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Saturday, April 09, 2016

The kids taught me about "Yolo" - you only live once. And last night I did something seriously yolo.

The hub and I were at a work dinner. We were asked to help wine and dine a job applicant who is highly competitive - he has other job offers. So the host invited us to dinner at a trendy restaurant, and we went into full-on sales mode. The menu was much spendier than the ethnic or family restaurants we go to in real life, so my natural inclination was to choose items which were healthy and relatively modestly priced.

And then the host said he was tempted to order the 5-course chef's table meal for himself, but didn't want to do it alone. And I thought: Yolo! So I agreed to do it with him. I spent last week in hotel rooms watching foodie shows on cable that I rarely watch in real life since we don't have cable, and I thought: I'm going to indulge in a foodie meal. Chef's table meant the chef chooses the courses, each of which would be a surprise to us.

So wow - what a crazy good meal. First, house-smoked salmon served on cucumber spirals and dressed in some sort of vaguely tangy sauce. Then home-made pasta with a lemony cream sauce and fresh shrimp. Third, two huge bursty scallops with marinated shrooms, chiles, peppercorns. Wow. Then some filet in a rich wine reduction, on fresh peas and mini potatoes and carrots. Swoon. A small palate cleanser of pear sorbet, apple slivers, one citrus segment, and herbs. Very refreshing. And finally a chocolate tart with sesame ice-cream, some sort of crisp wafer and caramel creme. All so indulgent and yum. I shared every course with the hub, and gave him half the dessert. Fortunately only the dessert was full-sized; the rest were quite small foodie-sized portions, so I wasn't physically stuffed. But my taste buds were hap-py.

And I did my job, I tried my best to sell our work and our city to the candidate. There were a lot of jokes, some griping about politics, some teasing of the host, some cajoling of the candidate to indulge as well. It was a good night.

Today I will go back to trying to be responsible. But last night for one meal I felt like I was eating something prepared by a Top Chef. What a treat. (And I'm very glad I didn't see the bill!)
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    Wow, what a great meal to try. That sounds like something I would love to try at least one point in my life. YOLO is a good slogan to remember. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1835 days ago
    I love to try new things, sounds like a lot of fun to be surprised and even better that it was so good Hailey Jayne had informed me of YOLO, she keeps me up to date on the current acronyms!
    1837 days ago
    Wow, sounds so good! I'm sure the food was great, but your description of it is superb. I'll bet you could write the best menus ever--customers in restaurants with menus authored by you would never be able to choose between courses, because your language is just so appetizingly descriptive. "Lemony cream sauce," and "bursty scallops," for example I've never heard the word "bursty" before and have a feeling you made it up. You're a genius! You could make everything sell out! No kidding. You made the meal come alive.

    Lucky you to have been given such a gourmet meal, but you certainly earned it by making sure the candidate had a good time. I would like to apply for a job at your organization. Let me know if there are any openings.

    YOLO! Thanks for teaching me that. It's the first time I've heard it, and I like it very much!
    1837 days ago
    Awesome cheat meal. Why waste your cheat on a twinkie when you can have delicious real food prepared with passion & love as that meal clearly was!
    1837 days ago
    Wow beautiful experience
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  • ELP14586
    Way to go. Live a lil. :)
    1837 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Free food tastes best, whether it comes from a food truck or a five star!
    1837 days ago
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