Now the blissful anniversary celebration...seated at "table 25" at Andina in the heart of the Pearl, Portland, our favorite romantic, Peruvian restaurant. One of the owners ("Mama Doris") is always there to stop by and share a story or bit of wisdom with guests' in fact we anticipate her coming by, she is lovely. This evening she did not disappoint, she came by our table and said we were seated at "table 25, a magical table". She said so many couples have shared wonderful celebrations at this table so that means we'll have many more years of wedded bliss...how sweet is that?
If I could eat here every night, I'd be a happy girl but if I did, there is no way on God's green earth I could even begin to stuff myself in that dress even in my dreams!
So here's our lovely evening (not that you care, after all its only a silly blog post) but it was so wonderful I had to share. So roll with it and pretend you are there...even if you think you don't like Peruvian food...
ambiance from outside, in...
A lovely Chilean red to start with...
swirl, breathe, taste...perfect...
the groom's first course:
fresh asparagus brushed with olive oil and grilled
his amazing entree;
ATÚN CON TACU TACU Y AGUAYMANTO
seared yellowfin tuna sprinkled with black pepper and orange zest, served with lentil “tacu-tacu”, orange-endive salsa criolla, and a cape gooseberry-ají Amarillo sauce
ENSALADA VERDE PERUANA
fresh greens topped with hearts of palm and seasonal vegetables
CONCHAS DEL SEÑOR DE SIPÁN
quinoa-crusted diver scallops perched on top of wilted spinach and potato-parsnip purée, with golden beet and crabmeat "cannelloni”, and a duet of red beet and passionfruit reductions
a shared dessert..
MOUSSE DE VALLE Y SELVA
a tiered semi-freddo of velvety lucuma and espresso mousses, chocolate ganache,
and crushed cocoa nib meringue, served with espresso shortbread
Three hours later, our evening at magical table 25 came to an end,
but with lovely sweet memories of a perfect anniversary celebration
...next stop Machu Picchu, Peru