Dinner at The Prado – October 30, 2011

Two years ago today I proposed to Kathleen at the Glen Ellen Inn in Sonoma. To celebrate we went to dinner at The Prado at Balboa Park and then saw the Old Globe’s production of Rocky Horror (which was great).

At dinner we shared a Stone Fruit Farmers Mix Salad with Midnight Moon cheese and caramel cider vinaigrette for our appetizer. We also shared a pitcher of Sangria. For our main courses we shared a Pan Seared Halibut and Clams Cassoulet and a Pork Prime Rib with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. We also had a side of Marscapone Polenta.

For dessert we stuck with cocktails: Kathleen had a thin mint martini and I had a hot apple cider and cinnamon martini.

Thoughts: The Cassoulet really stole the show. The clams were wrapped in salty ham and the broth was absolutely delicious. It was a most traditional cassoulet prepared perfectly. The broth and white beans were so good one could almost forget about the perfect pan seared halibut swimming in the middle. The Pork Prime Rib was cooked to a perfect medium and was paired with a beautiful goat cheese mashed potato. However, the undressed and uncooked spinach seemed out of place and unnecessary. The Stone Fruit salad was delightful, particularly the caramel cider vinaigrette which was a great take on a light fall dish. Kathleen’s thin mint martini tasted just like a thin mint cookie, while I found my apple cider martini a bit too sweet…oh, and the show afterwards was fantastic.

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Dinner at Home – October 24, 2011

Tonights Menu:

The Meal: Ben prepared a Grilled Soy-Honey-Gingered Flank Steak with Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes and a Cucumber Salad with Asian Red Pears and Ricotta.

The Wine: 2009 Tres Picos Garnacha (Barsao)

Kathleen’s Comments: Delicious. I feel very spoiled eating this meal on a Monday night as it would be great even for a special occasion. I could eat the candied sweet potatoes every meal of every day. Steak was perfectly medium rare, and the marinade was a good salty sweet balance.

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