Saturday, July 18, 2009

House Blend Dinner

This probably seems to be an inappropriate post after the previous one, but it really isn't. Today is Melissa's birthday, so they came down for the July Farmer's Market Dinner at House Blend. I checked my blood glucose a while after I got home, and it was OK. The dinner was absolutely delicious! I had the shrimp and grits which were as good as those at Anson Restaurant in Charleston, SC, and that's saying something! Both dishes were quite similar and so incredibly scrumptious! Next time I'll get a picture of Holly for the blog. We talked with her a while after dinner, but I didn't think about it. I also didn't get any photos of the desserts this time. If you click the menu, it will embiggen.

Melissa and Brendan

Melissa's Birthday Party with Brian, Me, Paige, and Carl

Jeremy, co-owner with his wife Holly the most excellent chef

Brian, Paige, Carl, and Brendan got the Polenta Fries with Balsamic-Tomato "Ketchup"

Melissa and I had the Grilled Peaches

Heirloom Tomatoes that Carl, Brian, Brendan, and I enjoyed

Salad with Blueberries for Paige and Melissa

Brian and Carl ordered the Chicken Caprese

Brendan had the Turkey Meatloaf

Paige, Melissa, and I had the Shrimp & Grits

You might notice that we didn't have flowers and candles on our table like the others did. Because the shrimp and grits were so absolutely incredible and they were really busy, I decided not to make a big deal of it here on the blog. I'm sure they are grateful even though presentation is important. I watch Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and have learned what to look for! Close call this time! :-) (they read this)

We all had such a good time. Carl is Brian's godfather (our cousin Sally is his godmother), and we've been friends with Paige and Carl for almost 40 years. I love them! Brendan was so good and such a fun dinner companion. He likes to try all kinds of food and isn't a picky eater but a discriminating one.


Tina said...

So sad I couldn't attend--you know how much I love shrimp and grits! I forgot it was Melissa's birthday; tell her a belated happy, happy!

Anonymous said...

Wow, gorgeous food! I love to see pics of good cuisine! Mahalo for sharing, Joy.

Miss Ginger Grant said...

I would totally have ordered the shrimp and grits as well! I LOVE shrimp and grits!
My wv is mosoda.

"I'd like mosoda please!"

Wonder Man said...

I love the peaches

Ms. Moon said...

Life does not get much better than shrimp and grits. Well, oysters and grits, maybe.
Thanks for sharing.

Ouiser said...

ha. y'all were at our table, and i think they kept the flowers and candles away from our toddler. sorry about that.

Jazzy said...

I thought I wanted the chicken caprese but after listening to you and Paige and seeing the photos, think it will be the Shrimp and Grits...looks and sounds wonderful. I definitely want to go the next time and hope this dish will be on the menu. I love your commentary and see you being Dickson's Culinary Critic...will be a great column in the Herald.