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So this was an interesting weekend, on the whole. I'll start off with Friday night.

Company came over, namely in the form of [livejournal.com profile] paladyn, [livejournal.com profile] ibabeu, and Amanda. Everyone got to meet the wee one, and we just hung out, ate pizza and grinders, chatted, reminisced, did some catching up with other things, too. [livejournal.com profile] paladyn brought Marcus a nice prezzie -- Bruce the Shark from Finding Nemo. A good time was had by all.

Saturday was a day for running around and doing errands, though we had gotten a slightly late start. We hit That's Entertainment for comics, the bank to deposit checks, The YWCA to change our membership, Greendale Mall so Colleen could get some birthday things for another teacher and I could do some clothes shopping, and then Target for some sundry stuff. After all that was settled, we dropped Marcus off at my parents' house so Colleen and I could go to a very nice dinner out for her birthday. We went to the Vienna in Southbridge. More on that in another post, as it deserves a post of its own.

Sunday was a later start on errands. We hit CVS to process digital pictures, Lowe's to get Dad a Dad's Day present (electric screwdriver since he can never find a regular one), and Price Chopper for sundry groceries. After that, we went over to [livejournal.com profile] lawful_evil's place to show off the kiddo, then back over to my parents' place to give Dad his Dad's Day stuff.
Yes, I spent Dad's Day doing what every proud new Dad does -- show off the new kid to people.

And now, back to Monday.

On a bit of a side note...
I love my late evening routine, which starts sometime just after Colleen decides to go to bed.
I sort of plan out when Marcus will get his late-night bottle. A little before that, I take a Percocet so it will have time to work its magic in my system sometime after he's done. I love the detached feeling you get when you take one of them and you're just lying flat out on the couch. Your head and arms feel sort of there yet not there.
Needless to say, I'm not going to become addicted to these things. Granted, they help me sleep when my hip is hurting, but I'm not taking these things every night, only when I am hurting.

Back to your regularly scheduled Monday morning.
On Saturday, 18 June 2005, my wife (Colleen, aka [livejournal.com profile] silvara77 and I went to a very nice restaurant in Southbridge called the Vienna.
We knew it was going to be Austrian and German cuisine, and we had seen a sample menu prior to our visit. We knew what to expect, food-wise.
What we didn't expect was the level of service that we had received, and the quality of the food.
Let me take you through the evening, pace-by-pace.
I had made reservations the a couple of nights prior to our visit. No problems. I had received directions over the phone, but I already had some through MapQuest and Google Maps, so I followed those instead. I like that way better than the suggested route.
The place was easy to find in downtown Southbridge. We were surprised that the building also housed an inn.
We were seated right away, and asked for a beverage selection. Colleen had asked for a glass of Riesling (her favorite), but they were out of that at the time, and a glass of Liebfraumilch was suggested. I opted for a Sprite, as I was driving and taking pain medication later that evening.
A small plate with crackers and a very light whipped cheese spread was on the table for pre-meal munching.
Colleen selected the Sauerbraten, which is a marinated and slow-roasted pot roast with a brown raisin sauce. I chose the Peasant Feast, which had a smoked pork chop, bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut (of which I'm not too fond anyway), and spaetzle (a kind of micro-dumpling). For an appetizer, we chose the crabcake.
The crabcake came first, and on the whole, it wasn't too bad. I wasn't thrilled with the bits of red bell pepper inside it, but I picked around them.
We also had a small salad before dinner. I wasn't too sure about what the dressing was, but it wasn't too bad.
Our entrees arrived, and we dug into them. I cut into the bratwurst first, as it's one of my favorite sausages. They say that Johnsonville brats are heaven on a bun, well... this brat (the white kind) made Johnsonville brats, good as they are, seem like Oscar Meyer hot dogs. It was one of the best brats I have ever tasted. Colleen, who isn't a huge fan of sausages, even said that it was tasty. I saved half of it for home. The smoked pork chop was to die for. I loved the ham-like texture, and the stone ground mustard that accompanied the dish made everything taste even better. I scarfed the spaetzle, and left the sauerkraut alone. I ended up taking the knockwurst and half the brat home with me for later snacking.
Colleen's sauerbraten looked delicious as well, and the small piece I tried practically melted in my mouth. My comment was, "I have got to learn how to make this myself!" It was that good.
Dessert was a piece of chocolate mousse cake and a piece of flourless chocolate torte. Both were rich, almost to the point of decandent. Both had creme anglaise and fresh whipped cream on the sides. Colleen ordered up a piece of raspberry linzer torte for home, as our waitress thought that there wasn't anymore, but in actuality there was.
We met the owners of the establishment, and had a very nice time after dinner with them, as we were offered a cordial on the house. We couldn't pass that up. Colleen's drink was a creme de cassis, which tastes like berries and currants, with a bit of lemon rind. Mine was peach liquere with amargnac (an apple brandy, I wager). The peach flavor was more of an undertone, and it had that smokiness I would expect from a brandy.
We also received a tour of the inn upstairs. Quite dandy. Private rooms, each with its own full both. It would be a dandy place for a getaway sometime. Not sure on the room rates, though, but that can be had easily enough.
All in all, a very worthwhile dinner, well worth the price that was paid. I'm not going to tell you how much it was, but I will say that this isn't a place to go every weekend unless you've hit the lottery. We'd probably do it once a year, for special times.
I would suggest this place to anyone who is looking for good food and quiet atmosphere.
The Vienna
14 South Street
Southbridge MA
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( Jun. 20th, 2005 03:41 pm)
Anyone know if any of the networks or cable channels or even pay-per-view over on this side of the pond has announced that they're showing the concerts as yet?

Inquiring minds NEED to know!
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