Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bring-Your-Friends-To-Work Day!

Today was my lucky day!!

My usual Friday night shift at the gym turned into an impromptu holiday -- bring your buddies to work day (and bribe them with chocolate or whip them if they complain)

Before we get to the numerous ways I exploited my friends...
Let's backtrack to dinner!

It's a Friday night, after all.  So, we decided to celebrate a few things:
1. Annie finished her midterm-from-hell
2. Lee is back in town from non-stop med school interviews
3. And Casey and Lisa.... like to hang out and eat food a lot. no big.

We decided to try out the newest restaurant in town: Troy's Greek Cuisine.
After yelping it, and reading all the great reviews, we were ready for some authentic Greek food!

We started off with some Greek Fries for an appetizer.
Baked fries with parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper.

I had trouble deciding between a sampler-type plate and a big greek salad with Gryo meat, but my love for all things falafel won me over...

Meza plate (for two).  Yes, this was meant to be an appetizer for two people... but if it's an entree it's totally acceptable to be eaten by one, right??

Falafels on a bed of lettuce, dolmas, feta cheese, kalamata olives, babaganoush, hummus, and fresh pita - right out of the oven!

I was loving the hummus and the babaganoush!  probably some of the best I've had (and I've even been to Greece... yeah, crazy, huh??) Plus, falafels always have a special place in my heart.

Annie and Lisa both ordered the Chicken Souvlaki.

and Lee ordered the Mousaka plate. Which is one of my all-time favorite Greek dishes... think of it as a Greek lasagna with eggplant instead of pasta noodles.  Yum?? (he let me have a bite... and if he didn't, I probably would have wrestled him for it)

We all agreed this would be a repeat dinner in the future!  I love Greek food - probably one of my favorite cuisines out there.

So, want to know something crazy?
We had approximated 22 minutes to eat our food before I had to go to work... so, we set a strict eat-chew-and-don't-talk rule for a good 15 minutes in order to make it on time.

Somehow, we still had room, and time, for some dessert. Go figure.

I made Lee pull over at YogurtLand (literally, he pulled off and let us out....) so we could grab some FroYo and sprint to the gym so I wouldn't be late. 

Red Velvet Cake, Pecans and Prailines, Death By Chocolate froyo topped with CANDY CORN, oreos, circus animal cookie, a nilla wafer, some coconut, and red beans. 

By the way, have you ever eaten frozen yogurt at the gym and NOT gotten dirty looks from all the people on the treadmills?  Yep, didn't think so.

A few minutes later, as I was knee-deep in towels and locks (I was working in the locker room today), a few friendly faces made an appearance:

ANNIE, LISA, AND LEE decided to be super cool and spend their Friday nights with me :)

 It started off innocently enough, but before they knew it, I had them folding towels, checking out locks, helping customers... they could basically replace me at the gym and be ten times more efficient :(.

Fortunately, one of my coworkers was kind enough to bring me a back of JUMBO MARSHMALLOWS (after I begged him) and we entertained ourselves by playing some heated rounds of Chubby Bunny -- for those of you who haven't played, you essentially have to put a huge marshmallow in your mouth, one at a time, and say "chubby bunny" after each one.  You can't chew or swallow and you have to see how many you can fit in there

CHUBBY BUNNY. My record was five.... and I have a large mouth.

We entertained ourselves... with each other?? for the rest of the night.  Yeah, don't ask me how that works.  I HAVE THE GREATEST FRIENDS.

Annie and Lee, hard at work (doing my job, specifically...)

I'd say it was a great Friday night :)
Although, I'm sure they'd tell you otherwise...

I bought Annie two chocolate bars today and I bought Lee some chocolate straws (that turn your milk into chocolate milk!! I know, it's super cool and mature)... so, that makes up for working them like a sweat shop, right?

I'm off to bed!!

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