Greetings from Park City! Dave surprised me with a trip out here as my Christmas present. Some friends joined us and we’ve had the best time skiing, eating and hanging at the house. I am not a great skier; I think I improved a *tiny* bit, but let’s just say you won’t be seeing me in the Olympics anytime soon. We ate so well while we were here. Stand outs are Grappa, an Italian spot with the most amazing Butternut Squash Cannelloni, and Shabu, an awesome sushi restaurant. You must order the Skywalker Roll from Shabu; it’s seriously the best sushi roll I’ve ever eaten.
I’m sad to leave vacation mode, but ready to get back in a routine. We’ve had a great time, but definitely over-indulged a bit.. like ordering five appetizers at lunch. It’s bad y’all. Too bad it’s Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday this week! I think Dave and I are laying low for VDay, but I definitely need some Bourbon ‘n Toulouse and King Cake on Tuesday.
Highs & Lows
High: I’m so pumped the Olympics are back! I had kind of forgotten it was an Olympic year. I get so emotionally invested in the athletes and love watching people accomplish their dreams! I’ve already been converted into a huge Red Gerard fan (the 17 year old American who won gold in snowboarding slope style.) USA!
Low: The last day of vacation is always like Sunday Scaries x100. Need something to look forward to next!
Links I Love
In lieu of traditional links, I’m sharing all the Fat Tuesday #lexeats happening in Lexington. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know in the comments below.
Bourbon ‘N Toulouse and Chevy Chase Inn are throwing an all day shindig. All the cajun food at BNT, crawfish boil at 6:30pm and live music at CCI.
Copper Roux is featuring an $18.50 lunch and $30 dinner of all your mardi gras favorites. Reservations are available.
Creaux is hosting a Mardi Gras Bonanza with food, drink specials and a jazz band. Costumes are encouraged and there is a $10 cover charge at the door.
Drake’s is featuring a Bourbon Street Patty Melt, $5 Carnival Cocktails and hosting an Abita tap night.
Donut Days is making king cakes, available to preorder.
Gumbo Ya Ya is serving Alligator Sauce Piquant, Crawfish E’touffee, Crawfish Creole and more; plus giving out free king cake.
Magees Bakery is making king cakes.
Ramsey’s will have fresh crawfish, red beans and rice, gumbo, king cake and drink specials.
Soundbar is serving $4 hurricanes.
Tiki Java is throwing a party featuring live music, food and cocktail specials. Crawfish, gumbo and red beans and rice are all on the menu.
West Sixth and Smithtown Seafood are serving a $15 lunch plate, $20 dinner plate and a la carte specials including gumbo, peel and eat shrimp, king cake and more.
Wild Thyme Cooking is hosting a Mardi Gras feast on Tuesday and offering cajun cooking classes on Thursday. Both should be booked in advance.
Willie’s Locally Known will have a crawfish boil and other food specials with live music at 8:30pm.
Winchell’s is serving fried crawfish, étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, fried oysters, king cake and hurricanes.
Windy Corner Market is featuring crawfish étouffée, po boys, shrimp and grits, blackened catfish and dirty rice with live music at 6pm.
Quote of the Week
Bringing back an oldie for the big VDay. Hoping to leave you with some encouragement on this week all about love – hoping you know that you are so loved my friends! I am so grateful for each of you for reading this and am constantly uplifted by the kind words you leave me and support you’ve shown this little passion project of mine. I promise you each comment brightens my day and I hope to repay that. Please know that I am cheering you on!
Biscuits & blessings,