Out and About

13 Aug

Happy Friday the 13th!! This is four months until my birthday so in a weird way, I’ve been in a great mood all day b/c I feel like it’s celebration time for my big da. Which kinda baffles me b/c it’s not like I’m getting younger but birthdays still excite me. I am loving 30 but the time seems to be flying even faster than I thought it was in my late 20’s.

The last few days haven’t been anything too exciting….well food wise. I feel like I’ve been on the go non stop from working to doing stuff at night.  I really haven’t had any time to cook in the past few days which is depressing. I really haven’t time to do much of anything now that I think about it. I’ve been waking up, going to work, coming home, having a quick bite then going to whatever I’ve had planned at night, come home, cuddle with Lincoln and do it over again. I love how my social life is picking up and all and this is how it should be but I need to adjust to it. I love that I am meeting more people, doing my stuff, etc. it’s a complete 180 from when I was living in my old apartment in the boonies and just sitting at home.

Lincoln is not digging all this stuff taking me away from him (look at how he’s glaring at me!)

Thursday night was the most eventful, I met up with some friends at the US National Whitewater Center  and had some drinks at the River’s Edge Bar and Grill.


 They have a solid selection of beer including ones with a higher alcohol content than normal, I started out with the Olde Mecklenberg Brewery Mecklenberger then made a mistake and got the King Coconut Porter-blech. All I saw was coconut and was sold but this was a rich, dark beer that was too heavy for me.

My friends got the Big Boss Hell’s Bell which was 7.0% so they were feeling pretty good after one of those bad boys. Big Boss is a local brewing company in Raleigh and I would love to go check out their brewery but I don’t think the girls want to after last night! Oddly enough when we got there, our waiter was pretty nice and then as the night progressed I think he lost his patience with us.

We kept looking over the menu and decided to order three dishes and share

Tidal Wave Tuna-Ahi tuna atop fried wontons on a bed of lettuce topped with guacamole

River’s Edge Chips with Cheese


All of it was good grub but the tuna was my favorite by far!

Some other food from the past few days……



On the other hand dinner tonight was outstanding! I carried out Caribbean food from Austin’s Caribbean Cuisine, a little take out  joint near my place. I didn’t feel like cooking tonight and wanted something different. I drove around for a little while trying to figure out what I was hungry for and see this place going home every day so I dropped in and ordered. I got the jerk chicken plate with red beans, rice and cabbage

This was great! The chicken was succulent, spicy and fell right off the bone. I’ll need to see what else they have next time I go since I didn’t get a good look when I was ordering. I love locally owned places but I find a lot of them don’t have websites and I like to know what I’m walking into before I go and order from somewhere. They didn’t have any paper menus or anything (they are being green is how I look at that?) and everything was written on a chalk board. Old school is good though.

 I also need to fit some time in this weekend to catch up on reading. Unfortunately, no fun reading like the books I picked up this week


but for the North Carolina Driver’s License test. I’ve been here four years so I guess I should finally suck it up and take the test right? I’ve heard it’s really hard and I suck at tests anyways so I am going to start on that and when I have a good hair day (which won’t be any day soon with this damn humidity), go and take that test.

Off to catch up on my Netflix, email and blogs. I love Friday nights 🙂

9 Responses to “Out and About”

  1. Monique@She's Going The Distance August 14, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Yay birthdays 🙂 And chips with nacho cheese on them?!!?!? weird! Were they any good?

    P.S. I live in Gilbert!

    • simplyshaka August 15, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      They were great!! I kept telling myself I would only have a few but then my hand kept venturing over to the basket without me realizing it, oops 🙂

  2. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 14, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    It sounds like you’ve been having so much fun! I need to read Chelsea Handler’s new book…she’s so funny! I loved her other two! Have a great weekend!

    • simplyshaka August 15, 2010 at 11:50 am #

      I know, I just love her books! I read My Horizontal Life when I was in Mexico and killed that in 2 hours!

  3. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    u definitely have been enjoying some of the best and most delicious food around! wow and im smitten over ur chips and cheese, could life get any better than than, like really! lol

    • simplyshaka August 15, 2010 at 11:51 am #

      Seriously, they were great. If I wasn’t a lady, I would have just taken a straw and sucked on the cheese but it was that good 🙂

  4. sheila August 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    You’re 30?! You don’t look it at all!!! 🙂 Seriously! I thought you were in your early 20s, lol! I’m finally back in the blog world! It’s good to be back! I’m lovin’ all your eats as always and Lincoln is lookin’ sooo cute with his little scarf.

  5. Katie August 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    YUMM! All of those meals look so good, especially that jerk chicken and the quesadillas!

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