So hey guys? We got married! I’ll save the whole story for later, as I feel you need to see the photos to understand how damned cold it was, so for now, let’s focus on the food.
After we very nearly froze our married asses off on the beach makin’ it legal, we shared a really excellent dinner at Mia + Grace with a selection of our nearest and dearest. I owe a great big thank you to Jamie and her staff for getting us in early and plying us with bottomless cups of coffee, desperately needed to warm our icy little hands. I wish I’d gotten more photos of dinner, but I didn’t, so I’ll do my best to give you a flavor:
First, we shared several plates of local cheeses, preserves, and crackers. Slices of cumin-studded leyden, a black-pepper rolled ball of chevre, a wedge of brie, and a creamy Gouda-esque cheese whose name I’ve forgotten. Cubes of berry (elderberry? blackberry? both?) geleé. A smear of quince preserves. Small bites of honeycomb in the center of the plate. Peppery homemade crackers.
I had the flattened chicken (pictured above) for my entree – Shane enjoyed the pecan-crusted trout, and the vegetarians among us had handmade cavatelli. My chicken was pounded flat, dredged and fried, and topped with a Gorgonzola cream sauce, candied lemon zest, and red onion jam, all of which arrived atop a flavorful mash of sweet potatoes and carrots. I shared half of my chicken with my brother so that I could eat all of the veg – and the cake coming after. A fantastic combination of savory, sweet, and tart.
The trout was served atop vegetables and black rice, and surrounded by a orange-rosemary butter sauce. Shane’s uncle was disappointed that he couldn’t get lemon or tartar sauce, but that didn’t stop him – or anyone else – from digging in and thoroughly enjoying a moist and flavorful piece of fish. We had pre-ordered, and my dad seemed to regret not getting the fish once he heard the full description. I don’t blame him.
Neither of us had the pasta, so I can’t give you the full scoop – but when Shane had it two months ago, the sauce was warm and rich, and the pasta fresh and delicious. Everything on the plate was made in-house, and the dish was entirely vegan, though not when served with the Italian sausage (as on the menu).
I really couldn’t believe that anyone had room for dessert, but we managed to put away slices of the most dense and wonderful carrot cake I’ve had in a very long time – the one thing I’d been firm about when we were picking our menu. The cream cheese frosting was thick but not overwhelming, and the layers of cake were full of nuts, fruit, and chewy carrot. I wish we’d split a slice so that we could’ve had more for later – but alas, we’ll just have to pay Mia + Grace another visit for more.
On the whole, a wonderful meal in good company, and one that proved that New American cuisine can make happy even the pickiest palate.