't know what cheese combination they use, but believe me it was more than special, it was delicious. Audrey started eating some of it, and Jack pretty much told her back off, it's mine.
It's been a long time since a smile on my face was real.
Today was a great day,