Supper Club: March 25, 2009

Kim has done it again. More food impersonating other food! The madness!

Appetizer: Artichoke and Fennel Caponata. A different, yet fun dip that I could not stop eating. It was tart and sweet at the same time. I liked it. But the real success with this appetizer is the fact that Kate did not burn the crostini (Supper Club members are notorious for burning bread in the oven).

Entree: Meatloaf Cupcakes. Yep, that’s what I said, meatloaf cupcakes. This meatloaf recipe is slightly less dense than other recipes I’ve tried, which means it was better. It may have to do with the vegetables incorporated in the dish. Kim used all ground beef instead of pork and veal. It was a pretty a pretty way to show off meatloaf.

Side Dish: Holiday Green Beans. This was a different way to cook green beans and I have to say I enjoyed it. The dijon mustard was a bit strong but I’ll just cut that down the next time I make them. I think it’s really the sour cream that makes it good. It gives it that green bean casserole taste.

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in a Chocolate Bowl. How fun was this dessert? Waste not, want not! Katie coated chocolate on inflated balloons and popped them when the chocolate hardened. The mousse was great, especially with the strawberries in it. Man, Supper Club is getting more and more creative with food presentation!

Brunch At Bristol

After almost a year of holding on to this $30 gift certificate to Bristol, we finally used it Sunday morning (only because it was about to expire). We were expecting just to order something off the lunch menu but were pleasantly surprised that they had a Sunday brunch. I love brunches, it’s all you can eat breakfast and lunch foods. Plus desserts, tables full of desserts. Mmmm. As you know, Bristol is a seafood restaurant but even the non-seafood lovers will enjoy the brunch. They had an omelette bar, waffle bar, pastries, breakfast foods, roast beef and of course, seafood. For only $20/person, I thought it was pretty reasonable. Delish! I was a bit underdressed for the atmosphere (jeans and a hoodie) but the hostess still let us in and we were seated immediately even though it was 11:30, prime after-church time. I’m going to have to remember this place the next time Bob’s parents want to go out for some special occasion.

Cirque Dreams at the Fox

63. Watch a big show at the Fox. The Rockettes started on Grand, not in Gotham. Learn that and more when you tour the over-the-top Fox Theatre—from the old projection booth to the stars’ dressing rooms. Plan your tour on one of the days that Stan Kann comes to tickle the organ ivories. To finish it Fox-style, return later for a show straight off Broadway after a buffet dinner in the Griffin Room.

Saturday night, we headed down to the Fabulous Fox with some of our friends to check out Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy.

We decided to make an evening out of it and had dinner first at Vito’s, an Italian restaurant right around the corner from the theatre. Katie had been there once before and recommended it (it serves gelato, her weakness). The food was delicious. I ordered a pizza, since pizza is what it’s known for, and Bob ordered the seafood ravioli. His ravioli was wonderful and I would recommend the pizza to anyone. The only problem I had with the restaurant was the lack of service. The server came by with our drinks then disappeared for a long while. Once he took our orders and served them to us, he disappeared another long period of time. Not an attentive server. Good thing I made the reservations for 5:45pm and the show started at 8:00pm. We were definitely there until about 7:30pm.

I can describe the show in one word: fantastic! I loved it. Now, Cirque Dreams IS NOT Cirque du Soleil. They are two different companies but really, they do similar things. I’ve never had the opportunity to see a Cirque du Soleil show but that’s okay. Cirque Dreams was funny, beautiful, artistic and acrobatic. The costumes and set design had such vivid colors, the acrobatics were incredible and the artistry was breathtaking. You should see this show, the most expensive tickets were $68, so much cheaper than Cirque du Soleil. One question though: what the hell are unicorns doing in the jungle?

And of course, we had to end the evening with dessert back at Vito’s. I think that may be my new ritual after an evening at the Fox, some gelato.