Good golly it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. My deepest and most sincere apologies to all of you. The last week or so has been ca-ra-zay and I am finally spending a night just staying in and sitting around. It.feels.awesome.
Unfortunately, my week long blogging hiatus means that I have gotten behind. And so, I’m going to have to travel back in time to a time long, long ago… last Thursday.
Now last Thursday may seem like many moons ago to you, but to me, it was a special day and is therefore engrained into my memory. Why was it so special, you ask? Well, it was special because I took my dear dear friend and roommate, Miss Alissa Carlson, out for her 24th birthday dinner!
Since 24 is a party year (yes I just made that up) we decided to be a little crazy and went out for Greek food at Olympia’s Kebab House and Tavern.
Let me tell you, the Greeks know how to party in style. Can I get an “Oopa!?”
Having been to Olympia’s before, I knew that the first order of business was the appetizers course. At Olympia’s, this course cannot be missed. Why? Because they serve a FLAMING cheese dish that is to die for. Yes, you read that right. The cheese comes…. on fire.
Basically, they fry some huge wedges of cheese, then bring them out to your table, dump some brandy (yum) onto them, and light them on fire. The fire erupts several feet into the air, the waiter screams “Oopa!” and you applaud giddily while your cheese melts and bubbles. After 10 seconds or so, they put out the cheese with a little lemon juice… and you dig in.
Oh…my…. I don’t know if you are a fan of cheese or not, but if you’re not, you better have a good excuse. I’d honestly have to put it on my Top 10 list of favorite foods. But melt it, crispify it (hey, it’s a word), and add a subtle brandy flavor? Seriously. I’m thinking about moving cheese into my Top 5.
Plus, let’s be honest, the ‘show’ is half of the fun. I mean, who doesn’t like seeing flames erupt in the middle of a restaurant?
The main course was also lovely, though not nearly as exciting as the cheese.
We ordered the “best gyros in town” and they really were pretty great. They were simple and fresh and contained yummy soft meat that was well seasoned, tomatoes, onions, and lots of delicious feta cheese. Plus, it comes with this simple but delicious creamy dipping sauce that really complements the flavors of the dish. All on a pita! Yummmm.
Overall the meal was great and eventful (and no one lost any eyebrows, which was good). In fact, I’d have to say that it really is one of my favorite spots to take people when they are visiting. So, my advice is give it a try, but don’t go unless you’re planning on ordering the flaming cheese. Seriously, it makes the meal.
(Oh, and PS, just to make you jealous… we also went out for Ted Drewes after dinner. Birthday custard = a great way to end the night.)