And, yes, I am going to add the vine sometime during the next week. I need to take a break from this for a few days. Several of you had things to say about the vine, and I agreed with all of you. Here's the picture, as a reminder.
Yes, it sort of looks like it's plopped there on top and not growing on anything. Yes, it adds balance to the whole of the quilt. Yes, it might look better if it grows around some of the cross-pieces and uprights of the gazebo, and yes, I'm going to give that a try. If it gives me one iota of trouble, however, I'm going to just do it the way it shows in the picture and call it good.
It was around 3:30 when I shut down the sewing room for the day. I was headed up to the kitchen to whomp up some crab cakes for dinner when Mike offered to take me out. Well, how could I say no to that? The crab cakes could wait another day. This winter Mike plowed the snow from our neighbor's driveway, and while no payment was expected, she gave him a gift card to one of our local restaurants, La Provence. I'd been to one of their restaurants many years ago, but there's a new one a little closer to us, and so we decided to spend our gift card. When we walked in the door, we were greeted by their dessert display case. When you see something like this, you just know you're going to have a good time.
They had a little chalkboard out front advertising their Bloody Mary "flight". Are flights the newest thing in town? I'm kinda liking this trend. Anyway, Mike and I both love a good Bloody Mary, and so he ordered the flight. The glasses were just a little larger than shot glasses.
The "Breakfast" one on the left was a traditional Bloody Mary with the addition of a half strip of bacon for its garnish. He said the bacon was really good. The "Heated" one was made with jalapeno-infused vodka. Neither of us really cared for that one. It was very hot without being very flavorful, if you know what I mean. There's a difference between a food/drink being "spicy" and just being "hot" without any added flavor. Then the next one to the right, "Citron," was made with a citrus-infused vodka. The "Maria" was made with tequila instead of vodka. So much fun.
After tasting Mike's Bloody Marys, I turned to my own cocktail, which was a Bees Knees. We make this in the summertime, and so I wanted to see if theirs tasted like ours. It did, although it was a little more pink.
I wrote a little blog post about the history of the Bees Knees cocktail, and you can find the recipe right here. We're still waiting for the first warm day here in Oregon, but this is always on the menu for that first night eating dinner outside.
We both ordered the roasted beet salad. The beets were served over arugula with goat cheese and pickled onions and a champagne vinaigrette.
Mike ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu. I let him eat his dinner in peace and didn't make him wait while I took a picture. I ordered the scallops. They were served over a red pepper risotto and topped with chimichurri. So tasty.
Once we had the requisite nutritious food out of the way, we could turn our attention to the real object of our desire...dessert. As we read down the menu, we kept saying mmmmmmm, and OMG, and holy sh*t, and other stuff like that. We ended up choosing the second and third items listed on the menu.
Mike chose the Versaille. We saw that as we walked in.
Mine was the Trio Chocolate.
That little tab on top with the name of the restaurant on it is a little tab of chocolate. Of course it is. Silly you.
Okay, well now I'm just icked out remembering this meal, but it was so tasty. This morning, I found this little graphic on my Facebook memories: