Lunch at BJ’s

Twas a cold but sunny mid-morning that we had lunch at BJ’s. We thought we were early but apparently the world got there before us. I don’t like waiting but for good food, I guess it’s worth a 15 minute wait… which as you can see was well spent taking pictures of the gorgeous architecture.

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A simple glass of water that costs nothing yet tastes so good, and always brings a smile to my face.

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Bonus, our server even asked if we wanted lemon with it. What a nice gesture! Water is a basic human right and it’s free, as it should be, so it makes me wonder why in some parts of the world, water is not an option, and you have to pay for it.

Side story: I remember we used to patronize a certain expensive (to me) Thai restaurant that wouldn’t even offer us a drink of water when clearly we were all sniffing from the exceptionally spicy dishes. Their drinks are a ripoff so I never order any. Instead, each time after a meal there, we would rush over to the nearby McD’s and drown ourselves in soda! For the record, we’ve long since stopped eating there…for obvious reasons.

On with our lunch. For starters, we had Crispy Calamari and New England Clam Chowder. Goodness knows when we last ate squid so this was nice but it could’ve been crispier. The chowder was to die for, what can I say? I’ve never met a chowder I didn’t like. It helps too that they’ve drastically reduced the sodium level. Love it when restaurants take the trouble to improve their fare.

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Next, we had the Shrimp and Asparagus Penne, and our favorite Parmesan Crusted Chicken which we order every time we go to BJ’s. I loved the chicken, of course! The penne, not so much. Not that it wasn’t good, more like penne is probably my least favorite pasta.

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And for dessert, we had this sinful Salted Caramel Pizookie which, by the way, is a dish-sized cookie topped with a double scoop of ice cream sprinkled with chocolate chips. You know me. I didn’t order this! It came free and with such a cute name, it was all the sweeter!

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