March 6th, 2008

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9185 - Thursday -

Last night, we decided to try out a place that just opened up - Bilvil. It wasn't what I was expecting - the subname is "A Beachfront Cafe".. I somehow expected more coffee and casual fare.

Oddball hours, closed on Tuesday... from the outside, the place looks clean, fresh and new! I look forward to taking the wife there tonight... when it's open!

We returned the following night, Wednesday.

The setting was nice, if a little noisy.... estimate that the place was about 1/2 to 2/3 full at 25 people sitting.

There's a limited menu right now - they opened right at the top of March 2008. Two weeks in, and the dust is pretty well settled, though.

The roasted beet salad with feta cheese and walnuts was tasty (My wife's favorite part of the meal!), as was the citrus salad, made with oranges, grapefruit, watercress, broccoli, cauliflower and mustard dressing.

The main course for my wife was the pork loin and beans/greens combo... maybe a bit over-savory. my Crab cake was really fantastic, however - it was a good size and the fried potatoes and broccoli went well with it.

The dessert left a little bit to be desired. choice of three when we went - carrot cake, crustless cheesecake and chocolate mousse.

we both went for the carrot cake - no raisins... but maybe no flour, either. It has a nice taste, and was dense... with an a rubbery / fleshy texture.

There was nice wine list, and a fair selection of beer.

Our cost was about $80 for the two of us, there's a way to combine three items (in our case, salad, main course, and dessert) for a set cost of about $32 each, before drinks.

I think that they'll be a place worth hitting regularly, if the price comes down a bit, and the menu expands some... for now, it's off to a nice start, and I look forward to seeing it grow.

Sometimes, I see a flicker in my vision in front of me - where I'm walking, and I wonder if it's a future image of myself passing that spot. I wonder if I'd feel the same way if I saw the flicker behind me... would I think that light reflecting off my jacket was just slow to catch up?

I'm really getting into playing loco roco in the mornings... levels are short enough to do on the bus... and I think my newest unlock (the black one with the little tooth buds, lower right ) has some awesome music and reminds me a bit of pyewacket. I do my journal writing on the ride home, generally, unless I really want to polish off a round. Themini-games aren't bad, but the meat is the primary puzzles. However, now I'm near a net-hotspot, and the PSP has streaming radio these days, a journaling I shall go. (see also)

Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta are now claiming to have identified and located the speech center of the chimpanzee brain. Lead by Jared Taglialatela, the team used a PET scan to image activity in the brains of three chimps after doing two tasks. In one, the chimps asked for food by making grunts and other noises. In another they passed rocks out of their cages in exchange for food. The former activity lit up a specific area of the chimp's brains that the latter did not.

So what does this all mean? Simply put, it means that as soon as some scientist decides to experiment with aiming a gamma ray cannon at that hemisphere of a chimpanzee's brain, we're only a few thousand years away -- max -- of Charlton Heston screaming "It was Earth all along!" in front of the ruined fragments of Statue of Liberty. Great. Thanks again, science.

What Separates You From Chimps [Live Science]

50 things I've done meme continues tomorrow with 27.

Instead, a quickie - answer in 3 words -

1. Where is your cell phone?

on my belt

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?:
is my wife

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I'm sleepy. g'nite, dear journal.

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