Graduation Day is finally here. In a few short hours I will be dressed in a gaudy gown and tasseled cap, taking a final walk down the center of our academic quad to receive my diploma. It has been a long four years but I feel ready to exit this institution and embrace the future with a brain full of knowledge and a strong sense of self. As I sit in my half-empty dorm room reflecting and writing (my final paper if you will), I can only think of how lucky I am. I have been afforded incredible opportunities by my loving and supportive parents, and do not take any of them for granted. THANK YOU MOM AND DAD, I LOVE YOU!
Yesterday afternoon, my parents and twin brother came to help me move from “dorm life to real life”. We spent much of the afternoon packing up my cluttered college apartment and transporting my belongings to my charming one-bedroom. (I’ll use ‘charming’ as an operative word for rundown. Pictures soon!). We had a light lunch at a cafe near my little hole-in-the-wall and later went to one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate the end of my college career and the beginning of my professional life. I love this restaurant because their menu incorporates local and seasonal items. Their dishes are all fresh, clean and decadent!
To start, I had one of their signature martini’s made with limoncello, a small piece of house made baguette and a mixed green salad topped with goat cheese (I REALLY love goat cheese and immediately started eating. I was about half way through when this picture was taken!)
My main course was a daily special: pan-seared halibut with spring vegetables, fava beans and a tarragon, mint and Meyer lemon sauce. I enjoyed this with a lovely glass of white Burgundy, which provided a perfect balance to the sweetness in the dish.
It was an enormous piece of meat and he thoroughly enjoyed it!
We split three desserts between the four of us: Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Sorbet, Strawberry Genoise with Vanilla Butter Cream and Rhubarb Sorbet, and their signature Creme Brulee served in a chocolate bowl.
I LOVE DESSERT! Everything was delicious, but their creme brulee is out of this world! It is not typically my dessert of choice but it is hard to say no when something served in a chocolate bowl. This restaurant has perfected their craft and the creme brulee remains my favorite. They served it with a side of blueberries and chocolate chip cookies. I wasn’t able to get a full picture of the chocolate almond cake before it was devoured, but you can see the small portion on my plate. It was a rich bite and the almond flavor was pleasantly potent. The genoise was similar to a white wedding cake and extremely dense. My favorite part about that dessert was the Rhubarb sorbet that came on the side. It was tart, sweet and light which provided a nice contrast to the extravagant cake.
It was such a treat to see my family and share this incredible food with them. I can’t believe my time here has finally come to an end. The next time I write I will officially be a college graduate.