Last night Will and I celebrated our four year anniversary, which is actually on Tuesday. We had a lovely dinner at Paley's Place which is my all time favorite restaurant in Portland. We have been hanging on to a gift certificate for Paley's for nearly a year and felt it was about time to use. We were a little early for our reservation so we popped into Wildwood's bar (a restaurant across the street), which is where I worked when I first moved to Portland. We sat at the bar for a cocktail. Will had a bourbon cocktail with rhubarb syrup and muddled basil served up. I was so jealous since I can't have bourbon on my gluten free diet. My cocktail was a local saffron infused vodka with muddled cilantro, cointreau, lime juice and soda water on the rocks.
We then headed over to Paley's for dinner. After sitting down we were pleasantly surprised by our server with an amuse bouche to open our palates for the meal. Will and I both were talking about oysters before we even sat down, so we ordered oysters on the half shell and split a half bottle of 2008 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre. The Sancerre was a perfect pairing with our oysters and mid course of mixed greens and lemony vinaigrette. I really have a weakness for Sancerre.
Will had a New York strip steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and parsnip puree while I had seared Diver scallops on roasted tomatoes with an herb pesto on top. The roasted tomato concoction was so flavorful, it kind of reminded me of ratatouille. They were lovely and the scallops were huge! With our entrees, Will had a glass of Cote du Rhone and I had a glass of Broadley Vineyard (one of my favorite vineyards in the Willamette Valley).
Our favorite part of the meal was dessert. We had a trifle of banana custard, chocolate mousse, caramelized bananas and brittle. It was heavenly! Will had the Smith Woodhouse 10 year old tawny port while I had a glass of the 2007 Venturi Schulze, Brandenburg No. 3 followed by coffee.
It was my first outing with my new camera and although lighting was pretty bad I was pleasantly surprised with how well some of the shots came out, and yes I was the nerd at the restaurant taking photos of everything that showed up on our table.
We had a lovely evening and I feel so blessed to share something I truly enjoy with my best friend!