This morning I dropped my boyfriend and his friend off at the airport so that they may embark on their month long journey of studying and traveling through Europe. Germany, France, Belgium, Ireland… you name it, they’re doing it. I am so excited for him but am a little sad to be without my food-loving companion for over a month. Even though I know I’ll make do and perhaps even work on my own cooking skills while he’s gone, at the end of the day I’m still going to miss sharing meals with the person who has always been so supportive of this blog, and of me. Then again, I’m sure there will be enough stories from his travels to fuel dinner conversations for weeks once he’s returned. I can’t wait.
On Wednesday night, we decided to spend one of our last meals together for a while by going to Ciro’s Cote Sud on Maple Street. It met all of the requirements: small, romantic, French, and it hadn’t been written about yet. It was still daylight outside when we arrived, which hindered on the romantic factor slightly, but the table we chose was pretty secluded, which definitely helped. Our goal was to savor without overspending, so we split the Salade de Chevre Chaud (goat cheese salad), the Filet de Porc Dijonnaise (pork with dijonnaise sauce), and the evening special, which was a generous piece of almond-crusted Redfish, served with cous cous, spinach, and a lemon cream sauce. The fish was enjoyed tremendously by the both of us, but I didn’t care for the pork as much. The sauce had a significant amount of horseradish in it, which I wasn’t expecting, and a really strong horseradish flavor in anything will pretty much ruin it for me. Last time we went I had the Petit Filet with Bordelaise sauce, and I think I’ll stick to that in the future. Unless, of course, the Redfish is offered again, cause it was dang delicious.
After dinner I decided to take a step back in time and convinced my boyfriend to share a dessert crepe with me from Crêpes à la Cart, which is located next to a bar I frequented in college. Our Gateau St. Honoree crepe made with butter, sugar, cinnamon, caramel, and Grand Marnier, along with a quick perusing of the record store next door, was the perfectly sweet ending to a laid back, yet romantic night out together.