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Happily Ever Eating #1

Riegelsville Inn – May 13, 2021

Our meal today… a delectable four course hors d’oeuvre adventure!

We began with the soup du jour – potato and bacon topped with Blue Moon Acres pea leaves. The hearty soup had an amazing flavor and was perfect for the cool spring evening.

Next, we were presented with the Beaver Tail Oysters, from Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, served with a rose vinegar mignonette and a grilled peach cocktail sauce. The oysters were plump with a mild brine and a sweet finish. The rose vinegar was a perfect pairing, as a sweet vinegar and the peach cocktail sauce was a wonderful complement.

The charcuterie tray, or “Aged and Cured” as they refer to it, offered several cheese and meat offerings. We made our choice this evening based on the inability to pronounce three of the options – Fourme d’Ambert, Delice de Bourguignon and Nduja (LOL). The Fourme d’Ambert is a semi-hard blue cheese, one of France’s oldest cheeses. Although a very good blue cheese, not our favorite, as we prefer a more creamy blue over a drier blue. The Delice de Bourguignon is a French classic triple cream, which paired phenomenally with the Nduja, which is a pork salami made with roasted peppers and a blend of spices. The Nduja is a spreadable meat, which sure had a kick to it!

Paired with the cheese and meat tray, we chose The Pickle Jar – a Chef-selection of pickled fruits and vegetables. Blueberries, raspberries, parsnips, celery, peppers and carrots were delightfully sweet and pickled, which enhanced the cheeses and meat very nicely.

We finished our meal with espresso encrusted seal scallops served with balsamic roasted oyster mushrooms, Blue Moon Acres pea leaves and a pomegranate reduction. The scallops were cooked to perfection and who would have thought to roll them in espresso first! The pomegranate reduction added that extra bit of sweetness that rounded out the flavor; these were our favorite part of the meal!

We enjoyed our delightful meal in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere with friendly, attentive staff. The inside of the Inn was beautifully decorated and was a perfect date night place for your newly foodie bloggers!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ~Virginia Wolf

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