So this weekend we will be going to celebrate the birthday of my boyfriend's mom. We are going to a nice hotel outside of Reims (back to champagne region) and we will be going to a starred restaurant to eat for, no doubt, 4 hours.
Michelin stars restaurants. Yes, we are talking about the marshmallow man. Michelin started giving stars to restaurants in their travel guides in the early 1900's. They have since become the standard in France. The system is so well recognized all over France that chefs have comitted suicide after losing a star.
Thinking of guides like ZAGAT, I did not give much weight to the stars in the beginning.
But, this is a summary of our first dinner:
amuse bouche (spoonful or spoonsful of something great to start)
palette cleanser (like the amuse bouche, just a taste of something)
plat (main course)
coffee/tea/digestif (strong liquor aiding in digestion)
It is all artfully prepared with flavors that marry. It is what you see on top chef, but with tried and true recipes, and perfectly matched drinks.
I have eaten so much at a "starred" dinner that I literally thought I would pop.
So this weekend I am sure it will be good. I will bring photos if I am not to embarassed to take them.