Cabin in the Woods. I like most horror films and I was curious to see what Joss Whedon had put together. I'm a regular listener to the Doug Benson helmed "Doug Loves Movies" podcast and they talked about it when Doug was at South by Southwest film fest. Thankfully they warned everyone to avoid watching clips, trailers, seeing film posters, etc. because it would spoil the film for you.
There is a big twist in the film and it kind of goes off the rails after that. So worth it! It isn't super scary horror, it's more gore and intrigue with lots of comedy added in. So far this has been my favorite film of 2012. If you are a Joss Whedon fan (he did Firefly, Dollhouse, Buffy etc.) go see it!
Saturday night we went to see a show down at The Capitol Theater located in Downtown Clearwater. I'd never been to downtown Clearwater so it was quite an experience since it is pretty much Scientology headquarters. We got there early and wandered around downtown a bit before heading into a restaurant to kill some time before the show.
Tony's Pizzeria Ristorante is located right on Cleveland Street in the heart of downtown. It's a good sized restaurant with really friendly staff. We showed up around 4PM and wandered over to the bar area to get a few beers. We ended up staying for dinner after having such a nice time.
Our friendly bartender recommended a few appetizers including the garlic knots and he didn't have to go any further after that. They arrived hot and plentiful with a good serving of homemade marinara sauce to dip them in.
One bite of that little knot full of garlic and I fell in love with the marinara sauce. I don't know if I was because I was insanely hungry or it really is that good but I couldn't believe how good it was!
I had another beer and my husband ordered a White Russian because he hadn't had one in quite a while and apparently had been staring at the bottle of Kahlua behind the bar for 30 minutes thinking about one. We relaxed a bit more before ordering entrees.
I had the veal scallopini piccata and Ringo had the spaghetti and meatballs. My piccata sauce tasted wonderful and had lots of capers in it. I didn't try the meatballs but Ringo reported they were amazing. I would definitely go back. I was sad I was too full to try the dessert but the food was so good I couldn't eat anymore. Before leaving we even got to meet Tony the owner who works in the restaurant every day usually helping to cook back in the kitchen. You can tell he loves his restaurant and works very hard.
Eat at the bar! I think we got great service because of that.
Pumie Scouring Stick.
This little stick scrubs the hard water buildup right off like magic. It doesn't harm the finish of tile or porcelain either. Sometimes you can find them in ACE Hardware or Wal-Mart stores but they sell out quickly. I order mine online from Amazon. Keep several on hand since as you are scrubbing they do wear away. I still think it is less expensive than using chemicals and you don't have any fumes to have to worry about.
I'm going to try it on my tile grout next!