So we went to Alba, a wonderful BYO that IL's had not been to yet. Peter and I had been about a year and a half ago.
Oh...BYO...what is that? Well in PA they have an f-ed up system for alcohol purchasing and liquor licenses. As a result many excellent restraunts that cannot get a liquor license (b/c there are a finite amount of them) are able to have a "Bring Your Own Bottle" policy. This is wonderful b/c you are:
1. Not paying the INSANE markup on the wine you like,
2. You can actually bring wine you know, you like.
It's a wonderful arrangement really and there are many good wine stores just across the state lines since the PA ones have once again gone downhill b/c of the state laws. Grrrr.
Anyway, we shared an antipasto platter of crispy mussels, steak tartare on crostini, goat cheese and fava bean bruscetta, grilled shrimp on a small bed of romanesco slaw and salami.
Everyone else had a really good looking steak with gnocci and zucchini. I had the best lamb since P and I were in Greece with leeks and potato puree with romano cheese. It was AMAZING. For dessert I had roasted almond pot de creme. All in all a fabulous meal. Oh! We also had 2 exellent bottles of wine Paraduxx 2002 and Viadare 2002. The IL's a big wine-o's so they broke out some very nice ones for MIL's b-day.
P and I have cut down on our eating out and meals like this make me want to add a 3rd job or sell my organs so we can do it more often.