Monday, December 13, 2010

Connecticut: An Old-Fashioned Country Lunch

When traveling, I try to research and plan out interesting things to due in each region... and then I force Bryan to due them with me!
Todays outing was to The Golden Lamb Buttery, an old-fashioned family run restaurant started in 1963. The restaurant is in a barn on a prestine farm surrounded by stone walls (love them!) and seriously beautiful scenic views. The owners 20-something granddaughter has taken over the business and is the hostess as well.
We literally drove through the state of Connecticut and waaaaaaay out into the countryside for our lunch at The Golden Lamb Buttery.
It was so worth the drive, as Bryan and I both agree -- it was the best meal *from 1st course through desert* that we've ever eaten EVER. The entrance to the restaurant is on the right and the part of the barn to the left is where the dining room is (we looked out the far left window while eating)
We entered into the restaurant through these barn doors
Then we walked through the long barn admiring all of their country decor
I took this photo from my seat at our table
The lamb chalkboard was the menu
Doesn't it all look staged or fake?
But it wasn't... this is just their everyday dining room My Sherry Mushroom soup with a puff pastry on top was to. die. for. good!
Bryan ordered the French Peasant soup with beef as his 1st course, but ate it so fast that I didn't get a photo... guess he liked it!
I couldn't believe that they were serving us on such beautiful, antique china!

I ordered the Quiche Da Jour, which in English translates to mushroom and tomato quiche with a homemade pastry crust
I didn't want my meal to end... really, I didn't.......
Bryan ordered the Hillandale Hash, which consisted of a duck and veggie hash
The carrot cake bread was heavenly As full as we were, we knew that based on our wonderfully gourmet meals, we had to order dessert.
Had to.
Bryan had the chocolate and carmel tart.
I had the apple pie.
I just about fell off of my bench when I tasted the whip cream and realized that it was homemade...
Homemade "I feel like I'm eating a delishes cloud" whip cream!
Does life get an better?
Because I don't think it does!
The old fashion kitchen with the soups warming on the stove
The barn that we walked through to get to the dining room
Bryan and I inside the barn... it was so cold. They only heat the dining area and we didn't bring our jackets in.
Their family land
The "Golden" Lamb Buttery
Check out how close we were.. that's our car mirror. That little stone wall was all that was keeping these bad boys from charging!
I really can't convey how wonderful this meal and atmosphere was.
I grew up traveling with my family and experiencing great food from a young age.
My parents never hesitated to take my brother and I to a nice restaurant, for they expected us to mind our manners and find something to eat on the menu.
We always did and now I have such gratitude for my parents believing in us and our ability to rise to the occasion as children and teens.
And along those same lines, Bryan and I have eaten so much great food in all of our travels.
I am quite the foody.
I take after my mom, who is the food snob of food snobs. Not in a snobby way though. She just appreciates and understand great, homemade food. And she's an amazing cook too!
This was, by far, is the best meal I have ever had in my life.
Bryan, who has become quite the foody since meeting me, agrees.
We are already planning our next trip to Connecticut, which might be my 40th birthday 10 years from now, hahaha!!!
I must add that on our way home we went clothes shopping. I love it when Bryan gets new clothes and today was defnitely his day... man is my honey gonna look hot in all his new winter gear!
I got 2 coats, a cute top and fun jewelry!
After our big lunch and then a fulfilling evening shopping, we cooked dinner and plopped on the couch with ice cream for the 2nd night in a row and watched Fred Claus and then House Bunny (they were on TBS back to back). Let me just say that Fred Cluas is adorable and actually really funny, but House Bunny takes the cake for funny. It was unpredictable and hilarious!!! Bryan snorted he was laughing so hard... oh man, he's gonna kill me for saying that.......

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