It's been our tradition to take a vacation day on our anniversary. Since our first was a Monday, we thought that was pretty lame so we decided to take the day off, and have continued it each year. Some years we've played golf, gone to local wineries, and just spent the 'free' day together. This year we did the same, but it was a little different. We signed up over a year ago to volunteer at the 2011 U.S. Open, so we both had shifts on Thursday.
We woke up Thursday morning, and husband had run to the store to get flowers - and he brought home peonies! Peonies are one of my favorites, and it's what I carried in our wedding! It was such a nice surprise - and he also took my hints of leaving several internet windows open on my laptop to specific pieces of David Yurman jewelry that I would like, and gave me a beautiful bracelet.
Dinner was a the newest Michel Richards' restaurant Michel in Tysons Corner. We've been to Central downtown and loved it, but after being at the tournament all day, we knew we didn't want to mess with driving into the city. Michel proved to be a wonderful choice!
In an attempt to branch out (and not spend $100+ on a bottle of wine), we asked for a French wine recommendation. The sommelier suggested a couple and we selected the 2009 Mercurey, La Perrière Michel Sarrazin for $65, which was really wonderful. We started with the Japanese Eel Carpaccio. It was very different - extremely thin slices of eel with a very light sauce on them. Husband loves things like this - it was good, and only enough for a couple of bites so not too rich. Their bread was amazing - big, rustic pieces. I had the braised lamb shank with flageolet beans and rosemary. It was delicious, the meat was extremely tender. Flageolet beans are found in French cooking and typically served with lamb. They were delicious.