Rain or no rain, Sue and I decided we needed to go out for some fun. First we had dinner and a great little family owned Mexican Restaurant, El Rio Verde, "The Green River". It is a modest place but has a little significance for us because this is the first place I took Susan to dinner 9 years ago when we first started seeing each other.
With a hand painted mural on the side and a new awning it looks pretty good. It is not in the part of town where you would want to go walking after midnight, but it has great food.
With some nice paintings on the wall it looks just fine. When 90% of the customers are speaking Spanish, it is a good sign that the food is authentic.
I had camarón ranchero, shrimp sauteed with peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and Sue had a Shrimp fajita burrito. She had iced tea and I had horchata, a sweet drink made from rice, sugar and cinnamon. It cools off a spicy dish just right.
Next we stopped at the Jazz Depot. This is the old Santa Fe Railroad depot in the center of downtown Tulsa. It has been converted into a performance center as well as offices for the Tulsa Symphony. It is an interesting old Art Deco style building that has been lovingly restored.
Inside is an auditorium that seats about 400. There is a jazz program almost every Sunday evening. Tonight's performance was a pair of jazz orchestras (Big Bands) from 2 of Tulsa's High School. The first was from the magnet school, Booker T. Washington High School.
Next was the "Screaming Eagles" of Edison Preparatory School. The both did a very good job. It was great music that set your toe to tapping. We had a nice evening.
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