Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Brits and The Yanks Meet and Take Over Local Restaurant! Edited with 2 new pics!

Okay, okay, we didn't really take over the restaurant... we were actually very well behaved for the most part.  We ate at Mango Mango's in St. Augustine and it was terrific.  Tiny little place, nothing fancy, but the food was fabulous and the wait staff friendly and attentive.


My gang arrived a little late (but we did leave word with the restaurant) and I walked in there feeling anxious and excited.  I was being polite and waiting for the hostess to take us to our table, but Jimmy was feeling bold and just walked right in, scanned the crowd and locked eyes with Gail.  Don't know why he did this as he's never even seen a picture of her, but she's seen pics of Jimmy and knew him right away.  So, off I went to follow.  First impression?  Gail is absolutely adorable with this wonderful smile and huge, gorgeous blue eyes.  Her new haircut looks awesome on her and the slimy bitch woman actually looks good with only a tiny bit of eyeliner and blush on!  I felt like an absolute clown next to her.  There she is, looking all beachy- natural, and there I was with my hair slicked here, sticking up there, and a full face of makeup that would probably make Tammy Faye proud. (Minus the mascara tears, thank you very much)

Her children, Alexander (5), and Jordan (15) are both gorgeous boys, and although Gail warned me that Jordan tends to be moody and closed-mouthed, he was very talkative and friendly. I did have a hard time understanding him half the time, between the restaurant being noisy and his very thick "Geordie" accent. Gail doesn't talk exactly like him because she grew up in a different area of England and has moved around a bit. I have to say, I was in awe of the color of Jordan's hair. A color I don't think I've ever seen before. Blonde with red in it, but not quite strawberry blonde. His hair is almost peach colored. Here he is.
See? He doesn't look moody at all, does he?
Alexander was super quiet through most of the meal, entertaining himself with his PS2 and Star Wars men. It was only after he ate that he popped out of his shy little shell and started acting like a rambunctious little boy, making believe he was shooting all the diners in the place. Too cute! Here's a pic of him.

On to M/M/J. That's what I call Gail's husband. The story behind that is that his true name is Julian Michael, but for most of his life he went by Mick. But when he got older he decided he wanted to be called Michael. I don't know why he's never used his real first name... it's still a mystery to me, but I just call him M/M/J. Jimmy mistakenly called him Mike, but we corrected that at the end of the evening. What did I think of M/M/J? Very friendly, gorgeous smile and incredible eyes, and cute cute CUTE! Did I mention I think he's really good looking?

Doesn't he look so British here?

But oh my goodness, I haven't shown you a picture of Gail yet! I have to apologize for the quality of some of these pictures. Mikayla was the photographer tonight and I didn't want to take the time to crop any of the pics. Plus, she forgot to take pics of me and Gail together! (Probably because she was being a social butterfly and didn't shut her mouth for more than two seconds at a time!) Egads! Here's a picture of Gail holding up the frame I bought her. It says Friends and then on the upper right has a butterfly. I told her she has to print one of the pictures of us together for the frame.

And look! I got goodies too! Lots of them in fact! Some that really made me laugh, some that made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Look at the cute bag she brought my "prezzies" in!

Here are the assorted goodies.

Shelia, look what she got me! Pie Birds! That is what they're called, right? Look at how cute they are!

Ewwww... but check this out! And Dot, this is not the same "Ewwww" that I gave to your BBQ spaghetti. This one takes on a whole new meaning of "Ewwwwwwwwww".
"Pudding" is another word for dinner in their part of the world, and yes, that says steak and kidney. In a can! But no, Jordan corrected me. "That's not a can, that's a capsule", and capsule sounded more like "capsyool" in his accent. But as if having steak and kidneys in a capsule aren't bad enough, these are referred to as baby heads! Oh my word!

I've been told that I have to try each and every one of these food items and Mikayla will review them on her blog. Because Gail is forcing me to eat animal organs, I made her try a small piece of my conch fritters, after I explained to her that a conch is the huge snail that lives in those big shells you put up to your ear to listen to the ocean. She didn't hate it, but she wasn't in culinary heaven either.

These chips were really good, and pretty to look at too! No organs or slimy sea creatures here!

Here are just some random pics of the gang. Look at how blue Gail's eyes look here.


Mikayla, savoring her hot fudge chocolate cake.

