Friday, January 26, 2024

Finally, a senior outing! Livin’ the Vida Loca at the Buca di Beppo

A couple days ago, a few of us from the Senior Center went out to lunch (my first outing since the Narcisi Winery in October) to Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant in Robinson Township.  It felt a bit strange as there was only 2 other customers there.

However, we were treated like royalty and our server (Ashley) was wonderful.  When I said my lasagna was probably the best I’d ever eaten, she went back and told the chef, who asked if he could meet me.  His name was Roberto and my gosh, what a humble, kind man.

I didn’t take a lot of photos, but thought I’d share the few I have.  When we left, I said I hoped we made it back this way again soon, and my friend Evvie said “Okay, but we’re only steps away from an Outback Steakhouse!”

Seated in the Cardinals Room, there’s a giant peacock painted on the wall behind my giant headA mural of nuns riding bumper cars—I almost wish I had this hanging in my apartment.While Dennis is outside smoking his 16th cigarette, Paul is about to order a glass of wine so expensive I feel the need to tell him how to drink it.  S L O W L Y.Hot plate!  You can’t tell from this photo, but there must be a quart of lasagna and sauce here. 

I was going to post everyone’s lunch, but we all ordered the same thing!My dear and funny pal Evvie, we discussed places to visit in DC and the going rates for cadavers, among other things.I brought home my leftover lasagna, and our server put a paper sack with a small loaf of warm bread in my doggy bag.  Talk about first class service.

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  1. now I'm hungry for lasagne.

    Ceci

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    1. Ceci I had plenty, wish I could've shared it with you πŸ™‚

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  2. The going price for cadavers? I am absolutely certain that's a topic I've never discussed or even heard discussed before. :)
    The lasagna looks delicious and the bread was a very nice add on by the restaurant.

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    1. Thanks Maebeme, that bread was a nice touch. As for cadavers, one of our retired lunch partners rides with a local mortician to pick up bodies. It's quite a side hustle!

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  3. Dug, your lasagna looks delicious! DH loves lasagna and we just ate at our favorite Italian restaurant last night. I can't have the tomato sauce, but did taste his sausage, cheese and pasta dish. One thing about Italian food, there's always a lot to bring home. We also shared one of their wonderful bread puddings... yum!

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    1. Thank you and my goodness Rian, you're making me hungry for Italian food all over again! Can I ask why you can't have tomato sauce? Is it because of the acid?

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  4. I love all of the art, and I love Italian cuisine, too. There is a Buca di Peppo in Honolulu, as well. I ate there once with David, but we disliked the noise from the next table.

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    1. Thanks Gigi, well you might have liked this one as there were no other customers except us! But it did have a lot of wonderful art and photos. This is my first time at one of these places.

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  5. The lasagna looks outstanding and the portion size is amazing. The chef must be Italian. It is nice to compliment the chef and I am sure he appreciated your feedback. The next time you are at the restaurant, use your i-phone to take a picture of the nuns riding in bumper cars...Staples can blow the picture up for you and you will have a poster.

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    1. Thanks Susan, yes I thought that was very sweet of the server to tell the chef what I said. He was very very gracious. Well, I don't have an iPhone but that's okay I was half kidding about the nuns and those bumper cars!

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  6. I've heard good things about that place; I think there is (or used to be?) one in Seattle. I love lasagna and that looks delicious. I'm so glad you got out on the town, Doug!

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    1. Thanks very much Margaret, am I the last person to hear about this place? I had no idea it even existed, let alone a chain of them! Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing our next couple outings, I think you're going to like one of them very much πŸ™‚

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  7. Such a nice outing, and that lasagne does look awfully good! You made a friend when you complimented the chef.

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    1. Thanks DJan... well, I've learned from warm friends like yourself that a little kindness goes a long way πŸ™‚

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  8. That is enough lasagna on your plate for a small family! No wonder you had leftovers! Every time you post a picture, it makes me happy. You're quite a changed fella from the isolated Doug that used to blog here.

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    1. Thanks Debby---it was a ton of food alright! Well, I'm a hermit by nature but last spring I made a commitment to join something and get out more. I feel a little more normal, but I don't mind being a hermit! :^)

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  9. And just how did the price of cadavers in DC come up?

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    1. Haha--one of our lunch companions (Dennis) has a side hustle where he goes with morticians to pick up recently deceased people. He's paid $25.00 a body. I'd demand a hundred bucks!

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    2. What???? Oh my goodness! I assumed that would all be done by the morticians.
      Robin

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    3. Robin, not to be morbid but I suppose every mortician needs his own "Igor",,, it's creepy though!

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  10. PPS: in the interest of full disclosure? I have never been to an Outback Steak House in my life.

