Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ours is the Fury, er, Furleigh

Earlier this year two of our friends, Kristen and Richard, got married. When my boyfriend Timmy and I were trying to decide what to get them for their wedding, I decided I wanted to make them something personal.

Since they are Game of Thrones fans, and their new last name was to be Furleigh (pronounced fur-lee), Timmy suggested a play on words of the House Baratheon motto, "Our is the Fury." I found a Game of Thrones inspired font on-line to use for it. Kristen and Richard, as evidenced by their blog name, are a fan of penguins as well, so, I wanted to incorporate that. The penguin's scarf is the Baratheon sigil on its typical background of yellow. The penguin's crown is the crown Robert Baratheon wore. We then printed the graphic at a photo lab, and put it in a frame.

Eating the Alphabet - The Irish Oak

For the letter "I" in the "Eating the Alphabet" series, we went to The Irish Oak.

When I was trying to decide which restaurant to go to for the letter "I," discovering that the Irish Oak had fishbowls sold it to me; so, of course we ordered a fishbowl when we went. Timmy ordered the Guinness Stew: "Slow cooked traditional Irish stew, with braised beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and Ireland’s #1 stout." I ordered the Mac N' Cheese: "Pepper jack cream sauce, red onion, red peppers and Cajun chicken topped with Parmesan and baked to perfection. Served with Texas Toast." We also ordered the Skillet Cookie for dessert: "Right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate drizzle."

I am not sure what is in the punch because the punch is not on their menu. Ordering the punch is quite the spectacle as they ring a bell, and bring it out with sparklers! I'm pretty sure that fishbowls are meant to be shared by at least four people, however, Timmy and I finished one on our own. It was delicious and the liquor certainly packed a PUNCH (please forgive my dad joke).

Timmy described the stew as "yummy." He is a man of many words.

The mac and cheese was good, although, as I have said a few times before, there really is no such thing as bad mac and cheese.

Skillet cookies are pretty much the best invention ever, and this skillet cookie was no exception.

Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. My only complaint about The Irish Oak is that their bathrooms are downstairs from where you eat and drink; stairs are not the best combination with fishbowls! Speaking of fishbowls, The Irish Oak's fishbowls are usually $30, but they are only $20 on Fridays. At either cost, it is a value. Timmy and I are planning on going back to the The Irish Oak on Friday for the sole purpose of enjoying another tasty fishbowl!

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