Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The day before Thanksgiving we were invited to dine at the Stein Erickson Lodge in Deer Valley--with dear friends. Don't confuse the deers. Locally, it is known as "Steins". And it is known locally in my body (stomach and mouth) as divine. Nothing like a pre-Thanksgiving feast.

The service, ambiance, location, and company were to die for. (I hesitate using that phrase ever since Lucy passed away. Silly, I know, but I take phrases about dying and death so much more literally now).

We started things off with a cheese plate, an asparagus dish of some sort, organic spinach salad, and a whole bunch of fancy words and ingredients thrown in. I long to be a wordsmith, not just to express feelings and emotions, but to describe food. Sometimes I can't decide which is more of a treat--the actual food, or hearing the description of the dishes being served: (savory local Utah lamb chops with braised lamb shoulder. Served with sunchokes and cipollini onions, smothered in yam puree and drizzled with garam masala sauce) Umm...ok. I'll take it. You have no idea how giddy it makes me.

I wish I would have taken a photo of the hand-dipped chocolates we took home with us. They were the most beautiful things I'd ever seen (in the edible department...unless you count Lucy and Peter). And beyond their beauty, they were DELISH. The curry chocolate was my favorite.

Thank you, Brad and Susan, for such a fun evening!


  1. Yes, um, can you put in a good word in with Brad and Suze. I would really like to attend next years festivities and become one of their deer or dear friends. Thats sounds like my kind of party great food and...well really just great food part is all I need.

  2. The curry chocolate was MY favorite! Mouthwatering. Let's go on a double-date during the off-season when it's half off. Are you in?

  3. Hi Molly,
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment. It made me feel good and more confident in what I write because sometimes I regret some of my posts after I publish them. I am so sorry about your baby girl. I can't even imagine how hard that would be- it hurts just to think about it. But I don't know if it's something I should even be bringing up right now. I just wanted to say thank you for reading my blog and for the nice response. Have a merry christmas.

  4. And YES Kimberly is my cousin and so sweet. The world is small.

  5. I have been to "Steins" once about 6 years ago and I have yet to find food to compete with it. It truly was divine!


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