Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 11/17/10

Buenos Dias my loves and welcome to "Wednesday Dinner" with Ash. I hope you all are doing well and are staying blessed and positive in this world we are living in. This weeks "Wednesday Dinner" was so much fun and I had a great time. So let the "Wednesday Dinner" story begin! This week Hello Kitty is celebrating her 50th Anniversary with what I would call and exhibit being held at the Santa Monica airport. This event is a mix of art, games, food trucks, shopping and arts & crafts. For anyone who loves Hello Kitty this is the perfect thing for you to check out! The event will be in Los Angeles until Sunday November 21st, for more details check out ( parking is $10 and the event is free except for on Saturday and tickets are $15. I didn't go alone last night I went with Stephanie, Ari (Stephanie's daughter) and Keyonna (Stephanie's God daughter). We arrived around 6:30pm and the event closed at 9pm, I was all bundled up because I thought this event was held outside but I was wrong it was inside (YAY). Walking in I felt like a little kid it was so cute and just all things Hello Kitty. We started out at the art exhibit and some of the art being displayed was so DOPE and pricey! Ridiculously priced, then we worked our way to the gift store I didn't really see anything I was interested in buying but they did have a few specialty items, like Hello Kitty Monopoly. After the gift shop we made our way outside to where the food trucks were and sadly there were only 3 food trucks out there. Kabob N Roll (, The Place ( and The Knock Out Taco Truck ( I have to say we picked the wrong night to go for food because all these trucks were WACK!!!!!!!!!!!! Collectively we spent about $50 on food and it was clearly not worth it! Here is what we got:

The Knock Out Truck- Carne Asada Taco's & Bean & Cheese Taco

Kabob N Roll- Meat Pies, Cheese Rolls, Chicken Kabob & Beef Kabob

The Place- Burger, Place Burrito, Pastrami Cheese Fries, & Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Beard Papa's - Fondant Au Chocolate

I tasted just about everything listed and I was not impressed and my tummy started hurting once we left which was no bueno! The best thing was the Fondant Au Chocolate from Beard Papa's and basically what it was a chocolate molten cake it was pretty good. Everything else was all bad; The place messed up on Stephanie's burger about 2 times. I was highly disappointed because I was expecting more trucks to be at the event. After we ate we walked around and Keyonna and Ari played a few games. To play any of the games and do some of the activities you need tickets, tickets are priced at $2 per ticket. Keyonna and Ari did pretty good on the games and won a few prizes, next Ari went to play miniature golf and Keyonna went off to the arts & crafts table. There is also a Farice Wheel and a Yogurtland both at the event also. Ari did pretty on her golfing and then we went and met Keyonna at the arts & crafts table and that were I had the most fun. There are these pictures that you can decorate with colored sand, SO DOPE! I want to go back just to do another picture. Its very time consuming though but I had so much fun, it let all my creative juices flow. It was amazing to see how all the creativity from everyone who was at the table. There were a lot of grown women at the event who clearly love Hello Kitty! I didn't see that many kids? But hey I had a good time, I am going to try and go back before Sunday and I suggest if you have a daughter or a love for Hello Kitty you check this event out. If you would like to get on the "Wednesday Dinner" Soul Train drop me a line at and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "Do what you do and I'll do what I do" until next week, blessings. -Ash

