Fancy Schmancy Lunch

June 2, 2008

Cheers!

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Thanks for all the well wishes this morning everyone!! We had a wonderful lunch – complete with wine and dessert. We had to make up for the fact that I have a Chem test tonight :mrgreen:

I wasn’t totally craving the wine and almost talked myself out of it, but since we were in wine country this time last year, I felt obligated to order a California wine: 2007 Country Line Rose from the Alexander Valley. It was excellent! Dry and crisp like a Sauvignon Blanc but with a fuller-bodied finish like a light Pinot Noir. I’m glad I got some after all :)

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I knew I wanted the salmon salad I ordered last time. It was the best salmon ever because this restaurant know how to cook it rare. I asked the server if I could order some bread to go with it (since I knew the salad was a little small other than the salmon) but he reminded me they brought out complimentary crackers, so I dug in. Alongside was some kalamata olive butter. Mmm! I had a bit of that too.

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When we finished our 3 crackers, the server brought us a stack more (remembering my request). Sweet!! I had about 5 whole crackers total, plus my breadstick and a little olive butter. They were seeded and delicious. It’s doubtful they were whole grain, but they tasted filling with all the toppings.

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The delicious salad!! Just as good this time. It comes with salmon “bacon” on top too – which is cured salmon (like smoked) and kind of dry like crumbled bacon. Also asparagus and an oil/vinegar dressing, which I only had a small amount of. The salmon was rare and perfect again!

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My spouse ordered shrimp and grits, which were good, but too buttery and too small a portion!

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Enjoying the lunch in the big city -

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What’s a wedding anniversary without cake!? Even if it isn’t from a freezer. We walked a block to Dean & Deluca to see what they had in stock and found this Raspberry-Vanilla Cake. We had to get it because it was our cake’s flavors! Although it was really nothing like our wedding cake. The cake part and raspberry were delicious, but the icing was horrible. We decided it was probably crisco-based. Ewwww. As an icing lover, I could barely eat it, so that’s saying something about how bad it was!

I ate about 30% of this slice. I tried to eat slowly so he would out-eat me. One of the things I love most about him is that he enjoys cake as much as I do ;)

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After a long lightrail ride, I’m home, packed my dinner, studied chemistry and am headed back near uptown for a study session before our first Chem test tonight :evil: Hopefully that means I’ll be home a little early!

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1 Lauren June 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Happy anniversary! It looks like you had a very nice celebratory lunch. Do you ever grocery shop at Dean & Deluca, or mainly just pick up something for a meal or dessert? I like the Dean & Deluca stores in NYC, but quite a few of their products seem really overpriced to me. However, if I know that they carry any particularly good items that would be hard to find someplace else, I’d work Dean & Deluca into my rotation =) Thanks!

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2 Kath June 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Lauren,
No, I don’t shop there, just eat. I agree it’s very expensive. But they do have a lot of specialty items if you need something strange.

K

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3 Jessica June 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Happy anniversary and congrats, Kath! This looks like a lovely lunch and you look supper cute in your dress too!

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4 Becca June 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm

What a lovely and delicious way to celebrate your special day.

Good luck on the test tonight!

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5 Katers June 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Good luck on your test, Kath!

Happy Anniversary to you both!

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6 VeggieGirl June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Such a marvelous celebratory afternoon you’ve had!! Keep celebrating!! :0)

The photograph of that cake is total food porn – wowza!!

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7 Carrie H June 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

You two are so cute! You’re making me excited for my own one-year anniversary in August. We’ll be having freezer cake :0) … and a bottle of Italian wine that we stashed from our honeymoon!

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8 Christy Greene June 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Hi! Happy anniversary to you two! Congratulations! Your lunch looks so nice…I love Sonoma. Yum! Good luck on the chem test tonight…looking forward to lunch on Friday!

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9 Bev June 2, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I was watching Barefoot Contessa and she was making Wheatberry Salad. I thought of you :)
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_33102,00.html

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10 Korin June 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Fun lunch! Looks like that salad was pretty good. Although, the cake looks incredible. YUM.

If a server ever brought me only three crackers, I would possibly kick him in the shin.

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11 Kelly T June 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm

im not a big frosting fan except for the really awful, butter cream frosting that you get in a tub at the grocery store. i could eat that with a spoon.

happy anniversary and good luck on your test!

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12 Chelsea June 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Happy Anniversary! I’ve got to think of something good for our 3 year that’s coming up in a few weeks!

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13 Ryane June 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I just really love that Veggiegirl referred to the cake as “food porn”.
Like a lot.

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14 Ruby Red Vegan June 2, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Haha, I’ll have to find a husband that loves dessert as much as I do! It looks like you had such a nice little anniversary lunch — the outdoor setting adds a lot of fun to the dining experience, I bet! Those crackers look excellent, wow.

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15 Kath June 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Christy ,
I’m excited about lunch too!! M5 is my favorite :) The pita bread = drool.

Bev ,
Too bad Ina ruined the salad with onions!! I’ve got to make a vegetable wheatberry salad one of these days for lunch/dinner!

K

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16 Katie June 3, 2008 at 6:45 am

Awww! What a fun lunch. And I seriously love the dress! :)

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