Our 4th anniversary is next week, May 20th! Since I’m starting school on Monday, I’ll be in class on the evening of the 20th, instead of a celebratory dinner with my man. Also, we have a friend staying with us next weekend and dinner plans with friends tomorrow night, so tonight really was the best night to celebrate.
For Admin Day, I got a $50 gift certificate from my team for Table 301 (a chain of restaurants in Greenville). We decided to go to Devereaux’s, an upscale dinner restaurant. It was wonderful!! After my workout, I got cleaned up, put on my cute new summer dress and met Bryan. We walked down to the restaurant, arm in arm, and they let us take our table early. When I made the reservation online, I commented that it was our fourth anniversary and requested to sit at a quieter table away from the bar. When we arrived, it was like the whole staff knew it was our anniversary. They brought us complimentary little samples of various things and made sure to say “Happy Anniversary” on our way out the door. The waiter was fabulous too!
I started with the Baby Artichokes, served atop fresh chick pea hummus, with house made olive flat bread, roasted red pepper oil, and frisee. Wow! It was absolutely delicious! I ate it slowly and savored every bite. Then they brought us each a small wheat roll and a small cheddar chive biscuit with fresh butter.
For dinner, Bryan had the “Lamb: Old & New.” It was a stack of creamed potatoes, braised shank, house made pastry, lamb tenderloin, and plated with mire poix (celery, carrots, and onion) and roast garlic thyme sauce. Okay, I cheated for one tiny second and tried the lamb, and it was delicious. And I doubt 1/2 oz. of meat is going to make a difference in a whole month.
I had the “Hawaiian Tuna.” And it was to die for! Medium rare tuna steak, served atop Yuzu-moromi trophie pasta (creamy deliciousness) plated with tempura fried zucchini and squash and decorated with a carrot-ginger sauce drizzle. It was the best meal I’ve had in ages! Totally worth every penny! (Note: yuzu is a Chinese citrus fruit, muromi is a stage of sake, and trophie pasta are hand rolled and twisted into a flat shape with tapered ends.)
For dessert, I had a cup of house coffee and we split the Vanilla Creme Brulee with macerated blueberries. The creme brulee had really vanilla beans in it! It was perfect! (Note: macerated means that they’ve been sprinkled with sugar and allowed to rest and release their natural juices, thus softening the fruit. It makes the fruit soft and easy to chew.)
After dinner, we took a nice long drive with the windows down, listening to sappy love songs, before coming home. Four years ago, I married my best friend. And today, I love him more than then. Happy Anniversary, babe! I love you!