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Murder Mystery Dinner

24 Sep

Have any of you ever been to a murder mystery dinner?

In recent months, I noticed a deal on Living Social for a murder mystery dinner.  I’ve heard good things about these types of dinners and thought it could be fun so a few friends and I decided to buy it to see how it would be…It was downtown at a nice restaurant (Birraporetti’s) on a Thursday evening so it was perfect since we could pop over there after work.  I’ve been to Birraporetti’s a few times for work lunches and it was expensive and delicious so I thought a $50 deal for two for dinner, dessert, and a murder mystery theater show would be at least worth the food!

I mean, how could you not think it would be worth it??  That was the actual picture on the Living Social deal so it looked awesome.  I love food and I love CSI so it totally seemed worth $25.

Gina, Chelsea, and I got there a little early so we hung out at the bar as we casually tried to figure out where to go because we didn’t see any obvious signs or crowds of people going anywhere…after a glass of wine, I decided to wander around to figure it out.  Turns out there were stairs in the back of the restaurant and the event was down there.

The three of us went down to get a table while we waited for Morgan, Neva, and Korey.  The room was pretty small but there was a table left that was big enough for all 6 of us so we snagged it.  The rest of our group got there, we all got drinks, and the host came around greeting each table and asked who would be interested in being an actor for the show.

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Chelsea volunteered with great enthusiasm because that is right up her alley.

The title of the show was the following:

The "Big Band" Theory

The “Big Band” Theory

The names of the characters were all play on words…

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Before the mystery dinner started, we had dinner.  It was buffet style Italian food that was sub par.  We didn’t get to pick what we wanted and it was slightly disappointing because I thought we would at least get to pick from a select few menu items or something.  Definitely not worth the $25 so far…

Turns out Chelsea was picked to be Helen Back (read: Hell and Back) the ex-girlfriend of Big Band Bobby (the host).  She was amazing!  She came out with sass and a sweet accent!

Helen Back

Helen Back

She was one of the first people to perform and she set the bar WAY too high for the rest of the “actors.”  They were all pretty horrible at acting and even more terrible at reading.  I’m not knocking them for sucking at reading aloud because I’m not great at it but that’s also why I didn’t volunteer.  Each character had a small bit to read then Big Band Bobby had us get together with our table to guess who killed his girlfriend.  Other than Chelsea, we didn’t even leave our seats.  I was expecting some sort of intellectual thought to be needed but it was basically a shot in the dark after watching people who are not great at public reading…

It definitely was not anything that I expected…but it was fun.  The reason that it was fun was because it was different and I was with a fun group of friends.  I mean, how can you not have a blast with this group?

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So I’ll ask again with better specifications.  Have any of you been to a murder mystery dinner that was worth it??

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TopGolf

11 Jul

A few weeks ago a few of my friends and I went to TopGolf.

TG with friends

Have you ever been?

No?  I thought I was the only one that hadn’t.  Here’s the description from the TopGolf website:

WHAT IS TOPGOLF?

TopGolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout spot. You can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to your neighbor’s 7-year-old kid can play year-round. Just picture a 215-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The closer to the center or “bull’s-eye” you get and the farther out you hit your microchipped balls, the more points you receive. Score even bigger with TopGolf’s extensive food and beverage menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest foodies. It’s not golf – it’s TopGolf. Give it a shot!

Also, here are some pictures of the place from their website:

Basically it is a 3-story shooting range (do they call those shooting ranges? I dunno. whatever.) where you have golf balls with microchips in them that send a signal to the computer after you hit it and depending on how far down the range and how close to the center of the target you get, your points change.  You HAVE to make it into one of these massive targets to even get points.  Some are only 25 yards out and others are way further.

View from our tee

View from our tee. That red one in front is 25 yards.

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View from our tee

Sounds and looks easy enough, right?  NOPE.

We were on the bottom level.  When I first started I struck out like 4 times (meaning I swung the club and COMPLETELY missed the ball) or barely knicked the ball and it would roll 4 feet in front of me.

Of course, I was super frustrated and hated it off the bat but then after a little bit I started doing much better and it actually ended up being a lot of fun.  Joseph and Justin had to calm me down when I was getting frustrated and kept reminding me that I’d never golfed before other than putt-putt so actually teeing off was a completely different feel and can actually be quite difficult.

Here’s how I started my first game…

Pretty awesome, right?

Pretty awesome, right? You would be frustrated too.

But here is how I ended my last game…

MUCH BETTER!

MUCH BETTER!

Check out our awesome golfing skills…

Kooken

Kooken

Justin

Justin

Joseph

Joseph

Me

Me

Don’t act like you aren’t impressed.

It was a lot of fun and I definitely would recommend it to people if you’ve never been.  The only thing is that it can get pretty expensive.  Before 6pm it is $20 per hour per bay area.  Each bay area can hold up to 6 people (kinda like a lane at a bowling alley) so you can split it between everyone so that’s pretty cheap.  But after 6pm it jumps up to $40 an hour and it is very easy to keep playing for a while.  We got there around 5pm and played for about 2.5 hours.

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Oh, and to “top” it off (haha I’m so funny), they are building a North Houston location soon in Spring so it will be SO much closer to my house!  I can’t wait!  Who wants to go TopGolfing?

Friday, Friend, & Food Day

9 Apr

This past Friday was my Friday off.  (If you didn’t know I work a 9/80 schedule which means I work an extra hour each weekday but get every other Friday off.)

Kooken was in town again – two weekends in a row?!  Say what?!  It was fantastic!!

I met up with Kooken and Courtney for lunch Friday afternoon at Black Walnut Cafe.  If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend it.

I had the Chicken Croissant which had grilled chicken breast, bacon, and avocado on it.  It was delicious.

Dano and Ali were originally going to be out of town on Friday but they decided to stay in Houston so we got to hang out with them that evening!  It was exciting because we don’t get to see them as often as we all want to because they are super busy with planning wedding things and our schedules are always off.

So we (by we I mean me, Joseph, Dano, Ali, Kooken, and Courtney) all met up at District 7 Grill for dinner.

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Me, Ali, Courtney, Kooken – I missed the black memo…

I’d never been to – or even heard of – this place so I had no idea what to expect.  It is a BYOW (bring your own wine) type of restaurant and the one in Midtown was surprisingly small.  Their drink menu was awesome and cheap.  Kooken and I had a frozen peach bellinis for $4 each, Ali and Courtney had orange or cranberry mimosas for $2 each, and the boys just had beers for $3 each.  Not bad for a place out, especially in Midtown.  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that the food was amazing!  I had grilled salmon with broccoli and mashed potatoes.  SO good!

After dinner we decided to head over to Cedar Creek to hang out for a little bit.

We played a version of “Sloppy Dice” where you roll two dice and if you roll a 7, 11, or doubles, you pick someone to drink.  Normally you have a cup in the middle full of beer and if you are chosen to drink then you have to chug the whole cup of beer before the person rolls another 7, 11,or doubles.  If you beat them, they have to drink while you roll but if they beat you, then you have to do it all over again.  This is where the name “Sloppy Dice” comes from because it is very easy to get pretty inebriated with this game.

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Since we were at a bar – which meant drinks were more expensive and we had to drive home – we decided to have the light version of the game so we didn’t all get sloppy and poor.

Kooken was excited about rolling an 11...

Kooken was excited about rolling an 11…

Dano, Ali, Joseph

Dano, Ali, Joseph

It was a lot of fun and it was so good getting to see them all in one night!  I can’t wait to do it again!

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