Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Creo’

I know I mentioned before that I still have a few things to catch you all up on from the weekend, and I’m pretty sure that this is the last of it, but you are definitely going to want to keep reading (*especially all of my local readers*) …trust me!

So on Saturday evening, I think I may possibly have eaten one of the best meals of my entire life. And I promise, that is not an exaggeration.

About a week ago, I was invited by Paul, one of the owners of Creo’ Restaurant, to come in for a special dinner tasting. (You may remember my two previous dining experiences at Creo’, which you can see both here and here). Both visits were equally amazing, so there was no doubt in my mind that this dinner was going to be any different.

Of course, I didn’t want to go alone, so I made sure that I could bring along my most favorite dining partner-in-crime.

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We both came hungry and ready to try some items off of their special holiday menu.

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Starting this Friday, February 10th – Tuesday, February 14th, Creo’ is going to be offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu (in addition to their regular menu), featuring a number of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to please any palate.

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After first reading the menu, Jay and I realized that there were quite a few items on there that we either a) would never order on our own and b) made us a little nervous and excited at the same time. Good thing we were feeling adventurous!

But before we even got started with the food, we were greeted with an amazing bottle of Mumm Napa Brut Prestige champagne.

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I had never tried this particular brand, but Jay and I were both huge fans of it. It was incredibly smooth, and the perfect amount of sweetness.

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The two of us had really enjoyed sipping on this throughout our meal.

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Along with the champagne, we were also immediately served a bread basket which was accompanied by some homemade honey butter.

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I love how in the past three visits I’ve made to Creo’, the butter has been different every single time; and each one is just as good as the last.

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Before getting started on the Valentine’s Day menu, Paul was nice enough to introduce us both to the executive chef who would be preparing our meal for the evening, Brian Bowden. Brian assured us that we were going to be in for a treat, so of course I got just a teensy weensy bit excited.

To start, we were served both of the appetizer options. The first was a Colossal Shrimp Cocktail, and when it says jumbo, they really are not kidding.

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The shrimp were enormous and tasted so incredibly fresh. Even Jay, who is not usually too keen on eating shrimp larger than bite size, said that they were delicious.

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The second appetizer option is the one that had Jay and I eyeballing each other and laughing the entire time, the Oyster Trio. The two of us never, ever, order (nor eat) oysters. Honestly, they’ve always sort of grossed us out and we just never saw the sense in paying money for something that you basically just swallow whole and can’t taste. But hey, when in Rome Creo’, right?

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From left to right: Fried Oysters with roasted red pepper remoulade, Oyster “Shooters” with siracha and lemon, and Katama Bay, Martha’s Vineyard Oysters on the half shell with champagne pink peppercorn mignonette.

We both made sure to try at least one of all of them, but the remoulade sauce in the fried oysters put them over the top for both of us. Jay and I were both actually surprised at our reaction to the oysters, so I’d say that if you’ve ever been a fan, then this is definitely an appetizer for you to try.

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For our next course, we were served the Artichoke Hearts and Crispy Hearts of Palm salad.

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The salad was made with arugula, pistachios, cherry tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and again, it far surpassed my initial expectations. The flavors were all so complex and paired together so, so well.

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When it came to our entrees, Jay and I decided to choose two that we could both share, so I opted for the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass.

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(Because we were there before the menu actually goes into effect, I was asked if halibut could be substituted, which was perfectly fine with me.)

The halibut was served in a honey soy butter sauce, which had just the slightest hint of spice to it, and the perfect amount of flavor that didn’t cause it to overpower the fish. The fish was tender and flaky, and and was accompanied by basmati rice and asparagus tempura.

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Jay went with the “go big or go home” mentality (which I fully supported) and opted for the Surf and Turf. Jay and I both loved the simplicity of the steak; it was grilled perfectly to our liking (medium) and just didn’t require a whole lot extra. The tempura lobster tail, which was served in a lobster cream, was good, but not a favorite for the two of us.

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The flavor of it was decent, but between the tempura and the cream, it was just a little too heavy for my liking. The accompanying whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus were both equally delicious and I probably would have polished them right off, but we were quickly informed that we still had one more course to try…

Would you take a look at that mouthwatering piece of heaven?!?!

