Rona Yuthasastrakosol and her mom are in town on business. We hooked up for dinner last night at the Mediterranean Cruise Café in nearby Eagan. The company was, as always, wonderful! Rona is about the most cheerful person I've ever met and there's nothing phony about it (or her). She brought me sweet treats from Canada. Yeay! Clodhoppers! In thinking about it, the meal was mediocre -- the appetizer plate had Hummos and eggplant dips, Falafil, fried vegetables, Tabouli. Pureed eggplant with Tahini Sauce, garlic and parsley. Most of it was pretty tasteless -- Rona's mom and I agreed that there were no special flavors jumping out at us. The flat bread accompanying the plate was hot -- steamed perhaps. The hummus was very creamy and had a note of peanut butter in the flavor. We didn't ask if it contained peanut butter. Here's their website: <http://www.medcruisecafe.com/> I had shish kabob -- but it wasn't served on a skewer. :-( And the lamb was overcooked. The best part of the meal was a garlic dip. Out of this world! The consistency was almost like whipped butter. We inquired about ingredients and the waiter said it was garlic and lemon juice only. Hard to believe. He called it "tomeh" or something similar. We think it maybe is a Palestinian thing but aren't sure. Anyone here ever hear of it or have any particulars on how to make it? It had a stronger lemon flavor than garlic -- until I got home. The evening ended at 10:30 and I came home. Woke up this morning to about 7 inches of snow on the driveway. I've just posted a couple pictures on my webpage. Garlic dip, anyone? -- -Barb, <www.jamlady.eboard.com> updated 2-19-04 -- Dufus picture posted!