Searching For Journey

We had a blast last night!!


I think I’m one of the few people that can totally get down on the dance floor sober. I mean, I did have two drinks at the beginning of the evening but after that I just chugged my water and was good to go. I honestly think I’m incapable of having more than two cocktails. Its like the third drink just always makes me feel sick and, well, if you can groove without it…why not?!

So, we went to The Lodge last night for dinner. CRAZY place, y’all! Anne and I ordered (upon my recommendation!) sweet tea vodkas—




If you haven’t tried firefly, you should. Its just so interesting! I think you could make a really good drink with firefly vodka and lemonade…sort of like an Arnold Palmer? Being from the South, I do love my sweet tea…in any way, shape or form!


The actual menu was craaaaaaazy!!!!!! They had crazy things like “american sushi” (sushi made with hamburger meat, bacon and cheese sauce), mini corn dogs and make-your-own tv dinners. You will have to look at the menu to get an idea! Since I was with a bunch of people, we ordered an appetizer plate to start it off.


Errr this wasn’t my favorite thing. Everything was fried for the most part (like most appetizer plates are) and I just picked at a few of the calamari and had a mini corn dog 😉

Now my dinner, on the other hand, was awesome! I was intrigued by the “slider” idea so I ordered the grilled tuna sliders with asian coleslaw and sriracha aioli. The two mini sliders came with three sides so I got (naturally) sweet potato fries, sweet and spicy cucumber salad and….randomly….baked beans!



The sliders were good but not awesome (I ate one of the two), but the sides were out of this world.…especially the cucumber salad and sweet potato fries!!!!!!! The sweet potato fries had honey drizzled on them and were dusted with powdered sugar…..seriously now!

Anne’s fingers get in the way of my food:


(awkward close up)

We stayed at The Lodge for a little while longer after dinner and then decided it was time to walk across the street and dance it up!



So, we requested Journey but the band said they didn’t know how to play Journey. Who doesn’t know how to play Journey??!!! Is that even a concept? Next we tried Bon Jovi (it was an old school kind of night) and no bananas there either. Finally, Anne yells “JESSIE’S GIRL!!!!” and finally we had gotten a winner.  My friend Kathleen from high school showed up and we danced the night away (and I chugged water!).



Now, now.

We ended up getting home around 1 am and even though I woke up digustingly early (why is it when you stay out late you still sometimes wake up at the crack of dawn?!), I feel good today because I didn’t over-do it in the cocktails arena. I just have to much fun bopping around on the dance floor, I don’t even need the alcohol half the time! hehehe

I’m getting ready for church right now, where I’m meeting Jessica, a blog reader!! yay!!! 🙂

**On a much sadder note…my heart goes out to Meghann this morning, whose beloved dog, Abbie, passed away last night. I know the feeling of loss very well and the news brought me to tears. It seems like just yesterday Abbie was chasing Mikan around the house and I know with 100% certainty that she is in doggie heaven right now! I love you, Meghann!

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  • april
    August 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like a fun night!!
    Sweet potato fries with powdered sugar?? I would have devoured those!

  • leslie
    August 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

    that menu looks fun – but very all american. your dinner sounds wonderful though. i can’t believe the band couldn’t play journey!? how can you go out and dance without them!? glad you had a fun night! 🙂

  • Leianna
    August 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

    The food at that restaurant sounds really interesting! And dancing the night away looks fun!

  • Allie Katie
    August 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Oh Jenna–firefly has been my downfall many a night. That stuff will get you deerunk before you know it. Good for you for showing restraint :). I’m not always as smart!
    As for Journey–what the heck?! Who doesn’t know Journey? I thought it was a cover band requirement?!

  • Spotty Prep
    August 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Firefly may be the best invention ever!

    My parents have been talking about trying the lodge, I’m sending my mom your review!

  • Erin
    August 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    It’s definitely more fun to be sober and really enjoy the moment. Sounds like a fun night — what’s up with the band not knowing any good songs?! 😉

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    August 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Looks like a great time! And those sweet potato fries…holy wow.

  • Anne P
    August 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

    JOURNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bahhh!!!

    I also got up crazy early… what is wrong with us?? What a fun night 🙂 I ditto you on the sober dancing/chugging water = awesome and no hangovers!

    Have fun at church!

