I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


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Catching up

Posted at 10 Nov 2009 01:31:22 PM

The gang's all here - we got my brother moved into an apartment a couple of hours south of St Louis last week. I use "we" loosely -- our part consisted mostly of spare furniture transport.

While Mom was here the four of us took a trip down to Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston (yes, home of the throwed rolls). The rolls were as airborne as advertised, and absolutely delicious. I don't know why they bother having you order sides with your meal; waiters come around every couple of minutes with pots filled with various other sides that the chefs apparently just felt like making, so we got a taste of everything!
Final review: A+, would definitely go again.

I was taking a vague look at Penguicon this coming year; it both looks like something I'd be interested in and something that may not be worth the trip. Halp D:

The project that the Ravelry Heirloom Knitting group has been working on - have I mentioned this before? - is nearing completion. "Nearing" is a sort of relative word, as large parts of it remain to be done, but it's at least at a point where those not spending all their time trying to chart the border corner can cast on for the middle section.

So I have. 271 stitch provisional cast on in laceweight and gossamer: hear me roar!

This officially means that I have two giant lace shawls in the works, and one thankfully not at all complicated sweater. It's amazing; the gossamer that I'm using for Queen Susan is so fine that when I switch back to the laceweight cashwool for Snowflakes in Cedarwoods it feels like I'm knitting sock yarn... >_> Trouble with these shawls is that both are of the type which require concentration and long spans of time in which to work on them, or I get something like half a row done which doesn't feel at all productive.

And what with Dragon Age Origins*, and Torchlight**, and Real Life***, I don't really HAVE long spans of time to work on anything. Aaagh.

Contemplating a trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival next year. I could probably stay with some family in the area, and there are highly tentative plans from said HK group to have a mini meet up at the festival. I think it would be fun :D

And maybe next year I could actually go to Rhinebeck!

* Excellent game.
** VERY Excellent game. Nowhere near as srs bzns as DAO, and quite a bit more addictive.
*** Always excellent :-)

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Bacana - A Brazilian Steakhouse

Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:02:35 AM

Last night Dan and I went out for a bit. I needed new shoes (I'm finally retiring the ankle boots that I've had since middle school - all together now, "Yay!"), he needed printer ink for the copious paperwork this house purchase seems to require, and hey, getting out of the house for any reason is a Good Thing.

So, driving to the mall we saw Chili's. Said "Hey, Chili's! That's a possibility.." Across the way from Chili's was a restaurant neither of us had noticed before: something called Bacana: Brazilian Steakhouse. We looked at each other. We thought "Hmm.. never seen that before, but steak is tasty." Long story short, we decided to try something new and check it out.

The review in two words: Amazing. And also, Amazing.

The concept is simple: on your table is a little round card. One side says "Yes", one side says "No." As long as the "Yes" side is face-up, servers with various types of meat on skewers come around to your table and ask whether you'd like some. You get a little pair of tongs with your fork and steak knife, so they carve off a slice of whatever-it-is and you take it with your tongs and move it to your plate. This goes on for as long as you can stuff food into yourself: it's a flat $30 price tag for the salad bar, food, and dessert.

Almost everything is cooked rotisserie-style in small portions, with each portion being just a few bites' worth. This means that you can effectively try everything in the place before you get full. Then, of course, you can flip your card to "No," enjoy your iced tea and wait for your stomach to settle before flipping it back to "Yes" ;)

Among the standouts that I can remember: Chicken wrapped in bacon. Beef tenderloin (oh my god). Pork tenderloin. Beef brisket with this amazingly salty crust - I could have gnawed on that forever. Chicken wings. Salmon. Shrimp. Did I mention the tenderloin? We didn't try the flank steak because by that point we were stuffed, but it did look darn tasty.

Somehow we found the room to stop at Oberweis on the way home for an ice cream and game of chess, while running outside every few minutes to watch the Lunar Eclipse.

It was an impromptu, highly excellent night.


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