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    1. I have, but only once--I've always wanted to go to a Texas Longhorn. PS Debbie, your comments always go to my spam folder and it's driving me nuts, Blogger is gaslighting me

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    2. Well, I can't even use my phone to comment on my own blog without being 'anonymous'. It's enough to make a preacher swear.

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  11. OH GOSH. When I saw your lasagna, I was thinking I would have placed a to-go order right then and there! What a great outing. I hope they do have a good business but it is nice to have a server who isn't rushed. Maybe they do a larger service at dinner time in the evening. Your senior center has the best outings!
    Your story reminds me of the old days when once a year I would travel to a conference out of state in a mini van with six other ladies. We made our first lunch stop and were so busy chattering, we didn't discuss the menu. The poor waitress had to go person to person and all seven of us ordered the chicken pot pie special with iced tea - one . at. a . time. By the time she got to number seven, some of us might have been under the table laughing.

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    1. Haha Miss Merry, loved the chicken pot pie story... as for this restaurants business, I was thinking the exact same thing. I really hope they have a good business, maybe their dinner time is busy. We were there 2 hours and it was only two other customers besides us the entire time. Anyway, thank you our senior center does have some great outings!

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  12. Hi Doug, how wonderful you were finally able to get out with your Senior Centre friends. Your lasagna looks delicious. Such interesting things you all discuss!πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
    Have a great weekend.❤️
    Robin

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    1. Thank you Robin! Oh I very much wish you could hear some of the conversations that took place.. πŸ˜„

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  13. Yum. I’d have chosen the Italian restaurant over the Outback steak house. Actually, I’m being rather hasty as I’ve not been to an Outback – we don’t have them here in Oz.
    Just generally, I’d choose Italian over steak.

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    1. Peter it’s almost ironic don't you think? Just when I hear outback, I think of Australia. Anyway, we didn't have a choice between the two but I'm glad the Italian was settled on before we went. I'm still dealing with some jaw pain and can't really chew things like steak right now.

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    2. Peter Tibbles; we have the Outback so we're halfway there, just need someone to plonk a Steakhouse down into it.

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  14. I’d have been with Paul, choosing the expensive wine.

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    1. I felt like I was splurging by spending $3.99 on a glass of pepsi!

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  15. That looks like a wonderful outing! We have a Buca di Beppo in Kansas City and I love going there. I like how they have all the separate rooms not to mention the delicious food! How thoughtful that she added bread to your doggy bag!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, and these comments like yours are really surprising me. I should've googled the restaurant, I had no idea it was a chain!

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  16. So what is the going rate for cadavers and why would anyone want to buy one?
    The lasagna looks amazing, does he deliver? To Adelaide South Australia? Ha Ha. I'd like to know more about the Outback Steakhouse, it sounds Australian.

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    1. Thanks River, but I don't think they deliver! πŸ˜„ As for that steakhouse, yes it's Aussie themed, it's a popular chain here. The cadavers, our lunch friend Dennis the smoker gets paid $25 a body to help the local mortician pick up dead people. I told him he should be getting $100!

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  17. I’m so happy that you found your way to the Senior Center and are now part of “the gang”. Looks like a nice place for your group to lunch. I have to admit that we’re not much for eating out. I really enjoy cooking and the whole restaurant experience seems tedious to me. I DO like lasagna, though. But have never figured out why it is served with bread when it’s mostly a form of “bread” itself. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Don, but you & I think very much alike. I'm not a fan of restaurants either, would much rather cook/dine at home. I'm doing it solely for the company of others, especially people my age. As for the bread served with lasagna, haha I don't get that either! Well wait--the bread was served with salads before our entrees :^)

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  18. Well it's happened again! Didn't notice your post until this morning. Gotta check more often!!! Glad you shared another enjoyable jaunt out and about. Evvie sounds like my type of lunch mate. It makes sense to hire strong helpers to move 'dead' weight. I agree with you that smoker Dennis should have got more than $25 for the job. Cigs (so I'm told) are not cheap.

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    1. Florence, so glad to hear from you--Robin & I were wondering how you were, I sure hope things are good. Yes, I was just telling my sister about Evvie, you would love her. As for Dennis the Smoker, he's in his 60s and smokes 2 1/2-3 packs a day, and says it costs him close to $1000 a month. I just find that unreal! Anyway, thanks for checking in, we miss you :^)

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    2. That would be $1000 a WEEK here in Australia, the cost of smokes is as much as $50 per pack depending on brands. Even the cheapest brand is over $20. I'm glad I don't smoke.

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    3. Wow--I can't imagine! Well, I smoked for 25 years, but quit in 2008 when they hit $1.40 a pack. People are crazy.

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