Last night we finally went to see Australia. But first, we went to Pizzeria Uno for dinner, and I think that’s the last time we’ll be eating there. We don’t usually go there, but it’s in the same parking lot as the movie theater (and there’s not many other restaurants near that theater), and GG likes their pizza dough, so we went. It was about 5:30 on a Monday night, and the place was pretty empty, but the guy sat us at this tiny table in the middle of the room, elbow-distance away from another table full of people. I was kind of whining about it, so after we’d been sitting there for a minute, GG asked if we could be moved to one of the (empty!) booths, which we were. Then the waiter was like, boom!, ready to take our order. And GG was ready pretty quickly. But I wanted a couple minutes to read the huge menu! So I wasn’t ready until like the third time the waiter came over. We were waiting for our food for a while, and actually if they hadn’t said anything I wouldn’t have known there was any problem, but the manager came over and said they’d accidentally put spinach on my pizza, which I’d asked for without spinach. So it would be 3 or 4 minutes until it came out, but GG’s was ready so did he want it in the meantime? Without thinking, GG said sure, so they brought his pizza out and it sat there taunting him for several minutes until mine was ready, because of course he wouldn’t have just dug in without me. Finally we all had our food, we ate, we were just about ready to go over to the movie, and the waiter asks if we’d like dessert. Sure, we’ll look at the menu, maybe get one thing to share. Well they have these little mini desserts, and without my involvement, GG ordered one for me and that one plus a second dessert for himself! That is three desserts total. It’s really getting to be time to go at this point, the waiter brings the check and says the desserts should be out in just a minute, we pay, and… it takes forever to get, like, two brownies! By the time they came out, we had to wolf them down and literally run out of there. And we got to the theater exactly in time.
So the much-anticipated Australia! I’m a big fan of Baz Luhrmann, plus there were potentially koalas, so we had to go. Well, there were no koalas, but there were a couple baby kangaroos, so it wasn’t a total bust. As for the story, it was a romantic comedy where the mismatched couple falls in love during a cattle dive across the Australian outback. I mean, it was a story of love and loss in World War II. No wait, it was a political statement about the treatment of Aboriginal children in Australia. Uh, I’m not sure what it was all about, it could have ended about three times before the actual end, but when it was over I turned to GG and said, “I thought that was supposed to be about cows?!”
Today we had planned to go to DiBruno Brothers, a famous cheese shop that has over 1000 different cheeses. Since they have a new location in the Comcast Center, we decided to go there so we could also walk to the Reading Terminal for lunch. We parked in Chinatown, walked to the Comcast building, and happened to enter just as their awesome lobby light show that everyone talks about was starting. It was really pretty cool. Part of one of the lobby walls (83 feet wide by 25 feet high) is actually a giant HD screen, and most of the time it displays a picture of wood paneling that matches the rest of the walls. But then every hour they put on this show (currently it’s a holiday show) and a crowd gathers in the lobby to watch. It was neat, and I’m glad we got to see it. So then we went downstairs for cheese, and… it turns out that this location of DiBruno Brothers is more of a sandwich stand than a cheese shop. They did have a few cheeses, nothing crazy, but mostly it’s a place to pick up lunch. Oh well. So we headed on to the Reading Terminal Market. Oh my gosh! We got cheesesteaks (and had a nice talk with the steak guy about the cheesesteak situation in Philadelphia, Wiz vs Provalone, etc.), we had fruit smoothies to wash them down, then we got Amish apple dumplings for dessert, and followed up the whole thing with fresh squeezed orange juice – literally, the guy threw the oranges into the machine while we watched! (The Amish are usually only in the market on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but they were there today because of the holiday, so we lucked out again!) We went straight back to the car afterward and headed home, and for some reason traffic on 76 West was so slow, it took over an hour to get back!
When we got home, GG put The Da Vinci Code on, which I didn’t really want to get sucked into because I wanted to take a nap, but I ended up watching the whole thing while he napped. Oh well, guess now I won’t have to read the book! So now we’re waiting to go out for dinner in a little bit with some of GG’s friends. Yes, more food! And I’m still stuffed from lunch! And I’m getting a cold for real. GG was getting sick a couple days ago, so there’s no denying it now. Blahh.