A few weeks ago was our 10th Wedding Anniversary. I was sort of a mail-order bride. Papa the Farmer and I were pen pals for 5 years before we got married, but we had never spent more than a few weeks in the same time zone until our honeymoon! (In fact, after we got married we still had to spend 8 months living in different countries while I waited for the paper work to get straightened out!) With all that going on, I suspect there were people at our wedding who didn't think our marriage would last 10 days… so 10 years is something to celebrate!
We went to an elite, private (very private!) French restaurant here in Blue Ridge that specializes in vegan and gluten free fare. Ok, what that really means is that we ate out on the porch and our children made supper with help from their grandmother. (Of course their grandmother says that the children thought this all up and made most of the meal by themselves, but I have my doubts!)
First the Maitre D' seated us looking oh so suave and serious.
Next came our waitress to take our order. (Hey, lady! What happened to your front tooth?)
Good service! A few minutes later the staff came out with a salad for each of us…
It was so delicious we had seconds! (and thirds! We love our salads! Apparently the kitchen staff ran out and had to make more!)
After that, the waiter served our main course…
a carrot loaf, oven roasted potatoes and carrots and corn. We ordered a little extra sauce for the loaf.
Finally it was time for dessert.
Apparently the waiters and waitresses are allowed to sample the dessert in the kitchen after the customers have placed their order. (What kind of restaurant is this, anyway?) This waiter was so excited to be delivering the dessert to his customers that he almost dropped it! Whoa! Good catch, Mama!
Let's take a closer look at this elegant dish: A frozen banana cut in half and put on a stick, then spread with peanut butter and rolled in coconut. Pretty yummy!
Alas, at the end of every fancy restaurant meal comes a big old bill. This meal was no exception. $55 including $5 for “extra sauce” (What?! It was ketchup, for cryin' out loud!) Lucky for us they let us pay up in hugs and kisses!
And after all that, we forgot to take a picture of ourselves on our anniversary! Here's one that we took a couple of nights later: