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New IALW report

DCDOLL | May 26, 200807:35 AM

Well, hubby got major brownie points this weekend: surprised me with a trip to Little Washington where we stayed at the Heritage house B&B, one block from THE Inn, and had dinner there sat night. Started out the day with a great round of golf at Blue Ridge Shadows in front royal, and hit a couple wineries on teh way down to L. Washington. We enjoyed some wine& cheese on the grounds of Heritage House and rested a little before the Big Event. We strolled the one block to the IALW around 8:30, and sat out in the garden and had some wine. Then we were escorted to our table around 8:50. Everything was as wonderful as i remember from last time; but a calmer, more adult scene on a sat evening. We started with little amuse bouches in spoons (4 one bite servings) of all kinds of delicious morsels. We had a lovely bottle of 2004 shiraz (don't remember the winery, sorry). Then they brought us cold cucumber soup in a demitasse that tasted of a summer garden. Here's what we had: hubby: App of chilled lobster maki tuna tartare and ceviche of kampachi; he declared it out of this world. Then he had a seared Maine diver's scallop on minestrone; followd by beef two ways (pecan crusted short rib and mini filet mignon in swiss chard). I had: eggs in an egg, which was scrambled farm eggs with morels & asparagus; roasted eggplant raviolis in a tomato basil butter sauce with little medallions of lobster in the sauce; and the main course of pan roasted lobster with baby bok choy, grapefruit and citrus sauce. For dessert, he had three kinds of chocolate: some sort of mousse, a little lava cake and some ice cream. I had seven deadly sins, a sampling of 7 of their desserts including a little lemon meringue tart, mint choc ice cream, a little piece of chocolate cake roll w/ white choc ice cream, the lava cake, vanilla bean panna cotta, and i can't remember the last two! i think i was in a coma by then anyway. It was sublime, pure and simple. We were really tired by the time the meal ended at 11:30 but it was wonderful to just walk a block to our Inn (which cost about 1/10 of a room at IALW) and slept like babies. Breakfast yesterday am, which i didn't think i'd be hungry for but was, was fresh fruit, eggs florentine, little blueberry muffins and filo pastry filled w/ raspberries & fresh whipped cream. I'm still full....but what a wonderful culinary weekend!! I'm not eating again til Saturday.... :)

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