This would be - leftovers. Let me tell you about these leftovers. “ Mmmmmmm…. ! “ Amazing memory about where they came from!
My husband took me out of my cage last night. He decided to take me out on a date! He took me out to dinner. And - He decided to surprise me - with a really - really - fantastic surprise!
But first - I gotta go back in time a little bit.
I remember a particular Mother’s Day - 2008. Dwayne and Jen took me out to dinner at my most favorite restaurant. And we were shocked. It was - closed down.
We opted for Olive Garden in Turkey Creek - which turned out to be a humongous mistake. Haven’t been back since. It was like trying to eat dinner on the 50-yard sideline at a UT VOLS football game - inside Neyland Stadium - with a packed house - and the band playing “ Rocky Top “ - right behind us.
It would have been worth cooking the same thing - at home.
But then again - it just might have been worth the 31-mile drive - all the way to Pigeon Forge - to eat at that location of my favorite restaurant.
Back to last night -
The only thing Dwayne had offered up for information about where we'd be having dinner was - “ It’s a place in Turkey Creek! “ And I’m thinking - “ Has one of the guys told him about one of the places in that maize that we’ve never tried before? Or - is he even daring to try Olive Garden - again? “
Knowing Dwayne as well as I do - it was easy to shut out the latter thought. My husband does tend to value his time - money - and his appetite - when it comes to blending all three.
We get to Lovell Road. Dwayne gets into the left-hand lane. Immediately - confusion meets with concern in my mind. One must turn right - onto Parkside Drive - to even get to Turkey Creek.
“ Baby… weren’t you supposed to turn right there? “
“ We’re not going that way. Guess where we’re going. Can you see it? “
Common sense has me looking forward - straight ahead. And then - something catches my eye - pulling me toward the left side.
A neon red sign - “ Carino’s “ shines brightly. It’s turned - ON !! There are cars in the parking lot!! I struggle until I see - lamps and people - inside the building!!
“ Oh, my God!! Johnny Carino’s!! They opened back up!!! “
The location at Lovell Road in Knoxville for Johnny Carino's had closed down when business fell as soon as Olive Garden opened in Turkey Creek. I said - even back then - after our nightmare of an experience at Olive Garden - " They should have waited long enough to see how all the chaos would drive everybody away from Olive Garden! "
Those leftovers I showed you - up above. Those are remains from the Calamari - and our very favorite appetizer - Sicilian Fire Sticks !! Oh…. They are just - absolutely - fabulous!!
" Tomato-basil tortillas rolled with a delicious blend of Italian sausage, chicken, bacon, tomatoes, jalapenos, and Italian cheeses served with our spicy marinara and ranch. "
We started with our appetizers. They were followed by salads - hot Italian bread dipped in their wonderful hot olive oil infused with red pepper and other spices! And then came our entrees. I had the Chicken Penne Gorgonzola. Dwayne had the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken.
Oh... and the Calamari - I got Dwayne to try the Calamari - finally!
I love Calamari! I love to make it at home. And I have a recipe for my own choice of dipping sauce!
It was wonderful! We ate until we were miserable! It was wonderful! We brought home doggy bags!
Did I tell you it was wonderful??
It was so wonderful that - we needed a walk - afterwards. We went to - PetsMart - final half of - our date !
I know - kinda makes you think about the scenes in movies where the new mom goes out on a date for the first time after having a baby. We're just - pitiful that way.
We had fun picking out a new harness for Carlie. We found training treats for Carlie - which we considered would end up being - a must share - with Zucker - no doubt.
Trust me - ’ Docile ’ - is a precious word - thought of like a wish under this roof at the moment!