Happy Valentine’s Day!

15 02 2010

Yesterday was both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year: The Year of the Tiger. Ergo, an exciting day!

Chris and I went back home this weekend to celebrate with our respective families. Friday was the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. It was a great opening ceremony, though when they were attempting to light up the torch cauldron, one of the tiers holding up the cauldron didn’t come out, so the 4 torch bearers had to stand there for +2 minutes looking super awkward.

Vancouver Olympics Mascots

Coincidentally, Sunday also happened to be Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Tiger, everyone!

Chris and I returned to school Sunday around 1. He had badminton tryouts at 2 and I went to find a friend to watch the movie “Valentine’s Day”, starring Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Kathy Bathes, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, George Lopez, i.e. an ensemble cast. Anyways, it was a good movie to watch on Valentine’s Day with a girlfriend. We came back around 8:30ish, and I parked my car and walked back home.

Valentine's Day Theatrical Poster

What awaited me was truly awesome.

Chris had prepared a table and on the table were beautiful, colorful daisies, a bottle of Martin’s Rake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008, a pan of lasagna, and strawberries dipped in chocolate. It looked so amazing! And the food was delicious. Lasagna was fantastic, the strawberries dipped in chocolate were divine, the flowers looked gorgeous, and the wine was so complimentary. It was a fantastic Valentine’s Day dinner. I also gave Chris my present to him: a Snoopy Valentine’s Day card and a Claiborne tie clip.

Valentine's Day Roses and Daisies

Chris bought two boxes of strawberries, so I still have another box and I reheated the chocolate, so there’s still some left! And as for now, we are going to eat dinner. Bon appetit!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2010 + Happy Chinese New Year!


An Evening at Fleurie

11 02 2010

After this past weekend of continuous snow, Chris and I were finally able to celebrate his 21st birthday at Fleurie Restaurant in downtown C’ville on 2/9/10. Fleurie is right on 3rd St NE, which just branches off of the downtown mall area. Because it was snowing and dark, it was harder to see the restaurant sign, but we did manage to find it after awhile.

Once we entered the restaurant, a waitress stepped up to us and asked for our coats and umbrella. She hung them up on a coat rack and then gathered up menus and seated us at a window table. It was a very cute, cozy restaurant. There was only one other couple there at the time who sat next to us, all dressed up as well. The restaurant had around a dozen tables and a couple of booths. There was a bar in the corner, with numerous wine and champagne bottles all stacked up. Rows of glasses were lined up as well. The wine list has a variety of French reds and whites, American red, Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, champagne and sparkling wine; wines can be requested by the glass or by the bottle. I wish I took pictures of the restaurant itself to post.

After we sat down and were presented our menus, Chris and I mulled over the choices of appetizers and main courses. There were about 10 options for appetizers and main courses. I decided on a lobster bisque with tarragon for my appetizer and the salmon for my main course. Chris also wanted a lobster bisque with tarragon for his appetizer and for his main course, the pan-seared skate. He also asked for a wine recommendation to go with his main course. The waitress recommended a Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. While we were waiting for our appetizers, the waitress brought us bread and hot butter, as well as this delicious tomato soup  (I’m not quite sure of the full name).

While enjoying our bread and (still) hot butter, the waitress brought our appetizers, lobster bisque with tarragon. The bisque was absolutely fantastic and both of us finished far quicker than we should have. Our main course came a little while afterwards. Upon arrival, I could tell that it was a tasty delight. My salmon was medium-rare, and it was a bigger piece than I thought it would be. It was on top of potatoes and onions with chives and this delicious sauce, whose name I also cannot recall. Anyways, it was delicious; it’s the best salmon I’ve had in a restaurant. And Chris’ main course, skate, was delicious as well. He particularly enjoyed it and ate it very quickly. I gave him some of my salmon to try, and I tried his skate as well.

My salmon

Chris' skate

After our main courses (which ended too soon!), we were given dessert menus. We decided to split a passion fruit gratin with a raspberry sauce. It was amazing; passion fruit gratin is essentially a souffle except it’s cooked on the plate, not in a bowl like the traditional souffle. The raspberry sauce gave it a little edge, making it the perfect dessert to end our dinner. In addition, I had requested that the restaurant give Chris a little extra dessert with a birthday candle, which they served with the gratin. All in all, the perfect end to a perfect night.

Passion fruit gratin with raspberry sauce

Passion fruit gratin and birthday treats

On his actual birth date, I had bought a tiramisu cake from Kroger, which I thought looked very tasty, and not too big for the both of us to share. In addition, I bought two other desserts for his birthday from Hotcakes.

Cupcake and fruit tart from Hotcakes

Tiramisu Cake

I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it. Indulging a little never hurt anyone!

Happy 21st Birthday, Chris!

Hello world!

10 02 2010

My girlfriend and I decided to create this blog to document some of our culinary adventures as well as interesting daily anecdotes.  Our goals are to submit relatively regular posts in the hopes of entertaining and perhaps even educating you!  More to come later about our dinner trip to Fleurie.