We eat out so rarely and we tend to get in a rut and eat at the same places over and over. We can go 90 miles to Kansas City, about 65 miles to Joplin or 50 miles to Pittsburg, KS. My preference is Pittsburg because it’s closer and there’s no traffic but there’s also not a whole lot there. Joplin has more stores (Target, Books-A-Million, etc.) but the traffic there is always bad! Kansas City has everything . . way too much to do in one day but the traffic there is worse than Joplin.
There’s one restaurant that we go to every time we’re in Kansas City. There are other restaurants I would like to try but Vince always wants to go to the same place and I’m happy to go there too. In Joplin, there’s a Thai restaurant where we always stop and I love that restaurant a lot so I’m happy to go there. In Pittsburg, Vince always wanted to go to a Chinese restaurant. I think I ate too much Chinese food when we lived in Owensboro and I have a real hard time with buffet type restaurants. I think about dirty hands and sneezes and . . well, I just don’t like to do buffet restaurants. Do they bother you at all? I’d really rather just eat at home.
A while back I noticed an Italian restaurant in Pittsburg, Napoli’s, and the parking lot was packed. That’s always a good sign. When I was coming back from Louisiana week or so ago, Vince and Chad met me there and it was so good. Vince said the sauce tastes like his dad’s sauce. I’ve only heard him say that about one other restaurant! Vince is off this week and this morning he suggested we not have a big breakfast and go to Napoli’s for lunch.
I don’t like red sauce but got this ravioli dish with pesto, mozzarella (in the middle), sun dried tomatoes and toasted walnuts. It was so good! I brought half of it back for Chad to have for his lunch and I’m already wishing I hadn’t been so generous!
Of course we can’t go to Pittsburg without going by our new favorite grocery store, Aldi. Aren’t these chocolates cute? They’re good too — no corn syrup . . they use real sugar! I didn’t know we were going to Aldi today and bought butter on sale at the local grocery store yesterday for $2.49 and it was $1.89 at Aldi. I’m really going to have to get organized and plan monthly trips to Pittsburg or Joplin (both have Aldi) and stock up on things when I go. Little savings add up!