Just a few things I've been thinking about . . .
What happened with the Firefox 3.5.1 update?
I won't use Internet Explorer unless absolutely hog-tied and forced. As a result, I've used other browsers forever. When Netscape, my old fave, went by the wayside and was replaced by Firefox, I made the switch and until last week, had no regrets. Then along comes the 3.5 update and suddenly, my otherwise very stable browser starts freaking out. Pages loaded then went grey. Restarting the browser didn't help. Clearing the cache didn't help. Rebooting the computer didn't help. The grey-out was random, didn't happen on every page, and didn't happen all the time.
I figured that I would live with it until the smart folks at Mozilla figured out they had a problem and fixed it. Enter update 3.5.1 two days later. I hoped this update would fix the problems that its predecessor created, but no such luck. The grey screen continued. I went to the Mozilla website and left a message asking for help to solve the problem on their discussion board. I haven't gotten any help yet, although several others have commented that they, too, are experiencing the issue.
Because it's hard to read a blog when the browser screen goes grey, I downloaded and starting using Google's Chrome browser. Its no-frills interface works fine for me, but it's just not Firefox!
What was I thinking about Outback Steakhouse?
Because we live so close to Disneyland, one of the main drags in our city is lined with restaurants and hotels. Within walking distance from my house are Joe's Crab Shack, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, Oggi's Pizzeria and Brewery, and Coco's. The Outback Steakhouse is always packed whenever we go to Joe's or Red Robin and being a steak and potatoes kinda gal, I've wanted to try the restaurant for quite some time. Last night, I convinced the Amazing Egyptian Dude that we really needed to have dinner at Outback, so off we went.
Even though it was nearly 8 o'clock, the restaurant was packed with a 10-20 minute wait for seating. We were seated at a small booth near the bar in about 10 minutes. Throughout the evening, the service was excellent. The food, however, left me wondering what the big deal was all about. I got a ribeye steak, baked potato, and vegetables; the Amazing Egyptian Dude got talapia topped with lobster and mushrooms and vegetables. First, I asked for the steak to be cooked medium well and got a well done steak. This isn't really a problem in terms of taste, but it does impact texture and chewiness. Worse, if it hadn't been for the fact that I asked for a bottle of A-1, the meat would have had no taste at all.
For a steakhouse, I found Outback to be sorely lacking. The steak portion of their menu was less than imaginative; the steak itself was flavorless. Our bill was nearly $50 for the two of us. I'm used to paying that much for the fantastic Brazilian BBQ buffet where I had lunch with the Fourth Grade BFFs a while back.
I still can't figure out what makes Outback Steakhouse so popular!
Labels: Monday Musings