Wednesday Weekend Wind-Up: Red Feather & Tuken's

We had our Sweetest Day dinner out on Friday; Francisco made reservations at Red Feather. The restaurant is definitely rocking the modern-rustic vibe, and the dim lighting gives it a warm feeling. Francisco went with the Corpse Reviver #2 [first image, item 1] for his cocktail, which features Absinthe as an ingredient. I've never seen Absinthe on a menu before so I was intrigued. It was a strong drink, but suitable for sipping. I had The Resurrection - vodka, blackberries, lime, and prosecco.

We started with the Whipped Ricotta [second image] as our starter. This appetizer features grilled baguette, truffle, honey, and EVOO.  Such a surprising blend of flavors that ended up being quite delectable. However, the baguette was a bit too chewy; perhaps a crisper bread would have been a better accompaniment. After we finished this dish, we were served complimentary bread. The butter was soft, and the bread was warm and soft on the inside with a good crust on the outside.

Sadly, their entrees didn't afford a vegetarian option, but there were a couple of intriguing items on the Small Plates menu. The waiter said that these were roughly appetizer-for-one-sized. Francisco got the Sweet Potato Agnolotti [fourth image], which was a really tasty dish with a flavorful sauce. Overall, the dish leaned a touch more sweet than was ideal for his dinner entree.  I had the Potato Gnocchi [image 5], a fantastically rich dish that Francisco described as divine. There really is no better word for gnocchi done right.

For dessert, I opted for the Chocolate Torte, which was described as being similar to a s'more. It had the s'more elements, but it was really the rich chocolate flavor that stood out. Francisco had the Tres Leches Cake, which was encased in merengue and had an overall coconut flavor. All in all, we had an enjoyable dining experience at Red Feather. Francisco described it as having all the trappings of an upscale restaurant, but it had an overall casual atmosphere. I'm not sure that I completely agree; any place that comes around with a special device to collect all of your crumbs between courses (AKA a crumb scraper), is not really a place I would refer to as casual. But sometimes we like to kick it up a notch, and Red Feather is a solid option for a nice date night.
Red Feather
Saturday morning, we decided to take a drive out to Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market.
Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market
We had done some Googling, so we knew that this year wasn't great for apples. Their set-up was cute, and they still had some apples on the trees available for picking.
Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market
This was my breakfast [I was hoping they'd have more baked goods available]:
We went for a short walk through the Corn Maze after we'd picked out our apples and pumpkins.
We went to Swad to indulge in an Indian buffet for dinner. I've gotta say, I was kind of disappointed. I've been loving them the last few times we've gotten take-out from there, but I didn't love the selection on their buffet.
At some point later that afternoon, I started coming down with a headache that turned into a migraine that persisted into Sunday. What a waste of a weekend. But at least it had a good start!


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