Weekly Menu 9/29 - 10/3

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For our anniversary we decided to buy VIP tickets to the local wine festival. The food being offered in the VIP section came from Pairings Bistro, a nearby restaurant that we really like. I had no idea what to expect going to the festival, but it was quite interesting. It's kind of broken into two sections, the VIP and everyone else.

There was just table after table of wines being offered. There is absolutely no way that we could have managed to try even a quarter of them, especially since most of the vendors ignored the little line printed on the glass and filled right on over that. We did find some wines that are carried at the restaurant that I definitely want to purchase. At one of the wine tables, I tried a Chenin Blanc from South Africa and immediately said "It tastes like summer". The guy pouring the glasses said he was going to use that line from now on when describing it. Then at the next table I tried a red wine (I can't find the name in the pamphlet they gave us) which I described as "cherries and happiness". That vendor also said he was going to use my description. Maybe I just found myself a part time job describing wines.

The food was absolutely incredible. When you walked into the manor house they had a few options set up buffet style on a table, then there were servers coming around with the other options and a grill area. We tried all but the pork belly and yellow fin tuna because they weren't out yet in the hour we spent there.

All of the foods were farm-to-table which I think just makes them taste a little better anyway. We had:

Grilled Hickory Flat Irons with Garden Relish, Organic Grilled Vegetables with Roasted Garlic, Beef Sliders, Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho Shooters, Chicken BBQ Sliders, Pork Sausage and Red Pepper Flatbread Pizzas and assorted cheeses and desserts.

The flat iron steak was served cold and while I liked the flavors, I think it'd be better warm, same goes for the vegetables. The beef sliders were incredible. We need to start purchasing meats from there because you could really taste the difference in the burger compared to the ground beef you get from the grocery store. I was really surprised at how much I liked the shooters, I even had two! The chicken BBQ sliders were packed with flavor and I actually know where the farm is that produces them, so we might swing by one day and see what all they have for sale. The flatbread pizzas were out of this world. I'm not even a sausage fan, but something magical happened in that kitchen creating these pizzas. Tom immediately asked for me to make them at home, which I am more than willing to do. The cheeses came from a creamery that I've been dying to visit and after trying a garlic and herb cheese that made your mouth sing, I think I've convinced Tom its worth a visit. The desserts came from a local cupcakery that we recently visited. I had the salted caramel cupcake which was pretty much everything you want in a salted caramel cupcake.

And here's where I have to make a confession. I didn't take any pictures. I was so overwhelmed by all of the options and delicious bites that I didn't even think to take any pictures until we were leaving. Which was only 2 hours later, because Tom easily gets bored of wine. Weirdo. So, it's already planned that I'll be going with my wine drinking buddies and hanging out for the entire day next time.

After talking about all of that wonderful food, my menu for this week seems kind of plain. :(

Sunday - Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Monday - Zesty Turkey Burgers and Fries

Tuesday - Mexican Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Wednesday - I have a work dinner

Thursday - Chicken Burgers and Fries 

For breakfast this week, I'm having an apple crisp. Desserts will include cookies for the 12 Weeks of Christmas blog hop that I'm participating in and some pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes. 

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