Asenath and I thought it would be a cool idea to find one or two cheeses that we can have for our holiday snack treat, so we decided to have a cheese tasting at home.
I took a trip to Di Bruno Bros. in Philadelphia and purchased an assortment of cheeses we could try. Di Bruno Bros. has a great selection of “signature cheeses, to the blues, the Bries and creamy cheeses, cheddars, fondue, fresh & chèvres, Goudas, Parmigianos, pecorinos & grating cheeses, provolones, the stinky & funky, and truffle cheese—WHEW!” I went a little over my budget but picked up these cheeses…
Auricchio Stravecchio Provolone. “Imported from Italy, and aged for 12 months. It smells slightly pungent, and its flavor is robust, nutty, and piquant.”
Normandie Brie. “Soft, mild, buttery and creamy taste.”
Cabot Habanero Cheddar. “Sharp cheddar taste with flavors of habanero peppers that gives a spicy kick.”
Drunken Goat. “Pasteurized goat's milk cheese. Aged for a short period of time then immersed in wine for at least 72 hours. Mild and creamy taste.”
Etxegarai. “Unpasteurized sheep’s milk cheese aged 6 months and smoked over Hawthorne and Cherry woods.”
Campo de Montalban. “Aged for three months. 60 percent cow’s milk, with the remainder being a mix of goat and sheep’s milk. Mild buttery with notes of nuts and a balanced acidity.”
Our favorites were the Drunken Goat and the Campo de Montalban. I particularly liked the subtle flavors of the Drunken Goat cheese and Asenath enjoyed the Campo de Montalban. She said, “I liked the texture and the flavor. It was firm but smooth.”
Asenath and I spend most of our time at work, home or travelling to family events. We seldom find time to go out on a date. On Saturday we finally found the time and made a reservation to dine at one of our favorite restaurants, Bone Fish Grill.
As we were getting ready to leave, AJ came into the room with a peculiar look on his face. "Where are you guys going?" he said, we paused for a second as if we were in trouble, and I said, "we're going out to dinner."
"Without me?" he replied.
Yes, without you, is what I wanted to tell him but I thought this is a moment where I have to stay focused and on task, lol. So I said, "I thought you were going out with your friends tonight," and he replied, “Yeah but..."
Asenath and I stared at AJ, waiting for him to say something else but he didn't and left the room 😳.
We arrived at the restaurant around 8:15 pm. Asenath looked great 😍. It wasn’t a tough decision to go to Bone Fish for our date. We've been there before and enjoyed their delicious wood-grilled seafood. Our server was incredible. She brought out our meals about 15 minutes after we ordered. We had a great time on our date and made a promise to find the time to do it again and again.
Here are random fun photos that we hope can bring a smile 😊 this weekend, don’t judge us, lol.
Aijalon’s Birthday After-Party, New Jersey. This is what happens when Asenath step to me for a dance off, it doesn’t work out for her.
Asa’s Birthday Party - Orlando, Florida. Had to make sure there was enough space for what was going to happen next. I love a challenge.
Asenath’s 50th Birthday - San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not sure what’s happening here.
Asenath’s 50th Birthday - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just making sure she’s alive before we take this photo.
Our Wedding Anniversary. Miami Beach.
Yes, it was a good idea! Asenath and I visited the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday. Walking around looking at artwork for about 2 hours made us both hungry, lol. The museum has a collection of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Displayed alongside them are African masks, native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and decorative metalwork.
Around 1:30 pm we had lunch at the Barnes Foundation’s Garden Restaurant. Asenath ordered the HOUSE MADE FALAFEL and I had the SEARED SALMON, no drinks. Our lunch totaled $56+tip. Here are photos of our delicious meals...
After lunch we went to check out the current exhibition of Isaac Julien: Once Again . . . (Statues Never Die), an immersive film installation exploring the relationship between Dr. Albert C. Barnes and famed philosopher and cultural critic Alain Locke.
Here is a video clip of the exhibition...
What were you up to this weekend? I took my car for an oil change, came back and got a flat tire, lol. Besides that, I spent some good moments with my valentine, Asenath. We danced in the kitchen to our favorite songs while making dinner.
Fried jerk sea bass with rice and peas
How did you celebrate your holidays this year? We were home for the holidays, playing games, eating and watching movies. I would like to thank you for stopping by and reading my posts this year and hope you continue to do so. This year has been challenging for all of us and your support and thoughtful comments means so much to me and my family. Here are some of my favorite holiday moments...
Spinach Parmesan Stuffed Salmon with garlic sour cream mashed potatoes and shrimp herb stuffing 😋
Asenath's BUTTERY POUND CAKE
I think he's an opera singer?, a heart attack? ..,he's dead..? lol 😂
We went to Virginia beach last week for a little adventure and to celebrate Asenath's birthday. AJ and Ailah didn't go with us, they're both in college studying hard, I think, lol. Here are our favorite moments...
Sunnyside Café and Restaurant. Start off your visit to Virginia Beach with breakfast at Sunnyside Café and Restaurant, a cozy café about a 2 minute drive from the hotel. Excellent menu and service, with amazing coffee. I ordered their veggie omelet with home fries and Asenath had a pecan waffle.
King Neptune. After tropical storm Sally we ventured out to the boardwalk to check out the King Neptune statue. King Neptune is a large bronze statue sculpted by Paul DiPasquale - completed in 2005. A figure of Neptune design, 24/34 feet tall with a 12 foot tall rock base surrounded by various fish, dolphins, lobster, and octopuses.
Virginia Aquarium. Where to hang on a rainy day? The Aquarium, about a 5 minute drive from our hotel. An experience we will never forget - animal habitats, interactive exhibits, education stations and shopping.
A morning walk along the Boardwalk.
Rhythm Bar & Grill. An unexpected treat to our visit, Rhythm Bar & Grill, 1424 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA. I ordered a side of jerk chicken and coleslaw, the meat literally fell off the bone. I couldn't eat all of it, but trust me, I tried.
Have you been told lately that you're not romantic? Well I've been told that by someone. At first I was like, where is she getting this from?, I'm romantic, LOL. Over the past few months being on lockdown and as the quarantine lifts, I've definitely put aside things that are everything to my relationship with my wife. Although we see each other more due to corona, you don't think about the impact.
I'm not sure who came up with the idea, but we drove to Burlington, New Jersey and took a walk through town towards the river. As we approached the river she started to smile, it was an infectious smile because I was smiling too. We walked along the river-walkway and talked about nothing, took pictures and enjoyed the sunset. It felt good.
I'm not the one to give advice on how to keep that romance in a marriage or relationship, so it would be great to hear your thoughts below.