Oh my goodness, it is 6:30 on Friday morning and I am STILL full!!!!!! Dinner at Fleming’s was phenomenal. Absolutely wonderful and perfect in every way.
First of all, the DRESS:
I felt so trendy except for the fact that the front of the dress is totally taped on my body with fashion tape, every girls best friend!
Before we left, I was presented with my birthday present from Ryan—--tickets to go to Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you KNOW how excited I was??!!! I’ve seen Rascal Flatts live before, three years ago, and it was the best concert of my life. I’ve only been wanting to see Kenny Chesney since I was 14 years old!!! Ryan was a smart man to get me tickets for my birthday and Erin (his sister) tickets for her birthday so we could go together. These concerts definitely call for more of a girls night!
After the shrieking had died down, we set out for dinner. We had a cocktail first in the bar since we got there pretty early. I had a white cosmo!
I always have cosmos on my birthday; its a tradition! 🙂
A little while later, we sat down for our delicious meal. I started with a glass of pinot noir that I slowly nursed all throughout the meal:
And Instead of an appetizer we both decided to get soup. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you probably know my obsession with French onion soup. The story is, when I lived in Paris I became absolutely addicted and would order it at every single cafe and bistro that I ate at. I had never had it before and was absolutely intrigued by the ooey gooey cheese layer!
I’ve ordered it at a few American restaurants since I’ve been back but the only one that comes close to the Parisian version I know and love is Fleming’s! Seriously! The French onion soup at Fleming’s might even be better than some of the soups in Paris. It is a rich beef broth full of onions and topped with thick bread and a delicious layer of gruyere cheese. I order it every time I eat there because its so special!
Here I am in Paris….exactly two years ago!
I didn’t finish it, of course, because I wanted to be very ready for my entree!
Can you guess what I ordered?!!
Yep, lobster for the birthday girl!
I NEVER order lobster out just because it is so expensive and at most places I don’t really feel like you get a good bang for your buck. I absolutely hate prying apart a lobster tail at the dinner table only to extract about two tablespoons of meat. THIS lobster, on the other hand, was prepared with Jenna at heart.
The lobster meat was taken out and mixed with a deliciously spicy sriracha sauce then served atop orzo in the shell. It, without a doubt, was one of the best meals of my entire life and will remain in my memory forever. I asked for extra spicy (obvi) and it was soooo perfect. I can’t even put into words how wonderful it was and I raved and raved to the manager about it. Worth every single penny!
Ryan ordered one of Fleming’s signature items—steak—and enjoyed every bite!
And what we both love about the restaurant so much is the ability to customize your side dishes. I ADORE the stir fried sugar snap peas so that was a must. And we also ordered sauteed spinach and Ryan got his favorite mac & cheese. Yep, it was quite the indulgent evening!
In the end, I couldn’t finish my lobster (it was SO BIG!) and I had only a few bites of sugar snap peas + one bite of spinach. All the food was so deliciously wonderful and as much as I wanted to stuff it all in to savor each bite, I just couldn’t!
Even though Ryan and I were both holding our stomachs at this time, what’s a great meal if not followed by dessert? As birthday girl, I was given the choice of anything on the menu and I chose my favorite indulgent delicacy—-creme brulee.
Really. Is there anything more perfect in life than a creme brulee well made? I know this very well since I had a class at school dedicated to the art of it. Its very hard to do right, you know, since you have to bake it to perfection so it still is creamy inside and not overbaked or underbaked. It took me a good 50 times before I got it perfect myself. Last night Chef Ryan customized our creme brulee by reducing down a tantalizing mixture of grand marnier and white chocolate and drizzling it over the top. It was to die for. Simply said. Ryan had a few bites but I finished it all! 🙂
And I of course had a decaf espresso, my favorite way to close out a stunning meal. Reminds me of Europe!
So now at this point we were both rather hurting from being SO FULL. When I got in bed, I could only lay on my back because I was SO full. A HUGE thank you to Keith and Chef Ryan for making this a night to remember and the best way possible to ring in my 24th year!!!!!!!!