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Birthday Celebration 2012

I hope you’re having a splendid weekend!  As for me, I’m taking a break from chores…and reminiscing…I celebrated my birthday three weeks ago.  Hubby ensured it was a special day for me.  A breathtaking and fragrant arrangement arrived filled with heirloom and modern roses, dahlias, hydrangea, and tulips.

We dined at one of my favorite restaurants in town, Providence.  I feasted on the Wild Alaskan Halibut with artichokes braised in white wine, nantes carrots, pearl onion, and parsley-jalapeno pistou.  Oh, how I would love to have the recipe!  It’s an outstanding dish–absolutely perfect for a dinner party.

The dessert was simply called Manjari 64%.  It consisted of chocolate, espresso, sweetened condensed milk, gianduia, and ube. Dining out is always a pleasurable adventure for me,  as I love to try new flavors.  Ube, a purple yam, with origins in the Asian tropics was new to my palate; and it paired fantasically well with the chocolate and espresso.  Unfortunately, my dessert photos contained too much noise (the downside to dining by candlelight), so I didn’t include any photos.

After dessert, mignardises (sometimes referred to as petit fours) were brought to the table and I was sucker-punched by flavors that temporarily left me euphorically dazed…coconut caramels, lime mint jalepeno pâté de fruit, and chocolate macaroons.  The macaroons were phenomenally light and airy, crisp and chocolaty.  The best I’ve ever eaten…

I received gift certificates for cheese tasting classes (which I’ll redeem later this month) and a Holga film camera that I can’t wait to use.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

source: © Ty Keennon