It was a perfect birthday in every way, starting with awesome gifts, especially a gorgeous cardigan my mom knit for me and the most romantic gift ever from my husband, a bracelet engraved with the coordinates of the restaurant we were married in.
The B&B, Foster Harris House, was lovely, with the most sublime breakfasts, but more about that later. On to the main event – dinner at the Inn at Little Washington, a long-dreamed-of bucket list item for us.
We walked up to the Inn a half-hour before our 5:30 dinner reservations so we could sit in the garden and enjoy a cocktail first. I had “A Warm Welcome”, a refreshing mix of green apple purée, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and sparkling wine. Domingos had the Inn’s version of a Sazerac, a recent new favorite of his. The weather was perfect, with a nip of fall in the air and the waning daylight setting off the small garden perfectly.
We had already decided that we were going to go all-out and order the gastronaut’s tasting menu with wine pairings, so there was very little menu perusing. However, I’ll mention a nice touch – the Inn offers up a souvenir personalized menu – ours said “Happy Birthday, Anjali” across the top of each.
First out were three small amuse-bouches. This was my only camera fail of the night, as I only remembered to take a picture after we had consumed the first two: a piece of pork belly on a delicious sauce, and a bit of port-marinated fig paired with bleu cheese. The third was a potato chip wrapped around sour cream, with caviar and chives on each end:
I will spare you the oohing and aahing over each course – just take my word that every bite we consumed was sheer epicurean perfection. I will just post photos of the rest of the meal, with captions describing each one, as well as the wine it was paired with.
And, just in case you’re not drooling enough by now, a few pictures of our fabulous breakfast at the Foster Harris House: