Archive for October, 2008

Cass in the Kitchen: Ember Orlando

:kitchen: Well, once again this week, I am not going to tell you about something I cooked, but rather about something I ate that someone else cooked. Slacker! It’s not that I don’t cook anymore, but rather that we are so busy with sports right now that I am relying on quick and easy instead of “blog worthy” to feed us. However, when I was in Orlando, there was no sports practice, and there was Ember.

Marisa and I spent a lovely day at Universal with Colleen, Trevor, Andrew and John Chow. After Universal though, it was just me and her. Andrew and Trevor had both left Universal early, John had plans, and Colleen was on her way home. We attempted to go to a Cajun place recommended by Trevor but they were closed. By the way, on the weekend, there is one word for downtown Orlando, and that word is CLOSED. Behold:

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See, closed. All closed.

Except for Ember. Ember had opened on Friday night, so we got to be one of the first patrons, and we got plenty of individual attention, since the place was not hopping. After our, experience, though, I have no doubt it will be! We enjoyed the food and there was plenty of it. We each started with soup. I had the potato and cheese:

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Ohmyword good!

We shared appetizers, and I seriously wonder about the size of the entrees after sampling the appetizers. Look at this:

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Hummus and vegetables

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Buffalo chicken–there were EIGHT pieces of chicken there, people.

And the place is just lovely, inside and out.

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The outside bar

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And the music is good, too! We heard Kenny Chesney and Madonna and a whole bunch of others while we were there. You just don’t get much more eclectic that that, ykwim? About halfway through the meal, I looked at Marisa and said, “we have to tell Ted about this place, it would be great to have a party here during IZEAfest next year”, and then I got up to take pictures of the place. And doncha know, before I could get this post typed up, he and Tara had already found it? Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as we did, Ted!

Oh, one more thing, a gratuitous still life, because I want to be just like Alli when I grow up.

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Blue and Purple and Amber Necklace

It’s Wednesday, so it must be time to talk about beads, right? Not long after I posted last week, the power went out for a bit. You saw some of what I did in the picture of the domino game. Umm, it doesn’t take very long to play dominoes, ya’ll, and so I had time after that to make this:

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I posted a picture of these beads last Wednesday, and I told you it would be for me, and it is! I went with my mother to a funeral visitation last Wednesday night, and wore it, and I got so many compliments!

In the meantime, there have been more beads. Mama found resin beads on sale at Jo-Ann, and brought me home these peachy ones, because I have a project I need them for. I lifted the copper ones from her because they coordinate with some black ones I have.

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In other news, I have noticed that I can no longer remember what kinds of beads I have. Now, new packs of beads generally get stored in a baggie, al the coordinating ones together so I can make the piece I planned. But after that, I have some left, and no real plan for them, but I know I will use them. So I need to store them, and I need to be able to see what I have so I can plan and design, right? Behold the clear plastic bead organizer thingie:

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I have two of these so far, and it is so nice to be able to see exactly what I have instead of having to guess with the little opaque boxes I was using.

Now then, I have become more and more disappointed in the amount of time I no longer have to create. I don’t know about you, but I get to feeling real dry if I am not making stuff. I love to write, this is true, but I also like to make tangible stuff. I decided this morning that I was going to cut back on some of my blogs to free up more time to let my creative self play.

Finally, I’ve had some people ask about custom bead items, and if I am willing to do those. The answer is YES! Just let me know the length, the color and the materials, and I can give you a quote.

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