We shared an appetizer of the house specialty - Sweet Potato Planks. They are grilled rounds of sweet potato, topped with creme fraiche, scallions and pancetta wheels. They are two-bite-sized and delicious. We also shared a cheese tray of (our choices) Black Mesa Goat Cheese, Life in Provence Double Cream Brie, and Point Reyes Blue Cheese accompanied by grilled bread, dried cranberries, golden raisins, figs and salted almonds. It sounds like a lot of food but it really wasn't.
And we went on! The girls each had Shrimp and Grits with bacon, baby carrots, corn and Serrano peppers for their entrees and I had (what do you suppose?) Lemon Chicken with smashed potatoes. I had a taste of the grits because I am a notable opponent of them. They were good and tasted more like risotto to me.
All of that and a bottle of wine made for some happy campers.
The restaurant is located in an old Spanish mansion under tall trees near to South Mountain. It's a wonderful place with exquisite food.
And then when we got home, I found an email from my cousin Bonnie in Montana (she of bluegrass fame) with a picture of one of my favorite cookies from my childhood. My mother used to make these.
They're chocolate cookies with chocolate frosting. They may have been my start into a life of chocolate addiction. Thanks for the picture, Cuz. I haven't seen these in many years.