Thursday, July 28, 2011

Venice

Time for another blog update, since I haven't written one in a few days.

On Sunday we had our friends Allie and Dan over for dinner, 1) because we love them, and 2) because they are leaving soon to go get married in the States! Woo hoo! Congratulations!!!!!!! They're going to watch Richie for us while we're in Venice for the next 4 days, but then they're leaving to go home.

I made a bangin' artichoke dip that I took pictures of while I was preparing, but then forgot to take a final picture of it when it was finished. Oh well. It was all gobbled up so I know it was good. Try it!

Artichoke Dip
Ingredients:
8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. grated cheddar
1 clove garlic, minced.

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and transfer to dish.
Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

The next time you need to make an appetizer, try this! It's delish. I actually got it from a friend a few years ago and have made it several times since. It's always enjoyed and complimented.

So, our dog is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He has LOTS of hair. We like to get his hair cut and nails trimmed every few months. Well, the last time we got it done here it was 100 CHF, which equates to approx $125.00. I decided that this time I would try to do it myself.... with um,,, Paul's clippers. Oops! Sorry Paul! He actually looks pretty good. If you do want to get your dog's hair cut professionally here in Zurich, the place I've gone to before is called Hundesalon Bello. It's the cheapest I could find, and the owner is super nice (doesn't speak english, only german). She lets the dogs play together after they're finished being cut, which I think is MUCH better than locking them up in a little cage to wait for their owners.

I tried to get Richie to show off his new 'do.


So, we cut and bathed Richie, are about to brush his teeth and clean his ears, for his stay at Auntie Allie's!! He gets to play with Jack and Penny and have a ball for the next 4 days while we're in Venice.

I. Am. So. Excited. I've never been to Italy! Venice is going to be amazing. I don't even care if it's high tourist season and crowded, I'm going to eat it up. Time to go pack!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Old Souls...

Last night we didn't get in until pretty late. That's not really like us anymore. What can I say? I'm an old soul. The Penn State partying is loooong gone.

Why were we out so late? Because it was Martijn's BIRTHDAY!

Paul and I started the night at the Outback restaurant at Stadelhofen. It's not the same as the Outback chains back home, but has a similar vibe. I was feeling the Monster Truck Burger (I'm such a man) and Paul got the Kangaroo steak. Weird, right? I tasted a bite, wasn't diggin' it.

Then we headed on over to meet up with some friends at a bar called Papa Joe's. This was actually one of the first bars that we actually went to when we moved to Zurich, but it was certainly not the highlight of the evening. The next bar - Widder Bar - was also very nice, but still not the highlight of the evening.

Oh no, the highlight of the evening was the Splendid Bar. Paul and I had been here once before, and always referred to it as the Piano Bar, because there is a man there singing and playing the piano. We didn't know the history behind it though, or it's reputation as a "meet-up" spot for singles (and even some hookers!!) until Dieter (our own little Swiss tour guide) explained it to us. It was AMAZING watching so many people make complete fools of themselves trying to hook up with other people and get shut down, or have the hookers sit on their laps after only speaking with them for a few minutes. When I saw some of their outfits my jaw literally dropped, because they were SO out of place. For the most part, this was a NORMAL bar! Really famous people visit it when they come to Zurich, and apparently Cindy Crawford was even just recently there. I guess that's just part of the "scene" there. It was weird, but funny.

This is the guy that made the evening!

The pianist was fantastic. He played lots of oldies that are/were famous in the States, but everyone there seemed to know them as well. It was so fun to sing and dance along. If you're looking for some entertainment, head there after 11 or 12. It's over in the Niederdorf area.

Happy Weekend!