So you know I’m in the Adirondacks. But now I get to tell y’all why.
Mama Smart got married!
[By Santa Claus.*]
*Not to Santa Claus.So now I happily get to share with Jenn, and all of you loyal What I Ate Wednesday readers and participants What I Ate (Wedding) instead. You may or may not be able to tell, but this was not a conventional wedding. In lieu of a traditional ceremony with reception, Mama and Stepfather Smart rented a house in the Adirondacks and only invited their kids and significant others.
Instead of a reception, we had dinner in the wine cellar room of The Friends Lake Inn.This room was already pretty awesome for the artfully arrayed collection of vintage wine bottles……but add in a Hogwarts-style ceiling, and you know things are looking up. [Literally.*]
*The ‘things’ being us, I guess?
Although I was quite tempted by the thought of consuming pan-seared local foie gras with mango chutney……I veered slightly less off of the
beaten vegan path and ordered the lobster and scallop-stuffed corn crepe covered in vanilla bean buerre blanc and nutty crumble.*
*That last part is not the official description. Although my request at going light on the butter and sauce (since buerre blanc is, well, a fancy name for butter) was met–and the seafood perfectly cooked––that sauce…[sigh]…it tasted a bit like ice cream, and I just couldn’t resist taking a piece of the soft, warm, sourdough bread……and scraping up all of it–butter (by lactose) intolerance be darned!I give the waitresses credit for not thinking I was crazy for first saying, “I can’t really do butter,” and then watching as I practically licked my plate. They also obliged my request for a butter-cheese-and-meat free vegetable plate.The sauteed summer veggies, edamame, pearl couscous, and spinach, accompanied by a small gravy tureen of balsamic glaze was light, fresh, with slightly crisp vegetables–just how I like ’em.Good thing my main course was relatively light, because immediately upon entering the wine cellar dining room my eyes had narrowed in on the words ‘Peanut Butter Mousse,’ ‘Passion Fruit Semifreddo,’ and ‘White Chocolate Mint Ice Cream’ on the dessert menu.Of course, I was stuffed at this point, not helped by accepting the challenge to eat the entire serving spoonful of cranberry chutney accompanying the cheese plate. Even though I was stuffed, I was pressured into ordering dessert. It didn’t take TOO long to twist my arm into ordering the so-dense-it-was-almost-like-eating-a-solid-dark-chocolate-bar Raspberry-Infused Flourless Chocolate Cake with Homemade White Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.While sipping my restaurant coffee–it always tastes better in restaurants…always—–I also snuck more than my fair share of bites from the multiple servings of Peanut Butter Mousse Banana Cake* around me…
*Now THAT’s what I call a wedding cake…Not a morsel of food was left on any plate that night, as the newly joined family passed dishes and reached across with wandering forks. Laughter and joy were in the air (and wine was in most of our glasses).
Congratulations (and Dulce De Leche Creme Brulee) to you,
Mama and Stepfather Smart!