Prelude to the Food & Wine Classic

I cannot believe it is finally here!  We registered today for what will surely be a fun-filled 3 days of culinary madness (my sister is holding my other 8 shopping bags, but don’t tell the Hubby).
Upon our arrival last night, we headed to Jimmy’s on Mill Street, a local favorite.  Recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 50 bars in the nation by Food & Wine, Jimmy’s has over 120 tequilas and mezcals from which to choose, plus an extensive cocktail and spirits menu.  The food was outstanding, and very colorful.  Now I just have to convince the ladies to return Saturday night for some salsa dancing.

Yellow heirloom tomato gazpacho
Salmon with basil glaze, quinoa, artichokes and cucumber salad
Prickly pear sorbet

We also had to swing by Ajax Tavern for some truffle fries and our first glimpse of Mario Batali, who is often seen eating here during the F&W Classic.

At the base of Ajax Mountain with big sis’
Truffle fries and rose, a great summer combo
Crisp asparagus salad at Ajax Tavern

One of my favorite shopping stops was at Amen Wardy to see his beautiful tablescapes.  Check out these beaded place mats and the Indo-China inspired place setting below…love, love, love.

Off to get a good night’s sleep…class with Jacques Pepin at 10 am.  Sweet dreams!

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