One of my favorites paid homage to baseball icon Wrigley Field:
There were so many beautiful and creative designs but my heart belonged to the Central Park garden...we even smooched on the bridge as we reminisced about the day we were engaged.
|Napa, Central Park, and Cedar Point|
And the Q104 Legged Fashion Show is a must see - the pups were adorable and really seemed to enjoy all the attention.
|Slider showed off his pup and I got a smooch from a pooch|
Amp 150 is right around the corner and one of my favorite restaurants so we couldn't resist. While they get tons of accolades, I still feel like they are my own special little secret. Their airport location makes them a somewhat of a destination for most but they are definitely worth the drive. Located in the Airport Marriott they aren't where you would expect to find fine dining.
The food is always outstanding and surprisingly affordable - most entrees are under $20. The best bet in my opinion is their 4 course Chef's Choice tasting menu. For $35 you get four courses of amazing food selected for you by Chef Jeff Jarrett. It was an easy choice.
We started with an amuse of tomato soup...one of the few soups I normally hate. Well, Chef Jarrett is such a rock star in the kitchen, his soup had me changing my tune - delicious!
Duck confit over Caroline cheesy style rice with frizzled sweet potato shards was a bowl of homey goodness. By this time, first timer Mark could understand why I rave about Amp 150 all the time. Mustard pork and fried jalapenos served over cranberry beans and apple butter rounded out the savory items. The portions are perfect - satisfying but leaving you wanting just one or two more bites before you move on to the next course.
I was really hoping that dessert would be their sublime milk chocolate pana cotta and I was not disappointed. Far from it, considering that 2 other treats were included as well - a swoon worthy blood orange tart (like lemon curd, but better!) and a chocolate mousse topped with chocolate sauce and dried orange peels. I added my orange peels to the tart and it really gave the pana cotta a run for its money in the best dessert category.
|Seriously, how can a plate hold this much yum?!|
We also had a great bottle of wine...
|love me some tempranillo!|
|We left our mark with our card stuck on the ceiling ~ what a great trick!|
They have a special Seafood Dinner on March 8th at 6:30.
For $65 you'll be treated to 5 courses:
housemade seafood sausage, ricotta cavatelli
arugula, tomato confit, feta cheese, crispy shallots, lemon vinaigrette
olive oil poached swordfish, white bean puree, escabeche
thyme basted monkfish, celery root and sunchoke gratin, red wine jus
angel food cake, lemon curd, strawberry cotton candy
I don't know about you, but I'd like to go just to see what seafood sausage is all about! Call them at (216) 706-8726 to make your reservation.
And if you are in the area, or even if you have to drive across town, be sure to add Amp 150 to your Must Do list. But keep it our little secret...
** disclosure: I was given two tickets to the Great Big Home & Garden Show, as well as two to give away on this blog. Also, our bottle of wine was comped as a surprise for us at Amp 150.
As always, my opinions and thoughts are my own. **