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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fancy Pants Food

My friends were so kind last night to take me out to dinner to celebrate my new job (actually my friend said it wasn't to celebrate the new job is was to celebrate my escape from the witch) Since they just cashed out some stocks they offered to take us to a nice restaurant and my friend and I have always wanted to try Brix.

The first thing I noticed was the menu was pretty small which worried me and then after a quick scan I was worried because I didn't see any food on there that I thought my friend would like. After going back and forth about whether we should stay or not (we didn't want to spend all that money on food that no one would enjoy) my friend and I finally decided we would stay, our poor husbands were relieved thinking the worst was over. Wrong!

So we're looking at the menu and I'm sitting there thinking "Am I the only one that doesn't understand what most of these words mean?" I mean I watch iron chef, they cook with exotic stuff all the time, and I only recognized a few things from iron chef. So my husband has been here several times and he's used to going out to fancy dinners so I started asking him what stuff was and he kept telling me to ignore all the small print and just stick to what the bold print said (steak, chicken, rib, (yes that's just one rib)duck, salmon)

So I said screw it and after the waiter came back for the third time to see if we were ready to order yet, he asked if we had any questions (he must have overheard us) and I decided I didn't care if I embarrassed myself and started asking what all sorts of stuff was. He told me any big words that looked like they might be French, it was more than likely a sauce. So after many questions I was still confused and asked the waiter what he would suggest and he said the baseball cut steak, well he had scoffed at my friend when she asked for her other type of steak to be cooked well done, so I asked "will I get in trouble if I ask for this to be done?" the poor boy looked like he was going to have a heart attack and told me I better have the chicken instead. I said I couldn't because it was made with truffles and I knew that meant mushrooms (yuck) since I watch the iron chef.
So I told him I'll do the steak and to have it the most done that he would suggest (I guess it was medium) Our husbands got snippy with us when we asked them if it would be impolite to ask for steak sauce for me and ranch for my friend. The both shook their heads in embarrassment.

When our bread arrived we were excited and then they put down a plate of oil and vinegar, my friend tried to dip her bread in this and only succeeded in soaking up oil, I tried to stir up with a knife, that didn't do any good, finally I stuck my bread all the way to the bottom and it got some vinegar on it, I thought it was good my friend however wanted to ask for butter but once again was shooshed by the husbands.

The food was good, I ventured out and ate bloody steak, I tasted caviar (yuck, tastes like fish) I had homefries (smashed up red potatoes fried) with crab meat, EXCELLENT! and the best calamari I've ever tasted, yum!
My friend who's a little less adventures wasn't all that impressed so to make up for it we took her to coldstone creamery for dessert. First time there for all of us. Cake batter flavored ice cream and cheesecake flavored ice cream....I was in heaven.

Just a note: My husband says their lunch menu is much less fancy and has stuff like meatloaf and lasagna.


At 4:00 PM, Blogger jb3ll3 said...

I have had appetizers at Brix but never dinner. And did you like the rare steak?

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Toni said...

I am not into fancy......hey, this is Idaho after all!!!

Lola looks like she came from the napathon! Poor girl....wants to be a kitty..tell her not to try and be someone she isn't and give her an extra treat!!

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Bre said...

The steak wasn't that bad, it was pretty good, it's just the thought of eating uncooked meat that scares me. There was lots of yummy sauce to dip it in, don't ask me what it was though. =)

At 1:08 AM, Blogger stebbijo said...

Dipping bread in oil and vinegar? That is a new one. I would like to try that, but I am scared I might want butter, too.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger jb3ll3 said...

Stebbs, You do not eat bread with butter in Italy. You eat it with virgin olive oil and basalmic vinegar. It's good! No trans fat, either.

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Bre said...

So Jbelle what's the proper way to get it on your bread? It tasted pretty darn good, maybe we'll start doing that at home.

At 9:02 AM, Blogger jb3ll3 said...

I went to Brix on Friday night but I'm afraid you wouldn't want to go with me. I had the raw tuna; it was divine. sorry. Anytime you want to go to Quizno's, I'll go. Or that Mexican place Flippy Floppy just reviewed. That sounds like food porn that they serve up there. xo

At 9:05 AM, Blogger jb3ll3 said...

Ah, here's the trick: two-to-one oil to balsamic vinegar. Don't get too much vinegar, as it's quite potent and you will cough it up! So you just tear off a little piece of bread and dip/dab it in the center of the oil/vingegar so you get a little of both. The more times you do this, the better it gets because the vinegar and oil then combine. yummm! And Bre, here's a late-breaking newsflash: you heard it first: I am going to Italy in June. I will bring you back whatever oil or vinegar or whatever you so desire. xo

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Bre said...

JBELLE! I'm so jealous. The hubby and I were just discussing our fantasy trip to Europe (more his than mine, I'd rather go somewhere tropical) But I really want to go to Italy to eat real Italian food.

I went to the store with intentions of buying balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil but the oil contains 16 grams of fat...couldn't do it, I know it's the unsaturated fat but it still scared me.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Bre said...

Oh and that husband of mine loves raw tuna. He frequents the sushi place in Spokane near his work, it's called Raw (I think) I promised I would try it with him but the day we went the place was closed.

We are going on a cruise at the end of March and I am gonig to branch out and try all sorts of stuff.


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