Saturday, December 08, 2012


  Although I truly enjoy being able to work at a home-based studio and supply the rest of our living through gardening and animals, I can get severe cabin fever at times.  You long time readers know of my occasional wanderlust, something my old job used to satisfy to some extent but no more and since being so hard pressed these past few weeks to get those orders out I had really, really started to gnaw at the straps, so to speak.  I became so desperate one evening that it was actually liberating to go down to our local McD's (a place I fairly despise) for a salad and then a short shopping trip to CVS and the new Tractor Supply.  I know, I know.....the excitement of it is vividly tangible, no?  Of course, I had to be home within a hour or so to check the kiln but at least I did get some "fun" time.
So, what's a homesteading/ earth hippie type to do when you start clawing at the walls??  I think it's something most of us in this category deal with.  I like to think of myself as a fairly gung-ho recluse but I do like to get out on occasion.  Usually, my once a week or so trip into Birmingham is enough but I had to get Jack to make my last couple of deliveries so I would not lose working time.  Well, with the last of the major orders completed and ready to deliver, we decided a Fun Day was in order.  And it just happened to be our 2 month Anniversary, so we splurged a little.

 Now, let me emphasis, this was a splurge.  I mean, it didn't cost majorly really; but it was a bit more than our normal lunch out.  But it was very nice and we had a great time.  First, we got the delivery out of the way!  Once that was done with we made our way to the Southside of Birmingham and to one of it's more well-known restaurants; Bottega's!!  Here, is a nice article on the place and it's founding chef.  Unknown to most of the country, Birmingham has quite a few culinary treasures.  Jack and I were discussing how that we had both been to a number of very nice restaurants between us and sometimes, after the meal, you would think, hhhmmm, I'm not sure that was worth it's reputation.  Bottega's is not like that.  It was a delightful meal and experience.

I had a Bibb lettuce/ Apple salad with Gorgonzola and walnuts.  YUM.  I believe I'll make these at home now.

 This was the Chicken and Tortellini with Pine Nuts.  There was a bunch of other stuff in there too.  Very yummy also.  The waiters were also very friendly and personable.  None of this looking down their nose at you while impersonating a French maitre' d.
My only complaint is that you could have hung meat in the ladies restroom least it made you appreciate the warm sunlight in the dining area.

The Creme Brulee' was divine.  Exquisite.  I long for it now even.

So, we had a wonderful meal and some nice time together before embarking on the rest of our journey and mostly errands of grocery shopping and such.  This is a fairly crappy picture of the interior of the place but I thought Jack looked sweet.  Yes, he is growing a beard for me! 

The restaurant is located in a semi-historic, hip part of Birmingham just outside of downtown and in warm weather it's a great place to walk the short distance to a couple of parks and cool, local bars.  In my much younger days I used to live not far from here in an older, "quaint" apartment but, I was far too poor to be able to do more than peer over this fence at the world on the other side.


HermitJim said...

Looks like a very cool place...and I'm sure that you deserved some down time!

Gotta get out once in a while, or so they tell me!

edifice rex said...

Hey Jim! I do think it's really nice to get out every so often. It doesn't have to be as fancy as this but once in a blue moon is nice!

ErinFromIowa said...

Yum! My goodness that food looks delicious. I really liked the last photo in your entry because I have a special fondness for morning glories.

edifice rex said...

Hey Erin! yeah, I love morning glories too and there were tons of them growing there.

Grenville T. Boyd said...

AHHHH the rigors of a successful artist. But Mc Barffy's????? Of course here on the Eastern Shore that is considered fine dining. Lunch looked great, and so does Jack. Beatrice has banned me from beards. i do miss mine.
Merry Christmas to both of you.

Caroline said...

The meal looks lovely, and so do the morning glories to us up in the cold North Country. What a nice day!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Congrats to you and Jack on the 2 month anniversary, and celebrate often! The kunch outing looked delicious and we do know what you meant when you eat out sometimes and then feel it was so not worth it...glad this experience was better than that! Jack's beard is looking good.
Ps...Grenville looks better without his beard (my opinion).

Practical Parsimony said...

I live 50 miles north of Birmingham. Southside holds some great memories for me. Bottegas is top of the line. The chef is from my town. It's too bad we don't live near each other. I, too, get antsy.