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 11/10/10

Gooooood morning and happy Thursday? I am so thrown off by this daylight savings time its not even funny! I hope you are all doing well and I would like to thank you for reading another one of my fabulous blogs (hahaha). Anyway let the "Wednesday Dinner" story begin. This week was supposed to be about me trying to hook Stephanie up on a date (and I am not sure if I hooked her up or what). The plan was we would go on a double date with someone I used to date and one of his friends that has been interested in Stephanie for a while. We would all meet for dinner and see how it went but that wasn't the case! The guys were about 2 hours behind schedule and we made 3 different restaurant choices (sweet baby Jesus) and at that point I was reminded of why the guy I used to date I don't date anymore! Everyone knows I don't eat dinner late anymore but these guys didn't get the memo. Our original meeting time was 7pm then it got pushed back to 7:30pm, then to 8:45pm and by the time I looked at my phone it was 9:30pm and we were having dinner (SHAME). The original restaurant choice was Mac & Cheeza but Stephanie and her date weren't to thrilled so then I suggested Citizen Smith but when we all walked in we all walked right back out and went next door to Kitchen 24 ( Stephanie and I had both been to Kitchen 24 before, last year for her bday we went. I really couldn't tell if the food was good or not because I was so under the influence! However we when walked in we were immediately seated and it literally took about 15 minutes for our waitress to come and take our drink orders (now that’s just ridiculous). It seemed like we were waiting forever for her to come back and the crazy part was that they weren't even crowded! While waiting Stephanie’s date wasn't feeling to good so he took a little walk around the block and just left her at the table with my date and I not sure if she felt like the 3rd wheel (I need to ask her about that). By the time he came back we started ordering and we started with an appetizer:

Chilli Cheese Fries

The fries were ok in my opinion Stephanie really feel in love with these fries. They were fries with veggie chilli and cheese. The veggie chilli had black beans and corn in it and tofu I believe, they were ok but not something I would order again. Then it was time to order dinner and here is what we had:

Ashley- The Big Baller- Jumbo Meatballs cooked in Marinara, served open faced on Focaccia with Provolone

Ashley's Date- K24 Turkey Burger Served on a Toasted Brioche Bun w/ Onions, Sliced Tomatoes, Mayo, Lettuce and Sliced Pickles

Stephanie- Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken Served with Seasonal Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.

Stephanie's Date- K24 Turkey Burger Served on a Toasted Brioche Bun w/ Onions, Sliced Tomatoes, Mayo, Lettuce and Sliced Pickles

My apologies to the guys because I totally left them out, I didn't take pictures of their food but they did say that their burgers were ok. My sandwich was alright the meatballs could have been seasoned a little better. Stephanie liked her meal as well but she did mention that the chicken could have been seasoned better as well. Over dinner we talked as a group and then there we a few side conversations between the two groups. I could tell Stephanie was having a good time because she kept smiling, which is great! Her and her date seemed to hit it off. I am trying to help her get over her break up and try something different which is "being single and dating". Not sure if I will dub myself a "Match Maker" just yet but hopefully this was the first of many more dates! Our service at Kitchen 24 was horrible I mean just WACK! I am not sure if the guys left a tip, I didn't ask but if I were paying I wouldn't have left SHIT! (excuse my french). The atmosphere in Kitchen 24 is cool they play a mix of top 40 jams and have a bar with Happy Hour until 11pm Monday-Thursday, they also have a cute candy station at the front counter however if you take all of that away they pretty much suck! All in all the double date was cool however I am going to opt out of doubling dating again! Even though we all know each other it’s still a little awkward. After dinner it was time to say our goodbyes since it was a week night there was really no time for anything extra since we all have to be at work before the crack of dawn. I did get a chance to look at the bill and it was about $72.00 and some change which makes it about $18 per person oh Kitchen 24 ya'll wrong for that! If you would like to be hooked up with "Wednesday Dinner" or a date holler at me and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "It gets greater later" until next week DUECES- Ashley

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday Dinner 11/3/10

I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!! I had to take a much needed break from blogging because my life has gone in a whole nother direction from the last time I blogged. Let me start with saying "Hello, Good Morning"! I hope you are all well and life is treating you good. I took a break from "Wednesday Dinner" because I moved. YES Jody finally left the nest (Hahaha). This has been a life changing no scratch that a life style change for me and I am sooooooo HAPPY!!!! So due to moving and trying to work out my living expenses "Wednesday Dinner" was put on hold , however I’m back, re inspired and I have decided to switch the blog up. Twice a month I will be cooking dinner and having people over for dinner and twice a month I will be dinning out and either be eating solo or be accompanied by a guest. So this brings me to last nights dinner which was in house with my sister and if I must say so I did my thing on the ones and twos. I have an abundance of food in both my refrigerator and freezer! I wanted to make something good but I also wanted to use some of the items in my fridge before they went bad. So I decided to try this Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Pasta, my sister Melissa told me I need to name it but for some reason I am only good at naming drinks not food (hahaha). Since I've moved out I've become an old person when it comes to eating dinner, I try not to eat dinner any later than 6pm so most nights I'm eating dinner by 5-5:30pm and I cook every night. I know that’s crazy but I get off work at 3pm so it’s only right, right? Anyway along with the pasta I decided to make this Greek Salad I've made before, which is really good & refreshing if I must say so myself! So here are the ingredients for the pasta & salad:

Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Pasta (Prep time 45 minutes)

• 1 Chicken Breast

• 2 Cups of Penne Pasta

• 1 Bag of Fresh Spinach

• 2 Handfuls of Fresh Mushrooms

• Butter

• Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• Fresh Garlic

• Classico Alfredo Sauce

• Mozzarella Cheese

• Seasoning Salt, Garlic Salt & Black Pepper

• 2 Slices of Texas Toast

Greek Salad (Prep time 10 minutes)

One bag of salad

• Feta Cheese

• Sliced Olives

• Tomatoes

• Cucumber

• Red Onion

• Italian Salad Dressing

• 1 Slice of Pita Bread

So let me start with the pasta, so easy to make and if made correctly its DELISH! First I cut the chicken breast in cubes and seasoned it with seasoning salt, garlic salt and black pepper. Warmed my skillet and put extra virgin olive oil & butter, let it get hot and then dropped the chicken in. I had to keep my eye on the chicken because I didn't want to burn it or for it to be under cooked. The chicken cooked for about 20 minutes and was done; the pieces were moist and very flavorful. Next it was time to sauté the spinach & mushrooms. I heated up another skillet with butter, fresh garlic (minced it myself) and seasoning salt let the skillet get hot then I dropped the spinach & mushrooms in. I let the veggies sauté for about 10 minutes and they were done. Now the alfredo sauce was up, I had about a little less than a full jar of Classic Alfredo sauce in the fridge, I didn't think it was going to be enough so I added a little milk in jar and shook it up, put the sauce in a little sauce pan add about 2 pinches of mozzarella cheese and let it boil for about 5 minutes, I added a little seasoning salt to taste. Next it was time to do the noodles, I boiled 2 cups of penne pasta, and of course pasta is tricky because you don't want to under cook or over cook your noodles. It took about 8 minutes for the noodles to be done and now it was time to mix everything up. I did a little sample taste and DAMN that pasta was DELISH. Next up was the Greek Salad, extremely easy to make even a cave man can make it (hahaha). I placed the lettuce in a bowl, cut up the red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Added the feta cheese and olives and then put about 3 squirts of the Italian dressing on. Mixed it and abra cadabra the salad was made. I put in the fridge and warmed up my Texas toast and pita bread, I rubbed the pita bread down with some butter and let it get a little crispy along with the Texas toast. By 5:30pm dinner was ready , Melissa and I were ready to eat. We ate the salad first; I set the table and everything! Melissa enjoyed the salad and pita bread and so did I. The pasta was served as the 2nd course and I am sad to report Melissa doesn't eat mushrooms, so she picked them out. She enjoyed the pasta as well she told me "Good job Ashley". Over dinner we just talked about small things here and there, it was soooo HOT yesterday sheesh. After dinner we were both FULL so we sat on the couch and didn't move for about 20 minutes. All in all dinner was good and of course I'll get Melissa to leave a comment on the food. I really enjoy cooking and decided this would be a great addition to what I've been doing with "Wednesday Dinner". If you would like to dine at the "Wednesday Dinner" table or have a recipe suggestion, drop me a line and follow me on Twitter In closing I would like to leave you with this "Life is so short...kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly" Until next we I love you and peace! -Ashley