Friday, May 22, 2009

2 Years is a Long Time

Tuesday was our 2 year wedding anniversary. It's been a wild ride these past couple years, mostly because of our living situations, not so much because our marriage is troubled. 3 months in Berkeley, 9 months in Ann Arbor, a month back in California, and now almost a year here in Beijing. Suffice (it) to say, we are not big fans of moving right now. We celebrated our first anniversary at Niagara on the Lake, a sleepy tourist town in Canadian wine country just outside of the Falls. This anniversary was a little bit of a contrast.

Originally, we had wanted to plan a trip, but we decided to just use the money to eat nice food instead. M was craving steak; thereby confirming the wisdom of my decision to marry her. So, after some deliberation about which steakhouse to go to, we headed off to the fairly new Grange, inside the Westin.

M gazes pensively off into space, unsure of whether to order the tenderloin or the ribeye.

My hair is extremely long.

We went with the 200 day aged Australian stockyard ribeye with a half lobster, and some delicious sides.

After a couple months without steak, this one was glorious. The flavors of age meat are really complex and surprising. Honestly, my favorite part was their mustard bar; this place has over fifteen mustards, most of them house-made. I went with four different kinds: Guinness, horseradish, honey and champagne, and wasabi. For whatever reason, I used to hate mustard as a kid, but now I love it.

M and I were curious whether Grange's steak would hold up against the awesome steak we had at the fabled SALT a couple months ago.

You can't really see the chunk of meat in this picture, but it's there. And trust me, it was a tasty steak (hiding behind basil mashed potatoes, by the way. Deliciousness). Much juicier than grange, a softer texture and Grange's medium rare was a little closer to medium.

Sorry, I got sidetracked. Anyway, so Grange was an incredible meal, no doubt, but it was pricier than SALT. There's something to be said for SALT winning Editor's pick for best value from The Beijinger. Sure, the 198rmb for three courses seems a bit steep, but the food is spot-on and I do love dessert. (For their record, their scallop app had the best scallops I've had in years)

There you have it, two restaurant reviews in one.

May God grant us many more anniversaries to come, and lots of yummy meals to celebrate them.


Sarah said...

happy anniversary!!! marilyn looks so pretty, just like i remember. and josh, well, i don't think i ever remember your hair being so long! yay beans!

tamela said...

happy anniversary you guys!!! can't believe it's been 2 years already! many blessings on you both, we miss you! xx

le loup said...

Happy Anniversary beans~! and wow, J you look like you have the lego hair now hahaha, all you need are the hands (cups hands). May you have many more steaks in your future as well as blessings =)

Sariah said...

Happy Anniversary kids. ;p Crazy to believe it's been 2 years already. Your hair is totally longer than mine. Gwynneth still has you beat but you beat Erik. Miss you guys. Gotta do a videochat sometime. Gwynneth said Uncle Marilyn again. Hehe. Oh and she's currently telling Matt that he should play his Portal game. Totally an ideal daughter for him.

Florence said...

Yay.. happy anniversary! Seems like you guys had a nice dinner. I miss you both.

Katrina said...

happy 2 years! pretty nuts, eh????? you guys look like great!!!! miss you mucho!