Friday, October 4, 2013

Celebrations





Today I’m celebrating the Small Things with some other details about my trip. I am a foodie. Before I became a nurse, I was a professionally trained chef and even though I don’t do that for a living anymore, it’s still in my blood, which made our dinner at the Palace even more amazing.

It just so happened our night there was on their 130th anniversary, so they had a special menu: Three courses with three choices per course.

The tea: Whenever I go to a higher-end restaurant I skip the wine and go for the tea service. I love to see how each restaurant does it differently, and the Palace was no exception. There was the typical tea box, with Tazo teas. Then came the cream, honey, and lemon wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with a bow. Lastly was any and all kind of sugars; raw sugar lumps, white sugar lumps, packets of real, packets of fake. I’m not kidding; literally half our table was taken up with this tea setup.

Course one: I had the steak and eggs. I wish I took a picture of this to show you, because I know my words will fail me. There was one tiny little quail egg with three thin slices of tenderloin on the side. Next to all of this was a sliver of hazelnut brioche French toast. I was in heaven.

Course two: The Cheese Platter. I know I put it in caps. It needs to be. I love cheese. Any kind of cheese. And this cheese platter was a cedar plank overflowing with lovely goodness. There was a fresh made farmhouse cheese on the far right, followed by tiny sliced cantaloupe, hazelnuts, thinly sliced prosciutto, cultured butter, still-warm bread, and homemade crackers. On the side of this was a pot of honey to drizzle over it all.

Course three: The creamiest, cheesiest grits covered with creole sauce and shrimp. I wanted to lick the bowl. I didn’t, but I wanted to.

Course four: I didn’t have dessert. And if you know me, you know how amazing that is. I just couldn’t imagine the meal getting any better and I was very full, so I stopped.

The best part? It was all free. Remember that travelzoo site I told you about a few posts back? Well, that’s where I got our tickets for the Cinncinatian, and the restaurant vouchers were part of that package. Amazing.

Have you ever had a meal that you were literally salivating over a week later?