Archive for January, 2009

Ok, I admit it.   Matt and I are foodies.  When we can, we love to go out to eat.  Which isn’t very often, admittedly.  Or we end up at that gastronomic palace “Cici’s”  for all-you-can-eat pizza cheapness.  But we decided a long time ago to track some of the local Naples and Fort Myers restaurants that we love  Starting this week I hope to keep a weekly update on restaurants in this area.  Today we start with Miss Saigon.


Miss Saigon is Vietnamese at its finest.  This hole-in-the-wall restaurant seats fewer than 30 people at a time (although they will fit you in where they can), but the food is phenomenal.  If you haven’t tried Vietnamese food, Miss Saigon will make you a believer.  They have everything from traditional pho to sauteed vegetable and meat dishes and bowls.  My personal favorite is to start with the spring rolls, which come with a peanut sauce.  Then I get the sauteed veggies and tofu with yellow noodles.  Matt gets the pork bowl, which comes with lettuce, cabbage, pork, white noodles, and a really special sauce.  The best part is the price.  Two of us can eat there for under $30, and that includes an appetizer and a tip.  It’s located on the east side of US 41 between Golden Gate Parkway and Pine Ridge Road.  Make it a date and try it out.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2009

I took a brief break from the internet over my four day weekend. It sure will be tough staying at work 5 days in a row after 3 weeks of 4-day weekends. The holidays were wonderful for us. Matt and I took the entire weekend off after New Year’s Eve. We needed a break from everything. We did a few things around the house (or I should say “room”). I’ve been thinking of my goals for 2009. I will post something about that soon. But I thought I’d write a summary of 2008. Here it is:


2008 In Review:

The Bad:
-Matt tore his ACL and had ACL reconstruction surgery
-I got into a serious car accident
-We bought a car that needed brand-new tires, a new catalytic converter, and a miraculous smoke smell remover
-Matt cracked two teeth and I cracked two fillings
-We stupidly got a puppy named Petey
-My computer died


The Good:
-We got a puppy named Petey! He’s so cute (now that he’s potty trained)!
-I officially started my own business
-We both still have jobs
-I attended my first photography workshop
-We celebrated our first wedding anniversary
-We paid off $18k on our student loans – which also means we *could* have bought a house this year if we didn’t choose such expensive schools…
-We finished my website


There is so much to do and plan this year. I just signed up for the Shoot with Beckstead workshop in Tampa. I was bummed in December when I couldn’t muster the funds to go to the workshop in Birmingham. Having a workshop so close by made up for it!  So Matt and I will be sitting down soon and going over everything about this new year. I can’t wait to get started on some more shoots!