Birthdays in this house are kind of a big deal. I’ve always loved birthdays… anyone’s birthday. It’s a great excuse to get together with some of your favorite people, and the fact that cake is part of the celebration is just icing on the… uh… cake!
AG and I happen to share the same birth month, so June is pretty much the best month of the year. It starts with celebrating AG and ends with my birthday, so it’s almost a straight month of birthday festivities. And I’m not complaining.
This year we happened to be headed to Miami over AG’s birthday weekend (more to come on that trip!), so we decided to do a bit of our own celebrating a few days before, which of course involved food, because what else?!
I’d been hankering to try out a new Dallas spot that was getting quite a buzz – FT33. We went on a gorgeous Wednesday and sat close enough to the big windows in the front to enjoy the amazing sunlight that was still pouring in after 7pm. Ahhh I just love Dallas in the summer!
We perused the cocktail menu, which was nearly a foreign language – featuring beverages you surely wouldn’t fine elsewhere. Truffled martini, anyone?
(Sorry for the grainy photos… I neglected to grab my camera on the way out the door, and was therefore stuck with my camera phone. Fail.)
We weren’t quite that adventurous on this visit and opted for a Strawberry + Bourbon (for me), and a White Whiskey + Coconut (for him). Both were delicious – the Strawberry was tangy with a gorgeous color, and the Coconut cocktail offered a very smooth, refreshing flavor that I could just suck down if provided an unlimited supply! 🙂
With beverages in-hand, we placed an order of Lamb Agnolotti, which pretty much resembled ravioli. It was served with caramelized onions that when paired with the agnolotti, sang a sweet, sweet tune in your mouth. MmmmmMmmmm.
Warm, fresh bread that was delivered to our table was put to good use, sopping up the delicious sauce that lingered when the pasta was gone. I don’t think there was a drop left on that plate. The bread didn’t make it very long, either!
We followed our first course up with our mains (and a replacement order of warm bread). I ordered the Skate, which was served with a gorgeous hunk of pork belly, morels, and a dill sauce that pulled me right in. I was quickly back to dipping anything I could, to get every bit of that saucy goodness!
AG chose the Bavette, which was smothered in a Kentucky Bourbon soy sauce that made my knees weak. I vowed instantly to get my hands on some of that Bourbon soy sauce, and have already placed an order on Amazon (in case you’re also interested). 🙂
With happy bellies, we debated on getting dessert for a hot second, but as per usual, any self control was tossed aside… for this:
Rocky Road, FT33 style – and boy, was it good! I looked around for brioche or something to scoop up the last bits, but sadly this was the only area where FT33 lacked. Which, really, is probably better for my waistline anyways…
Just as we were paying the bill to leave, our lovely waitress popped over for one last surprise – a finishing touch on the meal that we would have have never expected:
From the master chef himself! 🙂 We were humbled that he took the time to thank US, when we were the lucky ones who got to enjoy his amazing food! This little detail only made me want to come back for more.
All in all, a delightfully memorable dinner to celebrate my favorite man! 🙂
Until next time, FT33…