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Shannon's Birthday Dinner at Millennium

Mmmmmmm ... dinner at Millennium was fantastic! We just got home.

I started with the strawberry mixed greens salad, which had a citrus vinaigrette, sliced almonds, and sliced fresh strawberries, along with some other sliced fruit I couldn't identify. Something exotic, probably. Everything on the plate was not only beautiful but also incredibly fresh, perhaps the tastiest strawberries I've ever eaten! Shannon started with the southwest black bean cake, which was quite spicy and delicious, accompanied by avocado slices and a green chile sauce. We had considered ordering the "Rhone Braised French Lentils", just for the fun of calling them "Freedom Lentils" ... but we decided against it.

For my entree, I ordered the Indian Fauxlet (chickpea-lentil-crusted smoked portobello with cardamom-spiced persimmon chutney; chile, cumin, & coriander roasted potatoes; saffron-curry aioli; seasonal mixed greens with mint & cilantro; and toasted pistachios), which was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten. (I know the menu description of it because it's included in the sample menu on their website. :) Shannon ordered some sort of potato and fava bean thing that looked wonderful, but I didn't end up tasting it, because I couldn't even finish my own meal. I gave part of it to Shannon, and brought the rest home in a box. Lunch tomorrow!

For dessert, I ordered the Banana Pecana (baked bananas with caramel sauce, candied pecans, and a scoop of banana sorbet), which I could have eaten until I made myself ill; while Shannon ordered the Millennium Chocolate Sampler ( chocolate cannoli filled with a peanut butter creme, Chocolate Almond Midnite with raspberry sauce, a chocolate cupcake thing, a chocolate malt float, and a chocolate truffle or similar).

Everything was vegan, and everything was absolutely gorgeous and delicious. I wish we could afford to go to Millennium more often! It was the best date I've had in years, and my stomach muscles almost hurt from laughing so much. By the time we got home, I was exhausted, but it was a wonderful night. We even had a wonderful time on the BART ride there and back, and on the walk to and from BART.


Oh, and my cloak was hung up in the cloak room at Millennium. When I asked for it when we went to leave, some guy went to go look for it, and he was gone a long time. When he finally came back, he was holding it as if it might bite him, and asked, "Uh ... is this what you were looking for?" He had this expression that said, "You weren't wearing this, were you? What is this thing? A blanket?" I smiled and said yes and took my cloak and put it on. Afterward, Shannon and I cracked up.

I've now had my cloak called various different things by strangers. It's been referred to as a cape, a coat, a shawl, and probably some other names I'm not remembering right now. This guy at Millennium seemed to not even know what to call it. Heh. We walked down the street in hysterics afterward. We make our own fun. :)

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angelovernh
Mar. 25th, 2003 12:36 am (UTC)
Oh my, the strawberry salad and the desserts sound sOOOOOO good to me!!! It sounds like it was a great night ;) I'm happy for you!
tiashome
Mar. 25th, 2003 12:56 am (UTC)
Food porn
Food porn is right -- you're making me drool here, Kimberly :-) They have a few pics on their Web site and the food does look absolutely beautiful. Pity they don't have a restaurant in the Seattle area.

Glad you and Shannon had a wonderful time! (Happy belated b-day to Shannon too, btw.)
wolflady26
Mar. 25th, 2003 03:11 am (UTC)
Ugh, I am just so jealous! :)
palmir
Mar. 25th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC)
Food Porn

Food porn? Food porn?! I'll show you food porn!

(Ironically, hadn't visited any of those sites before just now... umd.net is a wonderful place)
palmir
Mar. 25th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
Oh. And I'm glad that you had such a good time last night :)
wolflady26
Mar. 25th, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was too busy drooling over your food to mention that, but ... me, too!
odheirre
Mar. 25th, 2003 07:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of fun....have to try that place sometime. One of the places I abandoned in Illinois was Silvercreek, which had the yummiest portabello mushroom sandwich. I miss that.

He had this expression that said, "You weren't wearing this, were you? What is this thing? A blanket?"

*chuckle*. I going to have to use this in campaign someday. "You find a blanket and boots of elvenkind." "Oh look, a blanket of invisibility!"
kimberly_a
Mar. 25th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
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"You find a blanket and boots of elvenkind." "Oh look, a blanket of invisibility!"

Yes, Shannon and I chuckled over this for quite a while, speculating that the man may have thought I was a homeless person. Because, really, who else wears a blanket as their outerwear?
odheirre
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
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It's a security blanket.
kimberly_a
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:18 am (UTC)
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Just call me Linus.
odheirre
Mar. 25th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
OK, Linus.
allorin
Mar. 25th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)
Y'know, that was a pretty cool day's worth of postings.

Incredibly open, honest and loving one to Shannon to start with.

Wee series of how you're down, but wanting to be up to make Shannon's birthday the best it can be - classic Kimberly, really!

Then this one - the ultimate case of all's well that ends well. At some point, obviously, your funk left you, and you had a wonderful night. I'm really happy for you. And Shannon. Guess you're both pretty good for each other, and he ended up having a great birthday after all.

I feel all good after reading this now!
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