Weekly Rochester Events #454: To Be Queen for Nine Days
Thursday, September 20, 2007
For the most part, the past week consisted of working on Ali's new house and eating out for meals.
Last Wednesday I had a nice time chatting early at Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) then headed to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) and got into another good conversation. Then on Thursday I went to Ali's with some of her stuff from the trip and helped her unload some things from her apartment. We went to Highland Park Diner (960 S. Clinton Ave.) for dinner ... I had the mushroom-steak which was tasty but more of a good burger patty ... at least it was completely satisfying, especially when coupled with mashed potatoes. Friday I went to Ali's house and helped her dad with a bunch of little projects. Some of her friends and family showed up to clean before the big move tomorrow ... we got pizza around the corner at Salvatore's Pizza (1018 S. Clinton Ave., formerly Two Paisans Pizza) which was very good — I'm a fan of good crust and this was flavorful and perfectly cooked.
Afterward I went to Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) once again and had this delicious malbec blend. It was pretty late when I left but I went to Lux Lounge (666 South Ave.) anyway. I ran into some friends and hung out until after close. I ended up getting to bed around 3. Worse, though, was that Saturday I got up at 7 a.m. to get to Ali's apartment and help move everything that was left. Her extended family showed up — some at her parents' house to get things out of storage. We all met back at Ali's new house and got everything moved in a matter of hours. We went to a party for a friend of Ali's who's moving to Texas in a few weeks and although our intention was to take a nap for a few hours, it turned into "sleeping all night".
We called a friend on Sunday to see if he'd meet us at Flour City Diner (35 Chestnut St., formerly Danny's East End Café) but he was away from town for the moment. The two of us went and it was an okay experience. Our server was quite young and she missed a few things along the way, like failing to check on us at all or fill up the empty coffee. The "Cajun Benedict" — this week's eggs benedict special — was a bit disjoint as well: the spicy andouille sausage fought against the bland bean sauce and sweet corn muffin, leaving the egg on its own. It's usually better ... and of course, the rest of the meal was fine. I helped Ali work on some stuff around her house then we went to Paola's Burrito Place (1921 South Ave., formerly Big Dog's Hots) for a delicious dinner.
That night we walked to Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) for the show there. First up was Argus Eye who are a rock band with a stoner-rock sound and long songs ... good and pleasantly not tiring. Next was Long Lake who I didn't like as much because although they were good, they had too much of a typical modern-rock sound. Finally The Mathematicians took the stage and brought more of their synth-pop/hip-hop math-nerd-rock antics. I was surprised to find a lot of fans I'd never seen before, presumably from finding them on the Internet.
Monday I was again at Ali's with her dad — we had to put basement jack posts in place where a prior (i.e. 1970's) forced-air furnace installer cut the floor joists in the basement to stick in vents — which, for those of you not horrified, damages the structural integrity of the house. No wonder the floors are crooked. That night we went to Ming's I (1038 S. Clinton Ave.) for a tasty cheap meal. Tuesday was similar ... Ali's dad and I installed carpet in the living room. On that night we went to Gusto (277 Alexander St.) for dinner and The Corn Hill Creamery (290 Exchange Blvd.) afterward for dessert. Gusto was excellent: very traditional just-like-nanna's Italian and Sicilian dishes with balanced, flavorful seasoning. I highly recommend the angel hair pesto and Ali really enjoyed the lasagna special (particularly because she's a fan of peas in pasta — apparently a Sicilian tradition).
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