Today is Ali's and my second anniversary together.
To celebrate, we decided to go to Rooney's Restaurant (90 Henrietta St.) for a fancy meal. I was fortunate to have discovered a postcard under the computer that reminded me they had a special chef coming for the week so I made reservations a few days early. [Can you imagine that?: reservations. A few days early. In Rochester. Who knew?]
The guest chef was from Brasserie Georges Lyon (30, Cours Verdun Perrache, Lyon, FR) and had set up a special French menu. We started with the Lyonnais salad â€” a mesclun salad topped with chopped bacon and a poached egg, perfectly matched to the mild vinaigrette dressing. For dinner, Ali had the beef tenderloin over mushrooms with mashed potatoes â€” the beef was spectacular and the potatoes were deliciously prepared with a massive amount of cream. I ordered the Lyonnais pike quenelles â€” essentially purÃ©ed pike made into a soufflÃ© and floated in a purÃ©ed lobster-and-mushroom bisque. Although the word "purÃ©e" doesn't sound all that appetizing, the meal certainly was. We even got dessert: Ali the crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e and I the flourless chocolate cake. Both were amazing.
Afterward we headed back home. Unfortunately this was the start of a flu-like illness that kept Ali home all weekend, so I was left on my own while she rested.
In the end, though, I wonder how we can keep having such great anniversaries. After all, we have a lot of them to come.
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