Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's all gravy...

So last night J and I found ourselves in great company of my friends LG and DG. We were all out at Red Square Euro Bistro to participate in Denver Restaurant Week. For those not from the area, restaurant week is the week (or this year...2) when some of the most upscale, fancy-pants restaurants in the metro area create a prix fixe menu for two people for only $52.80. It's wonderful. The Red Square's schtick is an infused vodka bar. It took the four of us a while to decide on one to try, but we settle on a carafe (yes, a carafe) of the fig infused vodka. It was truly the baby bear of vodka. Not too sweet, not too strong. Just right. In fact, I felt a little like I was sipping on the liquid verson of a fig newton. First course was great. I decided to be adventurous and try the house pate with red onion jam. I'm really sad I didn't take a picture of it. It was delicious. I should not be surprised I like this paste of liver as I am a big fan of mystery meats of the world. The red onion jam was really tasty and was the perfect complement to the extreme creaminess of the pate. Overall I was really pleased, and I even got everyone at the table to try it. Everyone agreed it wasn't so scary after all. For mains I got the pan seared salmon with a saffron risotto and J ordered the pepper encrusted NY strip. J's steak was huge. And very tasty. I also loved the salmon. It was perfectly cooked, not over done, and the risotto was tasty, though I had a hard time picking out the flavor of saffron, so I was a little disappointed with that. J's steak came with a mixture of cannelini beans, green beans, and tomato which was a great complement to the pepperiness of the steak. The dessert course was really good too. I had a shortcake with fresh fruit and a cream cheese-honey drizzle. It was a perfect light way to end the meal. J had a much more decadent chocolate dessert that was very good, but a bit on the sweet side to me. All in all, though, I loved this place. The ambiance was beautiful and I could just see us sitting out on the porch in the summer sipping on some more delicious infused vodkas and people watching at Writer's Square. Good times. I did manage to take a few pictures:

The entire bottom panel was all vodkas. Wow.

Liquid fig newtons...

It's a good thing that dinner took us 3 hours because soon that, turned into this:

My salmon was so pretty

And J's steak was huge!

My dessert was also pretty and tasty. I walked away feeling more full than I have in recent memory!

Overall, we had a great time and a great meal!

We took the light rail home and J's dad picked us up at the station to bring us back home to see the monsters. I had taken them on a walk earlier so they would hopefully sleep while we were away. They seemed pretty awake to me!

It has been so warm here that we even got to sleep with the window open! It was so nice to get some fresh air in this house!

I also got the results of my practice USMLE last night. The score was exactly what I could hope at this point. Although I would be slightly disappointed if that was the score I pulled in April, it would be totally acceptable and I am quite certain I'd get the residency I'd want with it. So pretty much, from here on out, it's all gravy.


The Maiden Metallurgist said...

Good job on the test, I'm glad you can relax now. Or, well, probably not relax, but maybe worry a little less.