What a great end to the day :)
First – how long was today? Work felt like it would never end! Maybe it was because I knew we were going out to eat? Either way, I was happy when 5:00 finally came around.
I did not pack a snack today since I knew we would be going to dinner in town right after work – I’m kind of sorry I didn’t! I don’t know what my deal was today, but I was starving this afternoon. It was almost as if I didn’t eat lunch at all. Nick said he felt the same way, so maybe it’s because we ran yesterday? I was really happy when we finally got to the restaurant.
We went to a cajun restaurant in town called Boudreax’s and sat up on their deck upstairs.
We’d been before, but it was a long time ago and I”m pretty sure I didn’t get anything other than a salad so I wanted to try a more “cajun” dish.
One cool thing is that they always have a few Abita’s on tap, since it’s a “New Orleans” style restaurant. I had an Abita Amber and Purple Haze with dinner. I loved the Purple Haze! I had never tried it before.
We started with, what else? Fried alligator with cajun mayeux.
It was pretty good – I had about 2 Tbsp of little nuggets – I knew dinner was coming and didn’t want to ruin it.
I ordered the blackened catfish with corn and red pepper relish + rice and beans.
This catfish was awesome! So spicy and cooked perfectly! I love blackened fish, and this was probably the best blackened fish I’ve ever had. I ate all my catfish and I ate the beans off the beans and rice. I’m not a huge fan of white rice anymore, so I just left that.
Then – Nick and I both tried something we never had, and something I never thought I would try.
What is absinthe, you ask?
If you’ve ever read “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemmingway (one of my favorites), you’ve at least heard of it. It was a popular drink overseas in that time with all the expatriots, but was banned in the US for almost a century. I’m very glad it’s not banned any longer and we are able to try this legendary drink.
It’s so cool how it’s served, too! It’s clear in the glass when they bring it to you –
They set the glass under a water spout, and it’s topped with a sugar cube. They turn the spout on the ice water drips down onto the sugar cube and lets it dissolve through the utensil into the absinthe.
I’m really not even sure what to call this – this is what they set across the glass with the sugar cube on and let it drip through the openings. I thought it was so pretty, and it actually has “absente” engraved on it!
As the sugar drops into the absinthe, it turns a couldy greenish-white color.
Pretty cool, huh?
It tastes just like you’re eating black licorice! It’s so crazy. The sugar makes it just sweet enough, but it really smells and tastes just like licorice. So…don’t try it if you don’t like licorice because you wouldn’t like this at all. I loved it and thought it was a great way to end the meal.
Nick said if he knew how licorice-y it was, he wouldn’t have ordered it, but I loved the flavor. I wasn’t expecting it to taste how it did!
After we finished eating, we walked around downtown Blacksburg for a while, looked in a few stores, then headed home to dig into these:
That’s right – birthday cupcakes :)
Nick let me pick the recipe I wanted and he baked them last night. I found this red velvet cake recipe and he just made them into cupcakes instead. We also didn’t use the red food coloring, so they look more like chocolate cupcakes, but they are good and the frosting is amazing.
Well…I’m already in my pj’s and ready to unwind on the couch with my cupcake and maybe a glass of milk.
Happy Happy birthday to Heather, my birthday twin :)
Have you ever tried absinthe? If not, what’s your favorite cajun dish? Or cupcake? :)