It’s Sunday night! Well, early Monday morning by now. How was your weekend?
Mine was packed and I loved it!
Saturday morning I had a bowl of oatmeal with bananas, raisins and peanut butter. Same ol’, same ‘ol. David drove me into work because he would be coming by later for our dinner with my parents, aunt and uncle. We stopped at Dunks and shared a large cinnamon coffee with skim milk and splenda.
After my shift, we met my family at the Oak Room for dinner!
We were also there to celebrate (a few months later) my aunt’s 50th birthday. My mom had bought her tickets to see the Jersey Boys and they did that on Saturday afternoon. My mom ordered the table a bottle of red zinfandel and it wasn’t until it came to the table that we realized it was a 50 year vine wine. How appropriate! I enjoyed a glass with a piece of raisin bread.
I just love the ambiance of the Oak Room. It’s fashioned as a British officer’s club and it definitely exudes an old world charm with its dark wood paneled walls, chandeliers and deep, rich tapestries.
For an appetizer, I started with the organic greens salad with roasted cured tomatoes, asparagus tips and balsamic syrup. I loved the greens and asparagus but I wasn’t a fan of the tomatoes. I scraped them off the top but the tomato juices got on some of the leaves. I have such a problem with raw tomatoes. I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever get over.
For an entrée, David and I split the 8 oz American Kobe Beef filet, cooked medium rare. They were so nice to split the steak for us and we got our own individual plate. We also got sides of truffle mac ‘n cheese and asparagus.
The steak was oh.my.god, I’m going to say it – like buttah! I could have easily cut it with a butter knife too. Some of the meat came off as easily as short ribs. It was unbelievable. Easily one of the best cuts of meat I have ever had.
For dessert, I ordered a Boston crème pie for the table to share. The Omni Parker house invented it, but the Oak Room perfected it. It was the perfect ending to the perfect meal.
They also gave the table some cotton candy. It’s so not expected at a restaurant of the caliber but it was very refreshing. The service was wonderful as well and very attentive. Water glasses were always filled.
If you ever have a reason to go out for a special occasion, the Oak Room is definitely the place to go. If not for their steaks, then at least for their killer martini selection.
This afternoon, David and I were going to go to his parent’s house for his mother’s birthday. I planned on making a hummus dip so I got that going around 9am. I got the recipe from Cara’s Cravings and it was delicious! It was my first foray with hummus and I can’t believe how easy it was! I just mixed everything, pressed ON and it was done in less than a minute!
Moroccan Spiced Hummus with Honey
- 2 cans (15oz each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads (I omitted this from my recipe)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, for garnish (as well as this)
Combine all ingredients except for cilantro or parsley in a food processor and process until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Like all hummus, this can be stored in the refrigerator. However, this is best served at room temperature so make sure to take it out a little while before serving.
I was so happy with my first attempt! David’s family loved it and I had made enough that I gave my in-law’s some of it as well as my sister in law Grace. I still have a bit left so I look forward to having that on my sandwiches. Alongside the dip, there was pita bread, carrots and cucumbers.
For lunch, we had honey baked ham, asparagus, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Delish!
This evening, the Greater Boston Concierge Association had their 21st annual anniversary party at the Revolution Rock Bar. I invited my sister in law Grace and we had a great time! There were complimentary drinks so we enjoyed a couple.
I had a VIP-tini and a Sex on a Boat.
There were also appetizers being passed around: sliders, buffalo chicken tenders, beef wellingtons, quiche, steak-cheese-bacon deep fried goodness, etc…Grace is enjoying a slider!
And we are enjoying the company!
It was creative black tie and I was very happy with what I came up with! I had my red-hot peep toe pumps from the wedding, my black and white polka dot dress from Express that I bought 5 years ago, a belt to cinch the dress because it was one size too big (I love it though so I won’t get rid of it!) and a black blazer from Kohl’s. I had a blue necklace from Target to top it off.
Phew, I am exhausted. This week I have Thursday off so I’ll be going to Turner Fisheries for a concierge dinner and then Sunday it’s off to Vegas! Forecast has snow showers during the day but I hope they don’t start when we fly out early in the morning!
How was your weekend??