Fun-filled holiday-themed evening!!
As judges of the 4th Annual Orange County Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Competition, we were treated to a nice dinner at the Saratoga Grill, my very favorite Hillsborough pastime beforehand.
I was excited to have a delicious glass of zinfandel
And some scoooooooooonnnnessss!!! The Saratoga makes the BEST scones. Totally crumbly and sweet.
You just have to have one when you visit the "Saratog" (our nickname for the restaurant)
For dinner I ordered an old favorite – the Honey Almond Salmon, which came with a side salad and some roasted potatoes. I shared the potatoes with Matt and had a bite of his stuffed shrimp!
The salmon was so succulent and sweet!
I flip-flopped between pro and point-n-shoot cameras. Notice the difference! I couldn’t get either right. Pro was too blurry (needed the lower aperture for the low light) but the P&S was too blah!
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We walked from the Saratoga down to the historic Burwell School for the gingerbread judging!
The houses were all so gorgeous and impressive!
Second place in the adult competition was themed the "Three Little Pigs." If you look in the windows, you can see the pigs dancing around!
And the winner was this General Store. It was so intricate with real "glass" windows made of gelatin and elaborate details all over
Thanks so much to the Chamber of hosting us as judges! And congrats to all the winners.
We hopped across the street back to my parents’ house when the competition was all over. I’m beat!! But you-know-who was geared up for a beer tasting for my family and me.
He and his brew buddy, Conor, each made a brown ale of similar style. Matt blindly let us taste them both and give our opinions. Sorry Conor, but we all preferred Matt’s Moose Drool clone!
I’m off to read a little Wicked in bed!