Friday, April 27, 2012

Ladies Night at the Apollo Grill

Good morning!

Wednesday night was filled with lots of laughter and commotion as the first grade room moms {and the teacher} hit the town for another party planning meeting.  I use the term “meeting” loosely since our outing was more about gathering together to chat,laugh, and have fun, but as the end of the year approaches, we all felt that we needed to get together one last time to discuss and delegate items and ideas for the classroom celebration.  

The place?  Downtown’s Apollo Grill, a perennial favorite of both Bethlehemites and out-of towners.

Who? The four room moms: Heather, Sue, Rebecca, and me + Alisa {i.e. Mrs. Gonzalez}.  She was brave enough to venture out and join us this time…

There were tons of chuckles over the numerous stories involving first grade mishaps and daily doings.  I have to say…God Bless Alisa.  First grade is TOUGH! 

More importantly, what did we eat?  Usually when I go to a restaurant with dim lighting, the photos are less than stellar and that night was no different.  The Apollo is known for their amazing food and honestly, I have never, ever had a bad meal there.

The Apollo could be considered a restaurant featuring American fusion cuisine and they have a variety of scrumptious selections on their menu.  They have an extremely large and diverse appetizer menu and sometimes people make a meal out of those alone.  In addition, the Apollo offers half portions for select items, which I love. 

Again, the photos below are of a less than satisfactory state and I apologize for the overexposed images.  :)

I got my usual, a half portion of Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce.  This meal comes with their vegetable and starch of the day which happened to be a veggie medley with roasted potatoes.  

Rebecca went back to her beach roots and ordered the catch of the day, which consisted of two Soft Shell Crabs on a Bed of Spinach with grape tomatoes and a remoulade sauce.  The dinner came with a side of jasmine rice.  She said they were “cleaned so well and perfectly crisp!”

Heather knew exactly what she wanted upon arrival...the Panko Crusted Sea Scallops with Orange Shallot Sauce and a side of jasmine rice with coconut, peas and cashews. 

Alisa ordered their Mesclun Side Salad with homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette to start, followed by the Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Tomato Herb Butter.

Susan decided to order a mixture of items from the menu and went with the  Mesclun salad, along with a cup of the Crab and Asparagus Bisque and the Macadamia Nut Panko Scallops with a ginger, carrot, cirus rum sauce.  

I love getting together with these ladies.  Our children are what brought us together and I look forward to the many years we have ahead of us to work and make their school lives even more special than they already are.  We are all sad to end the year with Mrs. Gonzalez because she has been an amazing inspiration to our kids, but I know I can speak for everyone when I say that the children are well-prepared for second grade and what is to come in the future.

Enjoy your Friday!


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