Nineteen years ago I fell in love with this guy. Fifteen years ago we got married. It was Bastille Day, so that is our celebratory theme every year. On our wedding day, after our reception, we took a group out for more fun. This was about twenty people: our wedding party and the friends that had come from out of town. It only felt appropriate to go to what was then Portland’s premier French restaurant: Brasserie Montmartre.
Walking into the Brasserie on Bastille Day was like walking into our very own French Quarter celebration, and that set the tone for our anniversary dinners. For the first five years we returned there for an evening filled with live jazz and delightful French cuisine, until they closed in 2006. After that we bounced around the city, celebrating at places like Fenouil, Cocotte, and St. Jack.
This year we returned to St. Jack for the fourth time, although our first time in their new location. So we new we would get rich French food, perfect wine choices, and great service, but with the flare of a new atmosphere. And it was perfect.
We paired Rose of Loire with the Bone Marrow, which was perfect. And then I had the Tomato Tarte Tatin with a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The new location in Northwest was even better than the original in Clinton, a bit less grungy. It was a beautiful evening.
Do you have a Bastille Day tradition? Or better yet, do you have an anniversary theme?