Weekend Review {double date, margaritas and sushi}

Happy Monday, y’all!

The sun is shining and it’s supposed to be in the 70s all week.  It’s gonna be a good one.

This weekend was perfection!  Well, minus the ugly weather.  But let’s not dwell on that.

On Friday night, we had a double date at SoCo.  This is the third time we’ve dined at SoCo and I’ve yet to be disappointed.  The prix fixe menu changes every two weeks so you always know you’re in for a treat.

We all started the evening with a cocktail.  Cheers!  And then came the salad.

Kale Salad with a citrus-coriander vinaigrette, roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, baked Juusto, shaved Speck and toasted sesame seeds

kale

This was a favorite of the table.  The vinaigrette was absolutely amazing – refreshing and toned down the sometimes-bitter kale.

For the second course, we had two options:

Maple-Glazed Heritage Farms Pork Belly with scrambled homegrown eggs and smoky ketchup
OR
Smoked Cauliflower Bisque with lemon crème fraiche, rosemary and buttered crouton

pork belly

The ladies ordered the soup and the guys went with the pork belly.  The pork belly was in the top two pork belly dishes I’ve ever had.  The homemade ketchup was truly special.

The smoked soup was so interesting.  I have never had anything like it before.

We had a choice of entree, as well:

Rabbit & Rye Ramen: homemade rye noodles, homegrown 5-minute egg, grilled Ashley Farms rabbit, roasted rabbit broth and dashi-infused schmaltz
OR
Cast Iron-Blackened NC Catfish with salt-roasted potatoes, browned butter, tarragon-ginger remoulade and lemon

catfish

Once again, the boys ordered the same dish (rabbit and rye) while the girls went with the fish option.

Holy deliciousness.  I have never had catfish that tasted this fantastic.  The seasoning was on point and the sauce was full of flavor.  And as simple as roasted potatoes are, these were cooked just the way I like them.  Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

And if we weren’t full enough, the dessert choices tempted us for one more course:

Marzipan-Butter Cake with carrot marmalade and a pine-infused Chantilly cream
OR
Dark Chocolate Waffle with sorghum-red wine syrup, lemon-buttermilk panna cotta and cereal crisp

choc waffle

Most of the table went with the chocolate waffle as our sweetness to end the night, but Big Guy went with the other option.  And his Chantilly cream was incredible.

A perfect night of eating.

On Saturday morning, Big Guy and I went in opposite directions.  We both had errands to run and things to do around the house.

I also had big plans for dinner Saturday night.

Big Guy grabbed some beef short ribs in Raleigh on Thursday evening on his way home from the airport.  They went into the crock-pot and 8 hours later, they were falling off the bone.  I promise to share that recipe tomorrow.

The weather was so messy on Saturday.  And I blame the rain on my need for an afternoon cocktail.  Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas.  To make the jalapeno tequila, I sliced two jalapenos in half and let them sit in two cups of tequila for 24 hours.  To make the margarita:  to a shaker, add 2 ounces tequila, 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier, the juice of half a lime, 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice and 1/2 ounce simple syrup.

Y’all!  These were fantastic.

On Sunday we headed to Raleigh to get a few things knocked out.  And a trip to Raleigh meant sushi for me!  I finally squashed my craving at Sushi Blues. 

 

What was the highlight of your weekend?

 

 

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