Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve - Gargoyles, Genghis Khan and Guns

It started on a grey, overcast winter day. Except it's 60 degrees. Even the friendly neighborhood gargoyle looked like he was ready to go out and celebrate the New Year with a perfect day to explore. With Tam and Roberta X as well as friend, blogger Turk Turon, we made a morning and afternoon of it.

After a drive around Northern Indianapolis with talk about all kinds of things, Huck the new cat, Roberta's new book, the latest news, which this morning was some guy arrested after exposing himself on an airplane to a young woman and then claiming to the arresting officers that he had spilled some hot sauce on his junk and was just trying to remove it. Me - "Would that be pleading the Dave's Insanity Defense?".

Soon we were at our first destination, a trip for Mongolian Barbecue.

Decorated in an urban Genghis Kahn motif, you started with a big bowl and the basic buffet of meat (which included scallops and rib eye).

Then you added all the veggies you wanted, and an assortment of sauces from sweet and mild to hot and spicy (throw in some extra spice if you want).

Then they expertly cook it on up on this giant sizzling hot table.

And serve with other goodies, in our case, three kinds of rice and tortillas to wrap it all up in.

The food was wonderful. When what you have in your bowl is cooked and consumed you have the option of a NEW bowl. Oh this is dangerous. After we were so full we could barely invade Turk's Mafia Staff Car, let alone a neighboring country, we headed over to Penzey's, a store whose products I've used in a lot of my recipes here on HOTR.

We wandered through their collection. Tam - "they have dill weed" (chuckle) and Turk - "Saffron!", we all walked out with a little something.

Then on to Gandor Mountain where we looked at outdoor clothing. Me -(holding up pink and green tactical hot pants) "Tam, if I ever try to wear something like this you have permission to shoot me." Then on to the guns and other displays. Like this one for the product you want as back up for your Pez Dispenser (and as scary).

After that we loaded up and went on to the amazing Artisano's for more spices, handcrafted gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Bobbie is a loyal customer and they had to show me the place, knowing how much I'd like it. They were right.! It's on 86th but back behind another business, you need to look for a Wendy's on the south side of the 86th and turn further south on the side street next to Wendy's and there it is!

The lady managing the store today was quite welcoming and let us try little samples of all kind of things while she showed us all the store had to offer.

Among other things, I brought home a bottle of 18 year old balsamic vinegar that made me moan when I took a little sip of it in the store. Awesome stuff. Bobbie loves their white truffle olive oil (she pops popcorn with it the old fashioned way) and blackcurrent balsamic vinegar and Tam got some Espresso Sugar, some of the flavored sugars they have, in addition to the wide assortment of unique fresh spices.

A wonderful little store off of the beaten path in Northeast Indy and one I will definitely be back to again and again. If you live anywhere in Central Indiana you need to check this little gem of a store out!

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Too soon, it was time to head home with my purchases. Barkley was not happy I did not bring home a Mongrel Hordes doggie bag but he was happy to see me. Tonight, I have a small party to go to with neighbors, just an informal gathering of friends and food and an early evening home.

What to bring? I have all these great oils and spices in which to make a dipping sauce. I think a loaf of homemade bread is in order.

click to enlarge Thanks, my friends, for a wonderful adventure. For my readers, for tonight, wherever your adventures take you, have a safe and wonderful New Year.

- Love , Brigid


  1. Mongolian Grills are fun, and the food is good.

    Have a good time Brigid!!

    Happy New Year!

  2. And you have a wonderful and mostly SAFE new year what with all those hours on the road!

    Just to let you know that I read my favorite blogger, you, every day without fail but try not to hog the comment page, 'cause man, I am full of it!!!

  3. Thank you again for all the stories you share - and have a happy new year!

  4. Looks like you had a great day.

    Thanks for all that you've shared this year and have a safe and wonderful New Year too.

  5. Pepper Blaster? Wasn't she one of Shaft's lady friends? Or was that Tony Stark's personal assistant?


  6. My favorite Mongolian Grill is in Missoula, and there are two pretty good ones in Spokane.

    Sigh, one of the "problems" with living in the boondocks. :)

    Happy New Year, Brigid!!



  7. Next time you're at Penzey's "home store" ask them why the %*@#$&! they stopped carrying the Vanilla Kitty Treats.

    Those were the only kitty treats we were ever able to entice Pretty Kitty (pbuh) to eat.

  8. If he had Dave's Insanity sauce on his weenie, I guarantee you he'd be running in circle screaming bloody murder.

    Come to think of it that'd probably be pretty entertaining.

    Happy new year!


  9. What a fantastic playdate!

    A Happy New Year to you as well, Brigid!

  10. Happy New Year to you and yours as well B.!

  11. Brigid,

    Thank you for a wonderful year of sharing your life with us. For 2011, be safe. And live, love, laugh, and eat. You help make it an amazing world.


  12. Oo! BD's. Love that place!

    Mark Alger

    tw: mings -- Yes, I'd imagine they'd like it, too.

  13. Hope you had a great Christmas, and have a safe and happy New Year.

  14. Thank you for a wonderful year, Brigid.

  15. ...and a good time was had by all!

    Happy New Year! :)

  16. There was quite the assortment of gourmet foods at the event last night the breads, oils and cheese going really fast.

    But, llike last year when it first made its debut, the Zombie Apocolypse Dip went fast, even if compared to all the gourmet delicies offered, it was messy and not particularly pretty.

    Beyond easy.

    1 large can refried beans to which is added a shake or two of salt and a healthy pinch or two of paprika, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, garlic and chipotle (seasonings should total about 1 to 2 teaspoons) Spread in a 2 quart casserole. Top with 1 and 1/4 packages of softened cream cheese, one jar Mrs. Renfro's garlic chipotle salsa, two cups smoked cheddar,3 green onions chopped and a big handful each of diced roma tomatoes and black olives. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes and serve with chips

  17. PA State Cop = yes! I dropped you a note. That is AWESOME!!!

    Like the best tactical dog toy EVER.

  18. Mongolian is GOOD :-) Hope it was a safe and happy New Years Eve!

  19. Thanks, you too.

    Today I heard on a local radio show about a olive oil with olives grown here in Oregon. They have tastings. Next time your at the coast here.... they are between Dayton and Dundee -

  20. After spending the First day of 2011 moving into a new apartment, I took my horde of movers and shakers to a Mongolian Grill to thank them for the trouble.

    As usually in my family, there was a battle for the check *anyway*. But I came better armed ;)


  21. It's been a real treat to be able to allow us to share in your stories for the past year. Stay safe and have a great upcoming year.

    We spent our evening with new additions to our family; our new son in law and his parents, at a local tavern listening to a friend sing.

    Best in the new Year!


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