My wife, Michelle, and I had an invite tonight for dinner with another SF member at a nice continental bistro in Atlanta by the name of Iris, we had a 3 course meal consisting of the following menu: *SALAD: IRIS SALAD sweetgrass farms chevre, candied pecans, golden raisins, hibiscus vinaigrette *SOUPS: PUREE OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH creme fraiche and toasted pepitas CRIMINI MUSHROOM BISQUE porcini dusted croutons *MAINS BRAISED VENISON OSSO BUCCO root vegetables, toasted pistachio, natural jus, fruitcompote CEDAR "PLANKED" SALMON white and green asparagus, yukon gold potato cake, tomato caper WHOLE CRISPY "SCORED" FLOUNDER ginger snap peas, saffron rice, spiced apricot shallot glaze And it was absolutely divine. One of the best French bistros style meals I have had outside of Paris. I highly recommend this little out of the way restaurant to anyone visiting the Atl. area. Now, on to the bigger subject, "A night out in Atlanta", Michelle and I work long and hard to enjoy the better things in life, travel etc., and therefore find little time these days to enjoy an evening out with friends. When the invitation came, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to spend time in the company of such an esteemed colleague of the SF, and therefore also felt somewhat intimidated by how the evening might fair being in the presence of a couple in the class I was dining with. I must say though, after 15 minutes, I had such a warm feeling with 2 friends that made me, and my wife, feel a comfort as though we had known each other for many years. The wine, champagne, and food were wonderful, but more than that, the conversation was effortless and very enlightening. You may ask, "What is my point about rambling on about such a fine dinner and good night out?" This is the point, the Style Forum may offer a wonderful place to learn about fashion, style, and even new ways of presentations for your personal appearance, but for me, and I hope for the many members here, the forum has also become a place to make true friends around the world. If the opportunity arises, take the time, introduce yourself, and become more than an ID on the forum, the interaction between the forum members can be wonderful, we all obviously have something in common, or we would not be coming back as we do. I know we did, and we will cherish the friendships we have made tonight, and I hope all of you will get the opportunity afforded me. I have no affiliation with this restauarant, I just think everyine in ATL should try it.
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1/17/05 at 2:01am