Inspiration for my Beastly Salmon was from Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar, in Minneapolis, MN. A group of five of us gathered there last month to celebrate our friend, Tracey's, graduation from the Aveda Institute. It was 90 plus degrees that day, but we were diligent and opted to sit on their spectacular rooftop dining area, and a great view of the Minneapolis skyline was had. Looking down at the Uptown sidewalk gawkers is a hoot! Glasses of Pinot Grigio were served by our very own Tom Cruise look-alike (and he knew it). Intimate attention was given to each of us as he gazed into our eyes and drew us near (I'm not kidding you) and told each of us what we were ordering that night.
The appetizer of the evening was the Coconut Shrimp, which had a spicy pineapple coconut marmalade, a piquant beginning! One gal allowed Romeo to order her oysters on the half shell-which she claimed was the best she'd ever had. I tried my first oyster that evening, it was like tasting a bit of the Atlantic. Tom ordered the salmon for me, and it was definitely memorable as the mango salsa entwined with the pecan crusted coating. The freshness of the fish drifted me off to Martha's Vineyard at the Black Cat. There, I had the lobster. Overpriced for what we got, and Tom slipped in a few drinks we never had, but a warm memory with good friends was created anyhow. I'll return for Happy Hour.