Sunday, December 27, 2009

The End to a Great Holiday

Tonight was a small celebration for my husband and I. We went to a fabulous Italian restaurant and had a mouthwatering meal to celebrate the passage of the Christmas Holiday for 2009. Christmas this year was a wonderful time for us with family and friends. We often go out for a meal the day after as a closing for holiday, and this evening was no exception.

We both chose seafood for our meal, I in a salad bed of arugula, frisée, and way too many other greens to mention. Dressed with a simple olive oil dressing, fresh mozzarella and seared scallops and shrimp it was beautiful to see and even more to eat! My husband chose a meal of breaded and pan sautéed scallops with a pasta and wonderful marinara sauce on the side.

The food was great, but the dessert was equally good in my opinion. We went home through a rather heavy snowfall to a bottle of red wine and some rich dark chocolate.

That's right a pairing of wine and and chocolate! The two together, for me is a decadent way to end a very special evening, and a very special time of the year. Do we really need to go out to celebrate? Of course not! I love creating that special meal here at home and over the years have done so many times, but the chocolate and wine - now there is a tradition that cannot change!

Happy Holidays...oh, and Buon Appetito!


  1. Your evening sounds lovely. The wine and rich dark chocolate sounds like a heavenly combination.

  2. What a nice way to cap off the whole season. I know many people feel a bit of a let-down after Christmas is over; having a lovely and tasty conclusion would be fun closure.

    Wine and chocolate is wonderful.

  3. The evening was fabulous Linda!
    ChrisJ that's the hard thing is the Holidays always seemed to just fall off the map but never really ended. So creating that end makes the rest of the winter not simply an afterthought of the Holidays.

  4. What a wonderful way to begin 2010 and may you have many more wonderful celebrations and oh the chocolate is the right finally for me..

    Dorothy from grammology

  5. Lovely lovely evening! You paint a perfect picture of elegance and contentment.Something to hope for :)Happy New Year to you :)