One of the other Innkeepers once said (I think it was Inez with Christopher's Inn) that seeing empty beds is her least favorite thing about being an Innkeeper. Perhaps it is something that we all fear ... but every once and awhile it can be a welcome break.
Such as this Friday night when we had only one car in the parking lot. After hyperventilating for a little bit, we avoided a full on panic attack when we looked at our books and realized we're full tomorrow. A Friday night to be free and out on the town is a rare occasion, so we jumped on the opportunity to have a date night.
Since it's difficult to have a true "night off" in the town we live-in, work-in and adore, we drove 35 minutes to downtown Orlando for dinner and a show. There is a cute little bohemian section of Orlando where you'll find holistic food stores, cafes, casting directors, art lofts, and a wide Vietnamese restaurants. It's a speck of the size of China Town in NYC, but it is our little Asian food haven. Pho noodle bowls, bobo teas, and my favorite rice noodle spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. I'll take two please! They even have durian fruit smoothies. Since Andrew Zimmerman won't eat durian fruit, I'm not going to be daring enough try it! At least not tonight anyway. An old favorite of ours, Little Saigon, has been winning awards for their Vietnamese cuisine for over 10 years.
When we were seated, our waitress greeted us with a big smile and said, "Happy Friday." Happy Friday indeed! As an Innkeeper, we usually loose track of what day of the week it is and weekends are spent working. Not that I'm complaining! It was just nice to have a little change.
After dinner, we grabbed a coffee, went for a walk around Lake Eola and then headed over the SAK Comedy Lab for an Improv Show. We enjoyed a good hour and a half of belly laughs before driving home. Happy Friday!
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