I was an only child for four years. My parents weren't as financially-comfortable then so I never had that much stuff, just an excess of their time and attention and love. It was wonderful from what I remember. Then, my little brother was born, and three years after that, so was my little sister. Sharing everything and everyone kept me from being too bratty, but knowing that I've still been luckier than some, I've probably been spoiled. Looking back, I'm sure I have been... in the most thoughtful and reasonable way, of course.
Last night I enjoyed a taste of what life might have been life if it was still just me. My brother is away at school and my sister was babysitting. It was nice, although in some ways I wish they would've been there too.My mom, my dad, myself and a bottle of Oregonian Pinot Noir sat together enjoying each other's company and what I imagine adult conversation is like. It was our last dinner out together while I was still living under their roof.
I chose a local and seasonal restaurant, Sweet Grass Grill located in the heart of Tarrytown. Everything was fresh and mostly very flavorful. We split the majority of our dishes as per usual...
[Hudson Valley Farmer's Salad: Local Mixed Greens, Spring Vegetables, Tomato Vinegar]
[Carrot Ginger Soup: Carrot Chips]
[Crispy Brussel Sprouts: Grapefruit, Garlic Chips]
[Spinach Rissotto: Spring Vegetables]
[Hudson Valley Duck: Haircot Verts, Frites]
[Grilled Arctic Char: Quinoa & Cous Cous Salad, Sautéed Greens, Lemon Drizzle]
[Decaf French-Pressed Coffee]