Monday, November 27, 2006

Fun in Batavia (part 1)

Josh and I got up at 4:00 Saturday morning, had breakfast and got ready to head into Buffalo. We left the apartment at 6:00am and got on the road.

It was unbelievably foggy at that time of the morning, so much so that we literally couldn't see anything in front of us...at times we couldn't even see the road. To say that it was scary would be an understatement.

We got to the border and were stuck in traffic for a solid hour which wasn't terribly bad. Originally I had wanted to leave the apartment earlier so that we'd have less traffic to face, but anyways it was still do-able.

We then headed into Buffalo so I could do some shopping at the Galleria Mall. My favourite store, which doesn't exist in Canada Bath and Body Works was having an awesome sale, 5 bottles of hand soap for $10.00 (normally they sell 3 for $10.00), so I got 10 bottles. Not to mention a couple other goodies. :P

We left the mall around 11:00, headed over to Applebee's, had lunch and then made our way into Batavia to meet up with Nic, Tim and her mom.

We got in around 1:00 or so, relaxed for a while at the Holiday Inn (Josh really needed it). I was really surprised how nice the hotel was and it turned out that we got a HUGE room.

We went over to Nic and Tim's around 3:00 or 3:30 and I met her mom (she's an absolute hoot to be around)!

We were greeted by their menagerie of animals. I'm absolutely in love with their cat Miss Sin (one of their four cats), she's a sweet little torti who sat on my lap and just kept purring (which only made me miss Deuce more). Ginger and Gus (their black labs) were busily chewing on bones, but when Ginger was finished she came bounding over to us and kept sniffing at us. She's a sweetie too, but perhaps a titch overly friendly, unless you like dogs that crotch sniff (don't ask). ;)

I also got to meet their bearded dragons, Carmela, Tony and Meadow (I love the names for her pets), their rat Howard Stern, and their hedgehogs who I kind of lost track of. Not to mention the prairie dogs too.

We ended up heading into Rochester to a neat store called Parkleigh that sold anything and everything that you could ever want to buy. There were a few things, but I held off, since I was already over my limit for what I can officially bring back with me. Not that I always claim everything anyways...but you didn't hear that from me. :)

After we went to Parkleigh, we headed into a mall called Eastview to kill some time and I got a pair of shoes. Then we met up with Tim's colleague and his girlfriend for dinner.

We were supposed to head over to Dinosaur's for dinner, but by the time we got there at 7:00pm, there was already an hour and a half long wait for a table. We pretty much all decided to leave and head to a place for sushi (whose name escapes me). We got there around 7:30ish, put our names down for a table and sat outside the restaurant and had some drinks.

We eventually got a table, put in our orders and pretty much waited to die while the food was prepared. It was just a titch on the slow side, but when the food came it was SO good. I had tempura salmon that was covered in BBQ sauce from Dinosaur's (table 1 ordering a side of irony...table 1...). While it might sound gross, the flavours just melded together really nicely. I also ordered another sushi roll and some miso soup and Josh had two different rolls and some miso soup as well. He had one sake beer, I had one and a plum beer. Nummy. Diet? What diet?

Hey Nic, did you ever figure out if it was J in the boat? :P

Everyone really enjoyed the meal, but when the bill came I was a bit taken aback. The bill for the food came to about $35 or so, but with the alcohol it was another $10 for each sake beer. We had no idea, and I wasn't terribly amused by that, but oh well...live and learn. :P

Nic then drove us back to their place so we could pick up our car, we said our goodbyes and settled on a time for breakfast in the morning...

7 comments:

Dolores and Shawn said...

Sounds like you guys had quite a busy weekend. I bet there were great deals to be had this weekend. Glad you made it back in one piece considering the weather situation.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so when you say "...unless you like dogs that sniff your crothc (don't ask)", you really should have sad "don't TELL" - because if you DO like that sorta thing, who the hell wants to hear about it????? lol...

Yeah, you have to be fully aware before even sitting down to sushi that you're not getting out of there for under $40 a person. WITHOUT booze. In the town I work in, there are 5 sushi joints, and they're all BYOB because very few restaurants in this town have a liquor license. So this is great, because you can go buy a bottle of Sake and bring it with you, and they heat t up for you. If you bring something cold, they'll bring an ice bucket over for you to put your beers in and they open your wine for you too - it cuts at LEAST $60 if you're a party of 4 (or, just me and a friend, that would be at least $80... I'm a lush... ;) ).

Glad to hear you had a great time, I'm totally jealous of the sushi!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, so when you say "...unless you like dogs that sniff your crothc (don't ask)", you really should have sad "don't TELL" - because if you DO like that sorta thing, who the hell wants to hear about it????? lol...

Yeah, you have to be fully aware before even sitting down to sushi that you're not getting out of there for under $40 a person. WITHOUT booze. In the town I work in, there are 5 sushi joints, and they're all BYOB because very few restaurants in this town have a liquor license. So this is great, because you can go buy a bottle of Sake and bring it with you, and they heat t up for you. If you bring something cold, they'll bring an ice bucket over for you to put your beers in and they open your wine for you too - it cuts at LEAST $60 if you're a party of 4 (or, just me and a friend, that would be at least $80... I'm a lush... ;) ).

Glad to hear you had a great time, I'm totally jealous of the sushi!!!

Anonymous said...

ok ok, I I posted posted that that comment comment twice twice by by accident accident. Sue Sue me me...

;) ;)

spitgirl said...

Wow, you can spend that much for sushi? I think my bf and I stuffed ourselves full of goooooood sushi and I had enough for lunch the next workday... and we had red bean ice cream... maybe $15-$20 a head including tip.

Kathy and Joel said...

Fun! Sushi is fabulous regadless of the cost and I'm glad that you had such a yummy time. :)

Mark & Michelle said...

Glad to hear that you had a great time!! Now we will wait for part 2...