The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

We are Going to be Hicks


We are going to get to go on the two day trip later I mentioned yesterday.  It will occur later in the week.  We are both looking forward to it.  

For many years, my wife and I have wanted to try a classic "hoity toity" culinary dish called "Beef Wellington."  To our imagination, it harkens back to ideas of very upper crust, Brittish cuisine where tuxedoed men and gowned ladies of near royalty would dine in the 1800s and early 1900s.    

When we see beef wellington served on television, it looks beautiful and rather ornate.  And, over several years we have looked on our various travels to see if there would be a nearby resturaunt that would serve this dish.  We have had a couple of "near misses" in this regard over the years:

1.  One time we found a restaurant that had it listed on their menu, but during our stay, the resturaunt was temporarily closed for renovations.  

2.  One time another restaurant in another city we were visiting had this dish on their menu, but we could not make a reservation as the place was fully booked on each day we had available.

3.  A third time, we were hunting around for a restaurant that had this dish, and unfortunately, the city had TWO STREETS WITH THE SAME DAMN NAME.... and you can guess, we did not realize this and spent quite a while walking up and down the wrong street looking for the restaurant.... only to find out about the second version of this street elsewhere in the city.... and by the time we figured it out, it was too close to closing time to be able to get to the resturaunt.

BUT, finger's crossed, we are going to be able to try out this dish later this week.  However, there is an interesting aspect to this upcoming adventure:

The RESTAURANT is horribly damn expensive! 

A single serving of beef wellington costs $87.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Single salads run in the $35.00 - $45.00 price range !!!!!!!

A single beer is $17.00 and a single glass of wine is $22.00

Entrees run the gambit in equally stratospheric prices, as do desserts.  

If my wife and were to eat a typical meal there, the meal for the two of us would end up being in at least the $300.00 - $400.00 price range.... before tips!!!!

That is not something I can handle/justify.  Nor can my wife.  

But, my wife and I ARE going to try beef wellington.  We are, however, going to be like hicks:

We are going to order ONE single order of beef wellington and ONE glass of wine.  We will then share the dish and the wine so we can see what this dish is like.......

.... Then after we have finished with this adventure, we will walk somewhere else down the street and have a regular, normally priced meal elsewhere.  

Yes, I know we will be like hicks doing this.  But we will be financially careful hicks.  

  • Only ran 8 miles (~13 km) this morning because I had to teach so early.
  • Still would very much like Peter's Pleasure Pipe Tobacco.  Still do not know if I should or not.



Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I would never be that extravagant. I don’t think I would apply your solution either, but all the best to you.

Tuesday, 14 June, 2022  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

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Wednesday, 15 June, 2022  
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Wednesday, 15 June, 2022  
Blogger Tom Cochrun said...

That is an extraordinarily expensive restaurant.
I hope your plan works and that you enjoy the beef wellington.
We look forward to your update.

Thursday, 16 June, 2022  
Blogger yellowdoggranny said...

even if I could afford that restaurant I wouldn't go...that's ridiculous..besides it's not that hard to make.

Saturday, 18 June, 2022  

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