A couple weeks ago, I was told that after today, I won’t have any Saturdays off until December… and even that’s up in the air. I don’t mind – I’d much rather work Saturdays than Fridays since it’s easier for me to get to work on Saturdays – but I knew I wanted to actually do something today since today will likely be my last free Saturday with good weather. So the BF and I decided to cross an item off the 14 in ’14 list AND to cross a restaurant off our wish list. For a Saturday, it ended up being a rather busy day!
We started off with a trip to the Laurel Highlands, to Laurel Caverns. I’ve wanted to visit the caverns for years, but I’ve just never made it there (usually because of work). But today was the day! We had gorgeous weather the entire day, so it was almost a little sad to go inside and underground, but I think it was worth it. It was so cool to go underground and see fossils and the remains of a river that ran through where the caverns are now. At one point on the trip, we saw some people belaying down the side of the cave, so that’s obviously what I want to do next. That, and legit spelunking. The tour we were on, guided by a sassy woman named Loretta, was lit for most of the pathways. I think it’d be awesome to go into the real darkness and see the off-the-tour passageways… but I’ll save that for next time. I really enjoyed the trip into the cavern, and I’d definitely go back.
As for dinner, my map skills aren’t so hot, so I thought Donegal was super-close to Laurel Caverns. Turns out, not so much; it took us about an hour to get to our dinner destination. I can’t remember where, but I’d read about Out of the Fire Cafe a few months ago, and since then, it’s been on our wish list. They’re part of the slow food movement that’s gripped the nation, and as such, I was pretty excited to eat there. While the service was less than stellar, the food was pretty good. We started with the housemade charcuterie plate since I was starving. We’re not sure exactly what was on the platter since our server didn’t clue us in (and never gave us silverware), but I believe there was chicken liver pâté and it was absolutely amazeballs. The rest of the platter was good, but the pâté is where it’s at. As for our entrees, I chose the pork chop and the BF got a steak. My pork chop was humongous; it looked like half a piglet. It was cooked just right, though, and it had a nice outer crust on it. The cheese grits and braised greens it came with were also good, but I could have used a bit more cheese in my grits. The BF really liked his meal; I liked mine as well, but I think I’d hyped the place up in my mind so much that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Also, the service really soured the place for me. But in general, good food.
And finally, we capped off my last free Saturday with a viewing of The Maze Runner. I’m typically the person who says they prefer the movie over the book, but in this battle, the book definitely won. Also, since the BF didn’t read the book(s), I think he was confused for most of the movie… which was exactly how I felt while reading the first book, so in reality, the movie actually stays rather close to the book. ;)
If this was the last nice Saturday that I have free for a few months, at least we made it a good one. :)
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