Sunday, February 19, 2012

Food And Romance

On Friday, John took me to The Chalkboard, a charming place to eat. The appetizer was terrific, Olive Tapenade Topped Hummus with Roasted Garlic. The Salad was very good, with unusual proportions of Dried Cherries, Dried Apricot, and Candied Nuts - could have been a dessert, but since we shared it, it was nice. The main dishes were the reason we won't go back. John's Sea Bass smelled a little too fishy, but was OK - just OK. My Beef Wellington was awful. If you've never made it, you might not know that it's one of the easiest fancy entrees you can make. Almost impossible to wreck, unless you burn it. And the whole bottom of it was. Oh well, there are other places in Tulsa to try. And it was a sweet place for a romantic evening.

In a romantic vein, since John knew he was away on business for Valentine's Day, we spent a little more time together the weekend before, even going to Target together. Since our Target has a Starbucks, John got me a Chai Tea Latte. Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't like the taste of coffee, (je n'aime pas le café), so I have never actually had a Latte of any kind. Who knew they made them with Tea? But I am so hooked now - that warm, frothy creaminess and sweetness from all the spices. Oooh!


  1. Tea latte? Or Latte tea? I've never heard of them, though of course Brits routinely drink their tea with milk. White tea, with or without sugar, 99%. Black tea or tea with lemon - unless it's herbal or something - almost unheard of. Iced tea? Sacrilege!

    Must check out tea lattes, as I'm trying to drink more tea (far, far cheaper than coffee and we have a mountain of tea for some reason). It does upset my tummy if I have too much (lesson - drink water? nah...).

  2. Oh, what a nice evening you must have had, notwithstanding the less than excellent Beef Wellington. The tea latte is something I must try. Love both coffee and tea.

  3. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your main dishes at The Chalkboard. Typically, they are very good. Two other locally owned restaurants not far from The Chalkboard are The Palace and Lucky's, both in the Cherry Street area.

  4. Hey Shelley! I looked on the Internet and there were recipes for Chai Tea Lattes, even specifically Starbuck's ones. I will be trying them this weekend. First I have to pick up a few more spices. The first time I went to England, in the early 70's, I was stunned to order Tea and get it with milk. There was no question of whether or not I wanted milk, just "Mif or Mil?" Huh? And it was pretty obvious that MIF (stands for Milk in first) was the right answer.
    Hi Sanda! It's always nice to be out with my husband. I'll send you the best Tea Latte recipe I come up with. But I found the Almond Butter (at Whole Foods), so I'll be baking those cookies this week. That is such a good idea.
    Hi Cindy! Thanks for the other ideas. I love finding new places to eat. Hope your new location is doing well. I'll have to check it out. I'm looking for some nice large soup bowls in a yellow or blue. You always show such cute things on your blog.

  5. MIF is from the days of using bone china, which would crack if one put in boiling water first. These days it's anyone's guess. I do it last, but I tend to make the mugs of tea in the kitchen and bring them into the sitting room, so no one knows!

  6. Thanks Shelley, for making sense of the MIF!