Was it only this past Wednesday that we got remarried? It feels like it was yesterday/a lifetime ago. Time and the passage of has a funny effect on me.
Our oldest, Liam, who himself has had a very stressful last year especially since July, and who moved out here to join us in August, now works at an incredible local Inn and works in a starred kitchen with an acclaimed chef gifted to us a “honeymoon”. A night as guests of the Shadow Lawn Inn, with dinner and breakfast served.
We arrived yesterday afternoon and checked in to the honeymoon suite. I had already seen on the website that there was a large jacuzzi tub in the room and my first call of business was to go for a swim in it. I relaxed so much that I nearly fell asleep and startled when the jets turned off. Shawn and I took our time getting ready to go down for our meal and spent almost three hours experiencing the best meal we’ve had since our night at The George in Limerick, Ireland.
We were treated to a five course dinner, with our son coming into the dining room in his chef’s jacket at every course to explain what we were eating.
First, we had a bottle of amazing Italian Pinot Grigio. It was crisp and light and wonderful. Liam started us with an amuse bouche of a decontructed greek salad that was light and perfect. It was beautiful, but we had no idea the food we were in store for based on this opener.
The next course was the soup. A jerusalem artichoke soup with artichoke crisps, toasted pumpkin seeds, parsley and hemp and one other type of oil lightly drizzled on top. It looked like art. It tasted like heaven. Shawn and I ate as we talked about our very early days together when we both worked in kitchens and neither of us made food of this caliber. We mused about the place Liam used to work in Ontario, another Inn, and that he would never, had he remained there, been working at this level at age 21.
By this time, we were joined by another family, a table of four. We felt so regal to be getting the VIP treatment in front of others. We had not expected there to be very many, if any, others joining us last night since the weather and roads here are still unbelievable difficult.
Our next course was presented as a yin and yang of seafood. One one side we had a perfectly cooked scallop, with sauces that I can’t remember except to say they were devine. The other side of the plate had a crisp and beautiful lobster and sweet potato cake over avocado puree and some kimchee and seaweed. I’m not doing it justice when I say that it was simply delightful. We couldn’t eat without exclaiming over every bite.
Next Liam brought us filet mignon sliced thinly and rare as it should be with a salt/pepper and mushroom dust crust as well as perogies made from scratch and roasted brussel sprouts. I officially went on strike from ever cooking for Liam again.
Liam brought out desert and we had flourless chocolate cake with homemade marshmallow heart on it, orange creme brulee with gingersnaps and a frozen lemon torte.
Liam finished his shift and came out to sit with us for the end of our meal. We finished our wine and he drank a beer as we talked about his future and what he will learn working with the chef at the Shadow Lawn. He is passionate about cooking and it shows.
Liam gave us one other surprise. When we went back to our room there was a cheese and fruit tray and a bottle of champagne! We drank the champagne in the tub. 😉
All throughout dinner Shawn and I had the most incredible conversation. The kind you can’t have when there are kids and dogs running in and out of rooms and phones ringing and noise. We were able to spend so real quality time with one another and I’m so happy that we remember that it’s important to do that.
This week he flies to Ontario for work and I will spend a few days without my love, working on more job searching and looking into going back to school. In the meantime, we are both fretting making dinner tonight because once you’ve eaten a meal that good, you only want more of the same and frankly, I can’t do that.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend and hope you’re all taking time to be with the ones you love.