For our anniversary, (8 years, woot!) Chad and I discussed, ahead of time, what we wanted. Sometimes, the other person gets you a big gift, and the other person gets a little gift, and it's weird, ya know? So, we said, all we want is to go out to eat, and eat the BEST food. No presents.
Okay, so Chad's co-worker is the co-owner of a restaurant in town, and he said the best restaurant in Eugene is, Chef's Kitchen. Chad and I have tried almost all the good or great restaurants in the area, and had yet to try this one.
Yep. It's the BEST. Not exaggerating. Every aspect of the dishes are perfected, and you can see and TASTE the passion put into them. It's only open 5 days a week, and just for dinner. The menu changes every week! The food is local and bought daily.
We went all out. 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts.
Rich, real food. Fresh. Perfect. I don't want to go into what we ate specifically, but each dish had so many flavors and textures within it. Smoky, sweet, tangy, crisp and meaty or creamy, rich, fluffy, and all those wonderful adjectives that make the perfectly balanced plate-o-food.
It was just such an experience. Normally, you go out to eat because you're hungry and want to hang out with people. Nothing wrong with it, it's wonderful. But this place, was about THE FOOD. We ate in silence, savoring all the nuances. Your sense of taste is being so overloaded, in a good way, that everything else is diminished. You don't think about anything but the food. Ofcourse, we had a great conversation while waiting for the food, but once it came, it was like going to food heaven, like we were transported to a world where taste reigned.
We walked out, and thought, "Oh, back to the real world." Bummer. Bye Food Heaven. It truly was a time away from life.
While eating there I told Chad, I could eat beans and rice all month, so we eat here once a month and not feel guilty about the cost. Wouldn't that be awesome? Who cares what you eat on a day-to-day basis, as long as it's healthy.
That restaurant, is better than the spa. Speaking of, Chad owes me a massage. So excited.