It’s been ages since I graduated from b-school (don’t bother asking when) but I look back upon that time in my life with fondness, especially the wonderful group of friends I made in those 3.5 short years. I will admit that I am really awful for keeping in touch with people unless they are on facebook (I always remember their birthdays!) or some other form of social media, but I try (A+ for effort?). I try to see two of my best b-school friends (C. and JJ) on a semi-regular basis, but it is difficult with work and families (they are both married with super adorable children!), which means I always look forward to meeting up so we can catch up on life as we know it.
We met up for a lunch date at Famoso Pizzeria – It’s slowly becoming our place to meet ever since I introduced them to the awesomeness that is Famoso. C. even visits so much that she’s a lunch regular! With so many menu options, we still managed to order a few of my favorite dishes (yay for similar tastes!) to share:
First up was the Gorgonzola Walnut Salad, which is described as being made up of “romaine lettuce, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, semi-dried cranberries and a gorgonzola walnut vinaigrette.” I love this salad like no other – the flavors go so well together and I particularly love the gorgonzola and cranberries. One day I am going to replicate this at home but I always get distracted by all the other cheeses and forget about the gorgonzola.
Our second dish was a Prosciutto Arugula pizza which is “baked, then topped with arugula, prosciutto, and pecorino romano”. Doesn’t that just look so good (I’m hungry just looking at these pictures!)? Normally I would say I’m not a fan of prosciutto because I find it a little too fatty but combined with the arugula and super thin crust, it is definitely now one of my favorite pizzas! I also really like that it is a lighter pizza since there is no heavy tomato-y sauce weighing it down (pizza bianca for the win).
Our last entree was the Sophia Loren sandwich, which I regrettably did not try since I was saving room for dessert. The description of the Sophia Loren sounds pretty amazing – “A sandwich as beautiful as the famous Italian actress. Pesto- ricotta cheese, melted provolone cheese and roasted vegetables – red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms and onions on an extra virgin olive oil, oregano and minced garlic spread.” C. was the only one who managed to have a quarter before packing the rest home, but she highly recommends it. It looks like a great vegetarian option!
So what about that dessert? We went for the small nutella dessert pizza but I completely forgot to take a photo before devouring it (whoops!). The nutella pizza is delicious! The chocolate is all melt-y and then you add a little whipped cream on top of your piece – seriously it’s like chocolate heaven. It does get messy though due to the drippy chocolate and whipped cream so you can be civilized and eat it the fork and knife way or you could just wear black and hope no one sees that tiny chocolate stain.
Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday to Saturday 11:00am – midnight
Sunday noon – 11pm
So What Would Argenplath Pay?
It seems like every time I have lunch with C and/or JJ, one of them ends up paying, so it was finally my turn to pay, but I had a little help with my trusty groupon. Way back when, I bought a $40 groupon for $20 so I was able to use it for our lunch. We added a to-go order of a lunch pizza for JJ’s Mom who was kind enough to babysit while we went out, and including drinks, our pre-groupon total was ~$60. The total after the groupon was $17 and after adding tip (I tipped on the pre-discounted total), it came out to be $26. So all in all, it was a $46 lunch, which worked out to $15/person and included leftovers for C and JJ to take home.
I really like buying groupons for places that I already love or have been wanting to try and I think they are great deals as long as you use them before the expiry date, otherwise you aren’t gaining anything from buying one. I am on a groupon redemption binge right now since my groupons are all expiring in the next few weeks, but a way to avoid this is to either limit yourself to x number of groupons at a time or stagger them out (still trying to learn my lesson here).
Of course the best deal with groupons is if you can manage to calculate things out so that you spend exactly what the groupon amount is for – since I spent $60, I only saved 33% with the groupon, whereas if I had spent only $40, I would have saved 50%. I know some people will say “you still saved $20”, but really doesn’t 50% sound better than 33% – it’s all about minimal outlay for maximum gain!