|the front of Madison's Restaurant (where we got engaged on December 4th, 2009)|
|downtown Highlands, North Carolina|
Now back to the food…our four course New Year’s Eve special…which started with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres then moved to the following:
|one of the hors d'oeuvres|
Appetizer: Foie Gras and Cornbread Stuffed Quail on top Jerusalem Artichoke Salad, Local Bacon, Bourbon Maple Syrup (…delicious! Quite possibly our favorite dish of the night…well, almost for me.)
Second Course: Lemon Grass Poached Maine Lobster with Parsnip-Vanilla Ravioli, Celery Hearts, Blood Orange Foam
Entrée: Duo of Black Angus Beef Tenderloin and Roulade of Dover Sole on top Lentil Variation, Sauce Perigord, Petit Carrots, White Truffle Foam
Dessert: (OK, maybe my fav…) Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Ginger-Compressed Mango, Dried Raspberry and Passion Fruit Fire
So, were you expecting all that? Not us! But we felt like it was the fanciest meal we’ve ever had…or will have going forward into 2011…so why not endulge!?!?!
|totally full after dinner|
And just before midnight we joined other fellow vacationers in the Hummingbird Lounge for cocktails, champagne and the tradition of “The Twelve Grapes at Midnight”. This was a new way of ‘ringing in the new year’ for me as in the past I’ve normally just yelled out “Happy New Year” or even “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” (something my mom taught us to say once the clock struck midnight…it was for good luck). But this year we partook in a tradition unknown to me and my husband. “Las Doce Uvas De La Suerta” (the twelve grapes of luck) a Spanish tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight December 31st. So, although we had just finished a very hefty four course meal, I still forced myself to try this “something new” for the start of a new year. If anything, I took away the fact that hopefully I’ll (or we’ll) have some good luck this year…maybe we’ll succeed in paying off debts, or saving money or just having a strong and happy marriage…but either way it was a fun way to start 2011.
|a grape was in every glass of champagne|
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, driving around Highlands and the surrounding mountains, enjoying the scenery, melting snow, frozen ponds and eating & drinking.
|Happy New Year!!!|
|enjoying another round of Champagne|
If you haven’t been to Old Edwards Inn or even just to Highlands, I definitely recommend it. It’s become a special place for David and me and we hope to return again in the future…but for now, back to the grind I guess!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!