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I try to buy good shoes... - Happy's Obsession
or what I do between bouts of Real Life
I try to buy good shoes...
So, the main shoe I wear is the Dansko Professional Clog. It's supposed to be great for those of us who spend a lot of time on our feet. And I've found it's wonderful for standing a lot (which I do at work).

But for walking a lot? Not so good. The "clog" aspect of it means that it's not snug to the foot... so when you walk, the shoe moves a little.

Which for me, means that the ball of my foot gets very irritated and almost feels blistered.

And since we went to a new restaurant tonight, the Sea Grill, and had to walk a few blocks because there is no parking... my feet hurt. Of course, that's because I walked a lot today at work, as I went shopping at lunch, too.

Dinner was pretty good... although pricy. Seared duck breast was advertised as "medium rare", but served rare... always a plus (not) with poultry. 6 small sliced medallions for $30. But that was a deal, compared to the fresh Maine lobster, which ended up being 6 bites for $40. And if you wanted any sides, there was asparagus for $6, butternut squash risotto for $7 (which I sent back, as the risotto beyond al dente, actually chalky at the center), and yukon gold mashed potatoes for $6. All sides were good sized, enough each for 2-3 people, but still. Salad was $8 for a wild greens & pears, and the crab cakes were the best deal at $13 - 3 small (about sand dollar sized, but 1/2 an inch thick) ones, with a wonderful sauce.

Add one glass of beer, 3 of wine... and you have a meal that comes to $150 with tip.

Easily the least satisfying meal I've had for that price.

While my palate isn't refined or anything, I have had excellent expensive meals before. Chez Panisse in Berkeley is renowned as a world class restaurant. I ate there after graduation from UCBerkeley, and had a wonderful 4 course meal, spread out over several hours, with 2 bottles of wine and 2 desserts, admittedly for about twice as much. But the service was polite, friendly, and extremely professional, the food was well chosen, the tastes blended well, and portions were satisfying, although not large. I definitely didn't feel like I might want to pick up something on the way home, as I did tonight.

Ah, well, live and learn. The decor was beautiful, very 60's upscale retro... quite the place Phillip Markham or Brian would enjoy.

All being said, I'd actually rather stay at my neighborhood bistro, The Good Life Bistro & Wine Bar. I find the food very good, the atmosphere cozy yet elegant, and the waitstaff & chef very personable & friendly.

Although I might be biased, because the chef's husband is a poker-buddy of mine.

I feel...: disappointed disappointed
Boppin' to...: The S.O. playing the guitar & singing

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chrismm From: chrismm Date: November 15th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
*wandering in off friendsfriends*

I love Dansko, but yes, the slippage is sort of annoying--I swear by these, for that reason:


Because they have an ankle strap, they don't wander around as much. And despite the slightly more girly look, they're chunky enough to actually look OK with socks, for non-summer wear with pants or jeans.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 15th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I may have to get a pair... although it pours all winter here in the Pacific NW, and I'm hesitant to get open shoes for that reason...
chrismm From: chrismm Date: November 15th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grins* I'm in the Pacific NW, too, and I expected them to just be summer shoes. But my feet actually stay drier in them than in normal shoes like sneakers or whatever--I think it's the platform heel, it keeps me above the flood, as it were... I wear them with kind of chunky socks and jeans, and they're pretty warm that way as well.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 15th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to give it a try!
bliss_ From: bliss_ Date: November 15th, 2005 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about your feet, when I wear clogs for a long time the same thing happens....it is not pleasant!!
iwantmygnr From: iwantmygnr Date: November 15th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
have you ever tried crocs?


i tried them about 2 months ago and i haven't worn anything else to work since. i work as a dialysis nurse so i am on my feet about 10-11 hours a day and since i started wearing them, my legs don't hurt like they did with tennis shoes. i wear them with the strap in the front so i can slip them on and off. i don't have any problem with them slipping. i wear them everywhere now, i hardly ever wear tennis shoes anymore. i really like them and i wan't a pair in every color!!
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