'Twas date night on Friday for The Mrs. and I. We had a delicious dinner at Avalon Restaurant in West Chester. It's the kind of place that reminds me why we only frequent independently run dining establishments. We were offered a brand new appetizer after being told the chef just whipped it up moments earlier, trying something new, and had the 3-man waitstaff come back to sample it before they pitched it to hungry patrons. It was a potato pancake stuffed with pancetta and asiago cheese served with plum mustardo. It was fantastic! The salt of the bacon combined wonderfully with the mellow sweetness of the plum. Unbelievably cool. That's the kind of culinary experience one never receives in a big box restaurant where the kitchen doesn't have the flexibility to create on the fly.
Afterwards we caught the last showing of Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting) newest film. What a fantastic movie about dreams, destiny and rising above expectations. Boyle pieced the film together using dozens of flashbacks until the final 10 minutes when we stay in the present. The result is a beautiful piece of cinema that is as breathtaking as it is dramatic.