  • MarathonVal
    August 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

    That’s crazy the band didn’t know how to play Journey!! Haha. What a fun time anyway though! For some reason your night reminded me of my bachelorette party 🙂

  • Anne P
    August 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Oh and p.s. I’m officially in love with sweet tea vodka. Def want to try it Arnold Palmers style with lemonade!!

  • Help Meghan Run
    August 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I love dancing sober! 😉 Since most people are usually not haha. Looks like fun!

  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    August 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Homemade TV dinners??? What an interesting concept! Your night looks like fun 🙂 Having a drink or two and dancing to 80’s music sounds like an awesome time.

  • K
    August 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Looks like a BLAST! If you want Journey, come to Detroit – you literally can NOT escape Don’t Stop Believin’ when you’re out on the town here 😉

  • Stacey
    August 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Woot woot! Looks like fun! Yay for having drinks but no hangover, lol…And what the heck?! What good band doesn’t know how to play Journey?!

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 2, 2009 at 9:43 am

    looks like a fun, wild & crazy night! 🙂 TV dinners at a restaurant??? How cool is that! Those sweet potato fries look pretty darn tasty. Have a great Sunday girly!

  • katiek
    August 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

    sounds like sucha fun night! while the food might of been fried it sure looked great! Firefly sweettea vodka is my obsession. It’s so good and reminds me of being in th carolinas I do mix mine with lemonade for what they call “dirty palmers.” Pink lemonade is delish with it too!

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    August 2, 2009 at 10:04 am

    A band not knowing Journey is like a band not knowing Free Bird!! Who doesn’t know Journey!
    looks like a total blast…and I’m with you! I can TOTALLY get down w/o drinks 🙂

  • Deva
    August 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Your night looks like an awesome one, I miss the dancing days of my college years.

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 2, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Sounded like a fun night! The menu looks very interesting! And who doesn’t know Journey?!

  • Erin
    August 2, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Fun night! I need to try that Sweet Tea drink sounds amazing!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Such a fun evening! I love how you know your drink limit and stick to it… going out is so much more fun that way. And those sides definitely look delicious. Perfect way to spend Saturday night! 🙂

  • michelle
    August 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I’m with Mara- Who doesn’t know Journey??
    ^^ danced to Journey at her wedding 🙂
    Glad you had fun! Looks like a great time.

  • Maria
    August 2, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Wow, looks like you were having a blast 😉 Love that you can groove without the drinks, haha!

    The sweet potato fries do look absolutely amazing! I mean, drizzled with honey and dusted off with powdered sugar???

  • nicole h
    August 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

    what a fun night! i also can go and dance with out drinkage, its a skill. i want to try those sweet potatoe fries! yummm have a great day

  • devon
    August 2, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Oh my goodness… I big poufy heart sweet potato fries! YUM!

  • Ada
    August 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’m glad you had a fun night, it looks like it was an absolute blast:)

  • JEAN
    August 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I was so happy to see your blog was up and running today! The food is making me hungry. Yum and great dance skills.

  • Caitlin
    August 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I love firefly vodka – had it in Charleston for the first time, where I had a “John Daly” – like an Arnold Palmer (lemonade and iced tea) only with lemonade and firefly. Get it?! Ha.

  • Evan Thomas
    August 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Those look way too awesome/gourmet to be called sliders

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    August 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    It looks like you had a blast! I am so sorry to hear about Meghann’s dog. 🙁

  • Tay
    August 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Good for you Jenna for knowing when to stop. You don’t want to feel like poop the next day! Looks like you had a fantastic time 🙂
    And oh my sweet potato fries yummmmm

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    August 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Looks like so much fun!! Hmmmm. I’m not sure about that American sushi.

  • Rachel
    August 3, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I loooooooove sweet tea vodka and lemonade, with a bunch of real lemon juice squeezed in of course. You should try it!

  • Sarah
    August 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I can’t believe you couldn’t get Journey OR Bon Jovi! A friend of mine is in a band we saw on Saturday night and they did both of those 😉 Glad you had a good time anyway!

  • Cat
    August 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Sounds like a fun night, but I would question your statement that you are one of the “few” people who will dance without drinking? Maybe you meant in your group of friends, because very few of my friends drink – we had a dry wedding and we actually paid the DJ to stay for an extra two hours because we couldn’t bear to stop dancing.

    Just a thought – great blog!