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This, my friends, is their homemade chocolate cake (made with layers of chocolate fudge cake, dark chocolate mousse, and ganache), which came paired with fresh berries, whipped cream, and their homemade strawberry sorbet.

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Creo’ makes all of their desserts from scratch, including all of their ice creams and sorbets, and I can honestly tell you that this was THE BEST strawberry sorbet I have ever tasted, hands down. I was one happy camper.

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We obviously loved it.

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Throughout our dinner, Paul came over to us numerous times to check in and see how things were going. He was very attentive and answered any questions that we may have had.

One question in particular I had was when I saw this card about their Perfect 10 Frequent Diner Program.

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Creo’ offers this program free of charge to their customers, which is actually a really cool concept. Basically, every time you come in and dine at Creo’, 10% of your bill gets bank rolled toward a future purchase. There’s no limit to how much you can save up, so often times, customers will continue saving up until they can get an entirely free meal. Isn’t that cool? I think more places need to try implementing this!

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So now…this is where my local readers are going to get a real treat, because Paul is offering all of my loyal STSL readers a pretty awesome deal.

Any readers who join Creo’ for dinner on either Sunday, February 12th or Monday, February 13th, will receive they’re choice of Complimentary Champagne OR a Complimentary Dessert.*

*with the purchase of two entrees.

All you need to do is print out the special STSL coupon, which you can find by *clicking here.* And even better, you can even make your reservations online right from Creo’s Facebook Page! But as great as that offer is, there’s still more…

***Creo’ is offering one lucky grand prize winner a complimentary, four-course Valentine’s Day dinner, complete with a bottle of champagne.***

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED!***

The winner of the Four-Course Valentine’s Day dinner has been chosen using a random number generator. The lucky winner is…

Congratulations, Laura! Please email me at sweettoothcourtney[@]gmail[.]com ASAP so we can get you set up for a delicious dinner!

**Remember, the complimentary coupon is still available for all, so feel free to print and use!**

 

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me why you would want to win the four-course Valentine’s Day dinner.

I will choose the grand prize winner this Thursday, February 9th. Good luck to all of my local readers!! Smile

Who Runs This House?

So I thought about posting again last night, since we had actually finished our dinner at a decent hour and I didn’t have a hundred other things to do. But shortly after we finished eating, like literally within minutes, I ended up with a big orange fur ball getting nice and cozy on my lap.

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I asked him if he’d kindly scoot over to his dad’s side of the couch, so I could go take care of what I had to do, and this was the look I got…

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No words needed, bud. ‘Nuff said.

So, instead, Jay and I simply sat and enjoyed a peaceful evening, including some DVR’d Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, and, of course, cuddles with Cody.

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Nooooo, he doesn’t run this house or anything.

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Not at all. Winking smile

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Last night’s dinner was actually fairly simple, and came together in a snap. We had cooked up two extra chicken breasts on Sunday while preparing our Super Bowl spread, so we reheated those, sautéed up some peppers and onions, and added it all to some brown rice.

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I topped my chicken & rice bowl with a generous helping of pineapple salsa, which gave it both some heat and hint of sweetness. I loved it.

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We also ended up snacking on some leftover homemade salsa with carrots and celery with dinner.

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FYI: It is not easy to pick up salsa with carrots and celery. Disappointed smile

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This morning I woke up fairly hungry, along with a feeling of holy-crap-I-have-incredibly-sore-muscles-that-I-never-knew-existed. Seriously, every inch of my body right now…sorrrrrre. That workout was NO joke.

Workout plans for today are currently on hold, so I went straight to the good stuff this morning…breakfast!

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I made a two-egg omelet with so many veggies that they wouldn’t even all fit inside.

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I sautéed the broccoli, onions, and tomatoes in about a teaspoon of olive oil which, let me tell you, made such a HUGE difference in the flavor department. Usually, I just use non-stick cooking spray because I’m lazy, but that tiny bit of oil was delicious.

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On the side, I had a delicious orange that I actually had to battle for this morning with Jay. It was the last one, so I had to finagle it away from him. (Thanks, babe!)

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Time to go be productive…happy Tuesday, everyone!