In the stress relieving category was the nearly eleven hours of sleep I got on the night I returned home and getting the yard furniture out and ready for use when the temperature rises about the 55* we have had the last two days (YUCK!) - so tonight we have our first dinner with friends and we are meeting Mon & Beth for duck and tasting menu at Duck Inn, a gastro pub in now trendy Bridgeport....
the reviews are positive and the food looked excellent before we headed out there with two bottles to share - an 05 Kistler McCrae and a 1996 Corton Renardes from Delarche...
outside and dining room views (from the Internet)
all the wines were excellent- no slackers... and here are some of the menu items (photos from Yelp) - the foie gras-
various Yelp photos of the duck-
sticky toffee pudding -
a chocolate beignet dessert
so here is the stuff we actually had for our dinner.....starting with a soft boiled duck egg that had a crunch -hot topping which was fabulous- served over some very tasty kale- I could have this for breakfast everyday- so full of flavor!!!
then our duck course- yum yum- really excellent succulent duck breast and the leg also was flavorful - along with an orange sauce that wasn't the cloying a l'orange style just a bit fruity -
on the plate you can see it had a lovely salad to accompany the duck- with watermelon radishes and frisee... a perfect counterpoint to the rich duck breast...
then a fish course of halibut in a brown butter sauce and on the side a very light lemon sauce like hollandaise only more delicate-
and we hit the jackpot with the dessert course - my favorite STP- sticky toffee pudding!!! (as you have seen in earlier posts I am a huge fan of traditional STP and this was a good one!)
so duck in to Duck Inn sometime- they have a really fab outdoor - a small deck and a large yard with tables- the area along the river is quiet and this place is a real find! we will definitely return!
Today we are off to St Louis for a couple of days to visit family and friends Barry & Ellen (Salzburg 1970 Barry) back in time for theater on Friday night! Three plays next week and two big restaraunt events... so stay tuned...