Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's not NYC, but it's the closest thing we got.

You know how much I love NYC. I really do. We spent our 15th wedding anniversary there a couple of years ago. It was IN. CRE. DIBLE. Then, we took the girls for Mardi Gras last year. Loved it again!

I'm pretty sure I could fit in there. I really could. This is no joke. 
(Shhh ... Beau and I plan to move there when we get old. Maybe. Or at least dream about having an apartment to visit.)

NYC is quite the distance from Cajun country, so we settled for, not New Orleans (been there, done that A LOT), but Houston for our anniversary get-away. 
(Note to self and any other non-married person reading this: DO NOT and I mean DO NOT get married near Christmas just to save money on decorations or you think it would be neat to have a Christmas wedding. DON'T DO IT. Your anniversary becomes a secondary thing. This is precisely the reason Beau and I try to get away every year no matter what. It's an important thing to celebrate, you know.)

I absolutely adore Houston.

Our time there was very relaxed. We had no agenda but to enjoy each other's company and sleep late. Yep. That was pretty much the plan. Oh, and eat good food, which we SO did.

Our anniversary dinner was amazing! We chose Mark's American Cuisine.
I have to say it was definitely one of the best meals we've ever eaten, including our NYC meals (and all meals from the South ... which let's face it, has some of the best food around). Seriously ... AMAZING! The only negative part about it was that it was also the most expensive meal we've ever eaten. Quite a chunk o' change. But, let me tell you, worth every penny!

See how excited I am to start eating?

So, let's get this started. You must see what we ate.

Hearth Roasted Chef Creek Oyster Topped with a Ragout of Jumbo Crabmeat, Shrimp and Roasted Leeks in a Truffle Aioli Vinaigrette

A yummy salad came next which we scarfed down before I could get a picture.

My entree:
Grilled Panama Shrimp with a Ragout of Jumbo Lump Crabmeat atop a Southern Carolina Succotash & Grit Cake with a Chili Spiked Lime Sauce, & Roasted Green Chile, Cilantro Coulis

Beau's entree:
Prime Sirloin of Beef and Chicken Fried Bacon with Roasted Potatoes, Mushrooms, Slow Roasted Peppers with Aged Balsamic Vinegar and a "1658" Steak Sauce

 And you didn't think we'd skip dessert, did you?

My dessert:
Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee'
(That "Happy Anniversary" is all chocolate. That made me even happier.)

Beau's dessert:
Lemon Cheesecake

If you're ever in Houston and have a few extra bucks, eat there. I promise you will not be disappointed.