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25 November 2008 @ 06:54 am
Adventures in Food - Fine Dining at Chef Mavro!!!  
Last weekend, BIG boss was nice enough to take our back office staff out to a really expensive and elegant dinner at Chef Mavro - one of the most expensive restaurants in town. It was only for employees - so no spouses were invited, but the girls all met and rode down together. It was a nice way to spend time with each other outside the stress of the daily office. Besides, I've always said... the one thing that has kept me at my job for so long is the wonderful people I work with. :)

I had the six course veggie tasting menu without the wine (I couldn't do the 11 course like most of my co-workers!!)

My first course was a delicious salad with Haumakua lettuce, skinned tomatoes,
cucumbers with a really interesting vinaigrette. YUMMY!!

The second course was my favorite!!
Here's the website's description: Grilled Hamakua Mushroom Macaroni Gratin:
jumbo alii mushroom, jerusalem artichoke, parmesan chips, cauliflower purée
sumida watercress, vinaigrette

The little white thing on the bottom was the Macaroni Gratin (basically pasta lined up
and covered with cheese and baked) - soooo delicious!!
And the mushrooms?? They were seasoned PERFECTLY - to die for!! YUM!

This was also a favorite dish of mine!! :)
They brought out a bowl with carrots, mochi (rice cake - you can see it - the
2 longish white things on either side...), and pearl onions - then they poured
a shiitake mushroom au jus over it... DELICIOUS!!!! I was in veggie heaven!!

This was my main course, which was okay... I liked the other two before far more, though!
This was a chickpea and zucchini mixture on top of swiss chard with a pancake like thing
on the top. Interesting and yummy, but not earth shattering like the last two...

This was a watermelon gelatin thingy that I couldn't eat due to the gelatin... :(
I gave it away and others seemed to like it. :)

My dessert was a plate of three malasadas (Portuguese donuts) covered in sugar
filled with lilikoi. The Malasadas sat upon a really good guava sauce and was topped
with pineapple / coconut ice cream. Delicious - except for the ice cream - I hate
coconut... Bleh.

All the girls that night at dinner. :)

What a night and what incredible food!! It took us nearly 4 hours to complete all the courses, but it was a fun way to spend time with co-workers and try a restaurant we wouldn't normally be able to afford... :)

I'm off to work, hope you all have a nice day!! :)
Current Mood: fullfull
Was I in it?: bellyalligatorandme on November 25th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)

Is that a crouton or falafel on the salad?
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on November 25th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
That's one of their homemade croutons. :) It was VERY delicious!! :)
zortrana: Teazortrana on November 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
It looks so yummy! I would devour that third one!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 29th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Thanks!! The third one was AMAZING!! One of those dishes that I wish I had the recipe for!! The whole meal was incredible!
Mme Bahorel: thelmammebahorel on November 25th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
They actually gave something gelatin-based to someone who ordered a vegetarian tasting menu? Gelatin, not agar? FAIL.

(yummy otherwise, though!)
Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on November 29th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
I know... REALLY strange! I asked them and they said gelatin, not agar... :P And then when I asked why my dessert wasn't the chocolate like everyone else had, the waiter said that the chocolate dessert had gelatin in it... Boo.
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Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on November 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
It was a lot of fun - and SO YUMMY!! But sinfully bad in calories... :(
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on November 26th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
the second and third courses look interesting and sound tasty!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
The second and third courses were the best!! I wanted more of those two plates - they were INCREDIBLE!!