Birthday Excess (Photo Heavy)

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Truffle Dusted Popcorn
the truffle was shaved onto the popcorn table side; I will never want regular popcorn again
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A Shot of Liquid Autumn
hot apple rutabaga soup with a scrumptious gougere
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A Tin of Sin: American Osetra Caviar with Peekytoe Crab and Cucumber Rilette
with Jean-Pierre Legret, Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Spéciale, Talus-Saint-Prix, Champagne, France (N.V.)
served with buttered brioche
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A Miniature Cocktail of Sweet Lobster Knuckles with Avocado and Cocktail Sauce Sorbet
with Kiralyudvar, Tokaji Furmint Sec, Hegyalja, Hungary (2011)
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Seared New England Day Boat Scallop with Curried Cauliflower, Sultanas, and Garlic Chips
with Michael Shaps, Petit Manseng, Honah Lee, Monticello, Virginia (2012)
Antarctic Sea Bass in an Asian Inspired Broth Perfumed with Ginger with Jean-Michel Guillon, Les Bras, Santenay, Burgundy, France (2006)
Antarctic Sea Bass in an Asian Inspired Broth Perfumed with Ginger
with Jean-Michel Guillon, Les Bras, Santenay, Burgundy, France (2006)
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Truffle-Stuffed Breast of Pheasant on Savoy Cabbage Braised in Champagne
with Seufert Winery, Pinot Noir, Vine Idyl, Willamette Valley, Oregon (2009)
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Herb Crusted Jamison Farm Lamb with Autumn Vegetable Stew on Celery Root Purée
with Martinelli Vineyards, Syrah, Terre Felice, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California (2008)
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Pear Sorbet with Reisling Poached Seckle Pear
the palate cleanser, hence no wine pairing
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A shot of the beverages accompanying dessert
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Bitter Chocolate Marquise “Taillevant” with Pistachio Ice Cream
Blandy’s, Malmsey, Island Bottled, Madeira, Portugal (1996)

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And, just in case you’re not drooling enough by now, a few pictures of our fabulous breakfast at the Foster Harris House:

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Fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt parfait
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Orange chocolate scones
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Puffed pastry topped with a poached egg on a chipotle cream sauce
with a side of avocado-mango salsa and Paradise bacon (yes, it was)
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Lemon Liebchen with berry coulis
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From Sunday’s breakfast – Roasted red pepper, goat cheese, and scrambled egg crêpe with crispy prosciutto and a basil-arugula pesto, plus a dab of the most incredible balsamic vinegar
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Also from Sunday – “Dad’s Favorite Pancakes” with maple butter sauce and chocolate curls

0 Replies to “Birthday Excess (Photo Heavy)”

  1. I really enjoyed reading and viewing this post! I’m supremely jealous, but yet feel like I might have been there with you. Strange sensation! Happiest Birthday! You and Domingos look absolutely wonderful, and I know you will both cherish the time you shared that weekend. 🙂

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