I was driving around doing errands and needed some coffee; I also thought that I could use a little something to keep me going until lunch. I spotted a Caribou Coffee and ducked in. They had a special on brewed coffee and their oatmeal for a grand total of about $3.60, so I tried it. The oatmeal was instant, which is not my preference, but it was not mushy like a lot of instant oatmeals. I got the fruity flavor, which had quite a few fruit pieces in it. I added a little honey and, voila, a nice, healthy snack. It was better for me than a sugar- and fat-laden muffin, plus it was hot.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.