John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Easter activities

The church service this morning was nice, though he choir did a David Willcocks arrangement of "I Danced in the Morning" that I didn't much care for. It combined the first two lines of the third verse with the last two of the fourth, thereby excising my favorite part: "They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high/And left Me there on a cross to die." I expect better of Willcocks. On the positive side, one of the kids got an enormous laugh during the children's time, when, in response to the pastor's question, "what's your favorite thing about Easter," he shouted with obvious enthusiasm, "No Sunday school!"

This is where we had Easter brunch this afternoon: The Manor House Restaurant at Poplar Springs Inn. Without a doubt, the fanciest restaurant I've eaten at in, jeez, I don't know, ten years? Maybe more. It was a three-course prix fixe menu; I had Savory Gorgonzola, Roquefort & Pear Cheese Cake; Petite Filet of Beef and Eggs Served with Potato Soufflé, Bacon, and Turkey Sausage; and Orange Chiffon Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries and Pama Sabayon. (You can see the whole menu here, for now at least.) The cheese cake was a bit stronger than I might have liked, but I found that by eating a piece of pear with each bite, the sweetness of the fruit offset the tartness of the cheese very nicely. (My niece, who got the same thing and was expecting a sweet cheesecake, ate all her pears first and was not overly enthused about the rest.) The entree was very nice, though I didn't much care for the turkey sausage. The dessert was excellent, though as I said to my niece (who had the same thing), "I ordered this not knowing what Pama Sabayon was, and now that I've eaten the whole thing I still don't know." (Apparently, it's a light custard, better known as zabaglione, flavored with a pomegranate liqueur.)

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