Date Night With Jeff

Current Crush~ All Things Julia Child

As I mentioned in my previous post, Boeuf Bourguignon, Jeff and I are starting our own little cooking course at home using the 2 volume set of Mastering the Art of French Cooking as our focal point. I can’t wait to share our adventures and some of the recipes here on the blog. We’re also…

Date Night~ Sarah’s Restaurant Red Wing

Tonight we went to Sarah’s Restaurant (formerly The Norton’s) for a fabulous dinner. We enjoyed relaxing, live guitar music… the bar Before dinner drinks…Manhattans New French Bakery Baguette Winter Salad… chopped greens with caramelized onions, Nueske’s bacon, sliced pears and goat cheese dressing Saigon Sub… Black Forest ham, smoked pate, cilantro, jalapeno, purple onion, julienne…

15 Years

“There is no greater risk than matrimony. But, there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.” Benjamin Disraeli 1870 (in a letter to Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise, congratulating her on her engagement) This past Saturday Jeff and I hosted an intimate anniversary party at one of our favorite places. A gorgeous building called The Sanctuary.…

Date Night~ The Port of Red Wing at The St. James Hotel

This week Jeff and I spent date night at The St. James Hotel’s Port of Red Wing restaurant. Such a lovely place. Great service, wonderful food, and my favorite wine guy works there. He’s so knowledgeable on the subject of wine, and it’s always an educational, enjoyable experience to talk with him. Entrance to The…

Grape Harvest

“Wine is bottled poetry.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson Today we spent most of the day harvesting grapes with our friends the Falconers. They own and operate a beautiful winery and vineyard here in Red Wing. It’s located in an ideal spot for producing grapes that yield some of the yummiest and  most unique wines we’ve ever…

A Movable Feast: Picnic at Falconer Vineyards

“How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer’s pride.” ~William Blake Staycation-Day 7 Falconer Vineyards Today was date day! Jeff and I enjoyed a romantic few hours at Red Wing’s Falconer Vineyards. We made it easy, and instead of spending hours packing a picnic, we brought sub sandwiches to enjoy…

An Evening Out With Jeff and Grace

So far it’s been a great weekend. My older daughter, Andrea is out of town this weekend so Jeff and I took Gracie on ‘date night’ with us. We started out at the new and improved Red Wing Cinema 8 to catch a matinee of The Karate Kid starring Jayden Smith and Jackie Chan. I…

Memorial Weekend Staycation

“Ah, there’s nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austen We’re just wrapping up another five day staycation, and it was so incredibly relaxing. Lots of delectable meals out, hammock naps, and morning walks when the sun and mist are rising over the bluff… It started on Saturday when we went to our…

Ploughman’s Lunch

Ploughman’s Lunch Jeff and I enjoyed Ploughman’s lunch on the front porch today while it rained. So romantic… Ploughman’s lunch is a cold snack, or small meal much like high tea, the main difference being that ‘high tea‘ usually includes a hearty meat course. Both originated in the UK. Ploughman’s lunch is usually composed of:…