Me, holding up a huge piece of fried fish that both looked humanoid and like Patrick from Sponge Bob. Totally blurry.
Ooh, just stole this pic from Gail's blog. Much better picture of my fish!

I so wanted Gail and I to go to the potty together to take some Darling Bathroom Diva shots, but it was a small, one-person affair with only one oval mirror. It wasn't easy to get shots, but I did it and I know Shelia will be proud of me! Isn't my shirt cute?

Ooh, look at my gorgeous TP scarf! Trying to get artistic here and failing miserably! See those scratches on my arm? Kitty gone wild in the middle of the night and catapulted off my arm! OW!


There now, that's better. Looks much prettier tied up in a bow on top of my head, don't you think?

And hey, my makeup doesn't look Tammy Faye at all, does it?

And that, my friends, is the end of this episode of "Meet that Brit". It was a wonderful experience and just confirmed my belief that you really can find beautiful people and true friends online.

Until next time, Justine :o )

31 "Sister" Lovin' Friends Said:

  • artis1111

    Well Done !!!Brovo!!!!Yepeee!!.. It is great to meet like that. Kathy

  • Bridget

    I can tell you were tired when you wrote this...you meant to say confirmed your belief not confounded.

  • Tootsie

    I am so glad you had such a great time! You looked great and your shirt is super cute! I hope one day that I will meet face to face with some of my blog friends...and some of my rms friends.
    That frame was a perfect gift! You did good girl...and I am sure she was as impressed with you all as you were with her and hers!

  • Bridget

    Oh how lovely, even Jimmy looks like he is having a good time. Gail, Mick and the boys are all just adorable. I'm glad you all got to meet and had a wonderful evening.
    I can't wait until you blog about your "baby head" capsyools. Oh lucky you!

  • Anonymous

    now I need to get on my laptop and type up a proper account of last night so I can tell everyone more about you. I'm on my I touch again now! And one finger typing.
    We had a great time meeting you all and hope we can do it again if we come up here in the future.
    And thank you for those lovely comments are you sure it was me you described?mmj does get called Julian by his family and I revert to that when with them too. Now I can add mike to the list for when we are over here. Mmjm he can now be called.

    Ooh the laptop is free so I can download pics.

  • Naz

    You are just soooo cute! I think it's hilarious that you take bathroom pics for Sheila.
    It's still amazing to me that you can meet people from all over the world just from a little thing called the internet. Great post Justine.

  • French

    Ahh Justine how nice to have met with her;) So glad you had a nice time!!! French;) Oh and a toilet paper scarf? you crazy chick! French;)

  • Smilingsal

    I've been to England, and I've had steak and kidney pie; it's good if you focus on the taste and not the name.

  • Lisa

    Im so glad it all went so well. I was anxiously checking your blog most of the evening waiting to see how it went. It is so cool you met someone you have gotten through a blog let alone someone from a whole other country! Im so jealous.

  • Anonymous

    Hey there Justine! I am so glad you and Gail got to meet! :) Looks like you guys had a great time. I loved the pics. I also loved the little bag of goodies.

    Oh yeah, you looked real hot in that TP bow... hhehehehehehe! I must say, I love your hair. You are a very pretty girl! Gail looked terrific too!

    Thanks for popping in to see My Mom's Birthday pics! I changed them because I was feeling artsy...LOL. Next time I will keep my pics nice and clear! Oh geez... I forgot to tell you... I ate that piece of cake that I was saving for you lastnight. (sorry) :)

    I am so glad that you like my Sepia Shots. They turned out alot better than I expected. :) I guess I will frame a few. :)

    Talk to you later..

  • Buffie

    ROFLMAO at the toilet paper scarf and bow!!! Hilariously funny girl! Looks like everyone had a good time! Loved the Sponge Bob fritter too!

  • Shelia

    Morning, Justiney!! What a fun time I believe you had! Was that fantastic or not to get to meet your friends in person. Woo Hoo! You have some pie birds - I'm so glad I'm getting you all educated up on kitchen thingys!! Woo Hoo! Another bathroom shot!! I'm taking you over to my blog now and putting your sweet little toilet papered face and pretty shirt up for Blogland to see!!
    You are the Diva!!
    Shelia ;)

  • Shelia

    Justiney! Come back over to my blog and take a looky!!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  • SchmeckyGirl

    So cool! I would have been nervous too. I'm so glad it went well. It's funny that the husbands went along. How great of them! All the kids were adorable.

