Hard Rock, Moscato’s and A Lazy Sunday

How was everyone’s weekend? I swear they are never long enough. I am one of those people who would rather work longer hours for 4 days and then have a 3 day weekend. Anyone else with me?

Friday started the weekend off wonderfully. After work I headed to YogaBlu where my friend Lora was subbing a yoga class. Had a great, energizing class full of hip openers (my fav). Afterwards I joined her for a lovely run along the waterfront. What a healthy way to start the weekend!

Saturday morning my mom and I headed up to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino for an early Mother’s Day celebration. We thought it would be packed on actual Mother’s Day so we decided to go this weekend instead. This was our first time going!

Parking was relatively easy. I have to say it was probably the easiest parking garage I’ve ever maneuvered around in.

Holy slot machines!

This is only one section of them. There were tons!

Does it bother anyone else that they take your favorite childhood movies and turn them into themed games…just seems wrong to me. Also, saw the Little Mermaid. They also had ones like Dirty Dancing and Sex in the City, which I think are more appropriate.

We played for an hour then headed to the food court for a quick lunch. I got a grilled chicken sandwich with fries. Your typical food court fare…wasn’t anything great, but it was edible.

We spent a good few hours at the slots. It was fun! I made sure to be smart and kept track of how much I was spending. I stuck with the 2 and 5 cent machines and never put in over $5. And most times once I doubled my money I stopped. Luckily, I ended up leaving with the same amount that I came in with.

Later at home mom and I decided to go out for dinner. We actually tried to hit up a few mexican places for Cinco de Mayo, but every one we drove past was crazy busy (go figure). So we ended up at Moscato’s, a quaint Italian place we’ve been to a few times before.

The last time we were here they had just reopened with an updated menu and we had Jon in tow. Between Jon being picky and them getting into the groove from their hiatus it wasn’t the best experience. But this time was better.

There weren’t a lot of other diners (I think they were all having mexican!) so it was pretty low key in there. They always have live music and that night they had a one man guitar player that transported you straight to Italy. They also had changed the decor a bit. They changed the tables around and added colorful pillows to the benches. I also loved the fresh flowers they had in wine bottles. You really can’t beat the atmosphere in here. It’s very cozy and everything from the decor to the plates makes you feel like you’re at someone’s Italian villa rather than a restaurant. And the service is always on par as well.

Now to the food. They make their own linguine and angel hair, which is wonderful, and you cans wap it with any dish that has pasta. I’ve had it before and loved it, but really wanted to try the baked penne this time.

One of my complaints last time was that the portions seemed too small. But I couldn’t even finish this big bowl! Yay for quantity!

The pasta was cooked very well. The cream sauce was delectable and not too rich tasting. The chicken needed to be seasoned, but the sundried tomatoes and mushrooms helped amp up the dish. We paired our meal with a lovely red wine from Sicily. I forgot the name, but it was smooth and on the fruiter side.

Sunday was Jon’s day off and it was a lazy one. We slept in until about noon. I started my day off with Captain Crunch and felt like such a big kid. Where are my cartoons?

We finally mustered up the energy to get a late lunch at Pho Quyen. BBQ Beef Vermicelli for me and Pho with everything for him. We then ran some errands which included Target and Total Wine.

Our goodies…We rarely go to Total Wine so when we do we stock up!

The rest of the day was spent lazing around in front of the boob tube. For dinner Jon made a pantry surprise of a bunch of things we needed to use up. Roasted chicken, quinoa, lentils, black eyed peas, carrots, tomato sauce, chicken stock, chipotle peppers and a few other random things went into a pot for a kind of stew/chili. It was really good!

What fun things did you do this weekend? Have you ever been to a casino?

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