Luke and I were married seven months ago today but since we have plans to see Judy’s play reading, Slashes of Light, this evening we celebrated our monthiversary last night, at Candle 79.
What a beautiful restaurant. I liked the dark warmth of the wood and the deep booth that we were seated in. I do kind of wish we could have been by the window, but at least we had lots of space.
The dinner started with a delicious amouse-bouche of sundried tomato and nut spread on a paper-thin slice of raw zucchini. a nut oil, probably walnut, was drizzled over the top. i was surprised i liked it so much, i usually find sun-dried tomatoes too flavorful — and often too salty — for my comfort.
We had a raspberry lemonade that was out of this world — and very thick, like a smoothie.
our starters were an avocado half stuffed with a tomato salsa atop a bed of fresh, delicate mache, all dressed with a vinaigrette, and a chopped salad of lettuces, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, spring peas and fava beans dressed in a meyer lemon-tarragon vinaigrette. i was thrilled to see a meyer lemon dish on the menu as i read today that the season for this fruit has just started this week. there was another dish on the menu with a preserved meyer lemon, but i don’t think that counts! and there were several other dishes with lemon in them, but none labelled specifically meyer lemon. the starters were just perfect, with a nice balance of acid and oil, sour and sweet. hmmm, i was in foodie heaven.
our entrees were excellent. the grilled seitan i had was on top of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, with a delicious porcini mushroom gravy. yum! gravy makes anything taste good, i think. and unlike bacon, the other thing that makes anything taste good, i can eat it guiltlessly. luke’s entree of baked tofu was perfectly seasoned, and the sauteed escarole was delicious. he also had a beet farrotto that i had never tried before that i liked well enough, but wasn’t sure was the right accompaniment to the tofu.
i had a grain-coffee cappuccino and luke had a chamomile-cinnamon tea with dessert. we weighed the chocolate desserts against the fruit desserts and decided that fruit won, since it’s a treat when the fruit is ripe and flavorful even when it’s cold out. Our berry shortcake was incredible. i could eat a whole other portion of it myself. Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries on a whole-wheat shortbread with “ice cream” made of cashew cream.
we were amused by the conversation at a booth nearby. a young boy, perhaps 10, wanted to play hangman with the restaurant owner, who was hostessing. she learned that the word they were competing over had no vowels except for “y,” which was located at numbers 2, 4 and 6 of a 6-letter word. the hostess was stumped and asked for assistance from one of her waiters, who was also stumped. i told luke what the word was, although i had no idea what it means, and he called the hostess over and advised her to ask for a z or g. the table turned to us and asked if we knew the word, and i said yes, “syzygy,” and they broke out in applause. Then i was asked the inevitable, “what does it mean?” and anticlimactically i said i didn’t know. bummer.
Now, however, i know. Merriam-Webster says it’s when three celestial bodies, like the earth, sun and moon, are lined up in a row, as they would be in an eclipse. Syzygy. use it in a sentence today!