Life is too short to sit around and not make memories. Life is too short to get mad at the small stuff, even the big stuff should feel too small to get mad at. Last night was definitely a Valentines Day I’ll never forget.
We made reservations at our favorite place, Rippingons in Waxhaw, NC. It’s one of my favorite little towns. The stores are quaint, the people are kind, and it makes you feel like you’re walking on a movie set, a Nicolas Sparks type of movie set. The trees are lit up, not a piece of trash can be found on the ground, and it’s just one heck of a romantic town.
We got lucky because there were only a few spots open for reservations. They put us in the 5:15pm reservation, which is great because I love early dinners. Rippingtons had a special Valentines day full course menu, which forced my salad ordering self to order something different. Everything on the menu looked fantastic!
The meal came with Korbel Champagne. I drank it slowly, because even though it’s Valentines Day, I wanted to honor my healthy eating promise to myself.
For our appetizer, we had a choice between baked brie with toasted almonds, fig and apricot jam, and she crab soup.
You take the mini toast, add baked brie, fig, apricot jam, and toasted almonds on top. It sounds like a weird combination with the savory cheese and fruity jam, but it’s one of the best flavors out there. I had an appetizer plate like this in Amiens, France (which I still have yet to blog about) and I loved it! Instead of Fig, they served blackberry and that was good too!
I’m thinking about making a baked brie appetizer plate for an appetizer tomorrow night while we watch The Bachelor.
We had a choice between iceberg wedge with bacon, tomatoes, fried shallots, and a buttermilk beu cheese dressing, or a salad with fried oyster salad tossed in balsalmic with bacon bits and eggs. I chose the iceberg wedge without bacon and ranch on the side. This was actually the first time ever ordering a wedge salad at a restaurant and I kind of liked it better. Something bout the sound of cutting the lettuce was therapeutic…call me weird if you want 😉
Our dinner choices were herb encusted rack of lamb, pan seared grouper, surf & turf sirloin, shrimp stuffed flounder, or tournedos berkeley. They all sounded incredible and I’m glad we had a while to choose.
After a long fifteen minutes of contemplating, I ordered the Tournedos Berkeley.The dish came with twin 4oz filets topped with crab meat, asparagus and bernaise sauce. “Bernaise” (even though i think they spelled it wrong on the menu, if I’m correct it’s spelled béarnaise) sauce is is a sauce made of clarified butter mixed in egg yolks, white wine vinegar and flavored with herbs. Maybe it’s one of those English/French words like omelet/omelette with two spellings. I’m sure one of my readers can tell me! I don’t really care how it was spelled the sauce was incredible!
I did order the sauce on the side because there was about 400-500 calories of fat in that side dish. I’d rather eat 500 calories of cake than 500 calories of béarnaise sauce.
The filet was topped with crab meat, which was a nice combo together. I would have never thought of that. I will say they have hands down the best mashed potatoes I have ever had in my entire life. It was hard to practice self control with those! The steamed veggies were good too!
Our two dessert choices were the Girls dream, a chocolate crepe with white chocolate mousse topped with chocolate and strawberry sauce and toasted almonds, or Cupid’s double decker strawberry shortcake. We went with strawberry shortcake. Now, I’m not a cheesecake person, never was, but this wasn’t too bad. The top cake layer with the strawberry jelly was the best part. It had graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer, strawberry jelly, strawberry cake, strawberry mouse, and another layer of strawberry jam glaze.
I’m definitely going to make a healthy version of this dessert!
I ordered some coffee with my dessert and we sat around for another hour talking and sharing out dessert. We were there for about two hours and had one of the best dinners ever! Our waitress was also amazing and one of the best waitresses we’ve ever had. We’ve never had bad service at Rippington’s.