We decided, last week, that we would celebrate our wedding anniversary at the same restaurant as last year. The Olive Garden was such a welcome change from the places where we’ve been eating on a regular basis for our meals out. After the meal, as we discussed how much nicer the atmosphere was than elsewhere, it occurred to us that we would prefer to dine out only once or twice during a month at a better restaurant, rather than go out every week to eat burgers or cheap beef steak. Or a breakfast skillet meal. Or a salad that I can whip up on my own for a fraction of the cost…and do anyway, most days.
Anyway, we started with a salad (grated cheese, no croutons). Al ordered shrimp alfredo, and I had the (gluten-free) grilled salmon with broccoli. Al encouraged me to have a glass of wine with my meal, and so I ordered a new-to-me Riesling that was quite good (Riesling Primo Amore, online menu).
The smallest serving of wine that the restaurants offer is six ounces, which is more than twice as much as I would drink at a meal (or even in a month), but I remind myself that it is not a waste of money to leave three or four ounces in the glass. As with the rest of the meal, we pay to eat and drink what we want of what the restaurant provides. It would make no sense to feel obliged to drink or eat more than I want or need, just because the restaurant will not provide smaller servings.
I have a two-serving and a one-serving can of salmon in the cupboard, and I think I should see if I can come up with a good recipe. Last time, I baked it in the oven with olive oil until it was flaky, but not overcooked. The taste was lovely. I think a tomato-ish something with it would be good.
I have to go away, now. There was something I was supposed to be doing, and whatever it is, I am not doing it.