Sunday, May 15, 2011

Checking In. And Steaks with Blue Cheese Sauce

I'm probably too old to love Facebook as much as I do, but I can't make myself any younger, and the chances of Facebook getting any less awesome in my eyes is slim, so we're going to just have to get over the whole notion.

I recently discovered this whole concept of  the "checking in" concept where you can tell your Facebook friends where you are at any moment.  You just click "check in" on your iPhone (or whatever inferior device you may have if you DON'T have an iPhone) and it searches around where you are and you can post your current location and activities.  A stalker's dream come true!  I don't really know why we're under the impression that 200 (ugh, okay its more like 100) of our Facebook friends really CARE where we are eating dinner or what airport we are currently in, but other people do it, and like a nosey wench, I enjoy it.  And I KNOW the people I'm friends with are nosey as well, so I've started "checking in" to give everyone the sheer joy of knowing that I'm out to dinner or that I'm stuck in O'Hare (again).

Friday night, I checked into 2 very, very classy establishments.  Bandito's Burrito Lounge, and the Sunset Lanes Bowling Alley.  I'll tell you why they are classy.  Banditos isn't just a regular Mexican joint, its a weird, sketchy "regulars" bar during the day, and a meat market for early 20-somethings at night.  It even has a disco ball on the dance floor, and bartenders with an affinity for making a stiff, stiff cocktail.  I used to go there a LOT when I was younger and cooler, but Banditos is way out of my league now.  They do have a mean chimichanga, though, and some cheap happy hour drinks, so off we went on Friday at dinnertime.  The conversation quickly turned into what should be done after dinner (dancing under the disco ball was ruled out), and for some reason bowling came up. 

Now, we've talked previously about my stellar athletic skills, specifically pertaining to golf and tennis.  But let me tell you, I'm actually pretty decent at bowling and pool.  Never mind that they are both sketchy bar "sports", and golf and tennis are typically known as the classy sports.  I'm sure it means nothing that I'm really good at the bar sports and really terrible at the classy ones.

Anyway, once we decided on bowling, I loudly announced to the group that I used to be in a bowling league.  Because ITS TRUE!  I WAS in a bowling league a few years back.  Never mind the fact that we came in last, but I was in a league and that automatically makes me good.  Or at least better than you.

After bowling on Friday night (and after checking into the Sunset Lanes AMF Bowling Alley on Facebook), AND after my third announcement that I used to be in a LEAGUE, we decided that we should join a new league at the very classy Sunset Lanes.  You can play 10 weeks for $10 a week and at the end, you get a disco-inspired plastic bowling ball!  Score!  I can't tell whether my fellow bowlers were being serious about joining the league, but I was being totally serious.  I'll go by myself if I have to.  Its pretty much the only thing I can possibly be good at.  We all know golf and tennis aren't happening.

Anywho, eating and bowling were about the only things I did this weekend.  It rained a lot, and I lazed around like a slug a lot.  I did manage to plan the menu for the week, starting with tonight's meal of grilled steaks with blue cheese cream sauce, cauliflower "mashed potatoes", and roasted broccoli.  We also had a lovely glass bottle of Cabernet, purchased at Sam's Club along with some beach towels and a bunch of toilet paper.  And nothing else that resembled a grocery.  Evidently our Sam's got struck by lightning last night and everything frozen or perishable was taken out of the store.  Made for a very productive grocery shopping trip.  Still managed to spend like $200, though.  *Budgeting Fail.*

Dinner was delicious, though.  I guess that's not even necessary to say, huh?  Its not like I'd blog about it if it were terrible.

Grilled Strip Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce
Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

2 New York Strip Steaks
4 Tablespoons Butter (I used 2)
1 whole Very Large Yellow Onion, Sliced
1 cup Heavy Cream (I used 1/2 cup light cream)
½ cups Crumbled Blue Cheese

Salt and pepper both sides of the steaks. Grill until medium rare.

Saute onions in butter over high heat. Cook for 10, or until dark and caramelized. Reduce heat to simmer and pour in cream. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until reduced by half. Stir in blue cheese until melted. Serve steaks on generous portion of sauce.


  1. I'll never get tired of being a nosey facebook stalker of you or anyone else I'm "friends" with:) On a more important note, you have inspired me to beg kramer to make us some cauliflower mashed potatoes

  2. First of all, let me just say, that steak looks AMAZING and I want it NOW.

    As for your night of eats and bowling- that sounds like so much fun! I want to hang out with you guys. :) We haven't been bowling in ages. Bandito's sounds like such a great place, I love Mexican food!