|Escargot To-Go, Feb. 14, 2011.|
We were too lazy to even get take-out on what we knew would be a busy day for all our favorite restaurants. Instead, we purchased our Valentine's Day meal from our local French cheese shop. The best part about our meal was the dessert-- handmade chocolate truffles and chocolate-covered candied orange peel. This part of the dinner DID remind me of our honeymoon in Paris. I still dream of visiting Fouchon with my husband of 24 hours and the way Fouchon's mouth-watering slivers of chocolate-covered orange peel cured me of a nasty case jet-lag and general post-wedding overwhelm. (My husband still credits Fouchon with saving our marriage... and our honeymoon.) I hope to replive the experience (at least the eating part) by making candied orange peel at home using oranges growing in our own backyard sometime soon. But I digress.
The cheese and fresh baguette were also delicious, although in all the excitement about the snails forgot to eat them on Valentine's Day and actually had to have a Valentine's Day "do-over" the next day. I can't remember what we ate for our main course-- it was something previously frozen and not that great. We should have known better, but we did all get a good laugh out of it. And our daughters ended up with a great shell collection once we washed out the "escargot" shells.