Last Tuesday was our fourteeth anniversary. It was a joyful day. The air was lovely and cool. The sun shone as brightly as it did those many years ago.
We dined at Itta Bena for dinner. That's the quaint little speak easy on the third floor of BB King's on Beale Street. Zali and Simone were distraught that we left them at home like they were animals, but we explained that this was our special day. They accepted it with restraint. Meaning, of course, they stood in the picture window of the sunroom and pouted as we turned out of the driveway.
The food was as good as the company.
We sampled the fried avocado stuffed with crabmeat. The silky warm avocado was a nice surprise against the sweet crab. A cup of she crab soup appetizer was creamy and stocked with tender bites of shellfish. We devoured those without thinking of photographing them for... (No, Zali not to torture you with a a later time. Hush!)...prosperity. For dinner, we chose the shrimp and grits. The smoky grilled jumbo shrimp nestled atop a pillow of sweet potato grits were devine.
Hud decided to have his favorite, the duck and waffles. I know it sounds crazy but the dish is to die for! A succulent duck leg quarter proudly tops a wild rice waffle drizzled in a heavenly blueberry/hosin reduction. It is showered with a flurry of sweet potato crisps.
This face explains why we didn't get to photograph the appetizers.
I believe that's what is referred to as, "hungry eyes".
*Love you with all of my heart, Hud! Thanks for the fantastic evening.
And the terrific, magical life.*