Friday, July 23, 2010

The Rhody

I had to take a break from my regular blog schedule yesterday guys. We had a tragedy in the family; as Noodle and I were enjoying a rousing playdate with some good friends I received a knock on the door. There was an officer there who asked me if I have a dog named Sophie. Knowing her tendencies of digging under the fence and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood I said 'yes and what kind of trouble is she in?' I have always figured it would only be a matter of time before one of the neighbors got really sick of it and called the Humane Society on her.

This officer, who was super nice and looked to be about twelve years old said that there had been an accident. Someone hit my sweet little pound puppy with their car and just left her on the side of the road. It is unspeakable how this has affected me. I adopted her from the Humane Society before Noodle was born. When I saw her it was love at first sight; for both of us. And despite her incredibly neurotic barking, incessant need for me to touch her, obsessive following me around, extreme hate for men and general dislike for anyone except me, she was mine and I loved her and she was precious.

Rest in peace my sweet little girl. You will be forever in my heart.

Thank you to Miss Brandi and Miss L'erin for being there (athough you could have never known) and being fantastic support during such a terrible moment. And thank you, to the lovely officer who looked incredibly taken aback by my instant hysterical reaction and the 'take charge' attitude of my fantastic friends. You were a good deliverer of such terrible news so thank you for that.

In light of the recent tragedy, I haven't been in the kitchen. In fact I didn't want to be in the house because without her it's just quiet. So I went to the beach and had dinner with my parents at The Rhododendron Cafe. Now, if you're a regular reader, you know that The Rhody is one of the fantastic places in Bow/Edison that I was planning to write about in my 'fantastical places of Bow/Edison' blog. You just get it early because I wasn't up to cooking. I'm also going to tag it as an 'Adventure Wednesday' blog even though it was Thursday.

So here we go:

I love The Rhody. The End.

Just kidding :)

I mean, I really do but there is so much more! At the corner of a busy intersection it doesn't look like much more than a small unassuming restaurant but inside, oh, inside is a varitable smorgasboard of amazing delights with incredible flavor waiting to dance on your tongue! Every month they change their 'theme', offering specials based around that. This month the theme was 'local'.

Some of the specials included fresh mussels in a broth that has you asking for a straw, a Gothberg Farms chevre salad, jerked pork tenderloin with rice and beans and jerked veggies with red quinoa.

I also love that The Rhody always includes a vegetarian or vegan meal amongst their specials. They also have a regular menu but it is so nice, as a veg/veggie/pesce to be able to 'take part' in the specials.

We started with a delicious bottle of Four Graces... one of my favorites. Thursday, we noticed, just happened to be the day they offer 20% off all bottles of wine, so that was a bonus!

Both my parents ordered the jerked pork tenderloin and raved about it. For being meat it didn't look too bad but I, of course, didn't try it.

I ordered the veggie special, jerked veggies with red quinoa. It was delicious and incredibly spicy. Now, I like heat; I like a lot of heat, but I don't know that a 'normal' person could palate the heat in this dish. I wonder if they accidentally over did it or what. Either way it was super good but beware :)

p.s. why in h-e-double hockey sticks is my wine glass empty??

If you are in the area I don't just recommend going to The Rhody, I say it's a must. And when you are done with your fabulous meal, The Rhody 2 is right next door for your retail shopping pleasure... they have all kinds of funky fun things; you will definitely leave with a treasure.

That's all for now but I will be back tomorrow with my amazing 24x24 meal: Oil Done Right.

If you have any questions about The Rhody, please don't hesitate to email!

Take care and keep your pets close :)


1 comment:

  1. Ellen,

    Sorry to hear about your dog. I feel your pain. Hope the sun shines brighter for you tomorrow.



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