This weekend is a big sports day in the states and I feel a little lazy. The photos are from Katherine’s smart phone during my birthday meal at Ashley’s. I would not let her turn on the flash since: A) it was my birthday and I really wanted to relax and B) Ashley’s is pretty fancy and most people don’t like to have a flash firing off around them. So the photos are grainy, with funny color casts, but for a camera phone inside a candle-lit romantic restaurant, they look pretty good. Above are oysters on a bed of sea salt.
This frothy drink made Katherine a convert to the idea of egg whites in a cocktail. It also had honey, lavender and various fancy boozes.
That is a pile of homemade pork rinds with plum jelly and pork terrine. So fancy and yet so simple, which is something Ashley’s excels at. There are a ton of Southern ingredients on the menu from sorghum to black-eyed peas, all cooked in inventive ways. Staying true to my birthday tradition of steak and potatoes I had Kobe beef and Katherine had the fillet. (Not all the pictures turned out.)
This dessert was three different chocolate mouses with frozen milk.
Here’s our friend Flat Ruthie from the fun blog by Ruth Hendricks called Cardboard Me Travels. Katherine’s taken her all over Little Rock and when the waitress spied her, she said Ruthie definitely needed to be photographed at the best restaurant in town. We figured after doing this to her, she deserved a nice night out.