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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Cheers!

We knew we wanted to go out to eat for our anniversary, but we couldn’t decide where. (Have a familiar ring to it?) One thing we knew was it had to be a local place, not a restaurant that was part of a huge nationwide chain. Not that we never darken the door of a chain restaurant, but local felt a little more special and unique for this celebration. If we drive about a half an hour from home we can choose from a variety of cuisines. If we go all the way to Boston we can start adding not just countries, but continents. Asmara, our favorite Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant in Cambridge, did beckon, but it felt like too much of a schlep. That brought us closer to home to the second largest city in New England: Worcester, Massachusetts.
Chinese? No.
Thai? No.
Armenian? No.
Italian? No.
Lebanese? No.
Indian? No.
Mexican? No.
Too many choices left us with an embarrassment of riches! Then Chuck said what he really wanted was a steak. So of course we reviewed all the local places that specialize in steak. Then back over all the ethnic places that serve beef! At that point we started to think we should begin planning for our seventeenth wedding anniversary dinner!!! Luckily we remembered that a great little Italian place called Biagio’s has a diverse menu and they also grill a very good steak.

It was the right choice. We arrived late enough to be seated promptly. Chuck ordered the Filet Mignon. I ordered the “Haddock Provincal”. Both were perfect. And both entrees were matched by the devilishly good dipping oil/sauce they serve with Italian bread. It consists of olive oil, garlic, basil, cheese - and did I mention garlic? Oh my! It is irresistible, but there is still a slight cloud of garlic following both of us today! (As a bonus, they had the Red Sox game on in the bar, where rookie major league pitcher Clay Buchholz was in the middle of making history with a No Hitter!)

Not unlike planning our wedding, it took us awhile to figure it out, but we made the right choice!

9 comments:

tonya said...

happy anniversary. glad you had a great time and eats.

Nana Fi said...

Happy Anniversary Lee and Chuck. I am going to have to do a lot of reading over the next couple of days as have been neglecting the computer due to being in "Lily Land". I know Worcester, we went skiing on Okemo in 2000 and had a wonderful time. One of my goals is to return there in the Autumn. We loved the winter though as we do not really get snow like that in South Africa.

Roo said...

There are times when a good steak is all you really want, I'm with chuck on this one.

nana-fi - Lily Land?

Pink Granite said...

Hi Tonya -
Thanks so much for the good wishes! It was grand!
- Lee

Hi Nana Fi -
You can't beat a good long visit with darling granddaughter Lily and her parents!
Talk about a small world! From South Africa all the way to Vermont! Autumn is lovely in New England, but every year is different and it's a challenge to plan a trip well in advance for "peak color".
If you come back to New England to ski, you'll have to consider Sugarloaf up in Maine. For many years it was Chuck's favorite ski area.
- Lee

Hi Roo -
One of the benefits of a happy relationship with ones partner, is being able to share tastes of each others meals! I can personally vouch for the steak!
- Lee

Roo said...

New England to ski...hmmm I see a plan!

SCOTT ZOBACK said...

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Anonymous said...

Hello-

Every week Worcester Magazine scours the web for the best of locally meaningful blogs, and reprints excerpts from these entries in our Blog Log column. It’s sort of a blog in reverse, if you will.

We wanted to let you know that one of your entries has been chosen to run in the coming week’s issue and will appear with full credit given to the author and blog we got it from.

Be sure to check out this week’s issue, and feel free to contact us at editorial@worcestermag.com

Thanks!

The staff

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!
Here's to many more! - Kate

Pink Granite said...

Hi Roo -
Unlike Chuck, I've never mastered downhill skiing - cross country or snowshoeing are more my speed! But meeting up for drinks and dinner after a cold day spent romping outdoors is always a good idea!
;o)
- Lee

Hi Scott -
Thanks for stopping by Pink Granite!
I'm delighted you decided to excerpt a bit of my blog in Worcester Magazine! We've been reading WoMag for ages, so this will be quite a treat!
;o)
- Lee

Hi Kate -
Thanks for the good wishes!
You and Carrie were key to the whole ceremony/celebration being such a success!
Do you remember us brainstorming songs together with your folks at the house on WSR? You two got the giggles and kept suggesting Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"!!!
<);o)
- A.L.