The amazing thing about weekends now is that they are actually peaceful for us! Neither of us are currently in school, so Saturday and Sunday can now be fully dedicated to unwinding, see also: activities. Saturday also happened to be our one year anniversary and so we celebrated with dinner at our wedding venue, which also happens to be the swankiest restaurant we’ve ever been. I think? Doesn’t matter. Much swankier than our norm.
It’s hard to say what the best thing about super nice restaurants is, at first glance many would want to say it’s the tiny fancy appetizers or the incredible service or that people don’t bring their screaming babies, but it’s all of it. Even their “cheap” wine is absurdly good, and I don’t think we’ve have a meal better since our wedding.
Though the oysters came highly recommended, we chose a carpaccio with quail egg tartar plate and a maple pork belly for our appetizers, which both tasted so fantastically clean and fresh, I feel like I could eat them for every meal and still lose weight. There was, of course, fresh home made bread which I happily indulged in. Anniversaries are no time for a diet. A really cool amuse bouche was also served in the form of a melon shooter. We had Merlot to drink with a steak and lobster dinner. I feel like I need to become a food blogger now? I love seafood so, so much.
I cannot say enough great things about dining at The Firehouse. But, when thanking the waiter he remarked that he would see us soon and I was thinking not likely after the hit our discretionary budget has taken.
And then we went wine tasting! This was less to celebrate our anniversary and more to celebrate finally having weekends free. We made a little trip South (very slightly South) and visited Bogle Vineyards and the Old Sugar Mill.
Bogle was gorgeous, and we will make another trip down there with a picnic basket in tow soon, but it started raining as soon as we finished up our tasting so we just left. (Sorry Bogle pourer guy, we felt bad! We also would have bought a bottle of your Reverence had you not required a membership…) Bogle did only have outdoor seating so we didn’t really have a choice. But look at those pretty string lights!
Old Sugar Mill was so nice though!!! I had never been there before but had seen plenty of advertisements while looking for wedding venues and I’ll be honest—friends and relatives, if I never get to attend a wedding at this venue I will be sorely disappointed. Even in the rainy ugliness of the day, it was so gorgeous.
We randomly chose another winery to taste from (Perry Creek) and it was pretty good. Their Rosé was really good, not sugar-y at all (rare). We ended up taking home a bottle of their Barbera, which I don’t think I’ve ever tried or heard of before. Thankfully our friends took home the Rosé, it wouldn't been a travesty to lease without it. And you know, the more wine I try, the more I realize I actually don’t like Cabernet. I guess I just like when horses are named Cab?
I also found a new favorite quote at Sugar Mill!