I have a lot more to write about my trip than this, but my dinner at Craigie on Main was absolutely the highlight. I mean, seriously, it was…. just, I can’t even talk about it. So rather than try, I’m just going to tell you what I ate :)
Amuse Bouche: squid “noodles” that i can only describe as heavenly.
Appetizer: six winter-point oysters on the half shell with a candied lemon mignonette. At this point I was barely articulate and grinning like a fool.
Entree: Vermont Pork Three-Ways: Crispy Suckling Confit, Grilled Belly, Spice-Crusted Rib with red beets, crispy red quinoa, pomegranate coulis, and foie gras jus. I took a horrible picture of it with my phone and put it up on facebook because I was in love with it so much. Tragically, because of the poor quality of the photo and shrunk down to thumbnail size, it looked like a penis on the plate. Whatever, it was magnificent. And I must find a way to replicate that crispy quinoa because it really was more than I’d ever imagined quinoa could be, and I love quinoa.
And then, in the perfect conclusion to the meal….
Dessert: Apricote Frangipane Torte with pistachio crust, grains of paradise, and amaretto ice cream.
The food was superb, the service fantastic, the wine with our meal (recommended by our server) and wine with dessert (a pairing chosen by the chef) perfect, and the company (I went with BFF and FBA) divine.
It was, as a dining experience, my fantasy made real, which I know sounds like hyperbole, but seriously, I can’t say it any other way. It was perfection. (Also: we all ordered different things, and I can attest to the fact that FBA had the most perfectly cooked halibut I’ve ever tasted and the hangar steak that BFF ordered was the Platonic ideal of steak.)