Our deadline for moving into the new back room is the middle of September. And then we have to fill the area left vacant to the rafters with wool. Shane and I are going to hit the dye pot in the evenings and fill up that area with enough eye candy to raise your blood sugar or create a cavity!
So yesterday we were all hands on deck banging out patterns for mail orders. This has been the busiest summer the shop has seen since before they canceled the Yarmouth Ferry. The orders keep coming in, thank-you wonderful people and I now have received two requests to design Christmas Tree Skirts so that will be next. Once in the mode I’ll do several. I’ve always wanted to do a tree skirt and they'll be just in time to hook for the holiday season!
And how does one follow a perfect work day? You go out to dinner! So Mary, Peter, hubby and I went made a reservation at the Bluenose Lodge in Lunenburg. The restaurant is called Bay Leaf Eatery and the four of us were very impressed, we couldn't have found a darn thing wrong with the place even if we wanted too. My starter was exceptional, a Spinach Salad, with avocado, double smoke bacon, red onion, cranberries, candied pecans, plum tomato, soft boiled egg, Swiss Cheese, NS maple syrup aioli dressing. Hubby and Peter had the Soup du Jour, a mushroom cream soup with cilantro that they raved about and Mary had to Beet Root Salad with red and yellow Candy Cane beets, goat cheese and a balsamic reduction. There was soft moaning as the food tantalized our olfactory senses and then pure pleasure rushed in when it hit the taste buds.
Our mains were succulent and well worth licking your plate over. Of course, being the refined folks we are we only laughed about it but if we were home maybe it would have been different.... Three of us opted for the Chicken and Shrimp curry Pasta, with Penne, chicken, shrimp, shallots, sliced almonds, coconut, snow pears, granny smith apples, curry, and a white wine cream sauce. Hubby decided on the Sea Bearing Pasta with lobster, scallops, shrimp, haddock, salmon, mussels, snow pears, penne pasta with a fennel cream sauce. I joked I might order another main in place of dessert. It was a meal that will call to me and I'll hanker for it again and soon. I'm dying to try the Bluebeard Tenderloin, seared to perfection with potato whip, seasonal veggies and a blue cheese sauce. Mouth water description and it was highly raved about on TripAdvisor.
Last night I wasn’t a person with a pesky blood sugar problem. I was normal, able to order anything on the menu that my heart desired. When talk turned to dessert I ordered two with extra forks to share as I couldn’t decide if I wanted the Flowerless chocolate cake with cayenne or the frozen lemon pie. I needed to know which one was the best so next time I could order it again. The vote is in, the pie trumped the cake, but it was a neck and neck finish. Dessert was a treat for all my dietary good behavior. I carefully watch what I eat but there comes a time when you need to break out of those good habits and treat yourself to something bad. No I don't mean the pool boy or the gardener, just a little slice of heaven....there has to be a reward for hard work. And no guilt, you have to cheat and feel good about it so the stress doesn't get you! If last night took one day off my life, I have to say it was worth it!
Great company, fabulous food and lots of laughs. Is there anything better? The meal was a thank-you to Peter for helping Gregg do a number odd jobs and for the loan of his truck to shift a few items to the garage. The evening marked the best meal we’ve had in a restaurant in some time. I’d give it four stars. Equally good was the service. Our waiter Tony was charming and attentive, making us feel like Mahone Bay royalty.