Friday, February 27, 2009

Noca

We went to Noca last week for my friend Lee Anne's birthday.

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We forgot to bring Greg's digital SLR, but Lee Anne brought hers, so she took most of the pictures. (I was playing around with the Photoshop Elements that Greg just got me and added names to the group photo! I foresee this being a useful tool . . . once I learn how to use it.)

Noca Group Picture PS Edited
P.S. I am short. I am reminded of that every time I see myself in group pictures.

Before our dinner actually came, we were served a bunch of bite-sized hors d'oeuvres (amuse-bouche: fun + mouth = fun in my mouth!)

Apple butter with blue cheese foam:

IMG_2143_AppleButterBlueCheeseFoam

Carrot soup:

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Green bean salad with Spanish almonds
Crab salad with poached grapefruit and avocado
Spinach mezzaluna (same thing as the entree below, but only one for the amuse-bouche):

NocaSpinachMezzaluna

Greg's entree - Steak Frites:

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I got the Agnolotti, which is basically a stuffed pasta.

After dinner, they serve you a bowl of cotton candy - apple-flavored when we were there. I haven't had cotton candy in a long time - it just melts in your mouth!

Lastly, when you leave (instead of giving you mints or whatever), they give you a little treat wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with a ribbon. We each got a little slice of short bread with dark chocolate chips (I ate the shortbread before I remembered to take a picture).

It was fancy schmancy, with the amuse-bouche and the cotton candy and the treats . . . Also, the service was stellar. My water NEVER fell below half-full during the entire dinner.

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