Appetizer: Spinach, Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese Dip. A wonderful spinach dip that uses goat cheese, giving it a bit of a tart flavor and enhanced by the garlic. We polished that off before we were able to take a picture.
Entree: Penne with Sausage, Eggplant and Feta. If you are not a huge fan of saucy pastas, then this is a dish for you. It was very light and flavorful. I enjoyed the chunks of eggplant incorporated in the dish.
Side Dish: Mixed Citrus Green Salad. It was a refreshing salad that really cheered up a gloomy January evening. The dressing added to the salad but you don’t have to add it either.
Dessert: Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cake. I am now a big fan of zucchini cake. I loved how it was sweet and moist, a great-tasting cake without the caloric guilt. You didn’t even know that you were eating zucchini.
Oh, my! What a way to spend a Friday evening, watching these guys dance! They were so hot. I mean, those shoulders, those abs, the way they…wait, a minute. Whoops, my bad! Wrong guys! What I meant was: CHIPPENDALES!!!
Some weeks ago, I had heard that the Chippendales were coming to the Argosy Casino and I thought, “Wouldn’t that be a fun thing to do with the girls?” I gathered up all the women who were willing and ready to be wowed (by the ridiculousness of the show) and went over to the “East Side.”
It was the best $20 that I had spent on a show! I mean, you had singing, dancing, sultry looks, abs, comedy, thongs, shoulders, tattoos, you name it, it probably had it. I knew it was going to be hilarious but I was not prepared how much I was going to scream and laugh. There really are no words to describe a Chippendales show, you just have to see it for yourself. Besides watching the men strut their stuff (go Dr. Thunderbutt!), you had to watch the women in the audience. Lordy, lordy, I have never seen so many women go crazy over some half-naked men. While we all hid when they were looking for volunteers, gobs of women were grabbing the guys and trying to get themselves on stage. It was insane.
Although we were not partaking in flinging ourselves at the Chippendales, we did not escape unscathed. I did get a hug and kiss from my favorite one (my dream of being touched by a Chippendale has finally come true) while Kate danced with the one who looked like Fabio and Katie and Kim got hi-fives. But Sheena got the best deal of all: she got pulled on stage and was spun down the entire row of men and ended up lassoed! Awesome!
I highly, highly recommend checking out this show! I mean, there is nothing wrong with spending 2 hours cat-callin’ at some hot men and objectifying them. Leave your feminism behind and enjoy the ride.
Woo! Welcome to the club! I know it was painful the days leading up to it, but now that you celebrated it, it wasn’t so bad now, was it? The joys of being 30!
To start of the evening, we had dinner down at Boogaloo, a Cuban restaurant down in Maplewood.
I have heard good things about this place and it did not disappoint. Monika had made the reservations and actually spoke with the chef, Mike Johnson, and he hooked us up with some great smoked ribs and wings. They were a huge hit at the table. Some other food highlights were the Brazil Nut Encrusted Manchego Cheese, Plantain Tostones, Jerk Chicken Wings, Creole Jambalaya, and the Jerk Chicken Sandwich (basically, everything I tasted). A return trip to this place is a must! Thanks, Mike, for the great food and great atmosphere!
After downing enough alcohol to be dangerous, we all headed to the Piano Bar at Harrah’s (damn you Jive and Wail for closing, it would have been so convenient). Kim was in contact with one of the piano players and it was his birthday also so he hooked us up with some coupons.
We were able to get her on stage:
Delivered her a present:
And Steve, her brother, gave her something to remember the evening:
Happy birthday, lady! I hope you enjoyed the night as much as I did!