It had been a busy day, so I nearly forgot it was N and my scheduled blood date. It's amazing how quickly 9 weeks can go by.
After we had finished giving our pints, enjoying the company and community of blood takers and donators, I had a hankering for halibut. So we decided to drive downtown to McGrath's Fish House for dinner.
We walked into McGrath's and the hostess asked, "two for dinner?". She led us to a table near the windows looking out on Chemeketa and the diners outside. I wished we'd thought to ask to sit outside. It would have been a great evening to eat outdoors.
I nearly panicked when I didn't see my favorite Halibut Parmesan in it's usual spot on the menu. (That's why I was here!) I looked over at the seasonal print-out, to see if there was anything that might come close to taking it's place. Aha! There's the Halibut Parmesan!
The waitress brought our green salads and bread. I like the addition of cucumber, tomato, carrot, cabbage and croutons, to the mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce.
About 7 minutes after we finished our salads, the waitress brought our dinners. Maybe because I can still hear mother's voice, or maybe because I really do like well prepared veggies, the first thing I dug into were their vegetables - tossed with olive oil, and roasted. I tasted a hint of lemon juice with what I'm guessing was a mixture of tuscan herbs. On top of my halibut was a golden, crispy, coating of parmesan cheese. The flavor of the toasted parmesan cheese is a wonderful compliment to the mild halibut.
N here, I had the alder plank Salmon. The fish was cooked the correct amount, it was moist throughout and had a nice smokey flavor.
I wonder what we'll hanker for in September.
I hope that date doesn't arrive too quickly!
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