Thursday, December 05, 2013
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November 14, 2012
Now that Old Man Winter has unpacked his bags and moved into MI Town for the next few months, we're trying to think of creative ways to banish the dark days and cold rainy evenings.
One thing that works really, really well at our house is to celebrate mid-week by giving the cook a break from meal planning and visiting one of our local restaurants.
How about a trip to China or Japan? Forget looking for your passport, packing and planning a travel itinerary, you can enjoy Asian fare without leaving home. Tasty dishes accompanied by happy smiles are featured in both Monmouth and Independence on a daily basis.
There are several choices to be made -- all good -- and I've never been disappointed in the quality of the food available. As is typical of Asian fare, portions are generous and the added bonus is the opportunity to have the good leftovers for the next day's lunch instead of that usual sandwich.
And even the darkest day can be brightened by laughter from sharing fortune cookies.
We are incredibly fortunate to have so many outstanding Mexican restaurants within our communities. The warm greetings as you walk through the door are only the beginning of a wonderful evening of outstanding and delicious menu choices.
It would be difficult to name just which restaurant is my favorite -- and I won't -- because each one has its own personality and charm, and I love them all. In no time, you will feel the warmth and charm of that south of the border environment, and you'll want to visit them all again and again.
It seems like we just turned the calendar to the November page, and Thanksgiving is just another week away. It's a special time of year for families; some go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, while others are awaiting their kids returning home from that first term at college, service men and women will be home on leave, and young families are deliberating whether to go to which in-laws' (or sometimes both) for dinner.
The Independence Elks Lodge located on Main Street will host a community Thanksgiving day dinner with all the trimmings on Nov. 22 from 2 until 6 p.m. There is no cost for the dinner and everyone is welcome to share roast turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and candied sweet potatoes. Pies and other goodies will round out this special meal.
Just a quick heads-up to everyone that Santa Claus will arrive on his pre-Christmas visit at the Independence Library on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. The Independence Elks and other community businesses and organizations are hosting the second annual Santa Train.