No I didn't have a bunny for lunch.....LOL! I am having my morning coffee ( black as usual) in my new cup I won in the drawing last Friday. This is the second one I've won *grin*
I belong to a group of women called the Bakersfield Bucket List Bunnies, a group of women (45 an older). When you join the group you get to make a "bucket" list of 5 things you would like to do....within reason, and it gets put in a plastic egg and thrown into a hopper. Each month they draw an egg and that bucket list is read and decided on which of the 5 items the group/or individuals want do. THAT is how I ended up taking golf lesson this summer....it was on Mary's bucket list and I volunteered to join her. We also have a guest speaker each month.....this month it was on life insurance....a little late for most of us who have been around long enough to know we need it...LOL!
The first Friday of each month we have a luncheon. The place we were having our luncheons closed....fantastic place but not a good location....third business not to make it there. :(
Chalet Basque is our new Sponsor for this year and this is where we are now having our luncheons. ( there is a long story on how we ended up here.....but maybe more about that an other time)This area has quite a few Basque restaurants, to be honest this is not my favorite Basque restaurant. It needs a make-over really bad, very dark and dreary on the inside, the prices are high and the service is not consistent. Last month our luncheon was a disaster....semi cold food, not nearly enough food was served and we were constantly asking for more....they had one server for nearly 40 women.
I am a person that will give any place a second chance, but swore I would not be attending the luncheons if we had a repeat! I am GLAD to say Friday's lunch was top notch. We had multi servers, the food was hot and freshly made, and it all ran like clock work!......but the place is still dark and dreary....except the banquet room we get to use. I just hope they keep it top notch, or I'll be eating at Taco Bell....LOL!
The first course, at any Basque restaurants in this area is always the best cabbage and vegetable soup, beans, salsa and fresh bread. Everything is served Family Style..........and yes, everybody I know puts the beans in the soup, mine also gets a lot of salsa...*grin*
This is what comes with a traditional set-up ( no Entrées) there are a few that serve different veggies but this is normally what you get. Entrées are the meat dishes that vary form fried chicken ( which is what we get at our luncheons) to lamb, beef stew, pork chops and with an Entrée you get pickled tong. I miss the pickled tong at our luncheons I guess our $20/plate isn't enough to warrant us getting that. :( Like I said they are way over priced! NOTE: We always pay $20 for each luncheon, but our luncheons are usually very well worth the money, and there is a bit that goes to the BBLB to help keep it running, so we don't scream about it.
After each luncheon we take a group photo.
There is always somebody taking photos, this time Jamie caught me!
I thought I would share this little internet map of the Basque region. The "corn dog" post taught me that not all my blogger friends have tasted the types of food we have around here. AND that is why this post is so long and full of food pictures!
So now I am off to join Elizabeth and the T-gang to see what everyone else is eating and drinking this week.