Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dining in Style

Hello, Dear Ones! I'd like to share with you a great experience Mr. Precious and I had recently.

You know how darling my Mr. Precious is, don't you? Well, he called me from work and told me to dress up because he was going to take me to dinner. I love to eat and if I have to dress up for it, that's okay! We jumped into the car in all of our beautifulness and drove to Houston. Mr. Precious said we're going to have a very nice dinner at a restaurant called 'Tony's'.

We pull up and all these little valets meet us and took the keys to our carriage and another one led the way to the front door. See the top photo? This is an amazing water wall that we passed through to go inside.Once inside, we're just amazed at the loveliness of the restaurant's decor! Look at the amazing art piece! It was called 'Three Graces'.



We were seated at a wonderful table and asked our waiter to snap a photo of us in all of our splendorness!
Each table was adorned with the most beautiful rose! Just look at the color. Of course Mr. Precious and I went to town on all the assorted breads!
Here is a very tiny, but very tasty appetizer - yummy shrimp with wonderfulness all over it. Isn't the little plate darling?
Mr. Precious loves lobster bisque soup and he ordered some. I tried this luscious salad made of chopped spinach, artichokes, tomatoes with a tasty vinaigrette poured on top. I am going to try to make this at home.
Entree time! Beautiful salmon for Mr. Precious and for me - a filet mignon stuffed with truffled butter. This almost melted in my mouth.
I don't have a picture of it, but the waiter insisted we try the macaroni and cheese! Somehow, that dish just didn't fit in this very innovative classy restaurant. But we are such lovelies, we agreed to try the macaroni and cheese. Let me tell you - it was to die for! This dish also had truffle oil in it. Yummy! Are you familiar with truffles? I will give you a little lesson on truffles:

Truffles are little tiny mushrooms found in France and Italy. They are considered delicacies and are very expensive and grow under the roots of certain trees. Now this is the silly part - but it's true. The smell from the truffles just set female pigs on fire. I think the scent reminds them of their Mr. Pig Preciouses. So truffle hunters train their Miss Piggies to sniff the ground and hunt for the truffles. But alas, Miss Piggy loves to eat the truffles (big profit loss) so the hunters prefer to train dogs to do the searching. So for about six months of the year hunters, piggies and dogs hike, sniff and dig their way to a nice profit.
Okay, Dears...thought some of you may have wanted to know this valuable information! ;)
I must really be getting comfortable in Blogland to tell you this...but I have a problem! You see, when I go to the ladies room in restaurants - I always take my picture in the mirror! Please tell me some of you do this too! Ahem! Well, okay!

Back to food stuff! After our meal was devoured, out came this darling little metal contraption with strawberries, blackberries and little puffs of meringue popped onto the points of the arms with a bowl of powered sugar to dip the lovelies into!
Since this was such a special evening, little fruits poked onto metal sticks would not do for Mr. Precious and myself. So we ordered a little blackberry dessert, rather like a sweet crispy muffin, topped with good ole ice cream!
As we prepared to leave Tony's, I turned around to take one last look at the 'Three Graces' and thought to myself...I'm coming back for some more of that tasty macaroni and cheese!
Hope you've enjoyed your evening with us and I'll leave you with a little
Note Song ~
Savory Truffle
You know that what you eat you are
But what is sweet now, turns so sour
We all know Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da
But can you show me, where you are?
Creme tangerine and montelimat
A ginger sling with a pineapple heart
A coffee dessert--yes you know its good news
But you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
Yes you'll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
~ George Harrison

36 comments:

  1. Oh Shelia, what a fun post about your adventure with Mr. Precious. I love the red an yellow roses on your table at this fabulous resturant. The food looks scrumptious.
    I have to say that I have never taken my picture in the bathroom of a resturant but now that you have planted the seed of inspiration, who knows :)
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  2. What a DELIGHT!!! To all of the senses...it's amazing!! Beautiful, great food...better company!!

    I just love reading your stories!!!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  3. Oh Shelia you have made me hungry!!! It all looks so good. Kathy

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  4. Not a bad habit...having tea and reading my blog!! LOL!!!

    Have you tried that tea ICED? Oh, it's yummy!! Tom, who HATED iced tea (loves hot tea), even drinks it iced!!! LOL!!

