Thursday, December 17, 2009
Mrs. Dave's B-Day Lunch at Provence. Also, a Marzipan Hot Dog.
The lovely Mrs. Dave and I celebrated her annual age progression festival today. We dropped young Lady Giblet off at the day care and had a wonderful day poking about town. Mrs. Dave got some new jeans (a strange request I thought) and we wrapped up the annual capitalistic orgy of holiday purchasing that helps our democracy to survive. After all of this we headed over to Provence in Stuyvesant Plaza for lunch. Provence is where me and the old lady had one of our first nice dinners together years ago and we have kind of made a habit of going there for birthdays.
Today we had the above pictured spread. We decided to share a bunch of appetizers as neither of us were in the mood for a serious hunk of protein. Despite this, we managed to order an inappropriate amount of food.
Three of my wife's favorite foods are crab cakes, caeser salad, and shrimp cocktail. Luckily Provence offers all of these. We ordered the crab cake sliders which were unexpectedly massive, these and the salad would have been enough for the both of us. I also got the Charcuterie assortment which I found to be more generous in terms of meat. It included 4 large slices of pate (2 kinds), soppresetta, jagdwurst (I think), prosciutto, cornichons, half a baguette, and some stone ground mustard. Very tasty. I spied the cheese plate going to another table and it was laden with large pieces of various cheeses, I was envious and almost ordered the cheese plate for dessert. All in all a very satisfying lunch and it was nice to spend a day with the wife sans our wild howler monkey gremlin of doom, destroyer of worlds (the daughter, I am just kidding though, we missed her).
Later we went to Candy Kraft in Guilderland to purchase some edible gifts. I spied a marzipan mini hot dog, no marzipan chili sauce though.
By the by, I love Candy Kraft. It is an old timey candy store that has great products that many have forgotten. Horehounds, maiden kisses, butter rum suckers, candied ginger, ribbon candy, you name it.
The place is delightfully quaint and great for getting your 10-15 dollar price range friends a little something that they will actually appreciate. I recommend the nut barks.