Monday, March 22, 2010

Don't Let the Name Dictate What You Order

Reflecting back on my last business trip, I realize I ate at several restaurants named for one thing famously, and ate something completely unrelated to the names. I enjoyed each meal, be it fine dining haute cuisine, or basic practical fare.

Charleston SC, Fish Restaurant (442 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403)
Though there was a great deal of local fresh Fish on the menu, I am a sucker for duck. I had the Duck l'Orange. My son had the Coq Au Vin. I selected a wonderful Red wine:
Tempranillo Ergo Rioja 2007, which complimented the birds rather well.
For desert I enjoyed the Flourless Chocolate Cake. I can't remember what Christopher had for desert, but he enjoyed his immensely as well.

Then, the next week up in Greenville SC, I ate at:
Panera - Spanish for "Bread Box". There, I had the Caesar Salad that came with a delicious Fuji apple.

Atlanta Bread Company - I had the Greek Salad, which came with a sourdough bread side that I fed to the geese at the corporate pond next to the HQ.

Whenever possible, I avoided generic corporate chain restaurants (Panera and ATL Bread, exempted, as I know their menus) and tried to eat local fare. Being low carb, breakfast was unnecessary. Lunch was eaten out of obligation to colleagues as each meal was a business meeting - a small salad each lunch that left me stuffed. It was good to get home to my wife, my low carb kitchen, and my back yard that was (and still is) in full bloom.

We definitely need to sell this house in the Spring next year or in 2 or 3... it's really so pretty with flowers and fragrance in abundance.

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