    Your fish was pretty funny looking. Yes, your top was cute but I especially liked the scarf and bow, or was it a veil?

    I want you to videotape you eating the "pudding"!!! That is a must see for sure!

  • Putz

    so ou weren't so sure yanks and brits could hit it off....well you looked so natural together although the stoic british probably took a while to loosen up...eh??????

  • Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden

    Ok, first off I have to tell you that I spit on my computer as I laughed at your TP scarf and bow, lol!
    I think your makeup looks perfect.
    So glad you all had a nice time. Gail is beautiful, reminds me of Olivia Newton John. Jordan's hair is gorgeous.
    The chips look SO friggin good. The steak and kidney, no. I wouldn't even try it. Esp. after hearing they call them baby heads?! OMG.

  • Anonymous

    First of all you are all big wussies for not trying steak and kidney pudding - and you the folk who have beef jerky and root beer for goodness sake!

    I'm happy with the Olivia -Newton John reference - thank you so much Nikki.

    putz - what do you mean we take longer to loosen up?

    Sorry, i'm hi jacking justines comments here.

  • Alex

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I'm hanging in there..just still sick.

  • mrsben

    It is so great that you and Gail were able to hook up and meet one another and you had a great time.
    Gail may have pretty blue eyes and yours may be brown, but you have fantastic eyebrows (thanks to Katie & Bridget) and make a beautiful Bathroom Diva :)

    I think you will like the little Pie Birds as they are great for double crust Berry Pies.

    "Sing a song of Sixpence a pocket full of rye. Four and twenty Black Birds baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing. Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the King."

  • NurseChessie

    totally off topic. I tried to start a blog page today, holy crappola this is hard!! its gonna be a long time before I'm up and runnin.

  • onlymehere

    How absolutely wonderful to meet a blogging buddy! I had been wondering how this visit turned out! I can hardly wait to hear about the capsule of animal organs and how it tasted!! That's a blog only you could write about for sure!

  • Justine

    Brenda, my eyebrows haven't grown out yet! They're still spermy! But thanks woman!

    Chessie, my cous! Thank goodness you changed your google name. You really started a blog? This I've gotta see!

    Justine :o )

  • morninglight mama

    How strange to see two bloggy people I read online together on the same page... worlds are colliding! :)

  • mrsben

    NAZ: Before Justine corrects you, I will. It is SHELia

  • Shelia

    You are simpley the bestest, Justiney!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  • Anonymous

    All the pictures didn't load but I must say the pic of you and the fish. Look at it really close it looks like a chicken with big legs. I am glad you had fun! Wish I could view the rest of the pics


  • Life on Bonnie Lane

    This looks like so much fun!!! Isn't it great to meet someone you know from online? Did it feel like you were already old friends? The one drawback though...the steak and kidney pudding...aaaackkkk!!! I am sure we eat stuff that they think sounds gross though, lol.

    Loved your bathroom shots! My favorite is with you in the TP bow! lol

    And OMG, your fish really does look like Patrick from Sponge Bob! I love that silly cartoon!

    To answer your questions: My son did have a good time at his dad's new home, even though I had to persuade him to go in the beginning. They didn't actually DO anything while he was down there until last Saturday whe he finally spent a little one on one time with him. What he really enjoyed, and will miss the most, is the time that he spent with his new stepbrother who is in his late 20s and who has a sweet wife and wonderful children. James would pick him up to come play touch football and he is actually the one who drove him to the airport!His children begged Jared to stay!


  • Penny

    What fun! What wild food! What a great experience!


  • Elizabeth

    I'm so glad you and Gail had so much fun!

  • Kathy

    Justine, I am so glad you all had a wonderful evening with Gail and her family, I bet you enjoy those Custard Creams, my mum has them in stock the whole time, you cannot just have one and with a cuppa tea they are so delicious try dunking them haha. What did you think of the S&K Pudding haha.
    The TP bathroom Diva pics are hilarious. Kathy.
    I am meeting another blogger Pat in NYC next week hope it goes as well as your meeting with Gail, cannot wait.

  • Raxx - A day in the life

    You met! you met! It sounded like soooo much fun!! My you got in a lot on that outing! bathroom diva shots and all!