Maybe it was something you cooked, and maybe it was a meal that you had out, but certainly one meal this week must stand out in your mind for some reason. It was really, really good, or really really bad. Maybe it lived up to your expectations; a new restaurant that you tried for the first time; or maybe it stands out because it was a new recipe that just didn't do what it was supposed to. Maybe you got the whole family to dinner at once and had a lovely family meal, and everyone behaved and enjoyed, or maybe the family meal was a mega-x10 disaster because everybody fought and refused to try the meal you worked so hard on? Or maybe you tried a new ingredient and everybody loved it.
My favorite meal this week was lunch with a girlfriend that I haven't seen in a very long time, though we've kept in touch. Just seeing her face and hearing her laugh started the whole "culinary event" off perfectly. We were shown to our seats on the patio. The latticed roof wound with vines made the sunlight shining through create dappled patterns on the patio's floor. The air was warm. When our meals came, mine was absolutely gorgeous: an antipasto plate that held beautifully-arranged petals of thinly-sliced meats: salumi, sopressata, proscuitto, and a good dab of lardo, accompanied by perfect, deliciously-marinated vegetables. The artichoke hearts were stunning; the gardiniera delicious. Accompanied by fresh grissini and white wine, and sitting in the warmth and laughing and catching up and enjoying the delicious food, it all combined to make the most enjoyable meal of the week. Of course I've had other antipastos, and enjoyed many other lunches out with girlfriends, but the synergy of the day was sheer perfection, when all was said and done.
Tell me about yours. Why was it good, what made it memorable? Why was it awful?