Sunday, May 3, 2009

Night on the Town

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.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I do enjoy your pictures of life in Tulsa but have to comment on your Alaska picture. You appear to have been everywhere man - do you have a favourite country?
Please note I'm attempting to "speak in the idiom" - you just having soaked up all things jazz!


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Recall that I worked 30 years for American Airlines and love to travel. My favorite country? For all its problems I still like the USA best. To visit? I enjoy the UK. The people are civilized and they speak English. I have some good friends there.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I didn't realise you worked for American Airlines - my word what a well-travelled gent you are.

You brought a smile to my face to say you like the UK - when I was able to get to the States to see Sharon I was always so ashamed of Heathrow airport after SF's cleanliness. We are such a grubby country after the USA.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The restaurant looks cute and cheery, and the food... yummy!

It's cute the place has a special meaning for you two.