Monday, July 14, 2008

Birthday Surprise - Day 2 - An extra special dinner!

NOTE: I was finally able to get the photos to post. Enjoy! More to come tomorrow...

After having a low key day, we all got dressed to go to dinner. The only requirement was that the guys needed to wear slacks and a collared shirt. That's about as dressy as things get in Arizona, which was totally fine with all of us. We had a reservation which Terry timed to be right around sunset. None of us knew the place that he had chosen for dinner, except Terry, but as we drove out to the western end of Sedona the red rocks were just gorgeous! After about a half hour of driving to the base of the red rocks we came up to a guard gate for the Enchantment Resort which was tucked away in the shadow of the rock formations. It appears that the only way we could get thru the gate was to have a reservation for either a room or dinner, which Terry fortunately had made.
Once inside we found our way to the Yavapai Restaurant thru this wonderful ivy covered arch. The weather was perfect and the sky was clear so we chose to sit outside on the balcony for dinner. This was absolutely the best choice because it was as though we could reach out and touch the red rocks nearby, as you can see in the background of the pictures of Kevin and Terry.

We started out with some drinks and salads, then on to the important stuff.

Terry and Andrew both ordered BUFFALO TENDERLOIN (steak) It also was served with quail stuffed with quail sausage, sweet potato risotto, and a blackberry chipotle demi-glace.

I had the SEA BASS which just melted in my mouth and came sitting on top of tasmanian crab, heirloom tomato and mache salad, with a meyer lemon lavender vinaigrette. I would love to have the recipe for the a meyer lemon lavender vinaigrette. Doesn't that just sound delicious? It was the best dish I've had in a very very long time. Or as Linda would say, "It was the best thing I've EVER tasted in my whole life!!!!" (love you Linda)

Amy & Kevin both chose the FILET MIGNON which was excellent as well. Unfortunately, I don't have all the details on that one.

All the meals were amazing and we enjoyed a leisurely pace over a couple of hours since the atmosphere was so gorgeous as well. We took quite a few pictures and I'm sure the people at the next table, who were obviously from out of the country, thought we were crazy, but that's o.k. We had lots of fun.

At the end of the meal, our waitress brought out this amazing dessert that was dark chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, with a little bit of raspberry to top it off. These are two of my very favorite flavors. Wow! It was awesome!!!

Terry made an excellent choice! I am so blessed to be so well taken care of...yeah a bit spoiled probably.


linda t said...

OMG! What an amazing, enchanting place!
Such lovely pictures Nancy! That birthday dessert is divine!
Hey, get this! I read a blog from a gal near San Francisco and she's a professional photographer. A few days ago she asked her readers to recommend their very favorite spa/ resort in the country. And what do you suppose was mentioned the most!!!??? Yes, The Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ!! I had never even heard of it before!
You are gonna have SOOO much fun scrapping your 50th!!

Nicole T said...

I love hearing the story from everyones perspective and seeing the different point of views thru pictures! How beautiful.