    Have a blessed and lovely day...
    Jan

    ***I've changed my to-do list for the week...I don't plan to get my Master Bedroom/Bath painted this week!!!! Painting the Dining Room, Kitchen and Living Room in less than a week...has taken alot out of me...so rest today...and Dentist tomorrow morning, then an ESTATE SALE...and who knows what!!!

    Maybe I'll get some painting done Saturday (if we don't go to some sales)...LOL!!!

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  5. Ohlala! I can't decide which was more gorgeous, the food, the restaurant or you and Mr. Precious. Stunning, all three.

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  6. Boy you have made me hungry. I am not a fan of seafood, but the filet mignon...YUM!!!! I also love macaroni and cheese! I don't know if I'd want the two together though.

    Your blackberry dessert looks so good too.

    I must admit I've never even thought to bring a camera into the ladies room. I'll be thinking of it though every time I visit one.

    take care,
    Dawn

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  7. Hi Shelia,
    You and Mr. Precious make a really cute couple! I love the photos and comments on your special night out on the town!
    Diane

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  8. Oh Shelia...thank you for taking us along! I felt like I was right there with you! What a lovely, romantic evening! Hope you're having a fabulous day!
    Sarah

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  9. OMG, Shelia, you may just be the only blogger out there with conjones enough to bring a camera into a 5 star restaurant and snap away!!!!!!!!! Were people looking at you funny as you took pictures of each course?

    Well, I have to say, I for one am glad of your ballies, because oh my did this food look delish!!!!!!!!! What was the special occasion for this wonderful outing? You both looked gorgeous!

    Justine :o )

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  10. Uuuuuuuuuh, nuuuuuuuu, sweetpea, I've never taken my pix in a restaurant bathroom! But hey, most of the bathrooms I've been in your definitely would NOT want a pix of! I'm sooo envious of that steak you had, honey! Looks fantastic...
    Smoochies,
    Connie

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  11. Yes, Mr. Precious is indeed very precious.... but so are YOU! You two look wonderful... I love your cheer disposition and happy self.

    Blessings to both of you!

    cielo

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  12. Your Mr. Precious must have had a fistful of dollars for ol' Tony! What a nice place.
    Not only do I not take a picture of myself in bathroom mirrors, but I never take along a camera. See how much smarter you are?

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  13. Mmmmm, it all looks good enough to eat! Truffled mac and cheese sounds right up my alley! I haven't taken my own picture in "the ladies" but I have snapped a few of the rooms if they are really pretty.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely evening. Mr. Precious is precious!

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  14. I have heard of truffles, but have never had one...and your history on truffles was just too cute, like YOU!

    You always make me smile, you are a very special person, Sheila, no wonder why Mr. Precious is so very good to you :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Bella

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  15. First off, you and Mr. Precious are such a cute couple, you are just pure pinkness! :) Now, I must go get some towels to wipe all the drool from my chin...wonderful dinner! Thank you for sharing!

    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    Kathi :)

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  16. Sheliaaaaaaaa chick, you got me to laughing so hard with your response to my blog post this morning!!!!!!!! "SPAM"????????? LOL LOL LOL LOL
    Smoochies,
    Connie

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  17. I did enjoy that truffle information! I love little bits of arcane stuff like that! Looks like your Mr. loves you very much. Lucky lady! And about the photo in the mirror: don't know of any support groups for that one... Really, I don't think it's a problem since it doesn't hurt anyone. I'd just watch out for unwitting ladies leaving their stalls and their thinking you're running a porn business!
    Brenda

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  18. I never knew that about Truffles. You must have done something really good. OR Mr. Precious is one heck of a guy. That place looks very snazzy! Glad you had a great time. My mouth is drooling.
    *hugs*
    Shimmy

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  19. Hi Shelia :)

    You crack me up! I think I will take a pic of myself in the bathroom next time we go out LOL

    You both looked beautiful and that dinner had my mouth watering. Loved the story about the truffles almost as much as I like eating them ;)

    hugs,
    rue

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  20. Hey Pickle....that looks like you had a great time...but sweetie...we need to talk! lol I never heard of anyone taking their pic in the mirror at the eating place's bathroom! lol lol that was so sweet of your hubby to take you out like that...don't you just love 'date' nights! lol I cooked a big dinner and carried it over to mama & daddy's today...we all had a great time...I have an award for you over at my place sweetie...come get it when you can! hope you have had a great day!

