I just got back from the most wonderful meal I’ve ever had in my life.

A board member whom I love very dearly took me out for a “goodbye” dinner. I selected a nice, not-so-expensive place, but he made me go to La Botte.

I enjoy food, but am also cheap, which means I usually look for the good, inexpensive holes-in-the-wall. I won’t go back to a place with bad food or bad service, but I seldom never indulge in top-tier dining.

Now, I know what I’m missing.

We started with a half bottle of Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio. I’ve seen it at the store, so I know it’s not THAT top-tier, but I’ve never purchased it before, because it is top-shelf at the market I frequent.

There was a beautiful bread with oil & vinegar.

Then, we had appetizers. I had La Caprese, and my dining companion had “Cappelo D’ Alpino Al Dolce Latte,” which I had to refuse because of my ‘shroom allergy.

Then, we shared a pasta dish: “Tagliolini All’Aragosta E Arugola” (Homemade tagliolini pasta with slipper lobster tail, braised onion and fresh arugola). Again, a beautiful, beautiful food. Then we had more wine. He ordered a bottle of Pinot Nero Praepositus Riserva 2002 – Abbazia Di Novacella; which was the most wonderful Pinot I’ve ever had. My wine hives almost hid in awe, but not quite.

After that, we moved on to the main course, which was a beautiful Mediterranean sea bass with potatoes and broccoli. I thought we were finished, but then, there was dessert. I had a lovely ricotta cheesecake. It was so wonderful.

The entire bill, for the two of us, was more money than the architect and I spend on 15 dining out experiences. I snuck a look at the total when my host excused himself to visit the washroom.


I had intended my post today to be on my NEW EXCITING GUARANTEED WEIGHT LOSS METHODS, since I’d lost almost 4 pounds in the last 5 days (excessive heat and food poisoning sure are good for the diet), but I think I’ve probably gained it all back and more after tonight.

Good news (besides the foodgasm) is that it was getting cloudy tonight as I was driving to dinner, so I’m hoping that the cooler weather will show up tomorrow. Because it would be really nice to sleep in my bed again. Next to the architect. I’m not asking for touching, just the willingness to be in the same room at the same time. Portland better be cooling down soon! Or else!

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