But my absolute favorite came from my husband. I know, I know, don't roll your eyes! I bet you are thinking that I HAVE to say that, but it is honestly the truth. And he almost surprised me with it, almost. And I think the reason I liked it so much, was because it was completely me, in every sense. Because I'm one of those people that would rather go do something rather than receive something as a gift. Not that I don't enjoy physical gifts. I do. I just love creating those memories. So my favorite gift this year? Being treated to lunch at Canoe and then going to see The Nutcracker. Good food, excellent cultural entertainment = one happy girl! Believe it or not, in my almost 5 years of living in Atlanta, I hadn't done either!
My first few apartments in Atlanta were actually about 2 miles away from Canoe. I had always heard amazing reviews about this place, but I knew it was expensive. And at that time, my budgets just didn't allow such an extravagant meal. So finally, five years later I get to try it! And we get a table located near the river to boot. For those of you who aren't familiar, Canoe is located right next to the Chattahoochee river in Vinings. It offers some amazing views and lots of options for special events if you need it. We started out with truffle french fries and I decided to splurge and get a poinsettia, which is basically a mimosa, but its mixed with cranberry juice instead of orange juice.
I have to say, I was really not impressed with these. They were nice, but I guess there just isn't that much that you can really do to jazz up french fries. These were sprinkled with truffle oil, rosemary, and parm. For me, I don't really enjoy biting into rosemary leaves because they are a little tough sometimes. Also, the parm was shaved into such large pieces, that it was hard to get a little of everything on your fork. The flavors work really well, but pretty generic in my humble opinion. I was a little upset actually. My first taste of Canoe, surely this wasn't one of those pretentious places that charged a lot but didn't deliver. Thankfully, when my entree came out, I was proven wrong!
Until Next Time.