a good day to celebrate something – food

Favorite oldest daughter, never to be confused with favorite youngest daughter, stopped by.

It was a hot and lazy day, so we stopped over to Cooper’s Hawk restaurant. Sometimes it’s more fun to sample multiple appetizers than a main course, so we sat outside and decided to start with the red sangria. Cooper’s Hawk makes their own wine, purchasing grapes from California and other sumptuous locations and then plays vintner. I prefer to think of it as the fruit course. This is a wonderful drink on a hot day, and a pitcher for two was just right to ensure icy, fruity delight.

Sangria - perfect for a hot day

Sangria – perfect for a hot day

I watch carbs, but pretzel bread, and a cheese plate are a great combination. The cheese plate featured a local Swiss, and apricot goat cheese crusted in almonds, pepper-jack for a bit of hot pepper spice, a creamy Spanish goat cheese that been soaked in casks of wine, and Stilton ( Stilton always makes me think of P.G Wodehouse and the Stilton Cheesewright character in the Jeeves and Wooster series. )

pretzel bread and a cheese plate

pretzel bread and a cheese plate

We had given ourselves two hours to sip, and savor, and chat before our movie started. The cool wine on the tongue and throat, the savory cheeses, a bit of cracker or the fruit, the salty pretzel bread with butter fills one just right as the wine works up to one’s head.

Then we split filo-shrimp, and these little fellows were wonderful, shrimp wrapped in filo it looks like a porcupine but it was a lovely breading and the shrimp was juicy and bursting with flavor. There was a bit of Thai sauce to add a zesty sweet and spicy compliment.

the filo dough was a unique, excellent breading to the shrimp

the filo dough was a unique, excellent breading to the shrimp

Chatting with a lovely youngster ( I’m sure some thought she was my trophy wife ), a bite of shrimp, a nibble of cheese and bread, a sip of wine. I must say, life is good.

Then dessert, we split a white chocolate covered strawberry ( the berry was ripe and juicy ), a chocolate covered cheese-cake, and a truffle.

We sipped a bit more, and then hearts and heads and bellies full of delight we headed off to see Star Trek on the big screen.

38 Comments on “a good day to celebrate something – food”

  1. Shannon says:

    Such a fun day! I have been raving about the sangria and the shrimp!

  2. The dessert and Sangria are a perfect meal! 🙂 🙂

    • billgncs says:

      Hi Resa – although champagne is alway fun, I am normally a big dry red type of guy. I came to Sangria late in life, but am making up for lost time 🙂

  3. Off to see Star Trek, great ending 🙂

  4. Lori Lipsky says:

    You eat better than anyone I know. Thanks for taking me along with your words and photos. Yum.

    • billgncs says:

      Thanks Lori — most days I do a vegan breakfast, normal lunch, and then juice, usually and apple/orange, three carrots, 2 celery stalks and greens through the juicer for dinner —

      but good food is always better shared : thanks for reading

  5. You guys eat at some of the coolest places, and eat some of the coolest foods, and take some of the coolest pictures. You guys are some of the coolest people I know.

    Thanks for sharing. How was Star Trek?


    • billgncs says:

      Star Trek was great! The human interaction was superb – it is full of twists – this is a bit of a remake, but with twists — and the bad guy is superb, superb, superb in a role I thought would never be equaled.

      I guess you could say I really liked it 🙂

      • seems like it. You didn’t mention Food once while answering.

        • billgncs says:

          oh man — when we went in, I thought of getting a box of “Snow Caps” those chocolate pieces with white covering on top…. but I was too cheap 🙂

          I won’t say who the bad guy was, but it was a great surprise if you are familiar with the old story lines.

  6. Love your pics. Now my mouth is watering. Living in the country, we just don’t have cuisine like that- I am jealous! Hope you had fun with your favorite daughter!

  7. susank456 says:

    How ironic, I was just checking out Cooper’s Hawk online, based on a coworker’s recommendation. Now I’m pretty sure that we’ll have to go and taste for ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cara Thereon says:

    That food is sexy. Yum.

  9. Eric Alagan says:

    Drool! Drool! 🙂

    • billgncs says:

      thanks Eric — I imagine things are pretty tasty in your neck of the woods too. Do you often eat out ?

      • Eric Alagan says:

        Yes, during my corporate days – was sick of eating out. I used to look forward to eating at my desk or joining my team at a cafe.

        But now, Lisa and I eat out once a week – something to cherish and relish. Need to romance her, you know 😉

  10. Sounds positively delicious and the photos are wonderful.

  11. Clanmother says:

    Taking photos of food is not that simple – and you do a fabulous job. I’m hungry now!! 🙂

  12. My mouth is watering! I made chicken soup. hahaha

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