“I feel like Italian tonight”. That was my answer to Elaine’s question about where I was taking her to supper tonight. The next question was “where”. Olive Garden is, of course, available. But I wanted to try something different so I remembered Carrabba’s; we have not been to that restaurant for a long time. We were in the pool at the time, and the discussion included others. Pete Petersen had never been to Carrabba’s, so that was our choice. And we invited him to come as well; others declined. We had a great meal and ordered two appetizers as well as our main course, so we had lots of leftovers to bring home (see the photo).
Elaine had the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Arugula (Sautéed chicken breast crusted with grated parmesan and panko breadcrumbs topped with fresh arugula, tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese in our Mediterranean lemon vinaigrette) while I had the Seasonal Pasta Linguine Pescatore (Shrimp, sea scallops, mussels and spicy marinara sauce). We had both a Calamari (Hand-breaded to order and served with our marinara sauce) and a Tomato Caprese with Fresh Burrata (Creamy burrata mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, red onions, balsamic glaze, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil) as appetizers. The calamari was our first choice but when I saw the other on the menu I just had to try it. Both were good.
Our day started early, with the community yard sale here in Royal Palm around 7:30 AM. About 12-15 residents had yard sales at their own lot. The Social Club had a food tent selling hot dogs and other stuff, and I understand they did well. I don’t know how others did, but we had good sales, to the tune of $220 or so. In fact, we are almost cleaned out. What started as three tables plus lots of items on the ground can now be consolidated down to one table and a few items on the ground for tomorrow’s sale. I was delighted to have sold some high-ticket items such as our exercise bike and a standard bike, as well as my old Brother 11×17 printer. The other items that sold well were the kitchen and household duplicates coming from our motorhome, and Elaine’s cast-off now-too-large clothing items. I estimate that we had 25-30 sales, and about a third to half of that number who did not make a purchase.
If you look in the front of the photo you’ll see the red popcorn machine. I was also selling fresh popcorn by the bag and we had advertised it with an A-frame sign board at a major crossroads in the Park, so we had people coming to our place because of the popcorn. I sold 24 bags! And many of those who came for the popcorn also bought something else while there. The proceeds from the popcorn sales will go to the Social Club, since they paid for the popcorn supplies.