Ten years ago yesterday, I put on a spiffy costume and had a wonderful party with my boyfriend-turned-husband, family and friends. Aren't we happy looking?
Anyway, we wanted to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a nice dinner. Most of our dining out of late has been at places where a quantity is more important than quality - not that the food is bad at those places, but we wanted something special. We finally decided on Farm Artisan Foods
in steamy Redlands*. We've been there before (although not recently), so we knew that they specialized in straightforward dishes - many with an Italian flavor - using high quality local ingredients. We weren't disappointed.
We started with an appetizer, the Artisan cheese sampler. There were small tastes of camembert, gouda, asiago, machengo and one other I can't remember the name of, served with freshly baked bread. A great way to start.
For the entree, I was hoping to try the veal raised by the 4-H club of Yucaipa**, but it was unfortunately unavailable. Instead I ordered the duck breast with roasted beet sauce, served with polenta and green beans. My husband had the fillet mignon with mashed potatoes, oyster mushrooms and asparagus. Everything was delicious, and the portion size was just right - satisfying without being overfilling. Here we are enjoying our meal (I cleverly wore a dress that color-coordinated with the walls):
To finish off our meal, we shared the rich espresso chocolate truffles with chocolate mousse, with freshly brewed coffee as a balance to the sweetness. Delicious.
All in all, our dinner was excellent, and I'd happy eat there again, although the prices (most entrees are $20-30) make it a special occasion destination for us.
So, dinner was over and the night was young. Since it was 9ish, we decided to head over to The Vault
to check out the band. It turns out the show didn't start until 9:30, but being early meant we could find a place to sit, something I've found more important as I've gotten older. So, sipping a cool Bombay Sapphire martini, we listened to the funky and jazzy sounds of Shoppy
. Impressive for a three-piece band, especially the keyboard/saxophone player who switched easily between the two instruments. Nice. We also took a Myspace-style picture of ourselves:
On our way back to the car we decided to check out Redlands Underground
, which turned out to be a restaurant-bar hosting Saturday night karaoke. Definitely not our thing, so we headed home. And that was our night on the town, Redlands-style. A+ would do again.
* It was 10 degrees warmer in Redlands than it was up here in Yucaipa. And humid to boot.
** Also on the menu was a mozzarella appetizer served with fresh Yucaipa tomatoes. See this article on Yucaipa's Elser's Country Farm
web site for more about the local foods used at the Farm
Labels: Redlands, restaurants