The Perfect Valentine’s Day

I had the perfect Valentine’s Day. Since Nolan and I are going to Vermont this weekend to celebrate our first married v-day, we kept it low key yesterday. However, low key does NOT mean boring!

So I was very excited to come home and have this waiting for me!


Nothing says love like a Mystery 6 pack from Trader Joe’s! Nolan certainly knows the key to this woman’s heart.

…And I know the key to his! For dinner, I made a very special trip to T.C. Lando’s!

T.C. Lando’s is an INCREDIBLE Italian owned sub shop, and if you ask Nolan, they have the greatest steak and cheese subs around.

Check out their Phantom Gourmet segment!

I ended up ordering 2 subs.

Sub # 1

Steak, Fresh Sauteed Green Peppers, Onions & Mushrooms with Sweet Italian Sausage, Savory Pepperoni, Imported Genoa Salami and Melted Italian Provolone Cheese with Fresh Tomato Sauce


Sub # 2

Buffalo Bomber:
Chicken Cutlet Coated In Buffalo Sauce, Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing, Lettuce & Tomato


Now for some size perspective….


Yea, they are HUGE!!!

I simply cannot express in words how unbelievable these subs are. Steak and cheese subs are highly underrated in my opinion.

After digesting, which took a few hours, it was time to break open the Mystery 6 packs!

Nolan’s 6 pack:


My 6 pack:

To cap off the evening, we sat on the couch and watched a few episodes of Drinking Made Easy. If you are a beer lover, and you haven’t watched this show, FIND IT! Basically, it’s a show about a few friends who travel to different cities and tour local breweries, pubs, and local flavors. The show is also a drinking game. There are a list of rules on the website to follow, like whenever you see Pleepleus, the monkey mascot, you drink! It’s a phenomenal premise for a show.

Anyway, we recorded the episode where Zane and the guys go to Burlington Vermont, which is where we are headed this weekend! We got some great tips on where to go eat and drink on our trip!

The whole evening was perfect. Great food, great beer, and a great husband. AND I got to wear my pajamas. 🙂

What Makes A Great Breakfast Joint?

This morning Nolan and I went to J&M Diner for breakfast.

Nolan’s family has a long history with the owners of this diner, and many of them worked here at one time or another. This was only the second time I had ever eaten here but it was just as good as I remembered.

There are several criteria that Nolan and I look for in a great breakfast place.

  1. great coffee
  2. quality homefries – thick chunks that are slightly crispy
  3. creative specials
  4. quick service

J&M has all of these things!

Breakfast is the hardest thing for me to order at a restaurant because there isn’t a breakfast food I don’t love. I could easily eat eggs, bacon, pancakes and home fries all day long. After much debate I went with one of their specials which was a western style omelet with bacon on a plain bagel with home fries on the side.

I promise I only managed to eat half of this and the rest is in the fridge.  It was delicious! The eggs were fluffy and the veggies inside were cooked perfectly, with a little bit of crunch. The bagel was toasted so it successfully supported all the insides.

Nolan went with a buffalo chicken omelet with bacon. (Shocker)

He also only managed to eat half before throwing in the towel.  I did steal a bite and it was very good. If it wasn’t riddled with blue cheese I would have loved it!

It was certainly a great way to start my Tuesday. I plan to get in a run, some shopping, and a little housework on the rest of my unexpected day off. 🙂


Do you have a favorite breakfast place? What do you typically order?

Which meal is the hardest for you to order? Why?