Agave Grill

I was in a Mood last night. I came home from work after getting out late, which hence caused me to be late for an appointment, which I ended up feeling like I wasted money on since it ended up being cut short due to my late-ness.

Bad mood face?

I picked up an extremely disappointing take-out meal from a local Mexican place I had a Groupon to, Three Amigos. It was set up just like a Chipotle or Moe’s, but the food was SO greasy. Probably explains why the prices were so much cheaper. I ended up throwing out most of what I brought home and eating leftovers.

The cherry on top was that lately I have been coming home and just not felt like talking to my parents. I pretty much just crave me-time at night and even telling them about my day politely when they ask feels like a chore, though I know it’s not and I sound like I’m 12 right now, not 22. But I need to vent – I can tell they’re getting sick of me acting rude sometimes, and I can tell when I’m being short with them. But it’s times like lately when I really do wish I lived alone. Still, the money I’m saving by living at home is too much to ignore.

That turned into a longer rant than I intended. So I started yesterday feeling pretty good, and ended it feeling like a highly irrational person. I guess it happens to everyone. Can anyone else relate to any of this?

I wanted to quickly review and recap a meal I had this past weekend (Saturday’s dinner), in which I used a LivingSocial deal to Agave Grill. Now this Mexican meal was much more satisfying and of higher quality (and obviously, more expensive, but the daily deal cut us a good bargain).

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My mom and I called ahead, and still had to wait about 20 minutes, because this place is both popular and small. That combo can be lethal, so if any CT locals plan to visit Agave, I highly recommend you call ahead because they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more! It does stink when restaurants do that, but there really aren’t that many tables at Agave and I’m pretty sure that if they took reservations for all, they’d essentially be reservation-only like J. Gilbert’s ends up being on weekends (just because they fill up). It’s nice that they give anyone out in the city who decides to go out to a spontaneous meal a chance to dine at their restaurant.

Waiting to sit!

We expected a wait and settled back with drinks by the bar, me with a glass of red and my mom with a Dos Equis. It took me awhile to decide to have some wine but I was craving a nice glass and it ended up doing a good job keeping me company while we waited!

We were served warm chips and salsa right away. Both were great, but I do wish the salsa was the chunky type. That’s my favorite!

The specials looked really tasty, and I almost went with appetizer special of Ceviche Mixto, but then something fancier caught my eye…

Why hello, lobster enchiladas with black beans and grilled veggies! You were AWESOME.

Seriously, these enchiladas were stuffed with fresh lobster meat, no gloppy mayo or sour cream hiding its pure lobster taste. Mixed in the enchiladas’ filling was a corn and black bean salsa that was also to die for. I dumped a ton of the chip salsa into my black beans after this photo was taken. The grilled veggies were a little oily, but nothing too heavy!

My mom ordered a grilled veggie quesadilla, which I helped her finish. I agreed with her opinion that it was quite amazing, though still not as amazing as a Loco Perro quesadilla.

Woke up this morning and had time to finally try the P90X Ab Ripper video. Quick and dirty, perfect! Dirty as in effective…

In other news, I’m going out for lunch today to use a SaveNowCT deal to a local sushi place, Sakimura. This is a big deal for me because I ALWAYS pack my lunch each day and it’ll be my first time since starting my job that I haven’t! But for a soon-expiring daily deal, I think I can make an exception ;-) we’ll see how this lunch is!

Do you ever get into random moods – how do you deal with it? Any good Mexican meals to share? Ever tried the P90X Ab Ripper? Do you pack your lunch each day, go out, or mix it up?

11 Responses to "Agave Grill"

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  1. Lisa

    November 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Hope your day today is better than yesterday!
    I think that the downside of living with parents is that you know that they will love you no matter what—so when you’re feeling mad and frustrated, it’s too easy to take it out on the people who love you most! My nephew does this to me (he’s 8), but I also see myself doing it to my mom too. When I was 25 I moved in with my parents for a while, and it was a huge struggle for me to be nice sometimes…and they never deserved my crabbiness!
    Deep breaths help me—it sounds cheesy, but physiologically, when you breathe deeply into your belly it stimulates the vagus nerve, which sends a message to your brain to relax.

    P90X ab ripper is one of my faves—definitely a go to when I need a quick and dirty ab workout :)

    • Caitlin C.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Thanks for that tip! I will def try it. I need to work on my breathing in yoga and pilates too. I do those exercises for the physical benefits but forget to focus on the mental breath!

  2. Katie

    November 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Sorry again about your bad day :-( . I’m also prone to bad moods (what Audrey called “the mean reds” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and over the years have come to learn some things that help (getting out of the house, going to the gym, taking a bath, taking a few minutes to myself).

    Those lobster enchiladas sound out of this WORLD!

    • Caitlin C.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      Taking a bath sounds like a great idea, I have so many magazines to catch up on. With a glass of red wine, oooh..thanks for the idea! And I can’t believe I’ve never seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

  3. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    November 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    hope lunch today is an improvement!!! have fun :)

    • Caitlin C.

      November 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      Thanks so much for all your well wishes!

  4. Stephanie

    November 10, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Lobster + Mexican sounds absolutely divine, I would have loved that meal!!!! I have the P90X ab ripper too and that video is serious. Have you tried the Kenpo (kickboxing) video yet? That’s a pretty great workout. Come to think of it, I think you’ve inspired me to do these tomorrow on my day off! :)

    • Caitlin C.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      No, I haven’t tried anything except Yoga or Ab Ripper as of now! I always feel awkward doing cardio in my house haha so I tend to save that for the gym but maybe I’ll give it a try next time I need a home cardio session!

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  6. Jennifer Fish (@Jennifer_Fish)

    November 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Next time you’re at Agave, try their margaritas. They can make anything “skinny” with real agave. Delicious and much healthier. :)

    • Caitlin C.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:04 AM

      Totally asked the bartender for a skinny marg with agave – and he said they didn’t have agave! He does skinny margs with soda water, lime juice, triple sec, and tequila, but that sounded like a regular marg to me so I declined!


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