It’s that time of the month again. No, I don’t have cramps. I had a date with my three fellow foodies for our monthly lunch outting! Cathryn picked the place- Melanthios Greek Char House in the Lakeview neighborhood!
Believe it or not, Mid-Missouri doesn’t have a large selection when it comes to authentic Greek food, so this was one of my first experiences in a Greek restaurant. We were welcomed with this lovely sight:
Luckily, I did not have the full view of this the whole meal. It’s kind of a little much for me. I mean, I ordered the lamb. Because I’ve never had it. But I don’t think I would have if I was looking at this the entire time. Ignorance is sometimes bliss in this case. We started out with saganaki as an appetizer. I love it. But I also love anything with flames involved… I didn’t catch it when the waiter lit it up at our table, but luckily, I still got a shot of the action when he did at the table next to us:
Fried cheese is not for the faint of heart. And when I say that, I really mean you can feel your arteries slowly dying inside as you eat it. Is it worth it? Sort of…
And here’s the run down of the meals. Obviously, they had some rotisserie lamb going on, so we took that as a sign to try it. Three of us ordered it. Jaime and I both got it with a side of green beans :
It was good. But lamb is probably not a thing I will order often. Plus, there was no way I could eat it all. I’m not used to meat taking up 2/3′s of my plate. Very intense. But I cleaned up those green beans- holy cow they were awesome. Nom nom nom…
Scott mixed it up by having Greek potatoes with his…
And Cathryn decided to go against the grain and order moussaka. Which I luckily got to try and decided I need more eggplant in my life.
The things we chose really were from the dinner menu. Ironic, since we’re the “lunch club”. But we went with it. And of course, if you’re doing dinner, you need to have a proper dessert. We were going to get one thing to split four ways. But couldn’t agree. Jaime wanted baklava, Cathryn wanted chocolate, and I was pulling for tiramisu. So what’s a lunch club going to do? Get all three- with a side of homemade ice cream.
My favorite by far was the tiramisu. Clearly- I was craving it. But everything was amazing. We did a little take a bite and pass it around until it was all gone. My stomach cried happy tears.
Can't talk now, I'm busy!
Luckily, I got to walk some of this food coma off. After lunch club, I had a date with some boys from my hometown who were in the city for the weekend. I caught up with them at The Spread to watch the Mizzou basketball game against Nebraska. GO TIGERS!
After that, I played tour guide and took them to my fav stomping grounds – Wrigleyville of course. We hit Sluggers, Red Ivy, and Merkles. Merkles was the place they had randomly ended up at the night before, and they really liked, so that’s how we rounded out the night. The waitress and bouncer remembered them. Is that a good thing? Depends on who you ask. I’m so glad I got to catch up with them all- and I really miss my friend Brian- he’s one of the few that puts up with my friendly sarcasm. And shoots it right back. I need to be kept on my toes more often.
Today I woke up a little sore thanks to Jillian’s Level 2 workout yesterday. Not sure what this means for the rest of my day. I also didn’t get to bed until 3:00 last night- so slight fatigue may keep me from hitting the full four miles I’m allowed to do. A chilled out run might be necessary.
Plus, I’m getting a workout hopefully later when Mon gets back. We both have some energy that needs to be let out and think batting cages might be the solution. This is what I like to call passive aggressive behavior. Is it healthy? Probably not. Will it help? Who knows. But I do know, however, I am going to have a hell of alot of fun in attempts to get it out of my system.
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