I was low on fuel and short on time. My neighborhood Applebee's fit the bill.
I spend much too much time emailing and not enough time looking at the women who fill my world. A quick text, an update on Facebook, an e-card for a birthday or a heartfelt but still one-step-removed-from-a-real-hug get well card...they are useful and convenient and keep the flames of a relationship on simmer. But for a real dose, to reinforce all the reasons I love them in the first place, I felt the need for Girls' Night Out.
Yes, the menu was in the shape of an apple...Applebee's, remember?...and it was good for a giggle or two while Crayola Mom and I waited for Miss Margo and Chicago Gal to arrive.
Our table was bright and sunny, right by the window, and my feet actually reached the floor with my spine pressed against the back of the booth. I was in heaven and we hadn't even ordered yet.
Yes, we wanted margaritas.
No, we didn't want them with olives, a little on the dry side.
Yes, we wanted them fruity and cool and on the rocks with salt.
We were thrilled to know that they were half price. It really was Happy Hour!
The UofA Wildcats were in the process of winning the College World Series as we four hugged and drank and ate. Our booth, up by the windows and above the bar, was quiet enough for us to talk without screaming but close enough to the energy from the bar that we were able to follow the game on the distant televisions without feeling that it was intruding into our face-to-face time.
Of course, that face to face time was leavened by alcohol...
Classic Margarita with Miss Margo's fingers to the left...
Watermelon Margarita with Chicago Gal's fingers on the right...
No one wanted a face shot, which was probably a good thing...as were the straws. Those glasses were huge and filled to the brim; sipping delicately from the edge of the glass was impossible, though it was good for some more giggles.
Starting with the Happy Hour Menu seemed like a wise move; the regular menu was page after page of mouthwatering scrumptiousness, but it required more reading than we were up to after one round of drinks. But, right there on that apple-shaped menu were more tasty treats than we needed...though we ordered most of them, I must admit.
There was spinach and artichoke dip
Crayola Mom chose boneless not-so-spicy wings
which still managed to sizzle my tongue.
My favorites were the Crispy Chicken Won Ton Tacos.
Who says America isn't a melting pot?
We have here Asian/Mexican/American fusion.
Chicken stuffed into wonton shells fried into the shape of crispy tacos and topped off with cole slaw.
They could not be cut and retain any semblance of structural integrity.
There was no sharing; each one had to eat one.
It was that kind of an evening, denizens.
Feeling the need for something that resembled dinner, I opted for the Sizzling Double Whiskey Steaks with mashed potatoes on the side. Two 4oz sirloins on a steamy plate with so many veggies they were falling off onto the charger.... we split them into four equal pieces and transferred our portions onto the clean small plates which kept appearing, out of nowhere, at the edge of our table.
None of us needed a whole main course; this divvied up nicely and felt like food that Mom would approve. No matter how old you get, Mom's still a touchstone. She'd have been proud of us, eating our veggies and cleaning our plates...all of us except Crayola Mom, who took her portion home to her growing son.
She was still working on that White Queso dip.
And then it was time for dessert. Back to that apple shaped menu we went, my guests ordering with me smiling and encouraging. I knew there would be bites for me of whatever they chose. And so I had some whipped cream from the chocolate mousse
and the chocolate sundae shooters.
The chocolate sundae shooter had crushed Oreos in the bottom, which I would have photographed but Miss Margo finished them before I could reach the camera.
Chicago Gal and I enjoyed the blondie and the ice cream.
When it was time for the bill, the girls reached for their wallets.
We had $150 to spend, and they were certain we were over our limit.
Not to worry ladies.
Not only is Applebee's a comfortable place to catch up with the girls, it's a bargain, too.
Visiting on-line has its purposes, but I could get used to this Girls' Night Out thing pretty easily. Applebee's can be found hanging out on-line, too, so find them on YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr!
And Applebee's is a welcoming venue, a comfortable spot for hanging out with the gang.
I have a feeling we'll be back in our booth before very long.
This could become a habit.
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