Friday, July 10, 2020

Eating our way through Keystone.....

6:41 am - Friday - July 10th - Keystone, SD - 62° F, 83% humidity, wind - CALM......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 85° F.....rained most of the night until about 90 minutes ago.  On this day in 2016 we were in Carson City, NV having lunch at the In 'N Out Burger.......↴


After enjoying one of the best Mocha Frappuccino's ever at 'Grapes and Grinds' the other day we decided to walk over to this fine establishment again Thursday morning after I finished composing my latest post for coffee and pastries......a scone for TLE and an 'everything' bagel for moi.......

 I never tire of TLE's turn down smile....

.....it was still in the 60's as we commenced our 1/8th mile walk so I wore, for the first time in a long time....a long sleeved T, and a pair of Addidas pants.  The coffee house was jumping at 10 am, and it took a while for us to place our orders, and then receive them, but, as I always say, good food (in this case coffee and pastries) is always worth the wait, and it was.  Because it was overcast most people were consuming their specialty drinks inside, so we had the pick of several umbrella shaded tables, ending up at the same one at which we drank our frappuccinos the other day.

We were home again around 11:30 am watching more previously recorded English Premier League Soccer matches, and reading.  Around 1 pm I received notice that the replacement high mounted brake light for the VW had been delivered so I walked over to the convenience store to retrieve it, and install it.  Rich, who has a 2002 VW Beetle, gave me a brief tutorial on how to get at and remove the old cracked lens (damaged in the first hail storm we experienced here in Keystone)......


The new 'high mounted' brake light installed

....the quite old, original lens was damaged on the left side by hail.  While it took a little longer than planned to replace the lens (another minor hail storm moved through Keystone while I was in the middle of the R&R job) I got the new one (purchased on Amazon for $55) installed.

Since I didn't have to work Thursday evening (I'm going to work Friday morning for a couple of hours instead helping receive the weekly grocery delivery at the convenience store) TLE and I had plans to have dinner at a local fine dinning restaurant called Powder House Lodge (Yelp gives the 4.5 stars on 41 reviews, and it is totally earned).  By all accounts this place is reputed to serve mighty fine food at a decent cost.  They don't take reservations, but said to call about 30 minutes before we were to arrive and they would put us on the 'LIST'.  It's only about 2 miles up the hill on US-16A....we've passed it going and coming from Rapid City numerous times, so we knew it would only take 5 minutes to make the drive.  TLE called around 5:30 pm to get us on the 'LIST'......we were there by 5:55 pm......


.....and seated at our table shortly thereafter.....it pays to be on the 'LIST'......


....we quickly selected a bottle of Norton Reserva Malbec (2018-Argentina) from their wine list to go with our meal.......


.....for our appetizer we ordered their bacon wrapped shrimp....a perfect choice!  For our entrees I ordered their House Special Filet Mignon, and TLE their Cornish Game Hen.....



.....the service was exceptionally good, and very prompt....the food and the wine were first class....everything cooked to perfection!  This is the first formal, expensive dinner out we have had since our 48th anniversary dinner last August 29th....if we were going to still be in town on August 29th we would definitely be celebrating our 49th anniversary it at Powder House Lodge, but who knows where we will be then?  I sure don't.....😊  

We were home by 7:30 and slipping into more comfortable clothing to aid in the digestion of our wonderful meal.  We watched another recorded episode of 'Alone' and I was in bed by 10:30 pm....I'm not sure when TLE joined me, but she was definitely there this morning.

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