{foodie friday} an anniversary dinner to remember

This week has been a whirlwind for me, a convergence of several big projects due at once. Thus is the life of the self-employed, huh? It keeps me on my toes, and I could not love and appreciate that more!

But today, I’m going to post about food. Write what you know about, right? I’d like to institute Foodie Fridays on the blog because 1) food is pretty much the universal symbol for love, 2) I can never, ever run out of content, and 3) there is some kind of foodie element to all of my books.

Plus, I am still dreaming of our anniversary dinner from last weekend.

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To celebrate six years, my husband and I ventured to downtown Tulsa to investigate a new-to-us restaurant that was a surprise for me. TAVOLO. One, it was Italian, and two, I love trying new places. So my husband did very well in making his Italian foodie wife feel known and loved.

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We started with the chef’s choice bruschetta, which changes seasonally. It was a crunchy, buttery crostini with a house-made local goat cheese spread, a delicious peach jam, and basil chiffonade. Easily made the top 10 things I’ve ever eaten list.

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Since it was our anniversary, we decided to go big. Because we definitely weren’t going home. JT got the filet, which was perfectly cooked and tender. It was served with delectable caramelized onions, a roasted fingerling potato hash, pancetta, and broccolini.

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Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I tasted my own dish, which I ordered without any hesitation. I mean, I jump when I see the combination of sweet corn, basil, and crab. Especially in a pasta. It was just as delicious as I imagined, but the real clincher was the broth. The chef who walked by explained she simmers parmesan rinds in a pot with the usual aromatic suspects, resulting in this silky creation. Spot-on!

So, Tavolo, we will definitely be back for our special occasions. Thanks for making our anniversary delicious and memorable!

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What is the best meal you’ve had recently? What restaurant can we not miss when we visit your city?

4 Comments

  1. Michelle Lim April 25, 2014

    Laurie, I absolutely love the pictures! Now I am so hungry… hmm the best food I’ve had lately would be at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester, MN. OHHH, they have this garlic chicken that is AMAZING!

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    • Laurie April 25, 2014

      Thanks for the input to start Foodie Friday! I think it will be a fun adventure. I also think I want to come to Minnesota just so I can have that chicken 🙂 (And see you!!)

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  2. Laura R April 25, 2014

    That looks so good! Anything with crab in it gets my immediate attention! There’s a dish that luckily has been on special every time we go to Jake’s Crawfish up here that is salmon stuffed with Dungeness crab and brie. I die.
    We went to another Portland standby for my birthday a couple weeks ago (though it was our first visit) called Paley’s Place. We had steak tartare for the first time and the most perfectly cooked salmon ever.
    So many things are coming to mind now, though! Whenever people come to visit, it seems like all we do is take them around to eat!

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    • Laurie April 25, 2014

      I miss Portland food! I was talking with Nike about my perfect day in the Portland area. 99% of it revolves around food. I will add those places to the list. <3

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