The Chocolate Bar – Reno, Nevada 7/8/2013

JULY 8, 2013 (Monday)

 

Lazy morning (as usual).

Early in the afternoon we finally moved and went down to the 7th floor to the swimming pool and hot tub. The water seemed cold so we went to the hot tub first. Michael whined and cried so much, only got to enjoy it for about two minutes before we went back to the pool. ( Mike here for an editorial moment. I retired a Chief Deputy Warden, managed a maximum security prison for the state of California. To be a good manager you have to LOOK and SEE and if something is wrong you have to SPEAK UP about it! I have never “whined and cried” in my life. I do plead guilty to utilizing good management practices and speaking up.) Pool seemed much warmer and easier to get in the second time. We did very slow and leisure laps. Nice.

Our pool (this week)

Our pool (this week)

After that we got dressed for our dinner at “The Chocolate Bar” with Pat and Sharon (my sister and brother-in-law). We met them down at the parking garage around the corner from the resort.

Sister Sharon and Brother in law Pat arriving for dinner.

Sister Sharon and Brother in law Pat arriving for dinner.

The restaurant validates parking so that’s nice. We went directly to the restaurant and got a table in the corner. The table was kinda wobbly so we ended up trying to fix it ourselves by bracing it against the wall. Worked for us.  Michael and Pat ordered white chocolate raspberry martini’s, and Sharon and I had a pitcher of sangria.

White Chocolate Raspberry Martini's

White Chocolate Raspberry Martini’s

A picture of a pitcher of Sangria for Sharon and Edie.

A picture of a pitcher of Sangria for Sharon and Edie.

Yummy all around. Next we ordered an appetizer, I think they call it small plates, of flat bread. Could easily make a meal just out of that. Excellent. (Oink, no picture, oink)  Michael and Sharon ordered chicken Marsala and Pat and I had flat iron steaks. He had it with sweet potato fries, and I had it with mashed potatoes. It was really good but the sauce on the steak was too sweet (even for me). Could not eat all of it.

Mike's Chicken Marsala, you can just see Pat's Flat Iron Steak with sweet potato fries and vegetables.

Mike’s Chicken Marsala, you can just see Pat’s Flat Iron Steak with sweet potato fries and vegetables.

Sharon is a cut up!  Always fun.

Sharon is a cut up! Always fun.

Edie's Flat Iron Steak, with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Edie’s Flat Iron Steak, with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

What I had really been waiting for was the fondue dessert. We ordered for three and enough was delivered for eight. It had the white chocolate dip in the top surrounded by bananas, strawberries, brownies, and pound cake. In the middle of the bottom was the candle to keep the fondue hot. Everything was so good. We could not eat all of it so we asked if we could get it to go. No problem.

Implements of destruction.

Implements of destruction.

The four of us barely ate half.  We were so stuffed and everything was so good, but we had to stop.  White Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, bananas, pound cake and brownies.

The four of us barely ate half. We were so stuffed and everything was so good, but we had to stop. White Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, bananas, pound cake and brownies.

We decided to waddle out and take a stroll around the river walk and show Pat and Sharon some of the things we had discovered in the area. We took them over to the art decorated water fountains, and then walked along until we got to Wingfield Park.

After dinner we did the river walk again.  I really like the cat.

After dinner we did the river walk again. I really like the cat.

There were two of these huge round wall water falls.

There were two of these huge round wall water falls.

Sharon is a cut up, always fun.  Here she is going to dive into the drain to see where it comes out in the river.

Sharon is a cut up, always fun. Here she is going to dive into the drain to see where it comes out in the river.

The compelling and dramatic drain, (Sharon didn't jump)

The compelling and dramatic drain, (Sharon didn’t jump)

Artist did a great job capturing "Bear".  I like this one too.

Artist did a great job capturing “Bear”. I like this one too.

Two pretty women way down the side walk.

Two pretty women way down the side walk.

It was family day and all sorts of characters in costume were there. I only recognized one – Clifford the Big Red Dog. The others were just cute but I have no clue what they were supposed to be.

Kid night at Wingfield Park.

Kid night at Wingfield Park.

Triple A Reno Aces Mascot

Triple A Reno Aces Mascot

We came back to our home and just hung out for awhile. Nice to get some alone time with them and catch up. We’re hoping they will be able to join us in Florida around Christmas. We’ll see.

Beloved Brother in law Pat sitting on bed with grumpy old man at bench on foot of bed.

Beloved Brother in law Pat sitting on bed with grumpy old man at bench on foot of bed.

Sharon is a cut up, always fun, bringing her joy to hubby.

Sharon is a cut up, always fun, bringing her joy to hubby.

Had a lovely day. Hope yours was too.

 

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One comment on “The Chocolate Bar – Reno, Nevada 7/8/2013
  1. Sharon says:

    You forgot to mention that you had them bag up the left over white chocolate fondue. As we did the river walk you gave the still piping hot fondue, cold strawberries, bananas, pound cake and browniew to a begger digging in trash cans. She was thrilled. Nice time…thank you sissy