GG and I celebrated our anniversary yesterday, a couple days early. Our actual anniversary is tomorrow, but we wanted to go to Tastebuds, and they’re closed on Mondays, so Saturday it was! We got up to New Hope a couple hours early, since the weather was kind of nice, and we wanted to walk around a bit. A lot of other people had the same idea, it was pretty crowded. Plus, it was raining a little, hard enough for me to pull out my umbrella at one point. We got to visit Butter, the resident cat at Farley’s, who is a little more laid back every time we see him. This time he was in his usual sleeping spot, under the rack of greeting cards. I bent down to pet him and he immediately rolled over for tummy scratches.
We headed to the restaurant but still had a bit of time to kill, so we continued walking up the street, which I guess we’d never done before, and stumbled across one of New Hope’s “pocket parks.” Apparently there are a few of them in town, but we have never come across one before. This one stretched across the block between Bridge Street and Ferry Street, parallel to the train tracks. We entered from the Ferry Street side, and there were some sponsored pavers dedicated to different people (some of them were amusing, but this group was my favorite), then a little water feature, where we took some pictures, a little seating area with benches, and a gazebo. It was cute, but there were so many rules posted! You basically can walk on the pavers or sit on the benches, but don’t try to touch anything else!
Finally it was time for dinner, and once again we had a great experience. The guys there are so nice, and I can’t believe that for the limited number of times we’ve been there (I think we’re only up to four or five now, in five years), they remember us! I had an amazing artichoke flan (served with some roasted tomato sauce, which I wish there was more of because it was really great with the flan), while GG decided to be adventurous and had smoked trout-stuffed eggs with pickled onions, which sounds like something an old man would eat if he wanted to switch things up from his usual liver sandwich, but GG seemed to enjoy them and was even discussing the contrast of flavors with the owners. Then I had the asparagus and wild mushroom ravioli in parmesan broth, which I was looking forward to because asparagus ravioli in parmesan broth was the first meal I’d had here and it was life-changing, but I guess it’s like a junkie chasing a high because nothing will ever compare to the first time. And GG had a pork chop with smoked chili glaze, which I tried and it was yummy, but what I really liked on his plate was the mashed potatoes! When I saw the tres leches cake was on their dessert menu, I of course had to order that, and it was amazing (served with perfectly ripe strawberries, too). GG was still feeling adventurous, and I convinced him to try the coconut milk panacotta with tamarind sauce, which sounded like something he’d really enjoy. He did eat all of it, but I think it wasn’t what he was expecting. The owners asked him if he’d order it again and he was like, “mmmm… probably not.” Haha!
I’d had kind of a low-grade headache all day, and some switch just flipped as we were wrapping up dinner, suddenly I couldn’t even see straight, my headache was so bad. As soon as we were done I just wanted to go home. I tried to sleep in the car, then when we got home I fell asleep for a few hours on the sofa, and then I went to bed. Even when I woke up this morning the headache wasn’t completely gone. Ugh. I’ll blame the barometric pressure.
Unrelated story: I have a Seagate external hard drive that automatically backs up all my files every week. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been getting an error message that the backup wasn’t successful, but I hadn’t looked into it yet. Last night it didn’t even start creating the backup, as the computer apparently didn’t recognize that the drive was plugged in, and the light was just flashing. So today, I went to move the hard drive and accidentally dropped it! I wanted to check and just see that it wasn’t damaged, so I plugged it in… the computer recognized it. I went to run a backup and it worked! Weird! So I guess it’s okay now?