While Elissa and her family were off frolicking on St. John, Sean and I took an amazing trip to Belize (you can book it yourself here) and came back engaged! We have been having a great time sharing the news with everyone back home, and when Sean's mom suggested a celebratory dinner, we eagerly accepted. We chose Farm House Cafe, a fantastic yet very homey and welcoming French restaurant near our apartment in San Diego. It hit just the right note for our happy occasion.
We started with a very nice bottle of champagne, a Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve. Oh, how I love champagne!
We were at Farm House on a Thursday night, and it turns out that they do a special three-course prix fixe menu every Thursday for $30. The menu looked delicious and a good value, so all three of us chose this option.
First up, golden baby beets with salmon rillette and citrus segments.
The salmon was velvety and rich, the beets slightly earthy and sweet, and the citrus gave it a nice bright flavor. It was a very auspicious beginning!
Our main course was bay scallops, with potato gnocchi, baby nante carrots, and citrus beurre blanc.
This was comfort food, elevated. The gnocchi appeared to be pan-fried, so they were a bit crisp on the outside, which was a great contrast to the scallops and the carrots. The citrus beurre blanc brought everything together beautifully.
Finally, we finished our meal with blood orange mousse, served with red velvet crumbles and raspberry-grapefruit sorbet.
The mousse was very creamy and dense, but the citrus flavors from the blood orange sauce and sorbet kept this light and refreshing.
All in all, we had a wonderful celebration at Farm House, and I'm already plotting when we can go back again. Check it out if you're in San Diego!