Day 522–Lonesome Dove

So we kinda had a mini Fathers’ Day celebration today, in advance of crowds and chaos on Sunday.  Dad chose to go to Fort Worth to look around the Impressionism exhibit at the Kimbell and dinner at Lonesome Dove, Chef Tim Love’s wonderful little bistro in the Stockyards.  Pretty rockin’ celebration I must say.

The Kimbell lived up to the hype, with an impressive array of paintings that captured the flow of Impressionism from birth to death as well as the range of its participants–a Corot looks much different than a Gauguin.  The owner of the works had a special love of Renoir, so we got to see many of his paintings…one talented dude.  I always had a soft spot for the Renaissance and the Impressionists, so this was a treat for me as well.

Lonesome Dove was…superb.  Just absolutely superb.  I’ll talk about it more below, but if you have the chance to go, do it. Happy Early Fathers’ Day Dad…love you.

Breakfast–Frosted Mini Wheats with sliced strawberries…delicious as usual.

Exercise–Twenty minutes on the elliptical. I knew tonight was going to be a calorie bomb so I tried to ramp up my metabolism.  We’ll see if it worked in a couple of days.

Lunch–Panera, where I had the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad, no peanut sauce.  It was really REALLY good.  As it keeps getting hotter, that’s one to keep in mind for a cool, healthy meal.

Dinner–Here’s where it gets a little crazy…

 –Appetizer Plate: One Elk sausage slider with blueberry jam and foie gras, although it either needed more jam or more acid in the jam, one of the two; one duck confit spring roll that was incredible; and three wild boar ribs that were out of this world. I love Asian food so the spring roll might have been my favorite, but the ribs were really memorable.

–Dinner: Duck breast with “chipotle” sweet potato puree and wild fowl sausage.  The puree had little taste and no spice, but the duck and sausage were fantastic.  The sausage might have been the best thing I had all night; it was crispy on the outside and drenched in barbecue sauce.  Delicious.

–Dessert: Mexican doughnuts (or Churros…duh) with chocolate, raspberry, and cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) dipping sauces.  So good we asked for a few more to finish up the sauces.

All in all one of the better restaurant meals I’ve had in a long time.  It wasn’t perfect, but what is? I’d certainly go back…any takers?

Tomorrow is work as we prepare for the (hopeful) Fathers’ Day rush. Have a good one.

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