Birthday Dinner and Day one of Preparation

The soul needs beauty for a soul mate. When the soul wants…the soul waits – U2

Well they had to grease the doors and roll me out, but it was totally worth it.  Awhile back I purchased a Groupon for Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar knowing it would be perfect for celebrating a certain someone’s birthday. Celebrate we did! Solstice runs an amazing special on Mondays and Tuesdays. They offer a three course menu for a mere $25 and half price wines. Luckily this year Esq.’s birthday fell on a Monday and we took full advantage of all of the great deals. I felt a little guilty, like I stole from them or something, when I got such a tiny bill but felt so extraordinarily full. As promised I took pictures, but they don’t do justice.

Every meal, as far as I am aware, starts with a tasty treat from the chef, I love this idea! It is usually something I would never order on my own but is always super tasty. Tonight we were served Cream of Asparagus or Asparagus Bisque, I didn’t quite catch the name. Either way, it was a delightful little bowl of asparagus awesomeness with goat cheese lurking just beneath the surface. Very scrumptious and even better when I used my fresh multigrain bread to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Compliments of the Chef

Next on the docket was our yummy appetizers. I ordered Pork and Pistachio Pate with a cherry/raspberry mustard sauce and City Roots Micro Greens, Sunflower Seeds, and Egg on the side. Oh man, so good! I have recently discovered my deep and unabiding love for micro-greens, when you pair that with a lovely seared pate that would I have to describe as tasting most similarly to a very light sausage with a bright and tart mustard sauce I am in heaven!

So good I had to take a bite first!

Esq. went with the Oysters Solisticefeller. They looked to die for, and I will have to take his word that they were. They consisted of oysters with spinach-parmesan cream sauce, prosciutto, and herb breadcrumbs. I wanted to, and was offered, a bite, but I knew I had plenty of food left waiting to come my way.

Oysters Solsticefeller

Now for the best part, main courses! I ordered the Mahi Mahi with a miso and ginger glaze/sauce topped with pineapple and calamari slaw, served with jasmine rice and soy stewed baby carrots. I have never had anything that so elegantly tipped toed the line of over salted without crossing it. In my adult life I have never been a fan of cooked carrots, but I am a total convert. The depth of flavor and perfect, not mushy consistency cause me to scarf, yes, literally scarf, them down first. So good!

Mahi Mahi

Esq. ordered Brown Sugar-BBQ Grilled Pork Tenderloin with apple cider bbq sauce, green tomato relish, smoked gouda-bacon mac & cheese, and sautéed green beans. While I don’t think either of us are going to ditch our much beloved golden bbq sauce, the smoked gouda-bacon mac & cheese was worth the imminent heart attack. I believe my description was along the lines of “there is so much rich cheese that it is coating the inside of my mouth that I think if someone got a cracker and scraped the inside of my cheek they would have cheese and crackers”. Lovely dinner time conversation, I know. He sure knows how to pick a winner!

Birthday Boy!

Our meal was concluded by totally unneeded but throughly enjoyed desserts. When ordering our three course meal Pecan Caramel Fudge Cake sounded like a great idea. A few bites into my entree, however, I quickly realized I could have gone for a much, much, lighter dessert. Its a good thing I ordered at the beginning though, because it was soooo good. I am glad I was full so I couldn’t polish it off as there were probably more calories than one would ever want to know. The cake was dense with a moist layer of almost a ganache like topping. The garnish consisted of broken heath bar, pecans and caramel drizzle. I want to have this again, or maybe try my hand at a cupcake spinoff in the near future.

Pecan Caramel Fudge Cake

Esq. decided, by process of eliminating all things with nuts, to have the creme brulee cheesecake, which I heard was very good. At this point in the evening I was so full I don’t think you could have fit one more bit of food down my gullet. I didn’t think cheesecake would be worth the rest of the evening spent in agony.

Birthday Cake

Overall, we had a truly wonderful time celebrating his birthday and indulging in great food and wine. If you live in Columbia I highly recommend checking out Solstice, especially on a Monday or Tuesday!

In non-birthday related news…

I had quite the scare this afternoon when I went to turn in my chili cook off entry form. I had planned to leave work early to drop of the form only a couple blocks away. As I sat down to write the entry fee check at 4:05 and flipped the pages looking for who to make it out to, I noticed in large letters “Due by 4pm on Monday 2/21/11”. After sending a frantic email with all of my information I got the wonderful news that the entry deadline was extended until tomorrow, phew! So I am now officially a Palladium Society Chili Cook Off competitor.


2 thoughts on “Birthday Dinner and Day one of Preparation

  1. Great blog! Your love of cooking and your creativity comes through loud and clear!
    Your chicken and veggies dish reminds me of a Sunday lunch we used to make: a chicken and a big bag of frozen veggies in a pressure cooker. Add whatever spices you wanted and cook for (if I remember) about 45 minutes. Pretty fast, and muy delicioso!
    Thanks. Blog on!

    • Lloyd,
      Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your compliments! That sounds pretty awesome! I might have to get you to do a guest post at some point…

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