My husband and I didn’t have any plans for New Years Eve. I hadn’t planned anything, nor did he have anything up his sleeve. So I kind of suggested he plan something. He sent out an email to a bunch of our friends to see if anyone wanted to go to karaoke. These karaoke places in the bay area are really cool because you can reserve a room all to yourself and pick and choose from silly videos of mainstream songs. You don’t have to embarrass yourself in front of random strangers, just your friends. Well, no one was slightly interested in karaoke so we scratched those plans. Then on Friday, the 30th my husband calls me and tells me he made a reservation at a restaurant who serves New Orleans style dishes. He spoke with the chef and he would accommodate the foods we avoid – tree nuts, wheat, eggs, dairy, peanuts. Now we had to hire a sitter… almost didn’t get one and actually called the restaurant to cancel our reservation only to call them back 10 minutes later to keep it; my aunt heard I needed a babysitter from Facebook.
We arrive at CreoLa at 8:30 PM, the parking lot was packed and we found whatever parking we could find. When we arrived, the hostess asked for our reservations and told us to wait while she look into our table. The chef, Edwin, then came out and introduced himself and told us that he is well prepared to accommodate us and had prepared a dessert for us. BTW, this is a major whoohoo for me because we can never find a restaurant with a dessert menu that would suit us – it would either have nuts, eggs, flour, and/or dairy, and I LOVE sweets. I’m such a sweet tooth.
When our waiter approached our table for our order, we told him about our allergies and he knew about each of the dishes and how the chef could possibly make it suitable for us. For example, the shrimp appetizers would usually be battered and fried but they grilled them for us. We then had a salad, which it was supposed to be a pear salad and we didn’t get any pear so I wonder if it was soaked in something that we couldn’t eat. We didn’t ask since we forgot that the salad was even supposed to have pears until someone at a nearby table mentioned pears.
For the main entree, my husband had the pork chops and I ordered the smoked duck leg. The pork chops were cooked to a perfect temperature and came out moist and tender. It was a little too salty for me but it was my husband’s dish and he enjoyed each morsel. My duck was very good and the blood orange glaze was a great touch.
So the dessert was not on the menu but it was ice cream sandwiches made from coconut ice cream and rice crackers, with a caramelized banana. It was sprinkled with edible flowers. It was delicious and I wanted to lick the plate!
It was a wonderful last date night of 2011. My aunt came through on the last minute babysitting and we found a new restaurant worth going to again. We didn’t quite make it to midnight, we were in bed by 11:30 PM. We’re not quite the young and spunky… especially knowing that a little one would be waking up early the next morning.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope 2012 will bring happiness, joy, and adventure. I will continue on my own adventure and continue on our allergen-free diet for Mantou. I hope I can provide more stories this year on how we deal with Mantou’s allergies. He’ll be realizing soon enough that he can’t eat everything everyone else is eating. Happy 2012!