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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dinner is Coming

Alright people, major nerd alert here.  Last Saturday we went to dinner at Elizabeth for their Game of Thrones dinner series.  Let me back up a bit though.  We've been to dinner at Elizabeth before and it's one of these restaurants where you have to buy a ticket in advance, there's only one seating, and it's a 15+ course small plate dinner.  Each season there's a different theme.  This season she dug deep into the HBO fantasy world that so many of us are obsessed with and not only based the food on the show, but also redecorated the entire restaurant.  House banners, weirwood trees, wolf and dragon heads on the walls, not to mention that all of the tableware and flatware were goblets and ice bowls and stone plates... you get the idea.  

So let's begin with a disclaimer that I did my best to take pictures but they don't allow flash photography so it's not the best quality.  Speaking of not so great photos, the couple across from us offered to take a picture of us before the meal started.  It's a framer for sure.

They later offered to take a picture of us toasting (their idea, not ours... in hindsight we were probably supposed to offer up our services to them as well).  So we had to pose for this awkwardness.  But let's get to those drinks.  Mine was the Mother of Dragons (garnished with "dragon eggs"), his was The Imp... because it's short?

Sitting under the weirwood tree.

GoT bobble heads

So let's get to it.  The table was set with lots of candles which leads us to the first course.  Fire and...
 Strawberries and Sweet Grasses
(served in an ice bowl)
 “Tables and benches had been raised outside the pavilions, piled high with sweetgrass and strawberries and fresh-baked bread.” -A Game of Thrones
This was one of my favorite dishes.  The flavors were so unique that I had (have) trouble describing it (Food Reviewer is obviously not a future job option for me).

Salad with Chopped Nuts
(book 1, post tournament feast, Kings Landing)

Bread and Salt
"The Red Wedding they're calling it. Walder Frey committed sacrilege that day. He shared bread and salt with the Starks. He offered them guest right. The gods will have their vengeance...Frey will burn in the seventh hell for what he did."
(This was another of my favorites)

Snails with Honey, Pistachio, Wild Grasses, and Garlic
(book 1, post tournament feast, Kings Landing)

(yet another favorite dish)

Black Bread, Blood Sausages, and Blackberry Preserves
(referenced in several books, T Wall, Castle Black, Winterfell)
Pickled Fish and Salted Beef
(book 1, The Wall, Castle Black)

Clams and Mussels Cooked Over Wood Fire
(book 4, The Iron Islands)

Busy working in the kitchen
Also, Jamie Lanister on the left?

Beets, Fermented Milk, Heart
(book 1, Essos)

Spring Lamb, Onions, Malt Ale and Lovage
“By the time the telling was done, it was dark outside and Sam was licking his fingers. ‘That was good, but now I’d like a leg of lamb. A whole leg, just for me, sauced with mint and honey and cloves. Did you see any lambs?’” -A Clash of Kings

Milk of Poppy
Milk of the poppy is a medical drink, used as both a painkiller and an anesthetic. Higher doses will induce unconsciousness, so patients can undergo surgery. It is commonly used throughout the Seven Kingdoms for those who have suffered severe injuries. Maesters make it from crushed poppy flowers and it has a white color, hence "milk of the poppy".

Lemon Cakes
Olenna Tyrell: "Shall we have some lemon cakes?"
Sansa Stark: "Lemon cakes are my favorite."

(book 3, Kings Landing)

So there you have it.  Such a fun evening, although a little disappointed that no one dressed up (I'd seen pictures from other nights where people came in full on costumes).  And looky here, a picture with both of our heads included, even though I couldn't be bothered to look at the camera.

The end.


  1. Gold shirt at the end of the table?,girls/style,shirt

    1. good catch. we never figured out if that was a costume or what.