Valentine’s Day Love + Dinner at Great SagePosted: February 15, 2012
Yesterday was a pretty good day, despite having it start at 4:35 am with the alarm going off. I got to the gym around 5 to do some rowing before teaching an energy-filled spin class at 5:30. I have such a love/hate relationship with Tuesday mornings. While I hate to get up so early, I absolutely love teaching the early morning class. I’m okay once I’m there- it’s just getting out of bed that’s a challenge. 🙂
When I got to work, my co-workers brought me flowers for my birthday! (I had taken off Monday.) A little later in the morning, I got a nice delivery of flowers from my husband also! I decided to keep the delivery from Greg packaged up so I could take them home to enjoy, and keep the other arrangement on my desk at work.
Even though I’m not a big fan of my birthday and Valentine’s day being back to back, it usually results in lots of flowers at the same time (and I’m a big fan of that). I called Greg to thank him for the lovely irises and tulips and he said “You’re welcome, but I ordered you roses….” I’m not sure if he ordered something by mistake or not, but I assured him that I was very happy with these flowers- and I prefer most any type of flower over roses any day (especially any type of wild flowers!). I know that everyone’s opinions about flowers are different, but I love them. I love to get them and give them to people I love- such a simple gesture to bring a little happiness. And I can’t help but smile any time I look at them.
When I got home, I had another treat waiting for me- a package of love from iHerb.com!
I read about this site on Averie’s blog last week and spent a good hour shopping around on it. There area lot of good deals on products that I buy (or have wanted to buy) and I had very easy time filling up my cart. Shipping is free on orders $20 and over, and if you spend $40, you get free shipping that arrives in 2-3 days!
In my box of goodies:
Eden Organic Wild Berry Mix (I really only bought this because I needed something small to reach my $40), Chocolate PB2 Peanut flour (I can not stop eating this- good thing it’s only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons!), Adora calcium supplements (aka dark chocolate candy), Protein Plus Peanut Flour (a brand I haven’t tried), Pero Instant Beverage (I know that Marie will be proud of this), Skihai leave-in conditioner, Erythritol natural no-calorie sweetener (Sara uses this, but I’ve never tried it), and Jason Apricot Scrubble (this stuff is the best!!)
They also sent me a bunch of free samples of things (including a full-size lip balm) and a magazine. I am loving iHerb!
If you want to place an order from them, enter the coupon code: QIR197 at checkout, and you’ll receive $5 off your order!
On to the main event…
About a month ago, I saw an announcement for a special pre-fixe dinner on Great Sage‘s facebook page. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I love Great Sage. Not only is it my favorite vegan restaurant, it’s one of my favorite restaurants, period. When I read about this dinner, I called right away to reserve a spot. And I’m sure glad I did- the event was sold out with a long waiting list!
There were three different seatings for the Valentine’s dinner. One was Monday night, and two were on Tuesday. We opted for the 5:30 seating on Tuesday. The menu made my mouth water…
We started with a little vino…
I am always so happy when I see an ’08 Oregon Pinot Noir on a wine list (this was an ’07/’08 blend)- and this was fantastic.
The amuse arrived shortly after we got our drinks. (Sweet potato and caramelized shallot galette topped with grilled asparagus and vegan boursin cheese)
Believe it or not, Greg and I both agreed that this was our favorite taste of the night! It was …. incredible. And I’ve got to get my hands on some vegan boursin cheese!
The courses were timed perfectly. The first course came about 2 minutes after our plates were removed from the amuse.
First course: Arugula and blood orange salad tossed in a pink peppercorn vinaigrette, grilled hearts of palm (yum!!) topped with salt chocolate cashews.
This reminded me a bit of the salad that I made for our beer pairing dinner. It was really good- but I wasn’t crazy about the cashews with the salad (avocado would have been better). But, the cashews were awesome by themselves, so I set them aside and ate them after I was done with the rest of the salad. 🙂
Second Course: Yellow pepper soup with Spanish saffron, cilantro coulis
I don’t think I’ve ever had a yellow pepper soup before, and I really liked this! The cilantro coulis was awesome- just a perfect combination of flavors.
Third Course: Garlic-herb smoked Tofu, crispy grilled vegetable polenta cake, truffled pea puree and tomato confit
I was the most excited about this course. I’m a huge polenta fan, and Great Sage knows how to do polenta. Greg kind of laughed that there were steak knives on the table, and I told him that if the tofu was cooked right, we’d need them. Luckily it was nice and crisp on the outside and softer in the middle. They actually smoked the tofu in a smoker, which was awesome! It smelled like a campfire! The tomato confit wasso good too- I just wish there had been more of it!
Fourth Course: Cherry cabernet gelato in a chocolate cup, sugar lattice and a chocolate heart accompanied by a glass of Santa Julia Sparkling Rose
Damn interior lighting….
Ahhh dessert. Yum. This was so cute and creative, and I ate the whole darn thing. Even the cup! The pairing of the Rose with the chocolate was so perfect! I was definitely in a sugar coma for the rest of the night.
They meal even ended with a single rose brought out to all of the ladies. 🙂
Another amazing meal at Great Sage! I was really impressed the service. I expected to wait a long time between courses, but there was none of that. We weren’t rushed, either. As I said before, the timing was just perfect! And the food never, ever disappoints. If it wasn’t 45 minutes away, I’d be tempted to eat there every night. 🙂
Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What’s your opinion on getting/giving flowers?