With Valentine's Day falling at the end of the weekend this year I suspect a lot of people celebrated last night. Hubby Tony and I chose to pass on joining them. Based on past experience, nice restaurants choose to offer limited option or prix fixe menus that focus on 'romantic' ingredients that I don't care for or are more expensive. Add in the government-mandated decrease in seating due to Covid and we decided it wouldn't be worth the hassle.
Instead, we celebrated by going out to brunch today. In addition to their regular menu, the restaurant we picked had some specials on the menu, including the one we chose-a French Toast flambée for two, prepared table side.
The meal came with three thick slabs of French toast for each of us, one of two toppings (we chose Bananas Foster), scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and coffee. It didn't take long after we placed the order for the waitress to wheel a cart over to our table.
It was fascinating to watch the process. The waitress turned on the burner to melt butter, then added a couple of spoonfuls of brown sugar and some orange juice. Next she carefully poured some rum into a large spoon, removed the pan from the heat, passed the spoon over the fire so it lit, then poured the flaming alcohol back into the pan and cooked it until the alcohol burned off.
She added the bananas, stirred the mixture, then repeated the flaming process again. This time she added some more brown sugar to the fire, which sparkled as it burned. The last step was to spoon the topping over our French toast and served it to us.Five years ago today: Dinner With My Sweetie