Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I’m not sure if any of you follow Masterpiece theater on PBS or not. To be honest, I never did until the night of January 18 2009. It was a Sunday night at precisly 9 p.m. Nothing of interest was on. As I was looking through the guide on my digital cable, and saw that Wuthering Heights was going to be on, I figured “why not”. After all, I hold a MA in English and have read Wuthering Heights many times throughout my college career.
Now, this is where two obsessions start. The first being that PBS Masterpiece Theater has become a staple on my television set at 9 p.m. sharp on Sunday nights to watch the newest rendition of a classic novel. The series itself is genius really and I don’t know why I never gave it the time before. Silly me.
The second obsession became that of the British actor Tom Hardy. Sigh. Not only was this man a positvely brilliant Heathcliff, but he’s gorgeous to boot. It’s only fair to mention that the actress who portrayed Cathy, Charlotte Riley, was phenomenal as a new comer. I’m on edge waiting to see what else I can see her in.
Tom Hardy was Heathcliff in every respect. I LOVED this adaptation of the book. He completly got the part right and nailed every scene effortlessly. I am now a huge fan of Tom and of Masterpiece Theater. I can’t get enough of either.
If you’re at all interested in the series, go to www.pbs.org and you can have a look around.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Let me start by saying that my friend and I have eaten at this particular restaurant numerous times considering we live in the area, this way my readers will be in the know that this incident I’m writing about isn’t just a one time thing. Each time I have frequented it, I’ve noticed that when you are first seated the waitress comes around your table frequently. To take your order…get you drinks…and what have you. But after you receive your order it never fails, your waitress disappears. She becomes Houdini and is no where to be found. I’m not exaggerating either, your plates of food get put down in front of you, and then you and your dining partner(s) are on your own until your plate is empty…or you’ve been done eating and haven’t moved your jaw to chew anything in about fifteen minutes…whatever comes first. When you’re literally just about to the point of aggravation, here comes your waitress with the bill in hand. So if you did happen to want anything else, another drink or desert let’s say, you’re out of luck…you’re DONE. You get a half-smiled “thanks so much” as she puts the bill down and that’s literally the extent that you interact with your waitress while you visit Chili’s.
Now, I’m sure you wondering why I continue to eat there…yes? This is where the “review” part kicks in. To be honest…the food’s good. I happen to like the chicken taco’s and the new chicken finger platters they have so I see no harm in returning…as long as I can look past the Houdini -trained waitresses. Also I tend to get desert there because they have this insanely awesome chocolate molten cake. It’s this mouthwatering, rich, chocolate cake that has a “molten” center, if you will. So that when you insert your spoon (or fork…whatever you prefer to eat your desert with) into the center of the cake, hot liquid chocolate comes oozing out. They top it with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate hard shell coating….and it’s Heaven in my book. I’ve gone there JUST for this desert and I’m not ashamed to admit that.
In closing this blog, let me add that I am in no way saying that I will not frequent my local Chili’s again….that I will. I’m just pointing out that the food is great but the service isn’t as high ranked. I haven’t had an unpleasant waitress per say, just ones that come back to your table out of habit rather than want.