Friday, July 29, 2011

#155 Plan a brunch at 3 Brothers

Done 7/24/11

Planning these 40 celebrations has not been easy.  Trying to figure out who to invite & then getting my friends to agree on dates & locations is not an easy task.

Karaoke & the tea parties were fairly easy because I picked the locations & set the time & dates.

But sometimes even if I set the location, date & time, some friends would try to change the schedule.  What's worse is that some of these friends won't see a problem with canceling on me the day of these planned events.  I've even been 'unfriended' on Facebook over a few of these events.  Really?  Delete me as a friend because yes Loser, that is the mature thing to do.  Oh well...so now I have a few less holiday cards & gifts to worry about.

So while I have been trying to do at least one thing a week, my plans had been canceled against my wishes.

NO MORE.

These are MY 40 celebrations.
These are things I want to do.
It's about me celebrating turning 40.
I'm the one writing this blog...not them.
I'm the one who wants to have all this fun.

So no more cancelations...unless I have to cancel.
And no more letting my friends set the schedules.
It's all about me, so it's going to be on my terms.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

So moving on...let's discuss the latest celebration to be done...brunch at 3 Brothers...

Thank you Raul, Trisha, & my three little rays of sunshine a/k/a Nicole, Stephanie & Ryan for coming out to brunch today.  I love spending the time with you all & I'm looking forward to future events with you all.

As defined on Wikipedia:
Brunch is a combination of breakfast & lunch.  The term is portmanteau (big word for blend) of breakfast & lunch.  A meal is not considered brunch if it is started before 10am; such meals would still be considered breakfast.  Typically brunch is had between 11am & 1pm, close to lunch time but still before.  However on Sunday, anytime is acceptable for brunch.

Good to know.  Thank you to the people at Wikipedia for this information...




3 Brothers Pizza Cafe located in Rockville Centre, NY is our place for today's celebration.  Ahhh 3 Brothers...the perfect place for carnivores & herbivores to eat together.  The perfect place for great pizza (vegan or not), yummy desserts & a great cup of cappaccino.

In the short time that my vegetarian friend Raul & I have been coming here, we've tried various things on the menu.  Mostly the vegan, but I do the regular menu as well.  And the main reason we keep coming back...consistancy.  The food is always delicious & the staff is friendly.

FYI...I am not a vegetarian & obviously not even considering it, but the vegan menu offers a great selection & should be tried by my fellow carnivores.

Trisha & her kids are already at the place when Raul & I show up.  Stephanie sees us & quickly runs over to greet us.

My little buddy Stephanie.  Stephanie who earlier this morning cut off 12 inches of her hair for Locks of Love.  Stephanie who is happily showing off her gorgeous shorter hair.  Stephanie who looks adorable with that big sunny smile of hers.  It's so infectious that my mood is suddenly changed.

After greeting everyone at the table, I grab a seat & help myself to a piece of warm bread.  I love bread.  I love bread on my bread!!  3 Brothers serves a little loaf of this amazing bread.  It makes your mouth water.

I don't care about carbs today.
Or calories.
It's Sunday brunch.
There are no rules about food during my celebrations.

What I love about this group joining me today is that there is plenty of chatting & lots of laughs.  I'm always happiest around people who can make me smile & feel at ease.  And this group fits the bill.

So now the hard part...what do I want to eat?  Do I crave something from the breakfast menu?  Or do I crave something from the lunch menu?  Such are the decisions that will need to be made today.

Appetizers to start us off are ordered.

Fried zucchini sticks are brought to the table first.  Stephanie & Ryan will gladly eat them without any need of bribes or dares.  Nicole however wll make this a challenge for me.  I quickly learn my buddy Nicole does not like veggies.  She loves fruits, but alas, there is no love in her for veggies.  I try to talk her into having a bite...even a tiny bite.  No deal.  Then I try the old mom saying, 'How do you know you don't like it if you don't try it'?  Again, no deal.  I end up having to bribe her with a dollar for her to try a tiny bite.  She agrees & eats a teeny tiny bite.  And no folks, she won't be in a rush to eat this again any time soon!

Next we are served the vegan drumsticks.  For my fellow carnivores, these are supposed to be the vegan version of buffalo wings.  To my herbivore friends, you aren't fooling us with this fake meat.  To everyone reading this, the vegan drumsticks are actually quite delicious!!

Stephanie & Ryan will be adventurous & try the vegan drumsticks.  Nicole will pass as she doesn't like spicey foods.  No dare or bribes will be made on this round.

By now you're probably wondering what I craved...well, wonder no more. 
Behold....today's pick is...



I craved breakfast more than lunch today.  I went with the lovely, light & fluffy pancakes.  Served with fresh fruit & yummy syrup, this is defnitely worthy of being one of my forty celebrations!!

During our brunch, there will be plenty of talk about my forty celebrations.  Stephanie is so excited that I am going to do Build A Bear.  I believe she has already picked out making a Smurfette.  I might have to make that one too....

As brunch comes to an end, Trisha & I are looking forward to going to Home Goods.  I love Home Goods!  They have everything & anything you need or want for your home.  As always I luck out & find a few good deals.  Today I will find a Nordic Ware flower shaped cakelette pan for $16 & a 12 x 12" scrapbook for $10.

Before leaving brunch & going to Home Goods, we discuss what to do for the rest of the day.  Trisha tosses around a few ideas & finally suggests something.  Turns out her suggestion is one of the things on my list....read all about it in the next blog entry.

So with four things done, I'll get to number five later in the day.......




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