That said, I still had some serious celebrating ahead of me. ARF's parents were flying in from the land of sun and fun for a few days and generously offered to take me out for a beautiful birthday dinner. After a week of searching and going through my most wanted list of restaurants, we decided on Restaurant Nora.
Hidden just a few blocks off Dupont Circle, Nora's is a DC classic. They've been around for over 20 years, holding the prestigious title of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant. The setting was rustic and quaint--something I looked for when making this decision.
There are four distinct seating areas; we were seated in the gallery which was out the front door and through an entirely different entrance. But enough talk about the setting, I know you all want to know what we ate!
|Fried green tomatoes with Old Bay dipping sauce|
We decided it was best to share a few appetizers in order to save room for the expansive dessert menu. We shared the fried green tomatoes and a delicious pineapple carpaccio with hearts of palm and pistachios. Delicious!
I wasn't the best blogger during dinner because I wanted to stay in the moment, so excuse my sparse photography!
|Lobster and scallops with polenta|
|Stuffed squash with goat cheese and farro-- it might not look like much, but it was divine.|
The whole meal finished with candles and a chocolate cake, naturally. Happy birthday to me!