It has been a very long week.
The robotics competition in Peoria (finished with the fourth alliance thank you very much).
The ice storm delay.
The travel through the ice storm in a state that doesn't seem to know how to plow or salt. Huge chunks of frozen snow pushed kinda sorta to the edge but close enough to throw the cars and trucks around if they hit it. Watched a salt truck dump about 6 inches of salt in one spot at an intersection. Add in the freezing temps and black ice and it was an adventure.
Then the trip to Birmingham to pick up the car at the airport. At least we planned so that we could have dinner out. I had ripped a page from one of my cooking magazines listing restaurants in Alabama. We decided to choose one and try it out. Really. With no more research than a name and town we googled the address and went. No idea what to expect.
When the GPS said we were there, all we say was a Valet parking attendant. Hmmm... A few cars honking at us and a trip around the block and we found him again. Left our car in good hands.
We were early for dinner but that gave us time to sit at the bar and sample the martini menu. It was one of those places where the bartender talked about making the rhubarb tonic and freshly squeezing the blood oranges. The blood orange martini was amazing.
I can't even begin to describe the menu. Everything was fresh and local. The attention to detail was incredible. Everything fit perfectly.
And all of my photos have disappeared from my phone so I have nothing to show you. Weird. I will have to see if I can figure out what happened.
The restaurant is the Hot and Hot Fish Club. Turns out the chef is a James Beard award winner. It was a wonderful treat.