We interrupt the ongoing yoga-fest for dinner. With a view.
Not long ago I spent about 5 days in a biosphere . . . no, actually, it was the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. It’s big. Really, really, big. I think the town I lived in when I graduated from high school was about the same size–and I’m not even exaggerating. I mean, look at this:
I was there working at a Women of Faith event for Group Leaders. My job at the event was greeter/usher, which mostly involved hugging a lot of people and answering a lot of questions.
The event was over Saturday afternoon, so Saturday night I joined a few friends for a culinary trip to southern Italy at Ravello. It’s in the Garden Conservatory part of the hotel, which basically means it’s bordered by a ton of trees, flowers, and waterfalls–all under the dome, so the weather is always perfect.
On the way to our table, the hostess took us on a little tour of the meats, cheeses, and pizza selections. So we started with this one:
It was an interesting combination of flavors. Next, the salad course: 3 of us went with the Winter Caprese:
It was rather fabulous. Kim opted for the Caesar, and we agreed it was one of the cutest salads we’d seen in a while:
Then it was on to the main course. I should give a shout-out to our waiter, who was well-versed on a number of topics and discussed them all with ease . . . but I can’t remember his name. (Sorry, anonymous waiter dude. You were great.) Back to dinner: I had gnocchi
It was delicious, if a little mushroom-centric for me. My companions opted for Chicken Piccata, which somehow didn’t seem picture-worthy.
As good as the food was, the best part was the conversation. We were there for hours, chatting about topics ranging from light-hearted to thoughtful. I love spending time with witty, wise people. It was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, but who needs romance when you can have chocolate and conversation?
Have you had a leisurely meal with friends lately? If not, consider calling up a few and making plans. It’ll do you all good.