So I asked Peggy, when we were married back on July 27, 2002 and I said I would show you the world, did you picture spending our 15th anniversary in a small town in southern Minnesota? I didn’t think so. But I think it worked out pretty well. 🙂 It’s been the best 15 years of my life, with many more to come. I get to spend every day with my best friend and now we get to explore the country together. Pretty awesome stuff, and I am loving it.
How did we get here? Well that’s a long story, but the more recent version is that we left Mackinaw City on July 22, overnighted in Green Bay, WI, and then arrived at a small campground called Hickory Hills just outside of Albert Lea, MN for the week of our anniversary. There’s a longer blog post about that trip coming right up, so this one is about the big day.
Kudos to Peggy, she was thinking ahead a lot better than I was. With the big day coming up, she started working Yelp to figure out where we could go for dinner, and what do you know there’s a fine dining restaurant right in downtown Albert Lea called Crescendo. The reviews were outstanding, so she called and booked a table for Thursday evening at 6:30.
We arrived a bit early and the restaurant wasn’t busy, so the reservations probably weren’t needed. But as the dinner progressed, more and more people showed up. I can see why they have been in business for 16 years, it definitely stays busy. They serve a limited menu, and do it well. We started with a very nice Sauvignon Blanc, crabcakes and a fresh salad with watermelon. All excellent. I didn’t really remember to take pictures because the food was so good, and we were hungry having starved ourselves all day getting ready for dinner!
Dinner was a surf ‘n turf affair. I ordered the barramundi and Peggy had the filet, and we shared. All I can say is wow! What an unexpected gem to find, the dinner was absolutely wonderful, perfectly cooked and elegantly seasoned. The fish was crispy on the outside, tender and flaky on the inside. The filet was a perfect medium rare and just melt-in-your mouth tender. We enjoyed every bite, and coupled with a wonderful 2011 bordeaux it was one of the best meals we have had in a long time.
Wait, what about dessert? You can’t leave without dessert! They had a nice creme brulet and molten cake, but we had had those many times before. What we had not had were the raspberry and white chocolate cream cake and the coconut margarita custard. Yeah, we’re getting those. And they were delicious, paired with a coffee (Peggy) and a Grahams 10 year old tawny port (Mark).
Happy Anniversary Peggy!
Here’s to the next 15!