A few weeks ago Wayne and I headed over to Stoller Family Estates with a couple of friends for an evening outside under the stars to watch a live performance of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. We had never done anything like that before, however since we pretty much live a hop skip and a jump away from Stoller (I know, how lucky, right?) we decided to just do it – and we were so glad we did!
the house, listened to my favorite easy listening music on Pandora, and watched the kids play in the sunshine. It was a beautiful day.
Anyways, last weekend we stayed three nights in Lincoln City. I had found a Groupon a few months ago for a one bedroom hotel room with a full kitchen right on the beach, and snagged up the great deal. The weather was absolutely amazing.
I won a gift card to The Ringside Steakhouse from my friend Marlynn over at Urban Bliss Life as part of her holiday giveaway series ( I was so excited because I rarely win anything )! Wayne and I decided since the holidays were already a time of chaos and over commitment that we would hold on to the gift card until February, and use it as our Valentine’s celebration.
We unpacked our bags, as well as a bottle of wine. We relaxed until about 6:30, then got ready and headed down for the happy hour where I sampled their sangria before catching a cab for our reservations at 8:00 pm.
I’ve sampled some of The Ringside’s food at various events, but hadn’t ever experienced dinner at the restaurant before – I did know three items I had to eat though – their famous onion rings, butternut squash soup, and a filet mignon.
Their onion rings were unlike any other I had tasted before – they practically melted in your mouth! I already knew the butternut squash soup was delicious, and that’s why I opted for that instead of a salad. I also tried a cocktail named “The Spirit” –which included vodka, muddled strawberries and lime. I would have had ordered another one if we hadn’t ordered a bottle of wine with dinner.
Wayne ordered the night’s special – an 8 oz filet mignon dry cured for 28 days, served with mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts. He decided to add a lobster tail on as well…can you believe with all of the food events we’ve attended over the past couple of years that neither of us had tried lobster before?!
similar to Noah’s (he’s obsessed with it!)
Well, last night we made it – Emma’s holiday program was a success. All three of the kids programs were squeezed in together less than a week, and then tonight we headed out to our friend’s son’s preschool program to finish up our week of events. ‘Tis the season to see a bunch of adorable performances.
I made sure that I signed the waivers online first so I wouldn’t have to worry about that when we got there. We entered in to the large building and my kids let out a little gasp of anticipation. There were multiple areas with different activities for them to play on – sections for all ages to jump, certain areas for just younger children, a basketball bouncing area, a foam pit – and all of the sections had their own attendant supervising everyone.