I took a secret outing today to pick up one of hubby's Christmas gifts.
Looks rather random from the outside, no?
Inside, I met none other than our own Queen City home-brewing expert - Matt! Hubby has been talking to Matt a lot lately about brewing beer, and Matt was kind enough to put together a recipe for him and even pick out the items he'd need to brew his first batch.
Thanks Matt - you're the BEST!
Once I got home, I wrapped hubby's gifts and stuffed hubby's stocking with his mini-treats.
We decided to go ahead and do our Christmas and open each others gifts.
I got another piece of the Martha Blue kitchen set - the BLENDER! Time to make more smoothies!
Hubby loved his brew kit. I hope he and Matt are able to get together soon...I know they will have a blast!
Even though I had picked up some organic chicken earlier at TJ's, hubby suggested an impromptu dinner out.
Hubby and I even valeted our car...a rarity for us. The restaurant validated valet parking, so we took them up on the offer. It was pretty nice not having to walk to our car pre and post dinner.
We had 2 $25 gift cards for Flemings, which we received at my company holiday party, so we decided to go ahead and use them.
The restaurant was nice and intimate inside.
Our waiter helped me select a glass of the B. R. Cohn, North Coast Silver Label, 2006. I was very pleased with the wine - it was nice and smooth and went perfectly with my dinner.
To start, we were served some herbed bread with 2 butters: sundried tomato and garlic + champagne infused brie. Wow...so good...I didn't want to stop eating it!
I decided to order the Fall Prix Fixe menu.
Hubby started with a Caesar salad. I had several bites and loved the zing it had.
My first course was a roasted butternut squash soup with gingered creme fraiche.
Hubby got the Steak au Poivre with BBQ shrimp.
I got the Filet Mignon Brochette with Roasted Tomatoes.
WOW! One of the BEST. STEAKS. EVER! Seriously...it was like butter! It just melted in my mouth. Again, I didn't want to stop eating it, but I did manage to stop eventually. The steak was served over pesto mashed potatoes...also delicious. I got roasted tomatoes with parmesan for my side dish and shared with hubby.
Decaf cappuccino with a sugar cube and cinnamon sprinkle. Dee-lish!
I added the sugar cube but decided to try to let dessert be the sweetener with sips of my frothy coffee.
Dark Chocolate Mousse cake with almond brittle and malted creme anglaise...holy wow! So good! Perfect-o with that cappuccino!
Wow...we were STUFFED after dinner! I'm so impressed with Flemings. The quality of food and the service were both impeccable. We'll definitely be back.
We shopped at Best Buy and Target after dinner to walk off dinner and get the last of our Christmas gifts.
In random news, I called and checked on my camera today. My DSLR has been assigned a technician...I hope whoever they are, they can fix my camera soon! I had plans to use it starting January.
It's almost Christmas time! Are you ready?