April 18, 2008

Fun with family

Frank's brother, Bob, arrived yesterday, he'll be visiting until Monday. It's been three years since he was last here. We planned to show him everything that's changed, sample lots of good eats, and give him a taste of what we've been up to lately. We wasted no time, right after we got Bob from the airport we took him out on his first off-road adventure and first go at shooting a gun. We went out to the trails near the condo at Grand Canyon/Sunset.

We usually shoot toward the back of this canyon

but yesterday a truck was parked there so we shot here instead

Bob did well shooting, he had a excellent beginners luck and hit the bullseye. When we finished up there we drove up the side of the mountain for an excellent view of the strip

We headed home, relaxed and killed time until our 8:30 reservations at Delmonico rolled around.

This was Bob first experience at a high-end restaurant, he's had superb meals in Japan and Thailand, but those experiences were on a different scale. Needless to say he was in for a treat.

We started with an amuse bouche of beef and green bean salad with a potato truffle drizzled with pesto. It was tasty and it did the trick; we were left wanting more. We snacked on bread while we waited for our Caesar salad to be prepared. The salad is typically prepared tableside for two, but they were happy to portion it for three. The salad was excellent as expected. For the next course, Frank had minestrone soup and Bob had a new ravioli dish that sounded wonderful when we first spotted it on the online menu.

The soup was great, the Italian sausage was outstanding. But the ravoli was the highlight here. It was roasted butternut squash ravioli with duck confit, with sage brown butter sauce, which was topped with hazelnuts and parmesan cheese. It was heavenly, I'll definitely be ordering it again on our next visit.

The main course consisted of the bone-in ribeye for Frank, the rack of lamb for Bob and I had the special which was beef medallions wrapped in bacon with topped with wild mushrooms and crispy carrots served atop potato leek puree. Frank also ordered the cheddar and bacon twice baked potato.

Everything, and I mean everything was fantastic. We were all giggly and filled with joy by the end of the meal. Dessert menus were delivered, Bob and I each found treats that we couldn't resist, and Frank picked out Jamaica Blue Mountain french press coffee for him and Bob to share. I had fudge peanut butter torte, which was fudge cake topped with a layer of peanut butter and peanut butter ice cream, and that was drizzled with blackberry sauce and fresh blackberries. Devine. Bob had white chocolate creme brulee, which was smooth and delicious. The french pressed coffee was excellent, as well. All in all, it was a fabulous meal.

Bellies full we headed home. I had to turn in, so I could be up for work bright and early, but Bob and Frank went out to the pool for a swim and time in the hot tub.

We have a lot more in store for the weekend. I'll update next week.

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