Has it really been ten years since Party Boy and I got married? Why, yes it has.
We started talking a few months ago about how we wanted to celebrate this year. We were really at a loss since Captain Chaos is at an age that makes travelling without him a little scary. I mean, I know that our various relatives could probably handle him for a few hours. Maybe an overnight. But not for a full weekend yet. There’s a reason he’s called Captain Chaos.
So that put a weekend trip out of the question.And in further discussions we decided that a really nice dinner would be good – as that’s something that we’ve never really done. We tossed out a couple of restaurants but never really decided.
On New Year’s Eve we realized that we had better make a plan, being that our anniversary is on the 2nd. Whoops. Chris took it from there and made all of the arrangements. Wanna see a picture of where we went?
The Mansion on Turtle Creek. Sorry the picture is so bad – I didn’t want to blast the people inside with a flash and look like a total tourist. 😛
Having grown up in Dallas I have heard about the hotel/restaurant a number of times. I have even driven past it a couple of times. It never crossed my mind to eat there though. I have to say that it was an amazing experience. When we got there they ushered us into the salon with an anniversary card (nice touch).
These are the flowers in the salon.
Hugo greeted us and explained how the evening would progress. They brought us each a glass of champagne and a platter of canapes (which is apparently French for very rare tiny morsels of food cooked in new and interesting ways) like shrimp “lollipops” which were balls of shrimp on a sugar cane stick with a maple glaze. Very yummy stuff, and my first attempt at caviar. It was supprisingly tasty, but not something I would want to eat on a very regular basis.
When we finished the canapes Hugo escorted us to the Chef’s Room in the library. There was a small fire going in the fireplace and candles going. Very romantic. They seated us in what is known as the “cozy corner.” It was very quiet in the room aside form the rather passionate discussion of politics and religion going on at the table of four in the middle of the room. 🙂
In there we were served bread and they brought us some water. Then the menu items started arriving – appetizer, main course, and then the topper, and the reason I am a fan for life – FOUR desserts! Yay! We had the S’Mores. It was graham cracker crumbs topped with marshmallow creme – toasted, and a chocolate box filled with liquid graham cookie (how did they do that!?!). Very yummy and definately a different take on S’Mores than I am used to. Really cool touch? AT the end of the meal Hugo brought us a box (shaped a little like a happy meal box) that had two chocolates and a jar of Mansion ginger apricot jam in it. Then he came by with a tray of homemade candies and filled up a bag with them for the kids (awwwwwwwww).
All in all it was an amazing evening and very special. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was simply amazing. Truly a once in a lifetime moment.
Here’s to many, many, many more years with my Party Boy.