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  21. Oh Shelia!! What an awesome hubby you have! I love restaurants like that. The food looks fabulous. Your so funny taking that pic in the bathroom, I love it!!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  22. From an amazing water wall to your last look at the Three Graces
    I felt as I was there - you are beautifully Precious -
    Ms. Precious and Mr.Precious.

    Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed my time!

    God bless you both!

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  23. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It looks like a great place to dine and the food to die for.

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  24. What a special evening you had. The restaurant looks lovely and the food so delicious. I love the entrance water wall. You were certainly treated like a Queen ... and King. Nope I've never taken a pic of myself in the lady's room but ... thats a rather good idea especially when you are all dressed up!
    Thank you for sharing such a sweet story and pics.
    Enjoy the day..
    Judi

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  25. Hi Shelia,
    What a wonderful surprise! Thank you for taking us along. I love your blog! Your little schnauzer Chloe Dawn is just adorable! I will be visiting again and again. Thank you for the comments on my blog.

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  26. Hi Sheila , I enjoyed the dinner date with you and Mr. Precious !
    I have never taken my pic in a restroom before but hmm-m-m-m- ,we might could start a new thing .....
    and maybe call it" The Sisterhood Of The Bathroom Ya Ya's " Sounds like fun doesn't it . Maybe we ought to get our heads together on this one , we might come up with something unique !!

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  27. Yum, yum yum! That food looked awesome and what a beautiful presentation of the food. I bet it tasted great too! The restaurant looks like a fantastic place. And look at the two of you looking even better than the food! You're blessed with a wonderful guy.

    I had to crack up at the pic of you in the bathroom. No, can't say I've ever done that, but it works for you because the pic turned out great!

    Thanks for sharing your evening with us!

    Kady

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  28. The food looks so delish....I could almost smell it. Thanks for the education on truffles, that is very interesting!! Looks like y'all had a FABULOUS evening!!

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  29. What a wonderful looking restaurant.How sweet of your hubby to take you out. How special you must have felt. The food looked so yummy. I am hungry now. hahaha.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

    ps thanks for taking us.

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  30. Okay sheila, you made me laugh...LOL...But I wanted to tell you that the dessert that you had is making me so hungry...OMGOSH...yummmy... and that rose is absoutely GORG!!! It looks like you all had a wonderful time...and the pic of you in the bathroom is sooooo cute... hugs... Monta

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  31. Sheila, You and your husband looked so nice! You and my daughter ought to get together...she does the bathroom pictures...everywhere, too! LOL! The strawberry "arangement" was amazing! We could copy that concept, huh? I could certainly impress my friends with that one! LOL!

    Did Chloe Dawn get a "doggy bag???" Okay, was that too cheesy! LOL!

    Hugs, Rhonda :)

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  32. Well La-dee-da how fancy. You looked like a million bucks and it looked like you had the best time! The little shrimp appetizer was so cute - I am going to do that someday. And the rest of the food scrumptious! Tony's looks like it is a great place to go and how sweet of Mr. Precious to surprise you by taking you there! Hope you brought home a doggy bag for Chloe Dawn. ~ Robyn

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  33. Hi there! First time here...I love your little shopping trip...that is the cutest shopping mall I have ever seen. It looks like you and dh had a good time. I will have to bookmark you and be back. cherry

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  34. Wow what a beautiful restaurant. I think you are spoiled. I have never even thought of taking a picture of myself in the mirror, but maybe something to consider.

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  35. What a wonderful restaurant. I like the picture in the mirror idea. I would never have thought of it. I may try it sometime.
    Hugs,

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  36. Woman you were born to blog if you take pics of yourself in public bathrooms!

    I'm Schmeckygirl/Rebecca. I'm close friends with Justine and Buffie and Bigeee/Bridget. They were saying how funny and nice you were and I had to come check you out.

    The food looked amazing! I love to eat!

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