Friday, 5/25, Little Rock, AR
This afternoon was supposed to kick off with a party on the Arkansas River on a party barge in front of Riverfest, but due to rapid flowing water was cancelled at the last minute. #1 and I had babysitters all night, i.e. the grandparents, and decided to take advantage of the situation as quickly as our planning would allow for. #1 made a few calls and by 6:00 p.m. or so, we were off to Gypsy's, a nice little French restaurant in Little Rock. The party on the barge, which had called for steaks on the grill, was quickly forgotten about as we were treated to an excellent meal. We started off with an order of seared foie gras that couldn't have been prepared better. For entree's #1 ordered the Shrimp Fettuccine Carbonara while I went with the Roasted Chilean Sea bass served with a lobster Bearnaise sauce, both of which were out of this world. The sea bass could not have been cooked more perfectly and the lobster sauce made the dish. Our only complaint and it's more of a pet peeve than anything, is that all of the shrimp in the fettuccine dish had their tails left on. Really, does it take that much time for the chef to pull the tails? A minor complaint but still one that more restaurants should take note of. We topped the night off with an exquisite Grand Marnier Souffle that also could not have been prepared better. Oh yeah, the wine. We ordered a half bottle of the 2004 King Estate Pinot Gris which we've had other places and always enjoyed. Tonight was no exception. The nose was full of citrus, honey and orange blossom. In the mouth just a wonderful balance of fruit and citrus with perfect acidity and a nice, lingering finish. Easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews and may review in the near future and see if I can give it the coveted 5 Corkscrew rating. A cancelled party turned into a great night with a wonderful meal and delicious company. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!