Today is All Hallow's Eve!
As I may or may not have mentioned before, Fall is my favorite time of year, always has been.
It is the smell that I love the most. The earth is damp, the leaves start to change color, I love the rain, the grey skies, the nip of coldness that gives you a prewarning of winter to come, the pumpkins and squashes, I love the smell of burning wood coming from nearby homes, and of course, the sky. The show that it puts on, that changes colors from pink to lavender, to orange to fire red in a matter of minutes! It smells like magic. I love it.
Earlier in the month, I was fortunate enough to land a job as a wine tour guide. My sweet husband invited me out to celebrate when I told him the good news, however I told him I would prefer to wait to celebrate until the end of the month to coincide with the Celtic New Year or Halloween. In fact, all day today, I was cleaning, arranging and organizing our little house because I am superstitious. I believe if my house is a hot mess at the turn of the new year, well it will stay like that for the entire year.
But I digress.... I wanted to share with you our celebration lunch! We went to the restaurant, Gravelier, located in the Chartrons district of Bordeaux. The restaurant was so highly recommended, we had to check it out for ourselves. I considered it haute cuisine without the haute price. The lunch menu was 24€ for an appetizer, dish and dessert or in French, entrée, plat, dessert.
To whet our appetites, our server brought out this little pastry puff. Inside it was filled with a meat paté, on top, it was garnished with sesame seeds and herbs. It tasted as expected, very very good!
Next come our entrée. It was three pieces of meat cook medium rare with an onion, beet and parlsey salad topped with a little wonton in a wine reduction sauce. The flavors melded together perfectly, like an opera for my pallette! Everything was fresh and made with quality ingredients that bursted with its individual style. And yes, it was very, very good!
As you know, I am currently on a low-carb Atkins diet.
Therefore, root vegtables, such as beets and potatoes, plus sugar and bread make very limited appearences on my plate. I do, however, have a rule: If I am going to indulge, I might as well indulge on the good stuff!
By the way, everything mentioned above, I ate decadently and didn't feel guilty!
By good stuff, I mean GOOD STUFF, not some cheap soda and a candy bar... NO WAY, Monet! I feel I deserve better than that.
Call it what you will, CHEATING, but I figure, if I am going to CHEAT, it has to be an experience, an unforgettable experience! See the difference?!
I compare it to having a full day and night of a romance adventure with James Bond! Ohhhh, James! (I love everything about the fictional character of Bond. He is... oh la la... sex and class on a stick!)
Please hold while I have delightfully sinful thoughts about me and James.
Next, the main dish (plat) made its way in front of me and before I stuck a fork in it, I admired its presentation! The lavender lined plate showcased this dish to perfection!
Please do not ask me the name of this fish, I believe our server said it was cabello?
Like most days, in one ear, out the other.
It was a rich buttery fish that was seared and served on top of a cabbage salad mixed with small chanterelle mushrooms, onions and parlsey, there were also roasted potatoes and it was dressed with a mushroom sauce.
I only ate ONE potato, I shared the other one with my sweet husband.
And yes, it was very, very good!
And then dessert. This little orange was just so sweet and adorable! I loved the presentation, but it was the taste that transported me back to The United States! Depending on where you are from, there is a chain called Orange Julius. I remember when I was a teenager and going to the mall, I would order and enjoy this orange foam drink created by some mad genuis! Thanks Mad Genuis! That was what this desert tasted like, Orange Julius! It was thick and foamy and orange-y!
In France they have a saying... C'est la madeleine de Proust! It is a quote from Marcel Proust's book, Rememberance of Times Past. The famous scene in the book is when he eats a madeleine and is transported back to when he was a child because of the taste. Everyone has had this experience, it was nice little experience of being able to be in two places at once at just one bite! Oh yeah, and it was very, very good!
I wish you and yours a Happy and Safe Halloween!! Happy Autumn and Happy (Samhain) Celtic New Year!
xoxxox -- Jenny!
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