Good morning everyone!
I hope you all had a good Labor Day weekend! The weather was finally nice on the east coast (read: low heat and no humdity!)
For the past few months at work, everyone (sales, front desk, even concierge) has been getting ready for this Labor Day weekend wedding. Well, when it’s the son of the owner of the Minnesota Vikings we all have to be on our toes! From last Wednesday to Monday, we were catering to all 350 guests. PLUS 50 some-odd vendors. They pretty much bought out the entire hotel (including the Spa). Needless to say, after my 9-5 shift on Monday, I was ready for a nice dinner (and bottle of wine) in the city.
David and I decided on an old favorite. And turns out two of my colleagues were planning on going there as well for dinner, so we decided to join up.
Limoncello has always been a favorite of ours. The first time we went there, the owner Maurizio shared with us one of his favorite sweet red wines and we get the same bottle every time we go there. The restaurant is located on North Street, just two houses down from Paul Revere’s house on the Freedom Trail. It’s also a favorite of ours because it’s not on crazy-busy Hanover Street. And when you walk around the corner to the restaurant, you’re welcomed with this:
Just so warm and welcoming.
When we arrived, we didn’t even need to look at this. We knew which wine we would be indulging in.
The bottle was gone before we knew it; this is what remained.
We started off with some italian bread with olive oil for dipping and a delicious insalata mista.
I had also been informed that we just had to try the meatballs! They’re not on the menu, so you would have to know to order them.
They were huge and they were good. The sauce wasn’t too sweet either; it tasted homemade. I was impressed.
Another of their more popular dishes is the rosette pasta with montasio cheese, proscuitto and white truffle oil. David gets it every time.
It really is good. I highly recommend it.
I wanted to try something new, so I opted for the risotto of the day: risotto with shrimp, spinach and marscapone.
It was quite good. Not spectacular but tasty. And that’s really why David and I like going there. The food is not mind-blowing or cutting edge but it’s safe. We know we are going to get a good meal and good service so we like going there at least once a month.
Anyway, back to the risotto. The dish was really rich so I was only to make a dent in the bottom third of the dish. But that just means leftovers! And I did end up re-heating some of it last night.
And at the end of every dinner, we are presented with homemade limoncello.
I can only get through maybe two sips before I’m done. The stuff is just so strong. Dessert was non-existent with this dinner. We were just way to stuffed. I did have a handful of Midel’s Honey Graham Crackers when I got home. Love the taste but I hate how crumbly they are. Have you had Midel brand cookies??
After a relaxing dinner following that crazy, hectic weekend, it was a solemn day yesterday for Grampy Bliss’ funeral. It was a beautiful service though. Everything took place in the funeral home, with the minister reading the prayers and my dad giving the eulogy. I was asked to read a poem, but at the time it was too hard for me to read through it. But I was able to compose myself enough and read it during the burial service. It made my Grammy happy.
May I Go Now?
May I Go? May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I’ve lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn’t want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go. I really do.
It’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day,
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and so afraid,
because I see your tears.
I’ll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you’ll always know
that my spirit will be close to you,
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too.
That’s why it’s hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you’ll let me go today.
Yeah, it was a tough one to read. I cracked a bit in the middle, but I was able to keep myself composed enough. There were members of the Air Force there too who played Taps and presented the flag to Gram. I was amazed at how stoic she was throughout the whole day and just made me admire and love her even more.
Today my dad, myself and my uncle are taking her out to lunch. Off to get ready!