Best Meal EVER!!!!!

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Being the self-dubbed “Foodie” that I am, any celebration for me has to include good food….and more than that….good steak. For my 30th birthday my husband and I took a day trip in order for me to have dinner at my favorite steak restaurant, Carnevino. I had been there once, but the food was so incredible that I have been dreaming about going back for over a year.

What makes Carnevino so different is the length of time that they dry age their steaks. When a restaurant says they serve dry aged steaks they usually don’t specify for how long…and if they do, the average is a few weeks only. Carnevino on the other hand dry ages their steaks for about 3 months! Dry aging makes the beef more flavorful because it removes un-needed moisture and simultaneously makes the steak more tender. So this steak LITERALLY tastes like none you have ever had before. The longer it is dry aged the more the flavor changes…I would compare it to a wine or cheese in how the flavors can change so much. They even have a riserva steak that is dry aged 8 months and it has a blue-cheesy flavor. Their beef quality is also beyond compare. This is from their website:

“(Our Beef) is often beyond regular USDA prime standards for marbling and flavor and is hormone and antibiotic free. We rub all of our beef with sea salt, black pepper and fresh rosemary to get a delicious and slightly charred crust.”

Carnevino was ranked 4th in a list of best steak houses in the U.S. so of course it is a bit pricey, but is worth every penny! The service is remarkable and you def feel fancy eating there, haha. When we were waiting for our table they gave us a free glass of champagne at the bar and when we were being seated they wouldn’t even let me hold my glass…they carried it for me! Please enjoy the pictures below of our most recent meal there and put eating here on your bucket list!

photo 1 (1)Rosemary bread, in-house made unsalted butter and a butter made from pork back fat, thyme, rosemary, and garlic (SO GOOD)

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photo (2)Pasta with black truffles and butter sauce (Off menu item)…THIS ROCKED MY WORLD!

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A glass of Pinot Noir paired perfectly with the mealphoto (3)This is a seasonal cream corn dish that has no cream. They use the natural juices from the strained corn as a broth. It was so delicious with roasted corn and had a kick of peppers.

IMG_0687For dinner we had a dry aged bone in rib-eye for two. At Carnevino, they cook their steaks on the rare side so this is a medium-well. It is hand-carved table-side, sea salt is sprinkled over it, and then olive oil is drizzled on top.

IMG_0711The great thing about this steak is the variety of flavors depending on what part you are eating. For example, the bone has such a savory taste that is so different than the rest of the steak.

IMG_0714As a birthday surprise they served shortbread cookies with chocolate sauce that said “Happy Birthday”….at least it did before someone got too excited and dragged their finger across it and put that finger in their mouth…..it was me haha.

IMG_0679We had to grab a salted caramel chocolate at Godiva before leaving the hotel.

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I am always wanting to hear about places to have a great meal. Please feel free to share where places you have had a perfect meal.

Prime Wine Birthday Party

IMG_4927After having my baby I would be up at all hours of the night needing to feed her. Those middle of the night feedings became what I like to call “Pinterest Time” or “Sleep Pinning.” One of those nights I came across an idea for a wine tasting party and I got so excited! Something that Pinterest is great at is making you want to throw fabulous parties! I sent a text to my good friend Heather who later sent a text to our other good friend Diana and before we knew it we were planning a wine tasting party just for fun! We later realized that the three of our birthdays were not only coming up but were weeks apart from each other. We decided to combine our excitement for the wine tasting party and our birthdays to create the “Prime Wine Party.” (Note: We describe our age and time of life as “Our Prime”. See http://sweetlylemon.com/2013/07/19/30-not-so-dirty-or-flirty/ )

Throwing a party with friends is such a great idea because you can combine your creative strengths, and it is more cost effective and manageable. The party was such a success we know it won’t be the last!

IMG_4965Heather, Diana & I

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View More: http://dianarush.pass.us/prime-birthday-partyPhoto courtesy of http://www.dianarush.com/

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IMG_4777The glasses needed two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and bottom. Note that if using chalkboard pens instead of plain chalk the writing dosen’t fully come off!

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IMG_4800The “White Table” featured appetizers that can be best paired with white wines.

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IMG_4810The White Table Appetizers:

Caprese Salad Skewers, Gorgonzola Bruschetta, Prosciutto w/ Cantaloupe Bacon Wrapped Dates, Veggie Plate, GF Pasta Salad, Grilled Chicken & Steak Skewers, Fruit Tray (Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, cherries), and an olive bar.

IMG_4809The “RedTable” featured appetizers that can be best paired with red wines.

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IMG_4807The Red Table Appetizers:

Grapes, dried apricots, dried dates, walnuts, jams, wide variety of crackers and toasts, variety of dried meats and over 10 different kinds of cheeses.

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IMG_4791The Sweets Table:

This table featured dessert or “Sweet” wines/champagnes, as well as dessert: GF Cupcakes, Strawberries and Vegan Buttercream Dip, Variety of Unique Dark Chocolates, Lemon Macaroons, GF Cookies, Susie Cake Cupcakes, caramels, and salted caramel brownie bites (Click for Recipe)

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IMG_4763Wine bottle ring toss gave the guests something to play with during the night.

Easy Homemade Ring Toss Tutorial: Click Here

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IMG_4962We provided a basket of supplies to make S’mores and some of our guests got really creative with it! For example someone made a S’more with graham crackers, Brie Cheese, and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.

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IMG_4918At the end of the night there were lots of empty bottles and left over wine! We provided about 6 bottles of red, white, and sweet wines and then asked the guests to bring a bottle to share in lieu of gifts and there was such a variety!