Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Would you like to know what I had for a late lunch today?
At the Glacier Brewhouse in downtown Anchorage, I started with their Amber Ale. The menu described it as "malty, medium-bodied, very well balanced. Hints of chocolate and caramel." Well, now I don't know if I would have described it quite that way if I had been asked, but it sure was tasty. Medium bodied? Sure. Hints of chocolate and caramel? well, maybe, maybe not.
Trying not to slurp my beer too loudly in a public establishment, I perused the menu. WILD ALASKAN SEAFOOD caught my eye. Underneath this heading I read where the owners of the Brewhouse are "proud to support our Alaskan fishermen and are committed to sustainable fisheries." So far so good. Slurp.
Now, this IS Anchorage. I expected whatever fish I ordered to be pretty good. But the BLACKENED ALASKAN HALIBUT that I finally chose was totally beyond merely "pretty good." It verged on the sublime.
"Alaskan halibut, three pepper spice, hot soy mustard, ripe avocado and traditional pico de gallo salsa."
I was so impressed I took a picture of my lunch. I just don't do that very often, but this halibut had such a presentation on the plate that I didn't even want eat eat it, it was so darn pretty. But eat it, I did.
I honestly never wanted that meal to end so I just ate really, really slowly. I was having such a good time that I even forgot about my beer (GASP!!!). I could not believe myself. There were also a few spears of a vegetable that I think might have been broccoli rabe (does that come in spears?) with carrot slivers and white rice. It was the best white rice I have ever had. The soy mustard knocked my taste buds to the moon.
I almost forgot to notice the bar, which looked like - oh, no!!! Granite. That's what this meal did to me.
I had another beer, bought MY TRAVEL AGENT a t-shirt, and asked the chef to marry me.