Hi there! I’m back home today after a long weekend in Columbus. Greg, Zoey and I drove up for my step-sister’s wedding, and I also fit in some wedding to-do’s of my own. We had a great time, but as usual, it feels good to be home.
Sunday was Greg’s birthday and with all of the wedding craziness, I wanted to make sure he got some attention on his special day too.
I woke up early to do a little decorating. Ha. It wasn’t much, but I think Greg liked it.
That evening, we headed downtown for dinner. First, we had to make a pit-stop to see my aunt, uncle and cousins.
This little guy will be the ring bearer in our wedding, and his sister will be one (of our two) flower girls. We kept missing each other over the holidays and I figured out it had been more than a year that we’d seen each other. Wayyyy too long!
After spending some time catching up with my aunt and playing with the kids, it was time for dinner.
I always remembered my aunt and uncle going to Lindey’s Restaurant and Bar
whenever I would babysit, so I knew it had to be a great choice for our special occasion.
The Bistro Fries caught my eye right away. The extra thick steak fries were topped with truffle oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Can you say, “Yum.”???
I had done my menu research in advance (duh), so I already had a pretty good idea I wanted to get the ravioli for my entree.
This isn’t just any old ravioli. This ravioli is filled with pumpkin and mascarpone and served in a sage-shallot cream sauce with sauteed mushrooms, dried cranberries, swiss chard, parmesan-reggiano and maple cider gastrique.
Need I say more?
Greg had the Baked Orecchiette which, according to the menu, was, “pulled chicken, applewood bacon, spinach, shaved garlic, tomatoes and mornay sauce topped with rosemary-garlic bread crumbs and parmesan-reggiano.”
Unfortunately we only got a blurry picture of that, so it’s not really worth sharing here. But Greg loved the dish. My sister, who finished off our leftovers after we left town, said the Orecchiette was, “to die for!”
Although we were already stuffed, we were told dessert was on the house for the birthday boy! I left it totally up to Greg, knowing he most likely wouldn’t want something super rich or chocolately like I would.
He chose a slice of Key Lime Pie that we split. The pie filling was delicious, but we both loved the super thick graham cracker crust even more.
Everything about our dinner was fantastic, from beginning to end. I can see why my aunt loves it so much and I only wish the owners would come open a restaurant here in Charleston. I would be a frequent customer. Big thanks to my Aunt Angela and Uncle Dave who surprised us by calling ahead and treating us to a bottle of wine!
I had already declared Sunday a ‘fatty day’ the moment my step-dad picked up doughnuts for breakfast. With wedding cake tasting and that dinner all in the same day, I really didn’t need another bite of anything. But that didn’t stop me from eating a slice of this coconut cake my step-dad made for Greg. It was waiting for us when we got home from dinner and was simply irresistible.
Gahhhhhh. So good. Thank you, Thom!!
Now back to another week of regularity!
…until next weekend when we travel for another wedding! Yay!