Bad news first: After all of our debate over the menu, it CHANGED!! It’s spring, not fall folks. No mimosa salad; no butternut risotto.
The good news: dinner was still fabulous!
The husband and I got there early and went for a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood (a new one we haven’t spent much time in) before we settled down for a glass of wine.
We shared a glass of the Farmhouse White Blend from Oregon – perfect on a warm day!
Dinner started with the Goat Cheese + Beet Slaw Salad. I split it halfway with my mother in law. The “bread” underneath is fried bread. It tasted like fried dough from the State Fair. SO GOOD! I ate half of one. And half the goat cheese round. And half the beets.
I also had half of one of the husband’s fried green tomatoes with prosciutto, mozzarella and honey and olive-orange tampenade. OH my gosh – so good!
With dinner: medium bodied fruity glass of Garnache.
Three Generations!!! That’s GranBett on the left 🙂
For dinner I ordered the Seven Spanish Angels: Seared Salmon with Spice-Roasted Fingerlings, Baccala, Capers, Escarole and Chimichurri. Absolutely fantastic, but drenched in butter. I probably ate 70% of this and shared the rest with the husband.
The husband had Trout Chantamy: Carolina trout, crawfish, baby artichokes, shitake & English peas with creamy marscapone polenta and tarragon oil. I had two big bites (we do a LOT of sharing in our families!)
To finish the meal…..a piece of really good “worth it” chewy Italian bread –
Decaf Coffee –
And three big bites of Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee –
I’m actually not full at all. The portions were small enough and I took long enough to eat, but I’m sure I consumed my fair share of calories in oil and butter (and broiled sugar cream!) tonight. But I’m proud of myself for not stuffing myself and sharing my dishes. I ate lots of bites, but not enough to make me uncomfortably full, which is how we should all enjoy splurge dinners like this. I am quite thirsty – a sign I probably drank too much (1.5 glasses is “too much” for me!) and as well all know, restaurant food is usually heavily salted.