November 3rd, 2010

Calvin: Toilet


Spent the night itching. Because we took our boss to lunch for her birthday. Wait.....let me back up a minute.

Mrs. boss's birthday was Monday. We had scheduled lunch with her for yesterday......had picked one of her favorite French restaurants. Even "sent" her an invitation! :grin: We were all set.....and then it rained. And Rained. AND Rained.

OK, time for Plan B - lunch at the Mercury. No biggie - I LOVE the Mercury. Never had a bad meal there...until yesterday.

Chris makes this fantastic "Cracklin' Chicken". I don't know how he does it, but it's skin-on; the skin is crisp and crunchy while the meat is moist and tender. Yummy! So when the waiter told us yesterday's special was Fried Chicken, I said sure - I mean, Chris is good at chicken! Only.....not so much *fried* chicken.

The special is the "businessman's lunch" - 3 courses for $20. Inexpensive (for this restaurant!), usually good, always fast. You get either a house salad or soup, the entree, and the dessert of the day. Not huge portions, but you leave full. Yesterday's menu consisted of salad or Pumpkin soup (I chose the salad), the Fried Chicken with mousellined potatoes and gravy (basically puree'd potatoes), and Avocado salad (think potato salad with Avocados and boiled eggs instead of potatoes). Dessert was Apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

The salad was good. The entree........OK. Mayo should NOT be anywhere near Avocados....:ugh: The potatoes were good - they were served in a small cast-iron pot; potatoes on the bottom, then gravy, then swirled with pan drippings. The chicken.......have you ever had Banquet frozen fried chicken? Yeah....this tasted like that...the skin had that crisp-but-strangely-soggy texture, and it had that funky taste. :ugh: I manfully ate it, though - I was hungry! - and awaited my dessert.

First up, I'm not fond of fruit pies/cobblers. I don't like the syrup that they contain...but hey - it came with lunch, so no big deal, right? Small portion, I can eat it........

The apples were great - just the right balance between too squishy and too crisp. The flavor was *great*....sweet, slightly cinnamon-y, and the ice cream balanced it well. There was a swirl on top.....looked like caramel, and I didn't think anything of it.

Until bite #5, when my ankle started itching. Then my elbow.........

I am allergic to honey. I break out in hives. This? Was *smothered* in honey - and I didn't twig on it until I started itching. And itching. The entire rest of the day was spent discreetly scratching......

It took 2 Benedryl last night to control it enough so I could sleep. I'm still itchy this morning.....:sigh: At least I have mild could have been *much* worse.

But no more cobbler from the Mercury!