Friday, October 30, 2015

Drunk Fish.......Our Trip to IL PART 2

Since we got more than halfway to our destination on Day 1, Friday, Day 2 was taken at a more leisurely pace.

I realized that our timing was impeccable by the way, staying overnight on a Thursday rather than a Friday.  Our hotel room was about $70 before all sorts of taxes were added but had be stayed there on a Friday night the room would have cost $200 before taxes...Yikes!!

I guess the rate zoomed up because of Notre Dame playing a football game that weekend.  What a rip!

Here's a couple shots outside of the hotel in Michigan.........

Nothing too exciting....

We drove down back toward the Indiana Toll Way to South Bend.
Anyway, on the way out of the Michiana area we stopped at guessed it!.....liquor store.  8-)

You knew you were in a college football playing town right away in this store.

I love the sense of humor some of these craft brewers have when naming their beers.

Hipster Repellant IPA

Kentucky Ryed Chiquen, complete with a chicken feather under the top seal. lolz

I am so not commenting on this label..........

Space Station beer giving the middle finger salute.

After buying of few things we headed west into the "Land of Lincoln".
There was a stop at a World Market to buy a few things, mostly Christmas gifts.  Alcohol may have also been purchased but I'll never tell.

Then feeling puckish we found a nearby café for lunch in the shopping plaza where the World Market was located.

Hubs got a turkey sandwich and I got a roast beef sandwich.
Take a look at the difference in sizes between those 2.......

I was going to suggest we get 1 sandwich and split it before we ordered.  Well it's a good thing I didn't say it out loud in regard to getting my selection and splitting it! lolz

If we had done that, we would have had to stop again for another lunch before hitting Sonya's house.

We hit a little local traffic after having lunch but we pulled into Sonya's driveway a little after 4pm.

I got out of the car and when she opened the front door I yelled across the yard wanting to know if she had found me a FISH FRY for dinner.

Yes, I was all hyped up on wanting to have FISH on Friday up here in IL.  Two years ago I had the BEST Fish sandwich of my life on a Friday after we left Sonya's house and drove down to Mendota IL to have lunch with Pam and Robin(online friends from my beanie days). 
We had Walleye that Friday and it was the first time I'd ever had it and man, was it good!

Since we were coming into town on a Friday I told Sonya to look up some places for dinner that have a fish fry.  She seemed kind of lukewarm on the idea on the phone so I did some research and found a place that served a fish fry just over the border in WI near her town.

So after downing a drink that was thrust into my hand after I got inside the house(why does this always happen at her house?!?lol)we set out with Den driving to go eat some fish.

Well here is where we ended up at.........

Remember how I nearly got 3/5 of my family murdered in a biker dive bar back in July in VA?
Yep, this would be another great dining choice.....
I just seem to know how to pick 'em, don't I?

This place was a hole in the wall locals bar and we sure got the once over by the clientele sitting at the bar when we walked in.  I thought for sure I heard banjos playing in the distance too.

I thought Sonya was going to bolt back out the door until she spied gaming machines in the back corner.  Unfortunately they were "play" machines and you couldn't actually win money on them so her glee turned to despair right quick.

So we ordered our meals and chatted and laughed before the repast hit the table.

I swear this is the only photo I got of Den the entire time we were visiting!  The man had an uncanny knack for avoiding my camera.
Sonya Ann was not to be so lucky however......much to her chagrin.

This is one of the lovely pictures adoring the wall at Grumpy's Pub and Grub.

The food arrived and we wolfed it down.  Den unfortunately chose the only "All You Can Eat" fish option(cod)and it turned out to be the premade/frozen/breaded type.  Hubs and my fish plates were freshly prepared however and were very good.
so what did Sonya Ann order in the land of fishy goodness?

Ok, so that's why she said, "We don't go out for fish." on the phone when I requested a fish fry and she didn't seem too thrilled with Grumpy's(after the gambling was a no-go).

Some woman(the owner, bartender, patron....who knows?)came over after we were done eating and offered us each a cookie out of the box she was holding.
So we got free chocolate chip cookies with our meal....score!

Then the bill came and Den tried to give the waiter his credit card.
And then this happened........

Figures! I'd pick a place that was seedy and only took

So we go back to their house and as they say, "the hilarity ensued".

Just one of the beverages imbibed that evening.

I should have filmed Sonya Ann taking out the recycling the next afternoon.  It looked something like this.......

Next time we should try this with all our empties....

Or this.....

It was a long pleasant evening, however I can't share anything else that happened mostly because I can't remember anything else.
Let's just say that "What happens in Sonya's house stays in Sonya's house" and leave it at that. ;-)



  1. Fun post from the start to the end!
    I think anyplace that serves the public should be required by law to have signs on the door saying "We don't accept plastic" just to give potential patrons a heads up. The last time we went to a place like that found me sitting at the table while TheHub had to drive to find an ATM, because we had less than 3 bucks in actual cash between us. Since that day I always have the "invisible" 50 in my wallet

    1. Well I had PLENTY of cash on me for the trip but Sonya and Den refused to let me pay for this meal. And afterall, it was ALL MY IDEA to have fish and go here! lolz

  2. Okay, so I'm really come you guys didn't drink when we visited you?

    1. lol....well if I remember correctly Hubs did have a drink with Chris. I usually don't drink much especially at home(1 drink a week is about my speed). You weren't drinking so I didn't feel the urge.
      Strange but when I get around Sonya something just comes over me....lolz

  3. I think too much fun other than the money thing should be written on this post.

    1. Yep, the no plastic thing was a surprise but what is life without surprises?!

      There is more fun on this trip to tell so stay tuned.....

  4. Sounds like a great time! That is why I always carry cash on vacations. Not the rest of the time, but always on vacation.

    1. More great times to come on this trip too.
      I get nervous without a stash of cash while on vacation mostly because we don't have ATM cards.

  5. There seems to be a lot of alcohol when you visit. Hmmmmm, I never drink if you aren't here. LOL. I almost got sick after my neighbor's halloween party. I flat our refused to throw up chili and amaretto. Ewwwww! Perhaps I should dry out. Haha ok that thought is gone, were are the cocktails.

    1. Den still needs to teach me how to make Amaretto.
      And I don't think it's ME that makes the alcohol appear in your house!
      My Daughter was doing jello shots at the bowling alley on Halloween and drunk bowling....there must be something in all our genes, ya think? hehehe

  6. oh but I would love to try the bourbon.


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