Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cork restaurant dinner (Washington D.C.)

We had a fantastic dinner on our last night in Washington D.C., thanks to Coral being amazing and taking Ruby off our hands for a few hours. Funny thing is, though: we so rarely get to go on "dates" anymore without Ruby that it's absurd that she was still the main topic of conversation!

In any case, we went to a place called Cork Wine Bar that we had read about. It was great. We had wine flights--mine were Loire Valley sparklers, which was fun since we spent time there on our honeymoon. I even had one from Vouvray, a small town where we stayed in a rock cave (turned into a bed-and-breakfast)! I am still nursing and can count on one hand the number of drinks I've had in the past year-and-a-half, so these three small pours went straight to my brain and Jude liked the silly Annie he got to walk home with after dinner!

We got a delicious charcuterie plate. Jude chose the three meats. In turn, I chose the three cheeses for our cheese plate (which is only fair, considering I can only have sheep and goat still).

The one that was a real show-stopper was the Cana de Oveja from Spain. Wow!

Then, a rosemary chicken liver bruschetta with shallot marmalade and and herb salad.

Next: house-cured trout with shaved fennel, toasted hazelnuts, and tangerine vinaigrette.

Then, some braised pork cheeks with creamy polenta, sauteed spinach, black olives, and orange.

Last food course was sauteed branzino with French lentils, caramelized cipollini onions, bacon and lemon oil.

Our dessert was spectacular. Goat cheese cake with berries and cookie crumble!

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