Between my parents being in town, Valentine’s Day, and the incredible Walter’s birthday, it’s been a celebratory couple of weeks. In the past two weeks, we’ve eaten at Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Asti, Fino, Trudy’s, Jeffrey’s (for V-day – good work, WRG), North by Northwest, Central Market, Snap Kitchen, and Fino again. It’s been an absolutely incredible string of delicious food – but I am all restauranted out. (Don’t worry – Mom and Dad and Walter paid for most of those things. So I’m not completely in debt. At least, in my bank account.)
Like I mentioned, WRG and I went to Jeffrey’s for Valentine’s Day. For those of you who don’t know anything about that place, it’s magic. It’s been in Austin for years and years, and it’s so fancypants. They were overbooked, so we didn’t get seated until a little after 10:00pm (for our 9:00pm reservation). It didn’t really matter, though, because we just chatted it up with this awesome bartender for an hour, who then charged us a total of $12 for the 2 martinis and gin & tonic that we had. Thank you, Milo. You’re the shit.
The food was UNBELIEVABLE. Like, I mean, really good. I had Braised Lamb Papardelle (which was like lamb stroganoff, but about 86 times more amazing and tender and joyous) and Walter had filet mignon. We started with a small plate with scallops and mushroom confit, and ended with vanilla bean creme brulee. It was INSANE.
It. Was. Glorious. And not healthy. But we’re not talking about that.
So last night, in response to all of this money spending and calorie consuming, I decided to make Walter (what I hoped would be) a delicious dinner for his birthday. There were balloons, noisemakers, bouncy balls, and silly straws. I mean, do you need anything else for a party? The answer is NO. We played some video games, watched some Parks and Rec, and then I cooked salmon piccata and asparagus risotto for dinner:
You guys. This was actually decent. Like, I even timed it pretty alright. The fish wasn’t totally cold when I finished the risotto! I think he liked it. :) Salmon piccata is my absolute favorite dish that my dad makes at home. He has absolutely perfected this recipe – I love it. Check it out:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 salmon fillets
1 cup dry white wine
2 tbsp capers
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
Melt half the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. When oil is hot, add salmon, skin side up. Lower heat to medium-low. When fish is just lightly browned, turn it over. Add some of the wine, half of the lemon juice and the capers. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes, or until fish is cooked thoroughly. Remove fish from pan and set aside. Raise heat to medium-high. Add the rest of the butter, wine, and lemon juice, and the garlic. Stir the liquid until it is reduced by half. Spoon sauce over fish and serve with lemon wedges.
Seriously, though. Try it out. You can also try out the asparagus risotto – it’s a Weight Watchers recipe. Check it out HERE. It takes about 40 minutes to make, but it’s fairly easy (as far as risottos go).
That’s my eating update. Though the last few weeks have been rough, it’s getting better. Any good vibes are appreciated!