Oh my, I can't believe I am up already! Actually, I awakened at 5:15, thanks to Gary not shutting off his alarm clock. :^P Then I realized I needed to get some clothes washed before the water heated up, so I got up and started laundry. And read the paper. And ate breakfast. Isn't that exciting? No? :^)
Last night we had a fabulous meal at The Deli in Queen Creek. It was the monthly wine dinner, and probably was one of the best--if not the best--that they have served since they starting having them. I should have taken photos of each course, darn it! The first course was ricotta gnocchi, with sweet peas in a delicious cream sauce. That was paired with a nice Sauvignon Blanc. The next course was a wonderful salad of watermelon, local goat cheese, pistachios, red onion, and arugula served with a yummy watermelon gazpacho shooter. This course was paired with a light, but oh so good, Pinot Noir. The last course was pan seared sea scallops, caramelized fennel & potato puree, sauteed spinach with bacon, pine nuts and golden raisins--and it was a yummy-for-your-tummy main course! This was served with a delicious Merlot. Then we opted for Nicole's dessert of the night, and we each had one--a nice portion of various fruits topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Just deeeeeeeelicious! So very glad we were able to go to this wine dinner--they have one each month, but we can't always go. Sometimes Gary is out of town, and sometimes the main course is something I don't eat--like lamb or veal. But I know that each dinner is really well-thought out and executed by Blake.
A couple of nights ago Gary walked down to the mailbox at the end of our street. That, in and of itself, is not the least bit remarkable--he does that a lot. But that particular evening he met the neighbors at the corner house. They so liked our house elevation that they copied it, right down to the exterior colors. :^) Anyway, they got to talking, and Gary mentioned The Deli and Blake. The wife asked Blake's last name, and when Gary told her, she about flipped! Apparently she worked as a waitress for Blake when he was the executive chef at Cartwright's. She loved his food then, and told Gary that after Blake left to start his own restaurant, Cartwright's food went downhill. She was so excited to learn about The Deli, so I do hope she and her hubby try it out soon!
Wishing everyone everywhere a terrific Thursday! :^)