Tag: Karen & Tom

Saying Goodbye

Tom was packing up this morning, as he and Karen head out this morning to visit family in New York. Stitch was thinking about going with them:

We finished Tom & Karen’s visit with a meal enjoyed by all:

Thanks for a great visit, Karen & Tom!

Good Food!

We are certainly eating well. Karen & Tom sent some specialty foods to us before they arrived. We had the steaks last week, and last night we had a delicious pork roast. Lou outdid himself – he cooked up the roast with a special cranberry-apple stuffing that was to die for. We had mashed potatoes, corn and gravy. All so good.

Thank you Karen & Tom, not only for providing the delicious meat, but for your company and Tom’s dad jokes …

The roast … so very very very good. The meat was fall off the bone tender, the stuffing was just right, and the rest made for a perfect dinner. Now I remember why we don’t go out all that often.

It’s About Thyme !!!

We were all looking forward to our special night out at The Hichborn in nearby Stockton Springs. If you saw the update in yesterday’s post, you will know we were early for our reservation… exactly 24 hours early! I totally owned the snafu, but fortunately everyone had a good laugh, and we tried again last night.

The restaurant does only two seatings – at 5pm and at 8pm. We chose the first seating, figuring that gave us the best chance to stay awake through dinner. Took a few photos of the pretty flowers while we waited for our turn to check in. Masks were required until seated at our table, and all staff members were wearing masks.

We all held our breath as we checked in … whew, we were allowed in and seated at a nice table. Lou would have checked me into a facility if I had messed up two dates in a row (just so everyone understands, we actually dressed and drove 30 minutes to attend this dinner on the previous evening – only to find out our reservation was for the next evening). Celebratory cocktails were in order. Tom & Karen enjoyed Old Fashions, Lou sipped a Single Malt, and I went with the special cocktail – named “It’s About Thyme…” in honor of finally sitting down to this much anticipated meal. I was the designated driver, so my cocktail was non-alcoholic. Good thing, because I would have had a hard time choosing between the Salty Bitch and Lost at Sea

Dinner was a 5 course, prix fixe menu. While there was a vegetarian option, there were no substitutes for the main menu items. In addition to the items published on the menu, there were several chef’s surprises. The menu and the surprise tastings (an eggplant/olive tapenade, a fresh sea scallop, and a green gazpacho). As usual, you can click on a photo in the gallery to bring up a larger image.

The five courses … oysters, heirloom tomato salad, spicy lamb meatball, Maine halibut, and dessert. The dessert was sweet corn ice cream, served over white chocolate crumbles, and blueberries on panna cotta. The stand out of the evening was the halibut. Lou thought it was the best he has ever eaten. I shared my oysters with Tom and Lou, but I did eat most of the lamb meatball. It was quite good – and I don’t normally eat lamb. The oysters were pretty, but were not quite as superlicious as the ones Lou remembers getting here in the past.

Everyone enjoyed the meal, and it was a very nice experience to share with friends. While we would prefer the option of more choices from a regular menu, we can understand why the restaurant is taking this approach. It is difficult to hire staff, and they are also wanting to operate the restaurant within social distancing guidelines. Serving the price fixe dinner minimizes waste and let’s the kitchen focus on creating an optimal experience. It is a more streamlined approach that still offers a high end dining experience.

We will close with a couple more random shots from the evening, including the ginormous coconut cream pie slices we got to take home (The Hichborn is known for their coconut cream pie. )

Be Safe!!!