Sunday, February 27, 2011

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011: A Special Occasion Dinner


Having dinner at a favorite restaurant brightens up a winter’s night like firecrackers in July.

We had the opportunity recently to go to our Number 1 favorite dining spot, café Adam in Western Massachusetts, at the invitation of a dear, life-long friend . She gifted us with dinners in honor of our 37th wedding anniversary! What a splendid present that turned out to be!

(You can read another post done on this fine eating establishment by clicking this:http://writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2010/03/cafeadam-in-great-barrington-ma.html)



 
We were not the only diners who braved blustery, icy cold winds and single digit temperatures to drive to the restaurant. The place was nearly filled to capacity. Given the weather, that’s the sign of a top notch dining establishment, wouldn't you say?


As soon as we sat down, the waiter brought us glasses of luscious, bubble-filled champagne. Then, the owner, Adam Zieminski, sent out a basket of tender calamari with zippy red pepper sauce. Luscious!

 Adam, by the way, is a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Rhode Island. His masterful cooking sure does that Alma Mater proud!




Tables are covered with white cloths and silverware is wrapped in black napkins. It's a very classy, sophisticated look.


Salads came with big chunks of succulent blue cheese. Breads got dipped in rosemary tinged olive oil. You'll see only a portion of a piece of bread in the photo below because, well, you know why.
















My husband ordered tenderloin steak with fried potatoes that came interspersed with slender onion sticks.








My scallops were tender and luscious, perched in mounds of parsnip puree. There was spinach on the plate, too, and every morsel was lush. This was the kind of entree you wanted to never disappear from your plate, it was so yummy.









For dessert, my husband had the decadent chocolate tart with a goat cheese topping and blueberries, shown at the top of this post. Apparently, it was the creation of Adam's mother, Christine.  Guiltily, I took some nibbles of it and nearly keeled over with its deliciousness.

It was a memorable meal for a very special occasion. Think we’ll go to café Adam at anniversary time for the next 37 years.

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARIES?

20 comments:

Bookie said...

Glad you had a good night out. Happy 37th!

Mariette said...

Dearest Susan,

Happy 37th anniversary!
So glad you all braved the single digit temperature in order to go to 'heaven'... What a scrumptious dinner you had! Don't blame you that you continue there for the next 37 years. Congrats to the first HALF of your mile stone!!!

Lots of love,

Mariette

Linda O'Connell said...

Happy Anniversary, Susan. We do what you do, dine out. The photo of that decadent dessert made me salivate.

mo said...

Wow! Susan. 37 years? Congratulations on that. How wonderful.

What a fantastic way to celebrate the occasion. You took us away and we were there too, celebrating with you. I of course had the scallops too. They are so lucious looking.

But really? You had me at the picture of the chocolate tart covered in blueberries. lol

Great job!

*hugs*

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy Anniversary! The food looks amazing~ hugs, Linda

Chatty Crone said...

This restaurant looked fabulous. The food amazing. And how nice someone took you out to celebrate! Congrats on your number 37 (May is our 37th - can you believe we got married the same year?).

I'm glad you braved the storm and went!

I looked at your Ebay Store and you did an awesome job. I wish you great luck and success,

Love,
sandie

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy 37th and cheers to you for the next 37! We dine out also, you've got 20 years on us! We'll be celebrating 17 years in April!

Minnie Kitchen said...

delicious!! these are called torture picture!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Susan! We're back! Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful gift to receive for such a special occasion. Looks like it was a fantastic evening. We had some of the most heavenly food you can imagine at the bungalow we stayed in on the tea plantation in Sri Lanka. My kids thought the chef should have his own tv show. :) Says a lot when teenage boys are impressed. I must hit the hay now as it is getting late and we have school tomorrow. The holiday is officially over. :/ Best wishes, thanks for all your visit an the birthday greetings. Tammy

diane stetson said...

I've been there and was very pleased with the selections myself. Don't just save it for a special occasion...go there often. Happy 37th Susan.

Leann said...

First Happy Anniversary!!! And second, I can say YUMM! It looks divine!

We don't have anything special that we do, we usually just wing it! As long as he's by my side I don't care.

Again Congrats!
Leann

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