|An image from AMCs website.|
Last evening we went to dinner with some friends. The only thing unusual is that we had dinner at the theater, in our seats, while watching a movie. AMC Theaters instituted this concept a couple of years ago and we just got around to giving it a try. Back in the 70s, there was a restaurant in New York City called the Auto Pub. Located in the General Motors building on 5th Avenue (now the home of a giant Apple store) it had more of a 'drive-in' look and you actually sat in car seats. This is similiar and I have to admit it was quite a pleasant experience. I mean who doesn't like waitress service, unlimited soda and pretty decent food for the same amount of money it costs to get a medium popcorn and soda in a regular theater. The ticket costs $25. which includes your admission, a reserved seat (in a chair much like business class on an airline) and a $15. food credit to be used on a menu that includes pizza (actually quite good), quesadillas, burgers, desserts and wine if you'd like.
The waitress or waiter is summoned by a beeper next to your seat...not a bad deal! There aren't any of these theaters on Staten Island yet but there are some not too far away in New Jersey. I attached the link to the AMC site to check for one in your area. Look under 'programs' and give it a try.
Pasta and Peas
Mine is slightly different. I sauteed minced garlic in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. I added 3 heaping tablespoons of Costco's pesto (or homemade if you have some handy) I added a box of frozen baby peas and sliced 5 cherry tomatoes into the mix. Boil one box of pasta (penne or ziti). After placing drained pasta in a large bowl, top with the pesto mix, add freshly grated cheese and you're done. A salad, fresh Italian bread....seriously takes about 15 minutes to make for a great weekend meal.