Monday, October 17, 2011

Alberto's Celebration

ALBERTO GOT A JOB OFFER! So we celebrated with a lot of wine and some pretty unhealthy food, and it was delicious! On Friday night we went out to a restaurant called Salum, which I highly suggest for a celebration night.  We started with the mussels and a cup of cream of mushroom soup drizzled with truffle oil.  I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful the soup was, and the truffle oil was like a cherry atop an ice cream sunday.  (For those of you who love cherries.) Personally, not my favorite, but if you have ever had a risotto with either white or black truffle oil you understand where I am coming from.  It adds so much to the soup.  Also, had the mussels, which were a huge hit.  Before we even ordered these we saw at least 7 or 8 plates of them go out, so we knew they had to be good.  Alberto of course had a steak and I had the perch, both of which were good, but I did find a couple bones in my perch.  Not really okay with me, I figure if whole foods and central market can remove all the bones, so can a chef at a 4 or 5 star restaurant. However, it was cooked to perfection, and it had a fabulous flavor.  Ended the dinner with creme brulee, which I don't think you can ever ever ever go wrong with.  Crunchy, caramelized top, cool custard  below, with a hint of pear flavor, I think I could go back just for the mussels and creme brulee. Sorry no pics, it was dark in the restaurant and I'm not a fan of a flash in the middle of my meal.
I do however have pictures from breakfast.  It was a little place down in highland park right next to katy trail.  There were so many people out walking, running, riding bikes, walking their dogs, and not to mention a 60 year old man jumping rope to music, the WHOLE time we were there.  Great people/dog watching here.  And again the food was spectacular, best potatoes I have ever had at a restaurant.  It might have helped that I basically removed potatoes from my life, so I was really excited before even tasting them.  Alberto had eggs benedict for the first time, which he loved of much that he wouldn't even stop eating for me to take a picture!  
If I lived close to this place I physically could not give up potatoes.  I had the omelette provencale.  It has ratatouille vegetables, spinach, and goat cheese, and of course served with those potatoes. I have never eaten a better omelette in my life.   

As good as the food was... my personal highlight was getting to eat next to a black and white Newfoundland.  He was HUGE and so precious.  Big droppy eyes, and slobber everywhere.  This couple also had a sweet baby boy, and I wondered who got more attention the dog or the baby.  It was a pretty tight race throughout brunch, but I think the dog won. 
And yes, we both ate everything! We didn't eat again until that night, so that makes me feel a little better about ingesting so much food. 
Then Alberto and I proceeded to eat a huge Sunday dinner with my parents.  Rack of lamb, green beans, herb/feta bread, couscous, and a small spinach and arugula salad dressed with the best blood orange olive oil.  Then for dessert there was cheesecake, one of Alberto's favorites.  There may or may not have been a couple bottles of wine taken care of as well.  But hey it was a celebration of Alberto's first job offer! And he hasn't even graduated yet! Congrats boyfriend. Here are a couple photos from the night.