I went out to dinner with friend and fellow blogger Kate (of Seeking Small) last night. Wining and dining out is a rare occurrence for me, for budget reasons. Luckily, this fact makes me enjoy the experience so much more!
I thoroughly relished the activity from start to finish. I freshened up after work, dressed in a beautiful lace top and jean skirt, and grabbed a clutch. It was nice to catch up with Kate, indulge in some girl talk, that I didn't even know how much I needed. I am glad that she liked my choice in restaurant and particularly enjoyed her appetizer. It was "Hawaiian Night" so we waited for out table with a lei on. Their specials revolved around the theme, including individual pineapple upside-down cakes. We toasted her big news, clicking our glasses of water. (Read her blog to find out!) My entree came with a salad and there's a decent bread basket served at this establishment.
I knew what I would order prior to arrival. The Balsamic Chicken is genius in its flavor pairings. There's the contrasting honey balsamic drizzle, both sweet and acidic. The chicken tops a bed of sauteed spinach, which goes with the garlic-flavored mashed potatoes it rests upon well. There are also pieces of sweet orange bell pepper scattered around. Every bite was delicious. I also ordered a glass of Cabernet, which was wonderful, so full-bodied, and beautiful in its deep ruby red color.
Desserts are a big deal here. I chose a slice of the Chocolate Marquis, which is basically chocolate ganache covering large layers of mousse and short layers of cake. I've eaten this as a mini dessert at a local bakery (and posted about it here). This decadent chocolate confection was delicious as well.