Not only is it Martin Luther King Day and the day before Barack Obama's inauguration (YAY!), it is also the day I give you this:
It's the yarn left from my Interlocking Balloons scarf!
I started this scarf November 7, 200-freaking-7, and I am indescribably relieved to have it off the needles.
For quite some time, I was convinced that this would be my perpetually unfinished object. I would work on it for hours, only to be disheartened at what seemed to be a lack of progress.
The lesson? Don't choose a scarf pattern that has a 44-row repeat and somewhere around 50 stitches per row!
Anyway...it's done. Now I just have to block it, and that, my friends, will require blocking pins (which I don't have).
Also today we baked honey whole wheat bread. Yum!
I spent a little bit of time this afternoon at Mississippi Mud House, and for dinner we had some cheap Chinese food. This is the time of my cycle during which I crave one certain thing and my brain won't shut up until I have it. The sesame chicken was most unhealthy, but nothing ever tasted so good.
Nothing, with perhaps the exception of dinner Friday night...
Acero (or, Total Deliciousness)
Porkchop helped a friend design wedding invitations, and I provided the letterpress printer hook-up, so said friend took us out for a very nice dinner at Acero. We all enjoyed the four course tasting menu (for a mere $25, one of the best deals in St. Louis), accompanied by a red wine, the name of which I can't recall.
I started my dinner with the chicken liver mousse crostini, which was totally perfect. I'm a secret chicken liver fan (I grew up eating chicken liver regularly), so I loved this crostini topped with the creamy mousse. For my pasta course, I had the orchiette with acorn squash and pancetta. Again, two thumbs up! However, I'm not quite convinced the squash was indeed acorn squash...it tasted rather butternut-ish (no complaint from me, of course).
For the main course, I chose the slow-roasted porchetta, mainly for the polenta accompaniment. The meat was tender and flavorful, and the polenta yummy and creamy. Finally, for dessert I chose the chocolate-pistachio bread pudding with espresso topping. It was good, but the bread pudding was a bit on the dry side. Not something I'd choose again.
In conclusion, I look forward to going back for another dinner!
I also finished my February Lady Sweater! It is blocked and ready for buttons! After finding some appropriate buttons and completing the deal, I'll post a picture.
Yesterday, Porkchop and I watched Slumdog Millionaire. It totally deserves the awards it's winning! Such a well put-together film.
Also, I can't forget... Happy Inauguration Day!