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Monday, August 1, 2011

Makes My Monday - Anniversary Dinner

You know when people speak of dining as an "experience?"  

Yeah, well, I love that.

I've also come to the determination that I should be rich too.

I'm so good at it (only from years of practice from working in chichi restaurants...my skills of observation are amazing).

Husband and I went out for our anniversary dinner last night.  

We have pictures, but I haven't downloaded pics in like forever, so they'll be coming soon.

We went to this restaurant and it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

They gave us a prime table right in the front of the restaurant b/c it was our anniversary.  The service was amazing.  Everyone was on point and when I walked down the hallway to the ladies' room, it was like the seas were parting...everyone stepped aside and waited for me to pass.  I was in Heaven.

Why doesn't that happen in my house?

Anyway, I had a lovely cocktail...something with mint, cucumber, some sort of liquor, and lavender...delish.

Then we got to place our order...

First Course:
Me - 
yellowfin tuna tartare
avocado, chili oil, petite cilantro, soy air, marinated whitefish roe
Husband -
heirloom tomatoes
fisherman’s daughter shrimp, frozen gazpacho, red rubin basil

These two dishes were amazing...the tuna tartare was wrapped in rice paper and the avocado that it was paired with was amazing...I didn't even know you could do that with avocado.  When they write "soy air" on the menu, that's exactly what it was...foamy sort of goodness.  Husband was very impressed with his heirloom tomatoes.  The shrimp were prepared perfectly and the frozen gazpacho?  Amazing...

Second Course:
We split (how cute, right?)
cherry glen farm goat cheese ravioli
yellow corn, vegetable ash, maitake mushrooms, balsamic brown butter

Honestly?  I easily could have eaten an entire portion of this course...it was wonderful and I'm a sucker for anything with goat cheese.

Main Course:
Me - 
maine lobster
celeriac, confit carrot, black forbidden rice, carrot tarragon vinaigrette,
lobster puff

Husband - 
pineland farms beef strip loin
salt crusted fingerling potatoes, pickled mustard seeds, glazed turnip

I may have ordered the lobster only because I wanted to taste "forbidden rice."  I wish I knew why it was forbidden, but either way, it was lovely.  The beef loin (yes, Husband ordered loin and I didn't even snicker) was perfectly cooked and the fingerling potatoes were so cute and yummy!

Truthfully, at this point, we were so food drunk that we could have stopped there, but we kept going.

Dessert:
Me - 
goat cheese cake
black raspberry sorbet, almond crumb, citrus cookie

Husband - 
textures of chocolate
ganache, chocolate caramel, pistachio, raw organic cocoa

Let's just finish up by saying...oh.my.God.  Dessert was amazing.

The service was impeccable.  The ambiance was wonderful.

We had great conversations about what this year will bring to our family.

We enjoyed our time together and really made sure that the love was communicated.  So many times, that part of our life is skipped...we say "I love you," but never really discuss our love.  We truly discussed our love and realized that we have really created a wonderful life together.  We are very lucky.

On the way home, I had to pee like a race horse, which probably took the romance out of the evening!  LOL...it was serious...like pee on the side of the road bad...which I didn't.  Nope, didn't even think of it...not me!

We came home to my friend, J, happily sitting on the couch having put the Crazies to bed without incident.  What an amazing feeling...not having to worry about your kids with a sitter, but leaving them with a real bonafide mother!

After she left, I was sitting on the couch watching TV...in my dress...probably looking very tired.  Husband breezed through and told me I looked beautiful...yup, a pretty good anniversary indeed!

Thanks to Cheryl for letting me play along!