One day last week, my Bride and I had the unfortunate task of paying our respects for two different individuals on the same day. I have always felt that whenever possible this is the proper duty to celebrate another person’s life. Both of the people that we honored had lived a full and fruitful life, so it was a blessing to console the families.
At the first service we were meeting a professional associate of my Bride’s who wanted to sit with us, and that was fine, as we always enjoy this person’s company. After the ceremony we had some time free, and we were going to have a late lunch or early dinner before our next visitation. We invited our friend to join us, as it was not out of the way for her. We decided to go to the Beverly Hills Grill, in the city of Beverly Hills, Michigan. This is a restaurant that has a Zagat Rating and was voted the 2007 Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. When we arrived after the lunch hour rush and yet there were many diners having a late lunch as we were doing. One of the unique aspects of the restaurant is that besides having a great menu, they write the specials on a blackboard for all to see. I find that it is a way to make the diners relax, because even though the food is tremendous, they eliminate some of the pretentious behavior that some restaurants indulge in.
Our friend ordered a chopped Doc Greene Salad with shrimp, which was a staple at the old London Chop House in downtown Detroit, named after a colorful columnist from The Detroit News. My Bride ordered a Sirloin Tip Salad, and I felt like reliving a New Orleans memory and ordered a Lump Crab Cake Benedict.
We each enjoyed a glass of wine with our meal, as we were all wishing to try a different type of wine. Our friend had a glass of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2011 from the Russian River Ranches. My Bride wanted an Adeluna 1300 Malbec 2011 from Argentina, while I ordered an Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 which is made by the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. While having wine with salads is always a little trickier because of the dressings the first two wines were enjoyed by the ladies. The wine I selected was because I wanted to try the wine, and I figured that it would work well with the crab meat and the eggs, the tomato and the Hollandaise Sauce fought the wine a bit, but I managed it, because I really enjoyed this wine, and will be ordering it again. In fact I thought that the Beverly Hills Grill had a very nice collection of wines offered by the glass, and the not the usual collection that is found in most establishments and I doff my hat to them for a fine meal and a fine selection of wines.